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The House of The Dead 2 & 3 Return. Nintendo Wii
** The House of The Dead 2 & 3 Return **
The House of The Dead games series have been popular arcade shooting games for many years and have been released on various different consoles. As a result of their popularity The House of The Dead 2 & 3 Return was released on the Nintendo Wii.
The game contains both The House of The Dead 2 and The House of The Dead 3 games. I have to admit I only purchased this game because of the simple fact that is was really cheap and I didn't have a shooting game on the Wii so I wanted to give it a go and I figured for the low price of just £4.99 I couldn't really go wrong.
The House of The Dead 2 & 3 Return comes in a normal white Wii box, the size of a DVD case, inside the box is the game disc along with an instruction manual for the game and also a separate manual containing safety instructions. The game instruction manual is written in English and is clear and simple to follow, although it isn't really needed.
The set up of The House of The Dead 2 & 3 Return couldn't be much easier. You will need both your Wii remote and Nunchuk to play the game and if you have the Wii Zapper accessory then I would recommend using this too although the game can be played without it too. I don't have one so I have been playing without when I played at home, but the children I baby-sit do have one and after using theirs I found the game much more enjoyable. This might be a good time to mention that the game does have an age rating of 15 so isn't actually suitable by law for children but the parents of the children I baby-sit have played this game and have given permission for their children aged 12 and 14 to play it as they don't see anything too disturbing with it.
Both The House of the Dead 2 and The House of the Dead 3 are games based on zombie shooting and other decomposed creatures. In each game there is a different story line. Both of the games involve a selection of animated video moments to progress in the story line, this is almost always followed by a scene where you are taking shots at anything that moves towards you making creepy groaning noises.
In both games there is the option of Original Mode and Arcade mode. In arcade mode you are given a time limit as well as your lives, once the timer runs out your game is over, for this reason I prefer to play in Original mode as I can survive just a little bit longer.
Also in both games you must be careful not to shoot civilians who often like to get in your way, to help train your reflexes in this though you can enter Training Mode on The House of the Dead 2. Training mode consists of a number of different challenges to help tone your aiming and shooting skills.
Multiplayer is almost the same as single player mode. In multiplayer mode you are working together as a team to kill the zombies. There is no split screen in this game, both players play on the same screen and can aim and shoot anywhere on the screen.
I found multiplayer to be fun to play as personally I am a bit rubbish at shooting games and found that playing with a friend we often progressed a lot further in the game than I could ever manage alone.
I found the controls to be easy to get used to, they are mainly point and shoot at the screen, however I found that often the senor on top of the TV would have trouble sensing the remote and where it was being pointed. I often tried re-calibrating my remote in case it was a problem with the remote but this didn't seem to change anything and when I took the game round to a friends house we had the same problem. The screen moves along on its own and you automatically move with it so you don't need to worry about moving your character.
The graphics in the game are good. They are very much the same as in the original versions of the games but slightly sharper and more smooth when it comes to loading and moving to the next scene.
The sound is ok. There is a bit of eerie effect music in the background and the rest is sound effects from the games characters and the shooting of your weapons. Although this sound is quite basic I find it adds to the game as it brings out the fact that the game is a re-release of a classic and I often find it enjoyable to be able to play the classic games as they were rather than after they have been re-mastered and often loose the original features that made it a great game.
I bought this game in my local Game shop for just £4.99. Although it is not one of my first choices when I am deciding which game to play I do enjoy the occasional game and think that the £4.99 which I paid was definitely worth it and I would recommend picking up a copy if you can find it at a good price and fancy playing a classic on the Wii.
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Nintendo seems to have realised the wiimote and gun attachments are perfect for on-the-rail shooters so it was great to see 2 of the major games in that genre make it onto the system.
The graphics are angular and old-school and the music is cheesey to the point you can't help but bop along to it as you virtually run through labs, cities, office blocks etc.
The great aspect of these games is you no longer have to keep putting a quid in to carry on playing, you just press reset and start again. As you keep dying you gain more lives so you will inevitable complete it, which is good as most of the time at the arcade you would never see the later episodes due to monetary problems.
The gore can be arcade green or actual red, finally, which adds a nice touch to the original arcade. Another addition is a crosshair, something missing in the arcade to limit your accuracy.
Put the disc in and immerse yourself in corny dialogue, bad voice acting and some series bounce along electronic rock.
I've always enjoyed playing House of Dead on arcades so I was delighted when it came to wii. The game includes house of dead 2 and house of dead 3. Personally I perfered playing 3. Both games are very similar so I'll review them together, basically all you do is blast lots of Zombies. The is some story but I try are by pass it as its pretty poor and a bit irrating to be honest and perhaps is one of the downside of the game. The actual game play is great so don't let this put you off.
This is great Zombie shoot em up that can be played with the addition of a gun or not. Personally I didn't think it mattered either way. I used the gun designed for the latest house of dead game some of the time but I don't think with or with out the gun controller effected my enjoyment of the game. You can play in single player mode or 2 player mode.
The graphics aren't great but it kind of match the feel of game and made me like it even more. Modern gamers might not be as impressed if used to slick graphics on other games.
It is fairly easy to complete if you play in the easy mode, I'm not a avivd gamer and it didn't take me long to complete house of dead 3. Even if you do complete it theres plenty more from the game. Each time you play you can unlock different areas on level through various actions so no game needs to be the same and you can play the game in very hard mode if you want a challenge.
Fun zombie shooting game
In the same vein as Ghost Squad, this is another port to the Wii of an arcade light gun shooter.
Both House of the dead (HOTD) 2 & 3 are included, so you're getting 2 games for the price of one. Both play very similar but there is a marked improvement in graphics in HOTD 3.
This series was always notorious for its AWFUL voice acting, so bad it's nearly good, thankfully this hasn't changed, the game wouldn't have been the same without it!
You'll be shooting zombies, monsters, flying winged bat things, bugs, slugs and other mutated beings. The game is pretty gory (which is good) and the enemies show visible damage with body parts being blasted off etc.
Essentially, this is a faithful recreation of the original arcade and as such isn't that long, but don't get me wrong, this game can be HARD. Well worth playing if you love shooting games.
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD is famous for its heart-pounding pace and the great visual detail of the vast armies of unique enemies. Blasting through legions of grotesque zombies and mutated monsters, players will face-off against colossal boss creatures that will test the accuracy and skill of every Wii gamer. It's what you and Wii have been waiting for. Two grisly titles from the popular THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD series are being compiled into one action-packed horror shooter for the Wii. This title includes versions of The House of the Dead 2 and The House of the Dead 3 in one package. Players will be able to choose from six game modes, including the standard arcade and time attack options, and there will be single-player campaign and multiplayer modes for two players. Both versions (2 & 3) will feature the original arcade experience, complete with branching storylines, over six ghoul-filled game modes and bonus content.