If you are anything like me you have been hearing about how awesome House of the Dead: Overkill for the Wii is, but what was so special was never really conveyed to me, either due to my own reading skills or the way the reviewers told their story. So let me break it down for you.
Ophilye and I were in crappy moods and we both felt like a good game of shooting zombies would make us feel better, and Gamefly just sent us House of the Dead: Overkill.
Now what made this game so fun to us is it did what we didn’t expect, so if you want that same feeling, maybe you should stop reading and just go rent it. If you are walking the line between “oh, yet another iteration of that stupid game” and “well, maybe it’ll be fun..” then please read on.
Ok so this is the Wii, the console that every woman and child in america has or wants, with loads of shovel-ware thrown its way and most of it’s target demographic wearing makeup or playing with dolls. With this expectation, when the game opened to a stripper, dancing away, and I am not talking animated stripper, this is full motion video of a real 70’s stripper with a wii controller, I was excited. Now don’t get too excited, she wasn’t naked, but she was sexy and it was the perfect opener for a game that was balls to the wall and something straight out of grindhouse! 2 men throwing obscenities left and right before you even get control of the game, The writing and cinamatics reminded me of Tarentino’s recent “GrindHouse” flick, it caught us so off guard both Ophilye and I were laughing and cheering. We then got to the game play, which was just like the old House of Dead, you point the wii controller and shoot zombies as the camera dictates what you will see and where you will go. Truth be told, if this game only had the gameplay it wouldn’t appeal to too many people, unless you loved House of the Dead (I did!) or wanted a light gun shooter game. But luckily they added that “grindhouse” effect and story line and that made us both want to keep playing.
It’s obvious at this point that I’ve only played the first level, but am BEYOND excited to continue playing. The obscenities, violence (albeit poorly-lit & 70’s-ish), and blatant sexuality makes it a game we have to play when the Couple Gaming Test Subject goes out to play, so I wanted to let every couple gamer out there know: TRY OUT THIS GAME. We know you bought the Wii for the wife & kids, but this is the “mans game” you’ve been hoping would one day show it’s pimply ass.
Go, make the wii full of testosterone. It’ll be good for both of you.