Original Release Date: February 10, 2009
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
“The House of the Dead: Overkill” (hereafter referred to as “HOD:O”) is the fifth game in the “House of the Dead” series, but being a prequel to the other games, it is chronologically the first game in the series.
An apology in advance to non-Nintendo Wii owners, but “HOD:O” is only available on the Wii system, so you won’t be able to enjoy this game on any other console. This is also the first game in the “House of the Dead” series that was released directly to a home console and not first released as an arcade game. The debate on the intelligence of releasing games to only one system aside, the decision to release this game on the Wii is a smart one for game-maker Sega, as the console works amazingly well with first-person rail shooters (games where the player doesn’t control the movement of the characters, only the weapons the characters hold). And once you get a few minutes into the actual storyline of “HOD:O,” you’ll quickly realize that this ain’t your average first-person rail shooter.