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The House of the Dead III (Xbox)

Platform : Xbox
3.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • One to two players
  • Huge interactive levels with massive armies of zombies
  • New play mechanics allows players to mow down large groups of enemies all at once
  • Branching paths and a variety of endings add to the replay value
  • Time is now a factor – Dead-eye aim won’t mean much unless gamers have the quick trigger-finger to back it up
  • All-new graphics and special effects
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000067O05
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 100 g
  • Release Date: 11 Jun. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,377 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

In House of the Dead III you defy the undead with shotgun in hand as you explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland of unrelenting terror. Fans of the series will thrill to beautifully rendered gore, time-sensitive gameplay and a wide variety of branching paths. Gamers take out wave after wave of horrific zombies as they travel different routes and advance the story line, uncovering new secrets and hidden areas along the way. The all-new shotgun comes in handy when you're surrounded by an army of undead. Players must use it wisely to take out multiple enemies in a single blast as they plough their way through the most exhilarating nightmare yet.

Amazon.co.uk Review

It may seem a rather minor innovation in The House of the Dead III, but the chance to spray huge amounts of buckshot at zombies and their fellow mutated friends does make for a rather different experience than trying to go for pinpoint accuracy via a pistol. Although the fact that the gun automatically reloads seems a rather odd idea because it does slow down the pace of the game a bit.

There are some fantastic graphics in The House of the Dead III though, as you move automatically through the various spooky levels shooting zombies and monsters as they appear on the screen. Of course shooting at the zombies is much more fun if you use a lightgun and luckily the MadCatz Blaster has been made with the game specifically in mind. Using the standard controller and an onscreen crosshair still works well enough though, especially if you want a second player to join in with you.

The only real problem with the game is a lack of longevity, for although there is a version of The House of the Dead II to unlock there's very little else in terms of extra modes or secrets. Still, if you're a fan of the arcade game, or lightgun games in general, this is top kinetic fun. --David Jenkins

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By R. Stevens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2004
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I have to admit that I have played this quite a bit since I bought it, which is good, but the reason it is fun is because of playing using the light gun more than the quality of the game. In fact, there are quite a few things about the game that suck.
First off, it is really short! Once you've gotten the hang of things you can play from start to end in 25 minutes (and that involves some repeated sections). Which means that its replay value is pretty low - though, as a positive point, it means you can have a quick game while waiting for a meal to cook or something.
Another reason that makes the short completion time a good thing is due to the second thing I dislike (almost detest) about the game. It is as much about firing as rapidly a possible as it is about aiming well. Some sections can only be passed if you fire like a maniac, most notably the final boss, though similar situations appear throughout the game. This will leave your trigger finger throbbing by the end of a game and sore for a day afterwards. It shifts the focus away from aiming well to testing how fast you can pound a trigger. Scoring is also based on the time you take to put down an enemy after its appearance. This, of course, means that memorising where an enemy is going to appear and firing like a loon gets a better score than precise aiming.
Final bad point. The game is really inconsistent, which is probably a throwback to its arcade machine roots. Sometimes you pass a section without difficulty, another time you will never get through without getting hammered by the enemies. Sometimes one or two shots will kill an enemy, at other times you have to reload twice before the thing dies.
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I always enjoyed the arcade game, and eventually found myself buying a dreamcast console in order to play House Of The Dead 2- and now the greatest arcade game ever has arrived at the welcome gates of Xbox, how does it stack up? Well, it is a lot of fun, without any doubt. With additional options, like the blood colour, you can adjust certain elements of the game, which make it even better. However, the attraction to me was the unlockable H.O.T.D.2, but it took me the best part of a year to unlock! The game is by no means easy, and often gets very frustrating. However, the new gun system is very accurate, better than the old floating target. Getting on to the unlockable game, you need to have loved the original version-because there is no difference!! The graphics are exactly the same, the only difference is the secret "Infinite lives" mode (?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!).However, it is highly recommended.(Although this review is a bit late, as Xbox 360's are the current thing, Xboxes will soon slip into obscurity, and the fourth House Of The Dead is currently out on Wii!)
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By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2003
Truly an awesome game.
Having a better weapon is what hits you firstly as in the previous two there was no shotgun used. You can change the color of the blood from Green to Red... Even better bosses to face more challenging areas to complete. Better GFX, better sound, better fun. This is truly a game I would recommend to anyone over the age of 15 definately.
2 player co-operative is awesome. Such good fun working as a team. You may find this game repetitive but it is all good fun.
You do not need to be a real gaming fanatic to enjoy it either. The bosses are really challenging and you get get 'House Of The Dead 2' with 'House Of The Dead III' after you complete III.
The graphics do not change on 'House Of The Dead 2' from the Dreamcast version but this is still a great game.

I would definately recommend the 'Thrustmaster' P.Beretta. for this game. It is the easiest to hold when playing and it is modelled on a full scale Beretta.

Definately good fun and even more good fun with a friend but make sure you buy the light gun (Beretta) otherwise it is not as much fun using a hand controller.

Both kick ass games especially 'House Of The Dead III'
-Have fun

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Its exactly like the arcade which is great.. except it was built to steal you money.. so is bl**dy hard to complete without giving yourself loads of continues in the options.. which feels like cheating.. instead of pumping the arcade full of quid's.. which feels like earning your way on the board. + unfortunately the only way to get on the board is to complete it.
Its quite simple at the start and my three-year-old nephew can get to the next chapter by himself. The later bosses get a bit harder, and the last one is a continue fest. If you do choose to put lots of continues you notice it's quite a short game. But to complete without you had better be able to click 100 times faster than the auto fire and 10 times faster than I can click.
Short-lived fun that you can come back to again and again. Best fun with a couple of guns and a bunch of friends. When will they bring out time crisis tho!!! You might actually get to use an x or y button then.
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The popular aracade game series is finally in videogame form.
Your mission is to get into a house and kill the zombies that has invaded the area. It's not so very difficult when you first know how to play it. Simply just blow the head of the undead as they try to attack you, but it's not just ordinary zombies here but also some with tentacles, some with super strenght and even zombies with buzzsaws(!) The disc also contains a documentary about the upcoming movie version of the game. The only annoying thing is that it's not possible to save the game, so you have to start all over igain from the first level when you want to play igain. Otherwise that, it's an okay and entertaining game.
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