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

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DreamcastVideo Games (Apr, 1999)
Kurzum: Das Dreamcast House of the Dead 2 ist eine Meisterleistung von Sega und die bis jetzt mit Abstand beste Arcade-Konvertierung auf der Maschine. Wer noch nach einem Kaufgrund für Segas neues Flaggschiff gesucht hat, ist fündig geworden. Neben Namcos Automaten Time Crisis 2 (ist Gerüchten zufolge auch ein DC-Umsetzungskandidat) ist HotD 2 der King der Lightgun-Shooter und das für zu Hause! Diese grandiose Umsetzung macht berechtigte Hoffnung auf weitere erstklassige Sega-Naomi-Titel (z.B. das oberkultige Crazy Taxi). Der einzige Kritikpunkt ist die auch nach der Kalibrierung nicht ganz exakte Knarre, was Euch bei einigen Szenen zum Verhängnis werden könnte („Uups, war das jetzt etwa die Geisel?“). Der extrem hohe Splatter-Gehalt könnte für manch sensible Natur zu hoch angesetzt sein - kindgerecht ist es auf alle Fälle nicht...
DreamcastThe Video Game Critic (Nov 13, 2006)
Quirky, action-packed, and loaded with unintentional humor, House of the Dead 2 provides the most satisfying light gun shooting action I've experienced.
DreamcastThe Next Level (Apr 07, 1999)
In conclusion, HotD2 is one fantastic game that displays some of the best DC visuals seen to date. The only things I didn't like were the horrendous voice acting and the extreme difficulty. An unlimited continues option and a hidden version HotD1 would have been a welcome sight, but this title is still incredible, and who knows, come this September when the game hits US shelves, these features could well become a reality.
DreamcastFreak (May, 1999)
זהו ללא ספק אחד ממשחקי האקדח הטובים, שיצאו עד היום למסוף ביתי כלשהו. למרות כמה בעיות, לדעתי זהו משחק מומלץ ביותר!
DreamcastShin Force (May 02, 1999)
Sega definitely knows how to make gun shooters. House of the Dead 2 is arcade perfect, just as expected. If you like shooting monsters, saving innocent citizens, realistic graphics, and clear sounds, then this game is for you...
DreamcastRevista Oficial Dreamcast (Jan, 2000)
Éste es uno de los juegos más impactantes que os podéis llevar a casa, pero si queréis bordarlo de todo, os recomendamos que compréis también la pistola de Dreamcast. Diversion total y muy terrorífica.
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
All in all, House of the Dead 2 is a graphically luscious shooter that should satisfy anyone who's a fan of gothic horror and guns-a-blazin' action. Just keep a pocket full of quarters on hand.
DreamcastSuper Play (Sweden) (Oct, 1999)
Med House of the Dead 2 visar Sega att de fortfarande tar genren på allvar och att de inte ringaktar ljuspistolens betydelse på Dreamcast. Förhoppningsvis inser de även att konsolens kapacitet mer än väl räcker till för vidareutveckling av konceptet, så att vi i framtiden kan få chansen att njuta av sådana ljuspistolspel som vi alltid har drömt om.
DreamcastMega Fun (Sep, 1999)
Ich mache keinen Hehl daraus, dass ich Segas Lightgun-Spiele mag. Ihre unkomplizierte Steuerung und die satten Grafik- und Soundeffekte begeistern mich immer wieder aufs Neue. So ist es auch mit The House of the Dead Dieser Gun-Shooter überzeugt mich nicht nur wegen seiner technischen Brillanz, sondenr gerade wegen seiner ausgefeilten Spielmodi und Extrawaffen. Hat man das Spiel im Arcade-Mode durchgezockt, stehen noch ein spezieller DC-, Boss- und Trainingsmode bereit, durchgeballert zu werden. Ganz davon zu schweigen, dass neue Charaktere auf ihren Einsatz warten. Wer also auf Gun-Spiele steht, kommt an diesem Spitzenprodukt nicht vorbei.
DreamcastOriginal Gamer (Jun 12, 2009)
Arcade mode can be beaten in less than an hour for more players, but it's not that easy. After playing the game enough, you'll memorize the enemy patterns and able to kill the enemies quicker yet still, a little help is needed. With a limited amount of health and continues, it's not surprising that beating the game will take plenty of tries, just like in the arcades. To assist the gamer, more health and continues will become available after you do a playthrough and get the "game over" screen. There's also the Original mode alternative to the Arcade mode. Original mode lets you pick a variety of options such as more credits, extra damage, or replace your bullets with some awkward alternatives. You can even make the game tougher in Original mode if you think you're a Billy Badass.
DreamcastNowGamer (Sep 23, 1999)
A top notch shooter that’s even better than the arcade in many respects! It is only a gun game though as so has a slightly shorter shelf life.
DreamcastIGN (Sep 08, 1999)
Gun games . . . you either love 'em or you hate 'em, right? Well, I was kinda on mixed grounds regarding the issue, actually, as I sorta-kinda liked the original House of the Dead on the Saturn, and I sorta kinda liked Virtua Cop. House of the Dead II has me leaning more towards the love 'em side, though, with its faster, more varied gameplay, and its incredible graphical style.
ArcadeOriginal Gamer (Jun 17, 2009)
As most arcade games, the game can be beaten in 20-30 minutes or so. Having one one life per credit, you will go through plenty of money to try and beat the game. Even teaming up with a partner will help kill but it'll still take plenty of quarters to beat the game. Like a lot of light games, it's a fun game. What makes it better is that horror aspect to it.
DreamcastCyberGames (Oct 11, 1999)
Incredibly fun game, fantastic graphics. Unfortunately, no Sega light gun; Japanese gun is not supported.
DreamcastDefunct Games (Apr 19, 2009)
It isn't ground-breaking but who the hell needs it to be, when it flawlessly pulls off a fun, familiar concept accessible to anyone with a brain in their head. House of the Dead 2 isn't low-brow or high-brow it's a great arcade port. The Dreamcast has Shenmue and Grandia 2 for gamers hungry for depth and innovation. If you need a great shooter to feed your id with gratuitous action, than drone on my blood-thirsty friend, to purchase is a no-brainer.
DreamcastShin Force (Nov 06, 1999)
Fearful that Columbine (like everything else that's wrong in the world) would be blamed on Sega, they didn't release the gun. I say, Who Needs It?! Zombies are where the action is! Now where are Zombie Revenge, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, and Castlevania: Resurrections?
85 (Nov 30, 1999)
Prodigieux ! Ce jeu est angoissant comme jamais. La réalisation est quasi parfaite, et le rythme des parties est soutenu, à tel point qu'on semble devoir s'accrocher à son flingue comme si on redoutait les coups... Ah oui ! le flingue ! Il est indispensable pour la jouabilité, et encore, même avec, on finit toujours par s'emmêler les pinceaux quand les ennemis se font nombreux à l'écran, c'est le point faible de l'histoire. A part ça, c'est vraiment un sacré jeu !
DreamcastVideo Games (Dec, 1999)
(PAL version)
Wenn ich frischgebackenen DC-Besitzern ein Startpaket empfehlen würde, dann bestünde das aus Soul Calibur, Sonic Adventure und House of the Dead 2. Sega hat eine fast perfekte Arcade-Konvertierung des beliebten Naomi-Automaten geschaffen, die dank herausragender Optik (sogar der schwarze Rauch der Kamine ist dabei!) und vieler Extra-Spielmodi das Zeug zu einem Klassiker hat, der immer wieder zu einem Match einlädt – vor allem um Kumpels von den Qualitäten seiner neuen Maschine zu überzeugen. Einzig der ziemlich brutale Splatter-Ansatz mag den ein oder anderen vielleicht abschrecken. Fazit: Wer einen der besten Lightgun-Shooter überhaupt sein eigen nennen will, der rennt besser sofort los und holt sich das Teil.
DreamcastGame Revolution (Nov, 1999)
All the zombies in the house yell brains! Now throw your hands in the air!...Yuck. The first bit of wisdom I've always had for people confronted by a house full of evil is, Don't go in the house. Seems pretty logical. A house full of hungry undead is bound to be extremely dangerous at best. If it were me, I'd get right back in my car, drive to the airport, fly to the Bahamas, and then call the Army from my hammock on the beach while I sipped on a frosty rum drink. However, while ideal for me, this would not make a very exciting video game (Unless your plane was hijacked by zombies... - Ed.).
82 (Nov 24, 2012)
The House of the Dead 2 es un título largo, difícil, adictivo y divertido. Con más fases, variedad (como disparar desde un coche en marcha o una lancha motora) y enemigos que su predecesor, además de unos modos extras que alargan la diversión y suponen nuevos retos. Es considerado una de las mejores entregas de la serie, tanto que le hizo sombra a la tercera y cuarta parte. No hay duda de que se trata de una buena adaptación domestica con varios extras y mejoras, nada que ver con lo que se le hizo a la primera parte a su paso por Saturn. Las versiones de Dreamcast y de PC son muy similares y disfrutables por igual, sólo les diferencian el tipo de control y algunos detalles sin importancia.
DreamcastPower Unlimited (Mar, 2000)
Ben je een liefhebbervan guns, bruut geweld en een hoog goorheidsgehalte, dan is The House Of The Dead 2 zeker een spel voor jou. Goede schutters zullen het spel echter snel uitgespeeld hebben.
80 (Jun 11, 2008)
Concludendo il titolo AM1 si dimostra l’ennesimo capolavoro per lo sfortunato 128bit della Sega, ed è pertanto da sconsigliarsi solamente a chi non ha mai digerito questo genere di giochi. L’unica remora resta dunque la difficile reperibilità e il costo non proprio abbordabile dell’indispensabile periferica, la quale a prescindere dalle sue indiscusse qualità trova pochissime altre applicazioni al di fuori del titolo qui analizzato (in versione Pal solamente in Confidential Mission).
DreamcastHonestGamers (Mar 10, 2005)
If you're only going to play it intermittently every week or so, as though it were an arcade game, it's be a fun series of exploding skulls. However, if you treat House of the Dead 2 like a console game, sit down with it for a good hour or two, and experiment, the alternate paths and hidden bonuses allow for a great deal of exploration — something you won't find in most other light gun games. Whether you use a light gun or play with the Dreamcast controller, it's an entertainingly brainless undead thriller... even if it doesn't take place inside a house.
DreamcastAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Nov 02, 1999)
I don't know how much Sega pocketed from gamers hungry for horror action when they placed House of the Dead machines in arcades across America, but I can tell you they laid claim to more of my quarters than I'd care to admit. Working on the assumption that they obviously made enough money on the game to warrant a sequel, it was obvious that House of the Dead 2 was sure to be forthcoming. While wandering about this year's Computer Game Developer's Conference, I first stumbled upon a HotD2 machine, which just happened to be set on free play. After mumbling "sweeeeeeeet" in a Cartman-esque voice to myself, a friend and I dove into the game, emerging only when the entire thing had been successfully completed two or three times (hey, cut me a was on free play).
DreamcastGaming Target (Jun 22, 2000)
Looking for a good shooter or seeking a sweet arcade conversion on Dreamcast? Be sure to try out House of the Dead 2 along with a light-gun of some sort, especially if you are a fan of such games.
WindowsPC Zone (Aug 13, 2001)
If you can wait until September when the light-gun/game bundle is out, HOTD 2 will be a delight to play. If you have a good surround sound system and can get some mates round for a game, then a Saturday night will never be the same (you're liable to be single in no time). The boss monsters become weirder, and the onslaught becomes almost apocalyptic. It's kind of like running through a shopping centre on acid. Apparently.
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast (Nov, 1999)
Zombies are wonderful creatures, once you think about it. Whether you go to a movie that has zombies in it or buy a videogame with pictures of zombies on the box, you just know there's going to be lots and lots of shooting involved. For some reason, zombies and guns go hand in hand. I mean, if I ever saw a zombie coming down the street, slowly lumbering in my general direction, I wouldn't try to strike up a witty dialogue with it, I'd look for the nearest gun and shoot at it. After a few shots, that zombie would make a funny noise and die. That's just what zombies do!
WindowsShooterplanet (Jul 12, 2004)
The House of the Dead 2 ist deutlich besser als Teil 1 und kann mit gleichbleibendem Spielspaß und verbesserten Effekten punkten. Der Multiplayer ist wieder mehr als gelungen und macht einen Mordsspaß. Splatterfreunde sollten sich dieses Schmuckstück nicht entgehen lassen, gerade weil Teil 3 nur auf der Xbox erschienen ist und wohl nie auf dem PC erscheinen wird...
DreamcastGameSpot (Mar 30, 1999)
Just a gun that lines up with the sights doesn't seem too much to ask for. The often-used phrase "Virtua Cop meets Resident Evil" doesn't quite do Sega's zombie-blasting arcade gun-game series justice, but it's certainly close enough to give you the general idea of what the House of the Dead series is all about. In it, you're part of a government agency in charge of stopping the machinations of the nefarious and incredibly monotone Goldman, a suit-wearing evil mastermind intent on wiping out the human race with his monster hordes for reasons that never really quite make sense - or have to, for that matter. If that sounds like the plot for the first House of the Dead game that's because, well, the evil is back!
WindowsPC Zone Benelux (Aug, 2001)
Misschien dat ik dit spel voor de lol -tussen twee Startopia sessies door- nog eens opstart, maar echt een indruk nalaten deed het niet. En dan die systeemeisen. Onbegrijpelijk. Afrader voor stresskippen.
WindowsAll Game Guide (2001)
The House of the Dead 2's gameplay is fundamentally enjoyable, especially for PC gamers without much experience in fast and furious point-and-click first-person shooters. Conversely, veteran first-person shooter fans will regard the game as not much more than a poor man's FPS without the ability to move your own character.
DreamcastGamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
The game is way too short, the graphic are cool but limited (you see enemies repeated throughout the game), and the game is useless sold as is -sans light gun. Shelling out more bucks for the gun puts HOD2 in the category of too pricey, and definitely not worth other games the Dreamcast has to offer. Rent this game and the gun, and clear out the house in a weekend.
WindowsGame Over Online (Jul 02, 2001)
All in all, HOD2 is well paced as there is never a dull moment or any frustrating moments where you don't know where to put your bullets. However, I've managed to finish the title in about two hours, which makes for a short ride. It would be even shorter if I avoided the atrocious cut scenes. The game is supplemented by mini-games involving hostage rescue (which just has you going through the hostage-saving instances) and time attacks on the various bosses. These all take place in the same environs as the arcade or original mode though and I was hoping for some variation since I already knew some of the surprises by going through the actual game itself. You can even elect to battle HOD2 with a friend over network. Altogether though, I don't think this title is particularly compelling if you don't already own a light gun.
WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (Aug 31, 2001)
Weer zo'n povere Sega port waar je slechts een half uurtje plezier aan beleeft en waar de nadelen van console er vingerdik bovenop liggen.
WindowsSuper Play (Sweden) (Oct, 2001)
Trots att spelet känns rätt dåligt jämfört med till exempel Time Crisis 2 på PlayStation2 är det fortfarande rätt kul. Man kan spela tillsammans över nätverk, vilket är ett litet plus. Och att skjuta huvudet av zombier är ju sällan tråkigt.
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Jul, 2001)
Segas Ballerorgie lässt sich am ehesten als Moorhuhn-Ableger im Breitbildformat charakterisieren. War die Grafik beim Erscheinen der Dreamcast-Version noch beeindruckend, so schneidet sie im Vergleich zu aktuellen PC-Spielen nur durchschnittlich ab. Neben der linearen Handlung und dem eintönigen Spielprinzip zählt vor allem die kurze Story zu den größten Schwächen des Spiels. Selbst untrainierte Zombie-Terminatoren werden nach wenigen Stunden den Endgegner bezwingen und sich am knappen Abspann erfreuen.
40 (Jun 27, 2006)
Il est des jours où tout va mal, des jours où grand-maman se casse la jambe en descendant la marchelle du jardin, où votre chien trop bien nourris vous remercie en se soulageant sur le tapis du salon, et des samedi où l'on revient de faire les courses dans un magasin bondé pour s'entendre dire : « t'as oublié les tomates... ». Dans ce monde gentillet qui transpire de bon sentiment, un jeu de shoot bourrin avec des zombis semble être une oasis, alors chargez vos flingues et venez faire voler la chair dans un célèbre jeu d'arcade, The House of the Dead 2.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Jul, 2001)
Segas House of the Dead 2 präsentiert sich wieder als eine der gewohnt schludrig umgesetzten Spielhallenballereien. Hässliche Grafik, die sämtliche Möglichkeiten moderner 3D-Beschleuniger ignoriert, und ein ödes Spielkonzept lassen Spielspaß gar nicht erst aufkommen.