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The House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii)

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Description

Overkill is an episode of the zombie rail-shooter House of the Dead series specifically developed for the Wii controls. Players point the Wii Remote to aim, B button to shoot and wiggle the remote to reload. The two main buttons are used to change weapons, and other actions such as throwing a grenade.

The game is set before the events of the first episode and it takes place in the town of Bayou City. The well-known Agent G of the series is on his first mission this time, and he teams up with the Detective Washington to fight the plague of mutants, and who they thought to be at the head of this mess: Papa Caesar.

The game, while still faithful to the spirit of the series, adopts very different tone, with the use of a vintage effect, popularised in the grindhouse movie direction. That way, the game goes over the top in different areas: violence, taunts, the scenario, all deliberately hinting at playing a B-game.

There are three main modes are available: Story Mode, Director's Cut Mode and Mini-Games. Story Mode contains the classic rail-shooter concept, divided in nine levels. Director's Cut features the same levels but enhanced and generally longer. Mini-games are mostly shoot challenges for multiple players. By playing well or unlocking some achievements, the player wins money, which can be spent on upgrading weapons or buying new ones.

The game still supports multiplayer for two players simultaneously. As a novelty, a player can carry up two different weapons.

Screenshots

The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii Title screen.
The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii Indeed.
The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii They take a burning and keep on... churn.. ing.
The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii Spooky swamps.

Alternate Titles

  • "ザ ハウス オブ ザ デッド: オーバーキル" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Overkill, or Overboard? So Hai (338) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars
Collect Your Point Blank Prescription! MasterMegid (897) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

The Press Says

NintendoWorldReport Feb 17, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Cubed3 Feb 15, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Gameplayer Feb 12, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Kombo.com Feb 17, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Hooked Gamers Feb 24, 2009 8 out of 10 80
videogamer.com Feb 12, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Play.tm Feb 23, 2009 80 out of 100 80
games xtreme Apr 01, 2009 7.8 out of 10 78
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Feb 16, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Gamekult Feb 20, 2009 7 out of 10 70

Forums

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Feb 21, 2011

Trivia

1001 Video Games

House of the Dead: Overkill appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Profanity

Only a month after its release, The House of the Dead: Overkill received a Guinness World Record for being the most profane game ever released, featuring 189 uses of "the f word". When hearing about the award, game writer Jonathan Burroughs went to say the following:
"It is a dubious honor to receive such an accolade working in an industry where so often the fruits of your labours are derided and dismissed for being puerile or irresponsible, but in the case of The House of the Dead: Overkill a little puerility was the order of business. Parodying the profane excess of grindhouse cinema was Headstrong Games’ objective and I am flattered that this record acknowledges that we not only rose to that challenge, but entirely exceeded it."

References

The song Suffer Like G Did is a nod to The House of the Dead 2, in which one of the bosses proclaims: "Turn back now or suffer like G did!"

Awards

  • Gamespot
    • 2009 - Funniest Game
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Wii Game of the Year
    • 2009 - Best Soundtrack
    • 2009 - Most Underhyped Game
Information also contributed by Big John WV and MasterMegid

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Alaedrain (3261) added The House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii) on May 28, 2009