Excerpt: Before the age of armchair gaming, massive multiplayer meet-ups and 3D handheld gaming, ordinary folk would gather in arcades, their pockets heavily burdened with game tokens while queuing in line for their favourite game. There would always be at least one shooting game with those bright coloured plastic guns promising a few fleeting moments to absolutely annihilate hordes of monsters, zombies or general bad guys.
Excerpt: Some players scoff at arcade rail shooters. The games generally take less than a half hour to plow through and contain some rather simplistic gameplay: insert money, point gun at enemy horde, blow enemies’ heads off, run out of life, rinse, repeat. But that simplicity – and the adrenaline that goes along with a satisfying kill or near-death miss – is unmatched by many modern console titles.
Pros: Perfect home conversion of an excellent arcade title, includes bonus scenario that many fans have not had a chance to experience due to limited availability
Excerpt: The disturbance of nature is to be blamed on humanity's destructive reproduction. Balancing the life cycle and restoring the wheel of fate requires an end and a new beginning for mankind. This . . . doesn't make any sense does it? It's actually quite simple: if you're a mad scientist, you can throw any combination of words together to justify your actions.
Excerpt: Originally released for arcades in 2005, The House of the Dead 4 added a number of new features to the core light gun action players have come to expect from the series, including hidden rooms that contain score-boosting items and interactive...
Excerpt: In 1997, Sega published a light gun game that proved so popular in arcades that it inspired an atrociously bad movie. Today The House of the Dead is considered an arcade and horror great. It might be cheesy, poorly scripted, and over-the-top, but aren’t those qualities what make the genre so irresistible? The series even led to a weird but fan-favorite typing game based on House of the Dead 2 .
Summary: FINALLY, The House of the Dead 4 comes to consoles. No longer will light gun game fans have to engage in futile searches for an arcade near them that might possibly have this. Even better, Sega has also thrown in The House of the Dead 4 SP as an unlockable, which has long been a Holy Grail for light gun game fans to find in North America. Now for less than ten dollars, you get both games.
Conclusion: If only I didn’t look like a dickhead spraying Uzi ammo everywhere and shaking his stocky gun frantically about while being yelled at in dialogue my 8 year old sister could have recorded, HOTD 4 could create an immersive experience. If the noise from the DDR machine doesnt overpower.
Pros: * Lots of great looking zombies., * Epic boss battles and action scenes with great direction., * The big widescreen LCD is an impressive sight in an arcade.
Cons: * Terrible gun with atrocious reloading system., * Voice acting to make you cringe., * Sporadic bursts of poor mechanics.