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The House of the Dead 2 (Dreamcast)

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The House of The Dead 2 is a conversion of Sega's popular light gun arcade game. In this game you play the role of a detective out to stop a madman who has unleashed zombies and other horrid creatures on an Italian city. You have to kill the monsters, save people and find out the plans behind this mayhem. The game uses a auto game camera which pans around in a preset manner as you venture through the city killing the creatures and rescuing people. Extra modes like training and time trial are included for replayability.


The House of the Dead 2 Dreamcast Hello gorgeous!
The House of the Dead 2 Dreamcast Title Screen
The House of the Dead 2 Dreamcast Wait, you forgot your umbrella!
The House of the Dead 2 Dreamcast BBQ - Who wants a sausage?

Alternate Titles

  • "HOD 2" -- Informal short title

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User Reviews

Another great arcade conversion for the Dreamcast! Tibes80 (1495) unrated

Critic Reviews

Video Games Apr, 1999 4 out of 4 100
Freak May, 1999 92 out of 100 92
Mega Fun Sep, 1999 87 out of 100 87
IGN Sep 08, 1999 8.7 out of 10 87
Original Gamer Jun 12, 2009 8.7 out of 10 87
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 30, 1999 17 out of 20 85
Game Revolution Nov, 1999 B+ 83
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 02, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retrogaming.it Jun 11, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Planet Dreamcast Nov, 1999 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of The House of the Dead 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Some versions of House of The Dead 2 came with a free copy of Sega Swirl. The documentation for Sega Swirl takes up over half of the Readme file included in HOD2.

German index

On September 29, 2001, The House of the Dead 2 was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Version differences

The blood in the German version of the game is rendered green, but you can play through a level, shooting all of some gadgets to unlock red blood.


  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #99 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll
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