House of the Dead 4 Special reaches arcades

Latest installment in Sega's zombie shooter series gets an upgrade in Japan with an enclosed playing area, new features.

Like so many shambling undead, units of the House of the Dead 4 Special arcade game have started making their way into select arcades and amusement centers throughout Japan.

An expanded version of House of the Dead 4, the two-player game sports many features geared toward increasing the players' sense of immersion. For example, it is fully enclosed and features a pair of 100-inch screens positioned in front of and behind the players. A five-speaker sound system provides the audio. Players sit on seats that automatically swivel throughout the game. The seats are force-feedback-enabled to provide jolts at appropriate moments, and blasts of air will tell players when they've been hit.

The gun controller--which is shaped like a submachine gun--will also use force feedback and can be set to full auto for mowing down multiple zombies. Lastly, when played in two-player mode, the game provides a compatibility rating for the players based on how well they played together.

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vershiris
vershiris

please sega MAKE HOUSE OF THE DEAD 4 ON THE XBOX 360, EVERYBODY WILL LOVE IT AND EVEN MORE PEOPLE WILL BUY IT IF YOU MAKE THE GUN FOR IT ASWELL, PLEEEEAAASSSEEE!!!!!

GarfieldX
GarfieldX

For those that are looking for this in the west coast, the Gameworks in Las Vegas just received the unit. Unfortunately, when I was there on Saturday the unit is not ready yet.

grothita
grothita

gamespot are so gonna be blow away with house of the Dead 4 on Xbox 360. That's if they don't take anything away while porting it to the console which they usually do In Console/PC ports from the arcade. But I think this time The xbox 360 will be able to handle House of The Dead 4's Features and graphical tec. Anyways Microsoft bought the rights to the series since the 3rd one so it's definately coming out for the 360. we just don't know when. It's strange enough though how gamespot still don't even have a gamesite for it yet There's Proof http://games.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/1266/The-House-of-the-Dead-4/ http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/objects/749/749075.html And even a part on wikipedia on the info box for it. So Hold tight people I'm sure this game will eventually port it's self on the 360 at any point in the near future.

UnknownHedgehog
UnknownHedgehog

I've seen a gameplay video on YouTube, and it looks pretty good. The question is...where the hell ARE the arcades???

marceloviegas
marceloviegas

I am a Sega's House of dead fan Please port this game for XBOX 360, with a light submachine game included.I'm waiting for this great game.i've finish the arcade version an i think the potencias is supirior of NAMCO time crisis4.PLEASE PEOPLE MAKE POSTS HERE TO "SEDUCE" SEGA'S HEADMASTERS FOR A XBOX 360 INSTALEMENT,I BELIVED IN SEGA POTENCIAL I LOVED SONIC AND CONDEMNED.THHANKS

ironman7412
ironman7412

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRR! TO THE CREATORS OF HOTD4 MAKE A VERSION OF THIS IN X360!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mike_mgoblue
mike_mgoblue

I can't wait for House of the Dead 4 for Xbox 360!

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

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tashpool
tashpool

Looks pretty big, but I would definitely pay to give it a go. Was just playing the regular edition at game works this weekend. If you do a search on the Japanese name, you can find some screen shots at watch impress, looks like you sit in the middle and the chair rotates between the screens - looks like fun.

jackassultima
jackassultima

sound awesome, hope they release it over the pond here in Britain soon

squarephreak
squarephreak

This would be cool, but will probably cost about a buck and a half to two bucks per play if you could actually find one.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

was never into this game, so MEH.

ReyWing
ReyWing

could you hook up other components to the 100 inch screens!? cuz then that'd rule! imagine play'n HALO/2, Graw, PDZ, Half Life 2, Doom3, Prey, etc, etc on THIS bad boi! holy crap!

Stephen361984
Stephen361984

Hmmmm so what 2008 before we see it here in Ireland

anobato
anobato

hopefully our local arcade can afford this one... I am SO looking forward to this! :)

rynmls
rynmls

waiting for august releases...

jeffosoft
jeffosoft

The basic version seems great I played through a few levels with a friend this weekend while waiting to see a movie. The shaking thing was a little annoying but it would be awesome to see this come to the US but the US really doesnt have that large or market for arcades since the arcade crash in teh 80's or whenever that was and alot of companys are afraid to shell out this kind of money for a machine that they may not even break even on.

gradius2dx
gradius2dx

If this gets a U.S. release I'll be looking forward to playing it. I live within 20 minutes of a Dave and Buster's. I've played the original version of HOTD 4 and it kicks ass, though it lacks the survival-horror feel of past HOTD games. Also, The Star is a @(#*%.

Karjah
Karjah

I really really miss the good arcades. All we have in my city are now are those crappy "Ruckers" arcades that cater more to the 12 year old and have a few ddr machines stuffed into a corner for the rest of us.

amycasey2
amycasey2

This thing just sounds crazy! Too bad I'll probably never see one.

cube-gage
cube-gage

it would make alot of sense to release this for the wii, the wii remote might work better than a traditional light gun. im p off as i recently bought hotd2 for my dreamcast but the disc is scratched to pieces and i can only play the taining mode.

Vulpis
Vulpis

*sigh* Do people even *think* around here any more before posting? All these people saying 'I've played it'...no, you've played the 'basic' one-screen version. From the sounds of things, this is a different beastie, requiring you to react to events behind you (granted, it *is* possible they took scenes where you'd normally have your POV whipped around and mapped them to the chair-turn-around instead). And gee, didn't anyone bother to think that maybe they listened to complaints about the basic version and took the time to deal with them in this version? And on the flip side, all these nits saying 'I want a console version!'...that'd be easy enough to do with the basic version of the game, but how, pray tell, are you going to get that second screen, short of using a dual-header PC setup? Think, people, think! And to add a third side to this...yeah, it probably won't make it over to the US any time soon, just like R360. Honestly, it seems like Japan pretty much gives us the finger on this stuff--take a good look at the kinds of games that are sold within Japan, compared to the dregs that get brought over to the US.

Cypher_VR
Cypher_VR

OH MAN!!! BRING IT TO US NOW!!! DAMN, THAT SOUNDS COOL! TWO SCREENS, FORCE FEEDBACK, CHAIRS!

juliaryder
juliaryder

This looks great!!! I want to play! No fair!! :( I hope that it gets to the US of A!!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!!! :P

ZeroGravX
ZeroGravX

Oh man! That would be so much fun. That reminds me of that Jurassic Park game that had a similar setup (except for the screen in the back, there was only one large screen in front of the player).

noidio
noidio

Bah! it isn't that great! sure the sound and shocks feals amazing but i played it a few times and got bored of it. House of the Dead went downhill since 3 when they introduced the shotgun. now with a submachine gun aiming has become pointless and all you do is fill the screen with bullets in a matter of seconds. completely pointless! AND to reload u dun even have to shoot outside the screen or ANYTHING! just wave ur left hand infront of the gun and it triggers the sensor for reload (i know it says to SHAKE! but there's a sensor in front of the gun that does just as well and less tiring) !!! seriously! Dun wry the ppl that live in the US u're really not missing out. except maybe a sore hand by the 3rd level from all the excessive shaking.

X7_13o9
X7_13o9

its really a shame american arcades arent that popular i wish they were so i could play games like this

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Two 100 inch screens? Holy crap, how big is this monstrousity of a machine? I'd pay 2 or even 3 dollars to try out this bad boy. Hail to the King, Baby!

edger2006
edger2006

make this GAME FOR THE NINTENDO WII

dan_3
dan_3

There's an Arcade in Winter Park, Florida (very close to Orlando) called Rocky's Replay and they get every new Arcade game when it comes in, if you come to Florida, check this bad boy out Dan

ultrazone
ultrazone

Wow, thats a really sweet setup...i want one!

daveg1
daveg1

should be great for the 360 via lindenberg!

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

I love Hous e of the Dead series but that Uwe Boll director destroyed it!!!

SpiritEmu
SpiritEmu

I played it last week at an arcade and the only problem I found with the original is when you go to reload by shaking the marble it got stuck for me and wouldn't let me shoot.

Z00Mbite
Z00Mbite

im gonna buy the next plane ticket to japan

Enterprise-E
Enterprise-E

I can't wait to waste more coins on this game. I liked all the other ones excepte for house of the dead 3 for the xbox.

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

Man I would love to have the chance to play this game! the arcade scene in the US is as dead as the zombies in HOTD. But more games like this could breathe a little bit of life back in them.

diablobasher
diablobasher

@Ace_Gunner Cool, at least its in the UK then XD Yeah, london, i live wayyyyyy south of there, so south, south is even in the name of the city i live in :P Ill keep my eyes peeled for it here, but Arcades arent exactly kept up to date anymore, let alone round here, arcades are dying/dead ;_; its a real shame. Diablo

Hells_Sad_Song
Hells_Sad_Song

if this doesnt come to America.... I'm moving to Japan.

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

Yeah, HotD4 is in the UK, they have one at the local bowling alley/arcade. Pretty sweet game, although I prefer the HotD3 shotguns to the new sub-machine guns. Too light-weight.

J-X
J-X

I need to buy one of these for myself :D

ffgothic
ffgothic

whatever happened to arcades here in the states? remember the good ol dayz!?