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Typing of the Dead gets new 'movie quote' DLC


'I love the smell of napalm in the morning'
Mar 03
// Chris Carter
Typing of the Dead: Overkill has been getting some support since launch, and the newest DLC to be added to the game is the "Movie Quotes" pack. It's priced at $2.99, which gets you a remixed set of phrases to type f...
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Typing of the Dead

The Typing of the Dead: Overkill DLC goes Shakespeare


The Bard vs. Zombies
Nov 25
// Conrad Zimmerman
I was over the moon when The Typing of the Dead: Overkill was released, as I totally loved the original Typing of the Dead in concept and play. But maybe the text offerings were a little too vulgar for you and you'd appr...
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Typing of the Dead: Overkill was almost never released


When passion and a bizarre zombie game collide
Nov 02
// Alessandro Fillari
To pretty much everyone's surprise, Sega released The Typing of the Dead: Overkill just in time for Halloween. In this sequel of sorts to the infamous Typing of the Dead for the Sega Dreamcast and Arcade, players must put the...

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The Typing of the Dead: Overkill is real and out now


Today's installment of 'Holy hell, that's a terrific idea!'
Oct 29
// Jordan Devore
The Typing of the Dead has been neglected for long enough. Out of seemingly nowhere, it's back and available on Steam with a new installment, The Typing of the Dead: Overkill. Normally priced at $19.99, if you buy the title b...
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The House of the Dead

The House of the Dead: Overkill revamped for mobile


The Lost Reels on Android and iOS
Apr 25
// Jordan Devore
Adapting light-gun series for use on a touch screen doesn't sound immediately appealing, but I'll try most things once. After all, The House of the Dead: Overkill was enjoyable for what it was back in 2009 on the Wii. F...
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Upon first seeing The House of the Dead 4 playing on loop in a hotel nearby GDC 2012 proper, I pondered whether or not I had played the game before. Seeing as how I haven't made any trips to Japan, ever, it quickly became cle...

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House of the Dead III comes Valentine's Day, demo out now


Feb 07
// Brett Zeidler
If you're anything like me you don't have any plans for Valentine's Day this year and you also like killing waves of zombies. Those two things aren't normally related whatsoever, but this year Sega is changing that. On Valent...
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House of the Dead 3 and 4 coming to PSN in HD


Jan 05
// Conrad Zimmerman
SEGA's first-person arcade horror shooter series, House of the Dead, is getting more of the HD treatment as the publisher has announced today that the third and fourth installments in the series will be coming to PlayStation...

Review: The House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut

Oct 25 // Jim Sterling
The House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut (PlayStation 3)Developer: Headstrong GamesPublisher: SEGAReleased: October 25, 2011MSRP: $39.99 For those who did not play the Wii original, The House of the Dead: Overkill takes the arcade on-rails shooting of the House of the Dead series and transplants it into an over-the-top grindhouse setting, as Agent G and Isaac Washington team up to chase down the nefarious Papa Caesar. Along the way, they'll meet audacious sex object Varla Guns and shoot their way through an army of violent undead mutants and utterly horrific bosses.  Much of the game is unchanged from the 2009 version. You'll defend yourself from incoming mutants using either the PlayStation Move or SIXAXIS controller while the camera does all the movement for you. Bonuses such as concept art, 3D models or music can be unlocked by shooting special items in the environment while health packs, bullet-time power-ups and grenades can also be fired at and collected throughout every stage.  New to Extended Cut are two levels focused around Varla Guns and stripper friend Candy -- Naked Terror and Creeping Flesh. Set in a strip club and slaughterhouse respectively, these stages feature fresh banter between the two extra characters, a selection of new mutants and a pair of previously unseen bosses. These new levels are decent and the bosses are some of the most disgusting ever seen in the series, although they're not quite as challenging as what the established stages offer. Also, the new cutscenes between Varla and Candy are rather offensive with the "dumb bimbo stripper" stereotype portraying Candy as borderline autistic. Her child-like personality is juxtaposed with so many upskirt camera angles that the whole thing comes across as disturbing -- and not in a fun way.  Extended Cut supports 3D (both stereoscopic and anaglyphic) and the game has even retooled itself a little to justify the experience. Stages and boss fights feature new elements that throw the combat right into the player's face, but while these moments might be cool for those wearing 3D glasses, they waste the time of anybody else. They're rather forced and come across as little better than when a 3D movie constantly tosses garbage at the camera in slow motion. It's tacky and excluding, not to mention rather annoying with excessive repetition to the point where even those wearing 3D glasses might get tired of it. Naturally, the game's visuals have been upgraded in the transition from Wii to PS3 so that everything gets an HD lick of paint. That said, it's definitely still a very basic looking game, with awkward animations and simple textures remaining in place. While the HD boost is very welcome, the visual changes aren't amazing to the point of revelation and don't quite do enough to justify a purchase from those who have experienced it on the Wii.  Even with the two new scenarios, Overkill is still a rather short game, able to be beaten in a handful of hours. There's a "Director's Cut" version that unlocks upon completion, extra guns to purchase with in-game cash and several bonus levels to keep things spicy but this is a game designed around replay and will only truly reward those who intend to keep beating the same stages in a bid to top their high scores. That poses a large issue, however -- while Overkill is a lot of fun, Extended Cut has taught me that it's not a game worth playing more than once.  Playing The House of the Dead: Overkill a second time round, I found it significantly less entertaining than it was on the Wii. Much of this is due to the shock value fading away as the endless stream of swearing and sex jokes fails to maintain the element of surprise. Initially hilarious, the vulgarity comes across as rather desperate on a second playthrough. The relative ease and simplicity of the game compared to others in the House of the Dead series if far more evident, too. That does not mean the game will fail to amuse new players. What it does mean, however, is this isn't a game I feel fans of the original need to play. The visual boost is nice but not overly significant, the extra levels are nothing to write home about and the new 3D elements are annoying more than complimentary. Those who played Overkill in 2009 won't miss anything of great value by skipping over this new iteration.  However, those who are yet to experience a game so foul it broke a world record for most F-bombs in a game will likely carve out a portion of entertainment from the experience. At the very least, it gives PlayStation Move owners a damn solid game to enjoy and one might imagine that Move owners are desperate for anything at this point. That said, the fact that even SIXAXIS controllers are supported means that any PS3 owner can enjoy it.  For those fresh to Overkill's saucy blend of violence and crude humor, The House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut is a fun little game that will soak up a few hours and provide some laughs along the way. Those who have been to the rodeo before, however, don't need to get on the horse again. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the Wii version is better for not shoving the 3D gimmickry down anybody's throat and providing a more streamlined experience without the addition of that infuriating Candy character. Whatever version you play, you only need one, because this is a game that just isn't as much fun the second time around.
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The House of the Dead: Overkill is one of my favorite Wii games. Not because it's of the quality of its gameplay or its narrative depth, but because it's one of the most gloriously stupid productions ever committed to disc. F...

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Go to the carnival with House of the Dead: Overkill


Oct 20
// Brett Zeidler
Halloween is less than two weeks away and that can only mean one thing: it's time to kick some zombie ass. Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is already upon us, but there's also another zombie slaughter-fest vying for your atten...
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House of the Dead trailer is ad for a crossbow emporium


Oct 14
// Conrad Zimmerman
Yes. A crossbow emporium. A store -- presumably a large one -- which caters solely to the crossbow enthusiast who has a lot of zombies to kill. What a wonderful world that must be. God, how I love the marketing for House of ...
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The House of the Dead on PS3 may make your eyes hate you


Sep 27
// Liam Fisher
The nostalgia-fest that is The House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut for PS3 continues with Sega's announcement that the game will support not only Sterescopic 3D on your fancy new display, but also the anaglyphic 3...
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House Of The Dead: Overkill Extended Cut banned in Aus


Aug 24
// David Rayfield
The new version of SEGA's lightgun zombie shooter House Of The Dead: Overkill has been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it from sale. "A game banned in Australia? Is it lunch time already?" is probably...
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HotD: Overkill - Extended Cut providing Naked Terror


Aug 01
// Jim Sterling
The House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut will be presenting two all-new levels when it arrives exclusively on PS3. The first of those levels, Naked Terror, has been revealed today for your viewing pleasure.  This l...
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SDCC: House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut trailer


Jul 21
// Jim Sterling
I love House of the Dead: Overkill. One has to respect a really shameless bit of entertainment that doesn't care how trashy it is so long as people are having a laugh. Looks like that shamelessness is perfectly preserved in its HD re-release, Extended Cut.  Here's a trailer showing off the game in all its gory, sweary glory. Have fun!
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House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut pics, details!


Jul 14
// Jim Sterling
Long game names lead to boring headlines, due to me not having enough words to fit in all the information! There's quite a bit of information to get through, too, since the PlayStation Blog updated with a bunch of new assets ...
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Rise of Nightmares might be the best core Kinect game yet


Jun 21
// Maurice Tan
The previous E3 trailer for SEGA's Rise of Nightmares wasn't very good to say the least, but now there's finally a trailer that shows the actual game. What a world of technological marvels we live in. The trailer shows you t...
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E3: Hands-on with House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut


Jun 09
// Conrad Zimmerman
Tara Long and I checked out the upcoming House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut, coming soon to PlayStation 3. Sporting a lovely visual upgrade with rather impressive use of 3D and the excellent accuracy of the PlayStation...
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House of the Dead: Overkill is heading to the PlayStation 3 with full Move, 3D support and Sharp Shooter rifle shell support. The once Wii exclusive is getting majorly overhauled and will feature about 60 percent more content...

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The House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut for PS3


May 27
// Jim Sterling
Well what do you know? The PlayStation Move was good for something after all! SEGA has announced The House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut, an enhanced version of the hilarious Wii shooter, exclusively for PS3.  As ...

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