Overkill; the capacity to obliteprice a target through even more tools than are required.

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In Overkill, a prequel to the Housage of the Dead series, rookie straight-out-of-the-AMS-academy Agent G groups up via soul-brother-hard-mother-f**ker Detective Isaac Washington, to track down local poor man, neckerchief-wearing Papa Caesar. Of course points don"t go smoothly and also shit quickly starts to rotate weird in the form of hordes of mutant zombies.

The primary "Story Mode" is split into seven chapters, titled Papa"s Palace of Pain, Ballistic Trauma, Carny, Scream Train, The Fettid Waters, Jailhouse Judgement and also the final act: Overkill; all have actually their very own distinctive style and also setting and is presented as its very own individual movie, complete via poster, layout tune and also intro/outro sequences.

After the initially 20 or so f-bombs and your lastly into the zombie activity things have to feel pretty familiar, you shoot through


Overkill features some terrific "zombie mechanics", shooting them in the head causes the best results yet is obviously the most difficult, you can likewise pick off limbs as your victims try to come closer.

There"s a vast selection of zombie kinds in the game, consisting of average rednecks, trailer trash girls, registered nurses, amerideserve to footballs, physicians, detainees and the majority of notably, clowns, bloody gymnast clowns!

It wouldn"t be House of the Dead without pickups either and also Headstrong have actually added a brand-new one, shoot the green gue icon and you"ll enter "Slow-mo-fo" mode where time is slowed appropriate dvery own and also your bullets fill more punch for some awesome motion kills.

Overkill additionally employs a combo respond to device, shoot 5 mutants down without a miss and also you"ll be announced as "Extreme Violence", 5 more kills and also its "Hardcore Violence", then "Ultra Violence" then "Psychotic" and finally you"ll reach "Goregasm". Each of these says act as score multipliers and also are important for getting that perfect high score.


What to points mean? Prizes of course. At the finish of each chapter you"ll be provided a thorough score and also rank, this will certainly all acquire turned into cash for use at the Gun Shop. Along via the level score, you deserve to likewise earn cash for a range of in-game particulars such as "50 head shots" or "2000 kills throughout all levels" or by shooting the golden brains scattered across each level.

The gun shop is your end-of-level pit-sheight, usage your cash to buy various tools or upgrade your existing ones, across the whole game you"ll acquire the trusty old AMS Magnum, the Hand Cannon, Shotgun, Automatic Shotgun, SMG, Assault Rifle, and the $15,000 Minigun.

Upgrading your AMS Magnum is crucial then pretty a lot all the various other tools are tbelow for fun - and boy they deserve to be fun! Going ago to beforehand levels and also ripping via them with an Assault Rifle will certainly assist keep the game interesting the 2nd, 3rd and also fourth times you decide to finish it.

Another staple attribute of House of the Dead are the chapter bosses, Headsolid have designed some wickedly gruesome personalities to serve as the level bosses. All of them are visually incredibly exciting yet execute probably play slightly predictable and one dimensional, they are all pretty straightforward.


Once you"ve completed the game in Story Mode you"ll unlock the "Directors Cut" area which basically allows you to play through the game a second time yet this time its a) more challenging, b) more zombies and c) you"ll take rather a different course via the chapter and visit the majority of brand-new areas, it"s not simply a "harder" mode.

Completing Director"s Cut mode unlocks another little bit gem, "Dual Wield" mode that enables you to play the game via 2 Wiimotes, double gun style.

Overkill has plainly had many love and affection from it"s creators, it oozes cinjury and also quirks that make it among the a lot of stylish games around on Wii. The artjob-related is impeccable with substantial attention to detail, it"s just a shame the Wii can not handle what the developers really wanted to execute visually.

Eextremely frame of the game is laced via filters and effects that give it that timeless b-movie look, intentional reduced scene continuity mistakes, witty dialogue (for the the majority of part) make Overkill a really entertaining title for at leastern the first time you play with it.


However before also with all its impressive lighting impacts and excellent funky music Overkill does, from time to time, suffer from the ever prevalent Wii power effect - it"s sindicate not graphically powerful enough and deserve to reason a couple of frames to skip, shame.

On peak of the main story (which can be played as 2 player throughout) the creators have actually contained a couple of more "DVD" style extras, you"ll have actually accessibility to lots of concept artwork, music tracks, 3D models and also also a few trailers.

Also consisted of are 3 "mini games" that are easily accessible for up to four players, these are pretty basic and also basically need you to acquire much better scores than your pals to win, it most likely won"t serve you even more than 15 minutes of entertainment yet it"s worth a quick go through friends.

Another slight criticism of the game can actually be welcome for others, Overkill is a pretty straightforward game that need to never before infuriate or frustprice prefer some of the other HOTD games, it boasts an boosted health/life system over precursors through less require for proceeds.


House of the Dead: Overkill successfully takes the series in a brand also brand-new direction, it breathes fresh life into it"s personalities and also open"s plenty of brand-new doors for sequels. With just a few problems Overkill deserve to sit proudly at the optimal of the "light gun" games currently accessible on Wii, fans of the series, Planet Terror, or light gun games in basic need to all find something below to enjoy, great job Headsolid - we desire mother-f**king even more.

Excellent 9/10

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Sun 1fifth Feb 2009

I can"t wait to provide this a whirl - but my copy hasn"t arrived yet And what through all the positive reviews, I think I"m gonna cry...Once I gain it though, I"ll more than the moon.



Sun 15th Feb 2009

Have to agree with the review, it"s amazingly great fun. Has a quirky feeling of black humour that will amuse anyone that took pleasure in the Tarantino/Rodriguez movies recently; or possibly also the originals they"re based upon.

Gameplay is fun as well. Works well with the Zapper. I"m enjoying it. I don"t think it"s QUITE as funny as it"s intended to be yet it has made me laugh out loud a pair of times.

Worth the 9.

EDIT: Oh. And the music. Soundtrack PLEASE SEGA?


Tue 17th Feb 2009

I"m really enjoying this game so much. The Handcannon was an excellent investment, if only for the novelty. I still have to review Prelude to Overkill though.

Thu 26th Feb 2009

Good Evening

I just desire to recognize exactly how come the game says approximately 2 players and as soon as i attempt to play via my hubby, player two can not open it. just how can i activate player two? please advise

give thanks to you

Mon 16th Mar 2009

I absolutely loved this game, it certainly lived as much as the hype. Great soundtrack and also a story that doesnt try and also take itself too seriously. Its one of those games that you play with more than once to unlock everything and also then you have the right to simply pick up and play a couple of levels as soon as the mood takes you. Even though its not a deep or also long game it certainly has actually a replay aspect and also even a few four player party games if you can acquire some friends and a few more remotes to play. 9 out of 10 is the perfect score for this game although I can imagine sequels may not obtain as high as tbelow is very bit Sega can execute to improve on its virtually perfect on the rails shooter formula they seem to have. Be that as it may I would still buy its sequels without doubt.

Thu second Apr 2009

This game rocks. Especially through a couple of beers, friends and also couple of those HOTD:Hand also cannons

"Housage of the Dead: Overkill… It"s not simply great, it"s f**king delicious!"

Sun fifth Apr 2009

I really chosen this game, as a rental, nothing even more till that 50.00 price tag drops dvery own as much as you drop down all those zom...mutants. Plus, the consistent f-bombing was annoying, and unnecessary; it was just irritating. Other than that, an excellent game.

Wed 2second Jul 2009

I bought this game and also I love it, its among the the majority of fun games I"ve played so much. Its funny, the swearing doesn"t bother me bereason I"ve checked out Grindhome and also kbrand-new what to intend. Everything is over the optimal, like the explosions, the mutants and also dialogue. It was nice to check out a developer take a opportunity via something different.

Mon 14th Sep 2009

Just ebayed this game this week, and lovin" the first few levels. Anyone else think that the initially boss is harder than the 2 after it? lol, anyway, cant wait to go via it, and also then director"s reduced mode.

Mon 28th Sep 2009

tright here are minigames in the game that you can play up to 4 players (using 4 wii-motes) so i guess this game is categorised wrong as a 2 player game (which is the story mode-director"s cut). Great Resee, definately one of the best wii games.

Sat second Jan 2010

I picked this game up for 10euro new over Christmas. It is a very great Video Game. I had actually to buy a gun. Great fun

Sat second Jan 2010

Fantastic game, love the Tarrentino style. Too negative we might never acquire a sequel because of low sales.

Thu 28th Apr 2011

Was an excellent game, indeed. Genuinely funny, too.

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Too bad not enough world offered it a possibility. I guess it will certainly be remembered by those who played it as a cult classical, favor those movies it tried so tough to emulate.