With PlayStation Move’s release last year, Sony opened a world of possibility for publishers to give Wii titles a second chance at success as HD experiences on the PlayStation 3. Such is the case with Sega and Headstrong Games’ House of the Dead: Overkill: Extended Cut. The Guinness Book of World Records may have called Overkill the most profane videogame in history but, like many hardcore titles in the Wii library, it certainly didn’t break any records for sales.
So, here it is again for Sony’s waggle wand complete with 3D visuals. Impressions await after the break.
House of the Dead: Overkill was a fantastic Wii title. For the first time in the series, Sega turned development over to British developer Headstrong Games. It may not have been a particularly long experience, rail shooters rarely are, but it managed to be enjoyable, entertaining, and most of all – absolutely hilarious.
With Extended Cut, all of the comedy gold seen in the grindhouse-inspired original is back with additional content to boot. So, whether you’ve yet to experience Overkill, or want to play it again with additional levels, or experience it with HD,3D, and Move support, strap yourself in and prepare for one of the most profane and hilarious titles of the generation.
While, I have plenty of great things to say about the game in general, I would be lying if I said I enjoyed my time with Extended Cut on the E3 showfloor. Rather than letting players use the Move and sub-controller, the demo featured a lightgun peripheral. In comparison with my previous experiences with the Wii version, I found Extended Cut difficult to control. I’m not entirely sure if that’s a product of the Move’s increased accuracy and unsteady hands or the lightgun, but either way it didn’t feel good.
My other complaint lies with the fact that Sega showed Extended Cut off in 3D. I would have much preferred to see it in 2D to see how much prettier Overkill looks in HD, instead of seeing another mediocre example of gimmicky 3D bullshit. Overkill wasn’t the prettiest game on the Wii. It had style and plenty of gore, to be sure, but it was a far cry from gorgeous Wii shooters like Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles in the graphics department. Instead of getting to see it remastered with crisp, smooth visuals, it looked like dogshit.
Regardless, I’m still excited for a chance to play through this iteration of the title, if only for the promise of more hilarious unseen interactions between Agent G and Detective Isaac Washington. House of the Dead: Overkill: Extended Cut lands on the PlayStation 3 just in time for Halloween. Look for it in stores on October 25th.