Halloween Scene: House Of The Dead OVERKILL

Here’s a scary thought. The missus and I have had our Wii for probably two, maybe three years. We lucked out on a trip to a Jersey mall to meet up with two thirds of the Cool Kids Table, walked into an EB Games, asked if they had one (expecting they wouldn’t) and ended up walking out of there with a Wii! Anyway, the scary part is that I’m pretty sure House Of The Dead OVERKILL is the first Wii game I’ve ever actually finished. I’m not a huge fan of the system, though it’s been growing on me over the past few months. All that moving seems to go against the very basis of gaming. Luckily, OVERKILL (I love typing it like that) doesn’t involve much movement. You’re just pointing the WiiMote at the screen blasting zombies arcade style and doing a quick pump to the side or a click of the A button to reload. The whole things on rails, so you’re just aiming, firing and reloading. I loved this game, even if it took me a while to get through it completely.

What makes the game great, aside from all the zombie shooting, is the two main characters: a badass Sam Jackson-like cop who swears like, well, Sam Jackson and a more reserved but still bad ass secret agent type. They’re constantly spouting off one liners back and forth and even, get this, swearing. The missus was pretty shocked by that one and so was I, truth be told. Not shocked in an appalled sense, but more surprised. There’s a LOT of F bombs thrown around.  So, yeah, swearing and blowing away zombies from the comfort of my couch or floor? Bam.

But, it’s not a perfect game by any means. It breaks one of my cardinal rules of video games and doesn’t allow you to jump through the cut scenes. Some of them are way too long. WAY too long. And you’ve just got to sit through them. Or run to the fridge and grab another beer, whatever. It also seemed really dark. There were plenty of scenes where I had no idea what I was shooting at. I guess that’s part of the zombie experience, but even in a much more advanced game like Left 4 Dead 2, you can usually see what’s going on at least right in front of you.

Oh, I should also mentioned that I sucked at this game. There’s a system built in where, if you get enough points, you can upgrade your gun. You keep getting cooler and better guns as you advance. Well, that is if you don’t have to keep using those points to regenerate like I did. I ended up with the two cheapest guns in the game and I lazily never looked up on how to switch to the other one, so I went through the whole game with a freakin’ hand gun. I did appreciate that, even though I sucked, I always earned enough points to regenerate and just keep shooting zombies.

So, there you have it. OVERKILL has plenty of problems, but if you can pick it up used somewhere, I’d say it’s definitely worth it, especially if you have fond memories of playing the first House Of The Dead arcade game when you were younger, like old fogies like me.

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