The House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii)

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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.


The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii Rescue civilians for extra points.
The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii You're on the express train... to DEAD.
The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii They take a burning and keep on... churn.. ing.
The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii Toggling extra mutants acts as an increased difficulty level.

Alternate Titles

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

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Overkill, or Overboard? So Hai (344) 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

Critic Reviews

N-Europe Feb 14, 2009 9 out of 10 90 Feb 17, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Worth Playing Feb 10, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Age Mar 05, 2009 B+ 83 Mar 03, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Bordersdown Mar, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Gaming Target Mar 09, 2009 7.7 out of 10 77
Atomic Gamer Feb 26, 2009 75 out of 100 75
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Mar 11, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Feb 16, 2009 7 out of 10 70


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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.


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."


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!"


  • 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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