“All those with a nervous disposition must look away…now!”, forewarns the gravelly-voiced narrator in the trailer for Sega and Headstrong Game’s newest iteration in the delightfully-cheesy The House of The Dead series, The House of the Dead: Overkill.
What follows is a sixty-one second romp into the world of seventies shock horror, complete with grainy video and, unsurprisingly, strippers with guns. Make no mistake about it: the blood is certainly there as well, and in buckets. Sega and Headstrong Games promise “relentless, gore-drenched, over-the-top action” in the title, a feature that has already gotten it blacklisted in Germany, where regulations are strict and the title is unlikely to see a release. The House of the Dead: Overkill‘s grindhouse-esque style is accentuated with various cinematic touches. HeadStrong Games developer Neil McEwan said in an interview with IGN that various filters and scratches would be used in an effort to give the title the grainy appearance of the film genre it is modeled after.
Built from the ground up for the Wii, The House of the Dead: Overkill will feature various implementations of the Wiimote’s motion controls, including (but hopefully not limited to) reloading and pistol-whipping. Overkill looks set to be a hyperbolic, graceful breath of fresh air in an otherwise increasingly hardcore game-devoid Wii library. And, as McEwan promises to all those somewhat-disillusioned Wii gamers: “It’ll beat the shit out of grooming a horse.”