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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The arcade breaks through into modern console glory, and doesn't disappoint!
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...
Published on 21 April 2009 by Samuel Peers

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but short and flawed
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...
Published on 24 Mar. 2004 by R. Stevens


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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but short and flawed, 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. At first you question your aim, but after a while it becomes clear that the game has decided that it's time you use another credit and that it is going to make it happen. It also changes the speed of the enemies to this end, accelerating their attacks and movements. On top of the rapid fire issue, this totally throws off the idea of your aim being your primary merit, since even aiming well will not get you anywhere if the game has decided that you are going to get hit.
Finally, some other disappointments include the fact that you never get to change weapons, even for short periods. The branching storyline boasted in the blurb just means you get to choose the order in which you play the levels, which have either forwards or backwards routes. The actual story never changes and is really bad. So bad you wish you could play without it.
But it is only when you play the House of the Dead 2, which unlocks upon completion of the game, that you realise that the 3rd edition is not really too bad. Part 2 looks really dated, is an even bigger bitch to play and can slow down horrendously.
So, in conclusion, the game has faults, but provided you have a light gun it offers a reasonable diversion. It wins in the end because there is no competition on Xbox. Don't even consider buying this without a light gun, you won't have any fun at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The arcade breaks through into modern console glory, and doesn't disappoint!, 21 April 2009
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This review is from: The House of the Dead III (Xbox) (Video Game)
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The House Of The Dead III, 29 Mar. 2003
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This review is from: The House of the Dead III (Xbox) (Video Game)
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

-CrYsTal-nInJA
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad.. only darn gungame on xbox at the mo, 5 Dec. 2003
This review is from: The House of the Dead III (Xbox) (Video Game)
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They're not coming for Barbara,- They're coming for you!, 8 Jan. 2004
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This review is from: The House of the Dead III (Xbox) (Video Game)
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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House Of The Dead 3, 9 Mar. 2003
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This review is from: The House of the Dead III (Xbox) (Video Game)
Remember the original house of the dead? Allmost every arcade here in the uk still have it in. I loved it, And played it all the time. The game puts your aiming skills to the test, By giving you a weapon, And unlimited ammo. You must try to stop hoards of zombies as they throw themselves at you, And try not to get killed.
Well, Now its back, for a third time. The idea is basicly the same. Your man moves around, and you have to shoot evrything that moves. Now its set 20 years in the futer, And your player now has a shotgun, instead of the handgun featured in 1 & 2. This proves usefull, Becouse you can now, If you aim well, knock-down 3-4 zombies in 1 blast. The game has greatly improved graphics and spechial fx, Sound and lighting. The game also has a good atmosphear, With zombies jumping out when you least expect. The main thing about the house of the dead serious is that you dont have the freedom of guiding your player yourself. The player moves automaticly, But most of the truly great battle sequinces in the game could not be accomplished if you could. Also, It would not be a house of the dead game if you could controll your player.
The other thing that hits most people about the game is the gore. The game features a lot of blood, EG. Some cut scenes feature stuff such as peoples arms being ripped off, And lots and lots of blood squirting out. One of the features though allows you to turn the colour off blood into red, blue, orange etc.
Overall I highly recomend this game for anyone over 15. Its fun, And cool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars screen problems, 11 July 2011
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This review is from: The House of the Dead III (Xbox) (Video Game)
I have rated this game because i played it years ago and liked it, however i have just bought a copy to relive my experiences as i still have the xbox and guns but unfortunately the guns dont seem to work with my new LCD computer monitor/digital tv :-(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb game!, 29 July 2013
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great game so much to fun to play and after hours in the arcade playing it in the front room makes it that much more enjoyable!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mitico juego de recreativas, 8 April 2013
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Corto pero entretenido, un clasico de las recreativas! Es un poco complicado por lo tanto no sera facil el pasarlo en una tarde
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5.0 out of 5 stars the house of the dead, 13 Mar. 2014
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i bought this game for my husband who is a novice gamer. he was very happy with it. highly recommeded
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