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5.0 out of 5 stars Why not The House of the Dead Trilogy?, 20 Aug 2008
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This review is from: House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return (Wii) (Video Game)
Thankfully, developers are beginning to realise that the Wii is perfect for light gun games. The House of the Dead series is one of the greatest in the genre, and the Wii conversion retains everything that made these games so special in the arcades.
Graphically, nothing has been updated, so Part 3 obviously looks better than Part 2. A few modes have been bundled in, such as Boss mode and a few tutorials, unlockable extras etc. But Arcade mode really is where its at.

There are branching paths throughout each stage, which usually depend on whether a civilian is rescued or killed. This provides amazing replayability. On a similar note, those worried that unlimited credits would ruin the game need not worry. There is a set number of credits when played for the first time, and every failed attempt to complete either game increases the number of credits available, or the players maximum health. This helps prevent sticking points, especially boss battles or dying at the same point again and again. Admittedly, the feature has been lifted from the PlayStation versions of Time Crisis, but a great addition regardless. The co-op mode is also great fun and just like the arcade, player 2 can jump into the action at any time during play.

The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return is incredibly nostalgic for those who played it, and still a fantastic light gun game for those who havent.
But would it have been too much to include the original House of the Dead as well? The House of the Dead Trilogy would have sounded much better too! But a small gripe with an otherwise brilliant package.
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Initial post: 17 Aug 2009 23:12:14 BDT
mediastarz says:
Which gun do you have for this? Cheers AJ

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2009 14:40:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Aug 2009 18:54:29 BDT
Stevie G says:
I dont actually have one. Bought a 3rd party gun (4gamers) which was absolutely horrendous!
So now I just use the remote, which does the job anyway!
But Id get the Official House of the Dead Overkill Hand Cannon if you really want a light gun. Its going for less than £10 now.

Posted on 5 Mar 2010 08:11:05 GMT
This game seems to be a reworking of the Xbox version of House of the Dead 3 which had the second game as a hidden extra that was only unlocked when you completed HOD III. This might explain why there's only 2 games.

I agree though that the House of the Dead trilogy would have been a great idea.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2011 14:50:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Mar 2011 14:54:07 BDT
Nick D says:
The reason the first HOTD game does not appear on here is because this release contains the Xbox ports of 2 & 3.

The console version of the original HOTD game was on the Saturn and later PC and that was a horrible conversion which looked nothing like the Model 2 arcade original.

To include the first game on here and do it justice, they would have had to code an entirely new conversion from scratch. This being a compilation release, it would have not been financially viable.
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