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This review is from: House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut (PS3) (Video Game)I've played a lot of HOTD games and when I first saw this on the Wii, I was disappointed, but now I have a copy on the PS3 I am enjoying it.
The game is as simple as shooting games come - you'll be driven through the levels on rails, shooting everything on screen before it attacks you. At the end of every level is a boss. However, this is the first of the HOTD games to actually feel different from the rest and as I was such a fan of the earlier ones, I didn't like a lot of the changes. First of all, the game is full to the brim with swearing. Every cut scene involves so much bad language it's hard to take at some points, so you need a sense of humour to put up with this. The scenarios are also much less "cheesy" than before. Most of the supporting characters are very perverted. There's also a lot more realistic gore, so this is definitely an adult game, which is a shame as the previous ones could be enjoyed by anybody, but this would NEVER be allowed in an arcade!
The gameplay remains the same, you still have to shoot everything, but avoid normal humans who occasionally pop up and need saving (they don't give you Life Ups though!). Something that I thought was missing though was the ability to obliterate the scenery - no more crates, padlocks, vases, etc to shoot apart, and even the zombie body hits don't really register gunshot as well as before - arms and legs don't seem to fly off, and I used to do this a lot with the ones holding weapons. Worst of all - no more branching pathways. There is only one linear route through each level, and that was a shame.
However - there are improvements. Obviously the graphics look great...mostly: there are a few exceptions, notably Varla Guns' hair which is so bad it distracted me from everything else whenever she was on screen. The levels are all quite long and there are a lot of chapters and there are also mini games. For the completists there are things to look out for onscreen such as posters, figurines and comic books - shooting these unlocks bonus galleries and so on.
Finally, on the PS3 version at least, there is one huge difference - there is no game over! Right at first play, the amount of continues is unlimited which I found really strange - so even the weakest player could make it through to the end on their first sitting, which really takes out the challenge. Very odd.
Anyway, there are some new features in the PS3 version too. First of all, there are at least two entirely new chapters in which you play as Varla and Candy. These are full length levels and no less fun than the others, so I would say that alone puts the PS3 version head and shoulders above the earlier releases. Next, on completion of the main game you can unlock the Directors Cut. This is even better! Every level is slightly extended, with new areas. Most notably, the opening stage which originally started in the living room of Papa Ceaser's mansion, now begins in the garden and you have to make your way to the main house and get inside before the original pathway resumes. All of the levels have some extra parts like this. They also have more zombies! And they are a lot faster and meaner. This made a refreshing challenge after completing the main game - which actually felt rather easy. The Director's Cut is tough, and as a result, way more fun. Worth waiting for.
After finishing the Directors Cut you get another mode - Classic Mode, which is simply the Directors Cut but played with only the default gun (in all other modes you can purchase and upgrade lots of weapons), and a Hardcore Mode, which I haven't tried yet.
So if you think that shooting games can be shortlived, I'd say give this a try as it has kept me interested for a few weeks now. The levels are so long it's very hard to memorize them, which is what you could do in the older games. The Move controller works perfectly, so it's all good. Oh one more thing - don't bother with the 3D mode, it's not great 3D and you'll have a headache within minutes! But apart from that - well worth a purchase.