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I got this for my son from the bargain bin section of Zavvi before Christmas last year. Having very much enjoyed the arcade versions of the House of the Dead, I was looking forward to a good old zombie fest at the first available opportunity.
You can probably see from the image, it is two games on the one disk: House of the Dead 2 and its successor 3. There have been others in the arcade series.
The interface to select between the two games is a bit clunky, but hey, you're only using that for a few seconds, so no biggie, then it's onto the main event.
The games are faithful ports of the arcade games, the benefit being that you are not feeding a slot with pound coins! You set up your credits and play, so I got much further through the game then I ever got when playing.
If you're not familiar with the genre or game, it's a zombie-based shoot-em-up. It's a bit gory, so if you're squeamish or have young kids, maybe this is one to steer clear of.
You really need light-guns or you won't get the full benefit of the game, and remember to calibrate them and practice a little, or the zombies'll get ye! Even better played as a cooperative 2-player game.
In my opinion HotD 2 is the better of the two, although both are eminently enjoyable. Well worth a punt.
House of the Dead for the Wii is not a new game. Rather it is two old games repackaged and sold on for a price a bit below the usual for a will title. Included in House of the Dead: 2 & 3 Return, unsurprisingly is the second and third titles in the successful series of arcade shooters. Known for the corny japanese dialogue and overt gore, House of the Dead places you in the middle of zombie infested buildings and leaves you to shoot your way out.
As these games originated in the arcade the gameplay suffers a bit from its habit of pumping you for coins. Death is rarely the end as you have five chances to mess it all up before the game will admit that you deserve to die and even then it doesn't take too long to get back to your position next time. The game is not too challenging but then it isn't really designed to be. After a few hours, maybe a weekend, you will probably have shot your way through the two campaigns and heard all of the terrible dialogue. After that there are a few special modes and bonus games to play about with but really that's it. What is here is great fun to play but there really isn't too much in it.
As far as the conversion to the wii goes, it is flawless. The tracking of the cursor is excellent and you generally tend to aim exactly where you point the wii-mote. That is paramount in an arcade gunner and it's good to see it succeed. This kind of game is what the wii was made for and it's nice to see a serious title being released.
This title also seems to have been something of a test run for the truly excellent, though equally short and easy, "House of the Dead: Overkill" released recently. Both these titles make excellent use of the wii-mote and provide a bit of entertainment for the grown up members of a wii owning household.
I must start out by telling you that I bought this game for my husband as a christmas present last year. It is not my typical type of game to enjoy playing, but my husband likes shooting things on the tv with his wii gun, so I though why not give it a go? So you can imagine, I was not expecting to enjoy playing it, but much to my amazement I was soon hooked. It is a real mindless game to play, if that makes sense. You don't need to concentrate on solving any problems, just shoot em down !! My step kids ( aged 9 and 12 ) love it too, and take great joy out of seeing who has shot the most zomies at the end of each round. We also bought the Resident evil game (which I didn't enjoy) but I think that this one is much better. It does get quite difficult the further into the game you get, but it is just like the arcade version, and I would definately recommend it.
2 superb arcade light gun shooters make there way in to your living room. Sure the graphics are exreamally dated but the ports from the original acrade game to the console is superb. This on the rails shooter has you following a pre determined set path (apart from some options) gunning down zombies hell bent on your destruction. If you remember popping 50p's in to an arcade machine playing this as a kid then you are going to love this 2 pack of nostalga. I found the wii-mote to be very responsive and worked superbly, unfortuneatley i dont have the zapper so couldnt try that out.
2 games at the price of a budget title you can really lose, sure it doesnt have the polish that umbrella chronicals has but i'll tell you now i have spent many more hours playing with these two than I ever did with that.
One for the Fans