"Are you holding my hand? "Yes" "Let go, I ain't your momma!"
Its a prequel to the series. In 1991, AMS Special Agent G is given his first assignment and sent to a small town in Louisiana called Bayou to investigate a series of disappearances and hunt down a deranged crime lord, Papa Caesar. Due to the presence of mutants, G is forced to team up with Detective Isaac Washington who is out to get revenge on Caesar for apparently killing his father. The game begins with you storming a mansion owned by Caesar and so you journey begins. Headstrong games decided to go with a grindhouse theme which fits the game perfectly (more on that later) as it acts like a prequel. The story isn't too bad. Its overly B-Movie with over the top dialogue that just oozes fun, but hasn't House of the Dead always been like that? A cheesy narrator sets up the action for each level, and a popping/scratching filter mimics a '70s film reel to keep you fully entertained. The story makes its way through 9 levels, 2 have been added that weren't in the original Wii release. These 2 levels, Naked Terror & Creeping Flesh, also contain a new character called Candi Stryper who just so happens to be a little dim-witted in an amusing way. Still not much for those looking for a lenghly campaign I suppose. We are looking at a light-gun shooter after all so its to be expected. A Directors cut version of the game is unlocked upon completion though which features the same levels, but extended with alternate pathways and extra dialogue. What will more than likely keep you coming back (It does with me anyway) is collectibles. There are Vinyls, Comic pages, Posters and models to collect which builds up within the Memorabilia section on the main menu. When I say theres a lot of this stuff, I mean theres a LOT as some of its only available on the Directors Cut arc too which means your gonna want to play through that too. To mix things up even more there are options you can unlock too like the ability to add more mutants into a level, remove crosshair etc which multiplies your score and the Directors Cut also features challenges to complete. The higher your score at the end of a level, the more money you receive. The money can be used to buy and upgrade the weapons you'll use. New weapons have also been added over the Wii version too like a Crossbow. The entire game can be played through in 2 player co-op with 2 Move controllers for those with the full set-up, which would no doubt be worth doing for a few chuckles. There's also 4 4-player game modes that can be played too which have more of a competitive edge to them. Online leaderboards have also been included for each level. Lightgun shooters tend to be short unfortunately, but Headstrong have at least done enough to warrant multiple playthroughs of each level and theres enough here to keep those trophy hunters entertained while doing so. About 8-10 hours id say in total, which isn't too bad for a lightgun title. Co-op & Competitive multiplayer is also a bonus but you'll no doubt tire of the game eventually due to the type of gameplay it offers.
3D - The 3D was added onto this port and actually looks quite good. Theres a noticeable amount of depth and at times some characters will reach out of the screen towards you. Those moments are worth a chuckle and fit the theme perfectly. It must be said that the game stays almost as sharp as when playing in 2D so there doesn't appear to be a drop in the games resolution to compensate. As an added bonus, anaglyph 3D is available for those without a 3D TV and works almost as well stereoscopic from what I tried. there are a few different colour options to choose as well in case the Red/Cyan variety isn't to your liking.
Overkill has a lot going for it. Its Grindhouse theme is perfect with an amazing soundtrack to back it up. The gunplay is satisfying with the gore & dismemberment's ensuring each hit is visual treat for arcade shooter fans. A few niggling issues do detract from what is otherwise a superb piece of entertainment though and whether they will effect your enjoyment is dependant on your tolerance. Think of Overkill as being bitten by a zombie. You'll make the most of those final few hours of life you have, making sure its as fun & fulfilling as possible, but you can only hang on for so long.
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