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The hardcore Wii title we've been waiting for - The House of the Dead Overkill

by Steven Williamson on 22 August 2008, 11:53

Tags: House of Dead Overkill, Sega (TYO:6460), Wii, FPS

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Yet another Wii-exclusive title will be released in 2009, courtesy of SEGA and its popular light-gun franchise, The House of The Dead.

Confirmed at the Games Convention 2008, The House of the Dead: Overkill will be created by London-based studio Headstrong Games and will take us right back to the beginning of this classic horror series.

Sega tell us that The House of the Dead: Overkill uncovers the ugly, terrifying, red hot secrets behind the House of the Dead; the daddy of all over-the-top shooters. While staying true to the classic gameplay the game is getting a new retro look, with distinctive graphics, sound and attitude that will add to its horror cool status. Plus, thanks to the Wii Remote, we'll fight off zombies when they get too close; pistol-whipping jaws off and smashing in skulls with their shotgun butt.

“We wanted to do something really different with The House of the Dead: OVERKILL,” commented Bradley Crooks, Studio Head at Headstrong Games. “With SEGA we’ve been able to create a fresh look for the franchise. I think you’ll agree it’s like nothing you’ve seen before on Wii.”

“Paying homage to the pulp horror comics and films that inspired generations of gore fans, The House of the Dead: OVERKILL will expose gamers to a brand-new fleshy rollercoaster ride of revolting dismemberment,” commented Gary Knight, European Marketing Director at SEGA Europe. “This is the hardcore Wii title you’ve been waiting for.”

The story in The House of the Dead: Overkill will takes us back to when Special Agent G was fresh out of the academy. Teamed up with hard-boiled bad-ass Detective Washington, they are sent to investigate stories of mysterious disappearances in small-town Louisiana. Little do they know what blood-soaked mutant depravity awaits them in the streets and swamps of Bayou City…

The first screenshots have been revealed:

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