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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 Windows Title screen
The House of the Dead 2 Windows Zombies may some day rule the world... if only they can figure out how to survive a head shot.
The House of the Dead 2 Windows AMS races to the rescue! Cue the Jan Hammer soundtrack!
The House of the Dead 2 Windows The bigger the ugly, the more damage they take.

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The House of the Dead 2 Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

  • "HOD 2" -- Informal short title
  • "ザ ハウス オブ ザ デッド 2" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Fun game, bad dialogue Windows kvn8907 (180)
Another great arcade conversion for the Dreamcast! Dreamcast Tibes80 (1567)

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Super Play (Sweden) Dreamcast Oct, 1999 88 out of 100 88
NowGamer Dreamcast Sep 23, 1999 8.7 out of 10 87
Game Revolution Dreamcast Nov, 1999 B+ 83 Windows Nov 24, 2012 82 out of 100 82
Power Unlimited Dreamcast Mar, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Nov, 1999 7 out of 10 70
Shooterplanet Windows Jul 12, 2004 67 out of 100 67
Game Over Online Windows Jul 02, 2001 60 out of 100 60
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jul, 2001 34 out of 100 34


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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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