By Jenn Tyre
House of the Dead Overkill for the Wii is a short game with fairly easy achievements, but it was probably the most fun I had killing zombies in a long time! The style of it, is very reminiscent to the Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse feature, by not only the look and feel of it, but the witty, vulgar dialogue as well.
I am usually not one for the dialogue in games (I am definitely more of a shoot-em up type of gal) but listening to the banter between the two characters, Agent G (who is Samuel L Jackson re-incarnated) and Issac Washington (your typical macho stud), made me laugh everytime. The things that are said and done in this game are used for pure shock value and anyone without a sense of humor or appreciation for the ridiculousness will hate this game.
While the game is pretty simple for someone who has a love for killing the dead, someone new to this might have a hard time adjusting to the shooting and the graphics. One person player is easy because your gun is the only thing displayed on the screen. While playing as a 2 person shooter, it is easy to get mixed up with who is killing who. It holds the same type of horror elements that other classics do like Deadspace, Silent Hill or Resident Evil, and the perfect way to enjoy this game is in complete darkness to add to the horror element. The mutants you are assigned to kill is everything I love thrown into one game. You have your fast moving (ala 28 Days Later), your slow moving (ala the Original Gangsters) and even throws in a few crawling (which has been used and abused by Japanese Horror flicks). It definitely succeeds in the creep factor, but brings you right out of it with the shocking hilarious scenes.
Many of the mini-games are fun as well, but I say stick to the actual story mode because it plays out like one Mother-F%$king badass movie, that you and your sick little twisted friends will enjoy!