Thursday, January 15, 2009

Games Played 01/13/2009

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - X-Box 360
Ikaruga - X-Box 360
Rock Band 2 - X-Box 360
Silpheed: The Lost Planet - PlayStation 2
WipEout HD - PlayStation 3


The House of the Dead 2 (1999)
Developer: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
Platform: Sega Dreamcast
Purchase Date: 08/13/1999

What has five heads and likes chomping down on human flesh in a dingy place?

The House of the Dead 2 is a light gun shooter that features tons of nasty zombies waiting to be destroyed. This arcade port contains extras on top of the original arcade game that increase its replay factor, like an "Original" mode with ability to assign additional attributes to your characters and a boss-attack mode. The graphics are still holding up pretty well but some of the muddy, low resolution textures used sporadically in the game look as dated as they did before. As far as the genre is concerned, this is an excellent one and it sits right next to the pedestal that both Virtua Cop 2 and Confidential Mission are on. Sega used to be big on light gun shooters - while Namco was able to find the solution to bring the genre back to the current generation console using their new GunCon, Sega seems to be dependant on the Nintendo Wii for their own light gun revival via the upcoming The House of the Dead: Overkill.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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