House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut Box Art(www.sega.com/games/the-house-of-the-dead-overkill-extended-cut/)  Rated M for Mature by ESRB.  Comedy, zombies, strippers, and gritty 70’s movie effects: it all sounds like a B movie, not a video game we’re dealing with here. But low and behold, the wonders of House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut for the Playstation 3. Yes, the classic arcade rail shooter is back, this time on home systems, and back with even better graphics than the Wii version had that was released a few years back. The game’s story follows Agent G, an FBI agent with a mysterious past, and Detective Isaac Washington, a foul-mouthed ladies man. The combination of these two provides for hilarious commentary throughout the game, since they’re essentially polar opposites in personality. These two agents are after Papa Caesar, a crime lord who is wanted for performing inhuman experiments, and essentially engineering a zombie apocalypse.

House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut Box ArtHouse of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut Logo(www.sega.com/games/the-house-of-the-dead-overkill-extended-cut/) Rated M for Mature by ESRB.Comedy, zombies, strippers, and gritty 70’s movie effects: it all sounds like a B movie, not a video game we’re dealing with here. But low and behold, the wonders of House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut for the Playstation 3. Yes, the classic arcade rail shooter is back, this time on home systems, and back with even better graphics than the Wii version had that was released a few years back. The game’s story follows Agent G, an FBI agent with a mysterious past, and Detective Isaac Washington, a foul-mouthed ladies man. The combination of these two provides for hilarious commentary throughout the game, since they’re essentially polar opposites in personality. These two agents are after Papa Caesar, a crime lord who is wanted for performing inhuman experiments, and essentially engineering a zombie apocalypse.

Since House of the Dead hasn’t been seen much since its arcade rail shooter days years and years ago, the zombies received a fresh update. They no longer look so deranged and demonic, but now look more like your average zombie on the block, with a few boss battle exceptions, of course. This new zombie look is much more fitting for the new game’s style and appeal, and works terrifyingly well.

 

 
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Graphics:
Since this is an update of the Wii version that released a few years ago, the graphics in the PS3 version are much, much better. Having played both versions, I favor the PS3 version much more. The graphics are realistically styled, but still offer a bit of cheekiness in their emphasis on the dark, gritty, and funky colors that many movies of the 1970’s used.

 While the graphics have received the HD treatment here, don’t expect anything too gorgeous. The graphics are certainly an upgrade from the Wii’s, and look grea–no doubt about that. While there are minor things, such as awkward character mouth movements that don’t really match the voice acting, which are apparent, there isn’t anything major in a visual sense that hinders the game play.

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Sounds:
Since the characters provide commentary during the game’s shooting portions, it’s important for them to sound right, too. Thankfully, Agent G and Isaac Washington are voiced perfectly. From Isaac’s constant cussing and exclamatory remarks, to Agent G’s calm and cool words of advice, nothing sounds out of place or out of balance. The dialogue between these two is nothing short of a joy ride.

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One feature that really popped out at me from this game was its musical score. While I’m not talking about a beautifully orchestrated score, I’m talking about an awesome hard rocking soundtrack that fits the 70’s B movie vibe perfectly. If I could choose one soundtrack to shoot zombies to, it would have to be the soundtrack composed within this House of the Dead game.

Gameplay:
Since this game is a rail shooter, that means that all you have to do is move your gun, shoot the zombies, and make sure to reload every now and then. All you’re required to do is move your sight across the screen, and fire away. Now, you have two options for killing the zombies: you can either use the standard PS3 controller, or the PS3 move controller. Both are functional, and either one will work very well. Some may feel that they have to play it with the move, since that is the way this game was intended to be played–as if you’re holding a gun and shooting it at the screen. While the basic controller setup isn’t as fun, it still gets the job done.

While House of the Dead is fun solo, it’s much more fun to play with someone else. It’s just such an enjoyable bonding experience blasting away at zombies together with your friends. While it is only two player co-op, it’s best this way, since both players share the same screen.

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Innovation:
Along with the updated graphics, House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut features full 3D compatibility as well, with 3D enabled TVs. The game also has two new levels that follow two strippers that are involved in the game’s story. These new levels help give a little more back story, as well as give the players new bosses to fight and even more zombies to shoot. Along with new weapons, and a few new game modes, and more unlockables, House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut makes itself seem like a worthy upgrade.

Conclusion:
House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut isn’t too long of a game, but it also isn’t that short by any means, either. The presentation of this game is fantastic, from the “feature presentation” and “intermission” screens, to the gritty look on the graphics to make it feel like you’re actually immersed within an over-the-top 70’s zombie horror movie. It’s not a groundbreaking or excellent game, but it is a solidly good game, that provides many laughs and thrills for fans of both the House of the Dead series, and zombie fans alike.  

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