House of the
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House of the Dead III
reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 15 April 2003
Not based on an average
It's here, the first gun game to grace the XBox console! So get out your
boomstick and come with me to shoot some undead nasties in House of the Dead
House of the Dead III Features
- Players 1-2
Genre: Light Gun (Horror Theme)
- Rating: MA+
House of the Dead III is the latest instalment of this title, exclusive to
XBox! Fans of lightgun games should rejoice as this title fulfils the hopes
and expectations of all players and then some. Especially included in this
title is also the inclusion of House of the Dead II, unlockable upon
completion of number three.
Although there is a story, it's not really one that will change the way
that you look at the game. It takes place 20 years after the events of
HOTDII. In any case who really cares what the story is with this series
it's all about shooting the dead to make sure that this time they stay that
The nice thing about this title is that WOW have increased the
replayability of the title by giving gamers a hell of a lot more choice
this time with paths that can be taken to affect different outcomes and
different items and coins to collect.
One of the first major changes in the game is the fact that you no longer
have to reload weaponry as there is an auto loading shotgun. Whilst this
can be cumbersome if you have to reload whilst under attack, it's also
handy if you are freaking out with the huge increase in enemies who want to
take a piece of you home with them.
The visual style of this title is also fair superior to any of the others
that have previously featured in this series. It really stands out as you
will be seeing House of the Dead II on the completion of this title. The
new graphics are quite simply put, stunning to say the least. You can see
the rot and filth of the undead in glorious colour and the game runs along
at a great rate. I did not detect any chug at all with this title.
The game features real time lighting and wonderful textures. The really
cool thing about this is that because you are playing a game where you are
essentially on rails for the whole time. Therefore backgrounds and all
other forms of detail are brilliantly depicted making this an absolutely
stand out title for the XBox in terms of sheer graphics.
Audio brings the dead to life utilising
a full 5.1 Dolby Digital setup although I did notice that it really doesn't
rock the rear speakers to any great extent, although this is purely due to
the fact the whole game is more or less spent looking forward to oncoming
enemies. When the game does spin you around however, you can hear the
action moving from rear to front speakers.