House of the Dead: Overkill done for

Sega's zombie shooter for Wii goes gold; gamers finally able to "suffer like G did" February 10.

Sega's violent homage to terrible movies is ready to roll. Today the publisher announced that House of the Dead: Overkill has gone gold and will be ready to meet its February 10 North American release date.

Hospital of the Dead.

Like Madworld and No More Heroes, Overkill falls into the steadily expanding group of ultraviolent M-rated games being made for the usually family-friendly Wii. As with previous House of the Dead games, Overkill is an on-rails light-gun-style shooter that challenges players to mow down hordes of zombies while avoiding innocent civilians with an ill-advised penchant for startling heavily armed secret agents.

Setting Overkill apart from previous entries in the series is its adoption of a B-movie aesthetic to form a "pulp funk horror" vibe clearly inspired by efforts such as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's film Grindhouse (itself an homage to an entire genre of exploitive cinema of the 1970s). Whereas previous House of the Dead games echoed the dialog and delivery of such films, Overkill incorporates gratuitous swearing, go-go dancers, and visual effects to simulate battered and beat-up film prints.

Development on Overkill was handled by Headstrong Games, formerly known as Kuju London. Previous projects from Headstrong include Battalion Wars for the GameCube and Battalion Wars 2 for the Wii.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest House of the Dead: Overkill preview.

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51 comments
mspranav
mspranav

WILL THIS BE BETTER THAN BIOSHOCK ?

xdeiri
xdeiri

sega is the house of the dead developers

GarysLaptop
GarysLaptop

I am so there. This looks like the only good NEW game out for the Wii right now.

necronaux
necronaux

ultraviolent, gratuitous swearing, go-go dancers... count me in.

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

Already bought and paid for, on Feb 10th I just have to trade my nice little reserve slip in for this gem. While I really want Deadly Creatures too, it may have to wait till I cap some zombies in Bayou City. There will be much beer and corpse shooting on the night of Feb 10th, pretty excited.

rgame1
rgame1

this is nice, but i have always wanted to play a dark/gritty/action light gun game with awesome music.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

Cool I'll have to pick this up for my Wii that I only play when I want to get a game of HOTD 2 & 3 on. Now sega how about bringing a copy of House of the Dead 4 on the Xbox 360?? We know you and microsoft are friends, err lovers I'm sure you can manage to get the right to make a wireless gun for the Xbox 360, if you cant do it I don't think anyone can..

MedevilDragon
MedevilDragon

Where that hell is House of the Dead 4 for 360 and PS3 Sega?

BlackDragon110
BlackDragon110

I have to say that I'm really looking foward to this title. I love the whole grindhouse look of the game. The still pictures don't do this game justice, the videos give you a much better feel for the game. From what I've read the IR controls seem to be spot on. I'm hoping that they are an improvement on HOTD 2&3, not that their IR control was bad. There also seems to be whole lot more limb splattering in this game. If Sega can pull this game off they will seriously ahead of the game this year.

lamprey263
lamprey263

ugh, I miss the days when light guns actually worked, these IR emitting supplements just aren't doing it for me

TheArcade
TheArcade

I really need to get a Wii. >_

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

Yeah, but people are talking about Sonic and Sega not Sega in general

ahpuck
ahpuck

if i had a Wii, i would wait for the review. Sega has not been making good games lately.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I wonder if it'll be as bad as the other House of the Dead games or if they've turned up the heat on this one, but since it's a Sega game I guess there's a good chance it might just blow chunks

OICWUTUDIDTHAR
OICWUTUDIDTHAR

*Insert "I thought it was going to be canceled by that headline!" reaction here*

jsnowbordr47
jsnowbordr47

I might buy it, I bought the last gun game for the Wii (Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles) and I enjoyed that one, but what I really want to see is a modern rendition of the Area 51 lightgun games (with the real life STAAR trooper actors and all), I wasted so many coins on that game back in the day. Or even better, let's see a new Virtua Cop game, my friend still has his Sega Saturn for the purpose of playing that game.lol

travisstaggs
travisstaggs

Man I thought this was canceled at first was "HOLY CRAP NO!"

auron_16
auron_16

i agree with dRuGGeRnaUt.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

is this what GS is reduced to? making interesting sounding headlines to "lure" people to check the link?? LAME, their hits-per-day must be struggling... seriously? gamespot? i would expect that from "independant" and user-made game pages, but COME ON.. Seriously, its so strange, these "on-rail" shooters were "all the rage" back about 10 - 12 years ago, now they are coming back?? WTF? Next thing you know POG will be back, but this time, you play it on the wii.

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

Enough with the "I thought this game was canceled" comments. Please?

theragu40
theragu40

"...steadily expanding group of ultraviolent M-rated games being made for the usually family-friendly Wii..." So...at what point do we stop referring to Wii as a kiddie system or "family friendly"? They say it themselves - there are more and more M-rated titles...just maybe at some point the system won't be pidgeonholed as a child's toy? And terrible title. Did no one catch the clear insinuation that the title had been canceled? Because I'm pretty sure all your readers caught it.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

I loved dishing in qaurters for the original House of the Dead. Hopefully this is good. Last good one console wise, was the Arcade port of House of the Dead II for Dreamcast. *sigh* i miss Dreamcast.

funsohng
funsohng

holy i thought it was cancelled

BatrozX
BatrozX

Excellent headline...definitely made me click it... ^_^ good to hear the game is going gold.

Goomba_Lord37
Goomba_Lord37

I thought the link meant it got canceled lol.

bigd575
bigd575

I thought the game was done for lol good way to make me click the link.

stereotype14
stereotype14

I thought the economy claimed another victim. Great way to get people to click on the link.

Trajectorize
Trajectorize

Yeah, terrible choice for a headline. Not every headline has to be a pun/play on the game's title. @ IXIWhistIXI: Surely you've heard of Valkyria Chronicles?

chrismaster36
chrismaster36

Holy crap, i thought the game was goin tpi be cancelled

Hungry_Homer111
Hungry_Homer111

Wow. Thought that the game was canceled... Anyway, glad it isn't. Looks like a sweet game.

thetravman
thetravman

"Suffer like G did" Ha. I never get tired of the horrible dialogue in the 2nd game. This new game looks good.

zeorshadow19
zeorshadow19

I almost had a heat attack at the title. Thanks, Gamespot

IXIWhistIXI
IXIWhistIXI

Seriously gamespot...why did you word this the way you did? I thought the game got canceled. ANywho, this could be the first decent sega game in the last 10 years.

scar-hawk
scar-hawk

Yet another terribly worded headline Gamespot..... I along with many others thought this game was cancelled from your headline. Well I now am going to make sure I don't assume anything from your headlines.

flameducky
flameducky

I agree. WTF Gamespot? I almost freaked when i thought the game was canceled.

XFoogyX
XFoogyX

so the "done for" in the article title means it's finished? not cancelled? jeez, i hate it when they do that.

Oloryn
Oloryn

Pretty excited about this. Glad another nice mature game is coming out for the Wii, and though we all know its generic action, House of the Dead is always entertaining. ...the headline was misleading though, for a moment I thought the game was another of many getting scrapped!

thesamasauris
thesamasauris

this doesn't look as good as the RE rail shooter.

ff7cloudking
ff7cloudking

If I had a wii, I would definitly buy this.

SoNin360
SoNin360

the Wii needs a nice violent game like this i think.

Rhubarb9
Rhubarb9

"Overkill incorporates gratuitous swearing, go-go dancers, and visual effects to simulate battered and beat-up film prints. " thats a risk remember when romero gang tried to sue capcom for dead rising?

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

This is going to be a really fun light gun game... I still like puting in my House of the dead 2 & 3 disc in my wii. These games are very fun for everyone. I just hope they give us that 1st game with this 4th game, I miss playing that one.

jadefury27
jadefury27

i hope the gun calibration works better than it did for house of the dead 2&3. they were terrible ports. and blk dragon110 i didn't give u the thumbs down.