The House of the Dead: Overkill
House of the Dead enters the relentlessly vulgar world of low-budget Grindhouse cinema with Overkill, a crusty, hyper-grisly homage to 70's exploitation horror films.
- A refreshing cult-horror movie twist on classic House of the Dead, great zombie types
- Humour gets annoying fast, game gets laggy at times, limited replay value
Fans of House of the Dead and horrendously cheesy 70s horror flicks will definitely get a kick out of House of the Dead: Overkill, a flawed but tremendously fun shooter for the Wii.
Price$ 79.95 (AUD)
House of the Dead enters the relentlessly vulgar world of low-budget Grindhouse cinema with Overkill, a crusty, hyper-grisly homage to 70's exploitation horror films like "I Spit on Your Grave" and "Cannibal Holocaust". It's basically a video game equivalent to Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez' "Grindhouse". The good news is that the game still plays like a regular House of the Dead game-the dev team just cranked up the abundance of gore, f-bombs, and cleavage shots.
Grindhouse of the Dead
Overkill takes a more novel approach to pumping bullets into the rotting flesh of zombies, one that embraces the aesthetic of sleazy gore movies of the 1970s. As soon as you boot up the game, a grainy video plays where a stripper gyrates around a pole to cheesy porno-esque music (which also happens to be how the movie Grindhouse begins). This opening cinematic pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the game.
Levels in House of the Dead: Overkill are broken up into chapters that work as mini-horror movies, each with their own hammy title and theme like Papa's Palace of Pain, a mission where you storm a dilapidated house swarming with zombies, and Carny, a mission that takes place inside a Carnival inhabited by undead clowns and other zombified carnival folk. There's also a Louisiana swamp, a hospital complete with decomposing wet nurses, and a prison level where you have to take out both zombie prisoners and zombie guards fully-clad in riot gear.
Zombies Ate My Wii Remote
The level design in Overkill is also one of the game's biggest strengths. No two levels are alike and there's an impressive amount of variety in the enemies you face in the game. Each mission also ends with a boss fight, and while the vast majority of these battles are a bit too easy, most of them are quite memorable. The carnival-themed level, for example, ends with a showdown against a grotesquely deformed freak with a small creature growing out of its belly that resembles Quato from Total Recall. And for horror movie buffs, without spoiling the final boss fight in Overkill, I'll just say that it features an obvious tribute to Peter Jackson's splatter classic Dead Alive.
I also liked the variety of firearms at your disposal, including two types of shotguns, an assault rifle, and more. Each of the weapons in the game can also be upgraded for more ammo capacity and damage. There's also a power-up in the game, called the "slow-mofo" that briefly slows down the game to a snail's pace a la Max Payne, giving you plenty of time to get those headshots in and watch a zombie's face slowly explode into chunks of goo, brain and skull fragments.
Dead Or Alive
There are a few aspects of House of the Dead: Overkill that didn't work for me. My main grumble is the Detective Washington character who does a bad Sam Jackson-impression from Snakes on a Plane throughout the entire game. Washington is funny but he eventually starts to grate on your nerves. I also encountered some lag and slowdown when the screen became cluttered with enemies. I'm hoping they tweak that out when the game releases because it definitely cut into the gameplay. Despite these issues, Overkill is one of the better on-rails shooters I've ever played. It's a solid game and should please any horror movie addict who owns a Nintendo Wii.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei P10 smartphone review
- 2 Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Motorola Moto G5 smartphone review
- 4 Oppo A57 phone: full, in-depth review
- 5 Moto G5 Plus phone: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- MSI Wins Computex Best Choice Award 2017 for a Record-Breaking 5 Products
- Destiny 2: The 5 key things PC gamers need to know
- The Windows 10 Game Bar: What PC gamers need to know
- Microsoft's Phantom Dust remaster brings the cult Xbox classic to PCs, for free
- This year's Steam Summer Sale dates have already leaked
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- Huawei P10 smartphone review
- Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- CCJava DeveloperACT
- CCTechnical Business Analyst - Infrastructure - VirtualizationNSW
- TPTrim Helpdesk AnalystVIC
- FTInfrastructure Engineer - End User ComputingNSW
- CCSolution DesignerNSW
- FTEnterprise Architect - Solutions and ApplicationsQLD
- FTBusiness Analyst - TelecommunicationsNSW
- FTProject Control Analyst - PMOACT
- CCPega DeveloperSA
- FTWintel Engineer - Website hostingNSW
- FTApplication System EngineerACT
- TPAssistant Change Manager | System Implementation ProjectQLD
- FTPrincipal Project ManagerVIC
- CCSenior Project ManagerVIC
- FTSharepoint AdministratorQLD
- TPDelivery Coordinator - ProjectsQLD
- FTTest AnalystVIC
- CCReporting Business AnalystACT
- CCInfrastructure Project ManagerNSW
- CCGIS Consultant/ Developer - BRISBANENSW
- TPSQL Database AdministratorNSW
- FTAccounts and Office AdministratorNSW
- FTWeb Content WriterACT
- TPNetwork and Systems AdministratorNSW