The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return Hands-On

Sega's classic light-gun arcade shooter makes its way from the arcade to the Wii. We armed up and found out how it's shaping up.

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House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return may be the most awkwardly titled game this year, but it's coming to a Wii near you anyway. Combined with the publisher's upcoming Sega Bass Fishing and Samba de Amigo remakes, it seems as if Sega views the Wii is a perfect platform for it's old arcade titles. While the graphics in House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return may have aged badly, the gameplay thankfully retains enough of its charm to make for a pleasing diversion.

According to Sega, The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return will include both original games, including the branching story, six game modes, and bonus content. The game will be compatible with and well suited to the Wii Zapper, offering more horror-filled light-gun action for those left wanting more after Capcom's Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles.

We recently got a chance to play the game and wasted no time in picking up the Wii Remote and laying waste to some pesky zombies. We had a few issues trying to calibrate the game to make sure it was tracking the remote accurately, but once that hiccup was resolved, we settled into blowing countless zombies away. The game follows the same conventions as many others in the genre; you're firmly stuck on-rails and shooting offscreen reloads your weapon.

Playing both games on a large plasma display, the graphics in House of the Dead 3 held up reasonably well considering it's six years old, but House of the Dead 2 looked considerably worse for wear (much like its residents) especially in the cutscenes between stages. The game will feature as-yet-unannounced new content, as well as tutorial videos from the development team covering beginner and advanced techniques.

Despite its patchy visuals, The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return should be warmly welcomed by fans of the series. It's infecting homes this March, so get those Wii Zappers ready.

Discussion

30 comments
rayray345
rayray345

I used to love these games when I was in like elementry school! Looking forward to buying it!

ninjarat
ninjarat

Hmm, if this is sucessful, can we have an updated 4th game soon please?

ThickFreak
ThickFreak

They really should upgrade the graphics, it would make it sooo much better.

DragonBlazer200
DragonBlazer200

House of the Dead is a great horror shooter. Hopefully they will decide to add the original as a bonus. Also, it would be great is you can access some type of graphic update as a download or a reward for obtaining the best rank. I know that sounds lame, but at least it is something, no?

Hector_01
Hector_01

I watched some on the spot thing on this game and they said it is gonna be about 30 bucks american or somthing. So in otherwords its pretty cheap.

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

House of the Dead is the LGS ever made. I can't wait! Too bad my mom thinks I'm a child.

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

I guess they should develop House of the Dead 4 and add these two games as a bonus, and you have a sure AA title or maybe an AAA but no, just keep throwing old games.

C00PB
C00PB

House of dead 2 and 3 was fun then and will be funner on the wii. maybe not full price worthy, but i would be happy to cough up 30 or 35 for it. I have to say though, Nintendo REALLY has to start coming up with its own good shooters, light gunned or not, instead of relying on re-realeses

elite396
elite396

lol same i would have to go to dave and busters in a different city(san diego) if i wanted to play it

lboss12
lboss12

Finally I can save my quarters and switch on my wii! All the years of zombie blasting and finally sega remakes for wii! Secret content is house of the dead original. It better not be full price though.

lboss12
lboss12

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basty7
basty7

It seems to me that the Wii mote lends itself perfectly to this type of shooter. I personally am concerned with the graphics they appear to be genuinely lacking. However i know that i will be buying this game upon its release because my girlfriend loves this game!!! we will spend hours at Dave and Busters laying waste to Zombies. She wont play Mario Galaxy but she loves to shoot guns!! should i be worried?

Xaero019
Xaero019

they wont sell it at full price. i mean look what they did with resident evil 4 and that isn't even an old game. i belive that this is they best way to go. try to copy that sony.

lotsofgunfire
lotsofgunfire

stop remaking and re-releasing and get some original lightgun games with interesting mechanics

FinalChosen
FinalChosen

I agree with Nomad. House Of The Dead is a great series, but I won't be buying it at full price when there are other games to be had. For a 6 year old game, another 4 months is nothing. Still pretty nice though.

Nomad0404
Nomad0404

Another game - like the pinball one announced recently - that simply can't justify being a full priced release - £19.99 and it's gotta be a must have more than that and it's wait for it in the second hand bin. Other than that I am quite excited about this.

Lord_Alan
Lord_Alan

"Despite its patchy visuals, The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return should be warmly welcomed by fans of the series" Because graphics are all that matter? On the Wii of all things? HotD 2 is still one of the best light-gun games ever. The graphics aren't THAT bad.

willimate
willimate

well, u know its better and use a wii guns, like remote controller, even resident evil: umbrella chronicles was borrowed from house of dead series, and house of the dead 4 will release at x360.

xboxaficionado
xboxaficionado

I already have those games on Dreamcast & XBOX, unless the bonus content is really good, I'll have to pass... or maybe not, any ways those are fun games!!

jobot_5000
jobot_5000

unanounced bonus content = house of the dead 1

taddia
taddia

and here comes another remake! yay..? anyway its a great game remake so.. no w8 it's not a remake.. oh well XD the 2 games in here still are incredibly funny to play so yay!!! ^^

AlekzW
AlekzW

Nice! I've always loved House Of The Dead. BTW: Don't waste your money on Time Crisis 4, not worth the it, stick to the arcades...

panosl
panosl

i feel excited!!but by the way..the grafs could be updated anyway!!

greater_bird
greater_bird

I'm surprised (and disappointed) they didn't update the graphics...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I never owned these 2 games despite owning a Dreamcast (I am currently playing Metropolis Street Racer, awesome game) so am looking forward to buying this for the Wii. It had better be budget price or i'll br wearing my angry face when I buy it.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm surprised that it has taken Sega / Nintendo this long to realize the potential of the Wii remote as a suitable replacement for the arcade light gun. I got that idea the first time I held the thing. And with only a modest increase in difficulty, rail shooters offer a much better adrenaline rush than, say, bowling. Having HOTD on the Wii may spare me from having to buy the expensive Time Crisis 4 (with light gun included) for the PlayStation 3. And on the Wii, multiplayer will be available (through multiple remotes)!

mellomr
mellomr

Simply put 'Can't Wait!!'

xcollector
xcollector

I'll eventually get this at some point in time but not at launch considering its an old game I have played many times over. My money is going towards newer games coming out.

RTRGRZA
RTRGRZA

House of the dead is the best game at any arcade. period.

somestupidloser
somestupidloser

House of the Dead was my favorite arcade game when I was kid, even so, I have mixed feelings about this remake. Sure, it's cool and all, but the graphics could have been given a major tune up. Perhaps a later installment if it ever comes?