Parents' Guide to

House of the Dead: Overkill

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gruesome, semi-humorous zombie shooter for mature players.

Game Nintendo Wii 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

What is this???

Its just garbage.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (11):

There's just as much to commend this game as there is to "dis" it. For those who like horror games, shooting zombies has always been a neat distraction, and the graphics here, while never perfect, are certainly monstrous, especially in the carnival level. While the story isn't tightly constructed, it adds a fair amount of humor to keep you going. Each level, however, isn't more challenging than another. In single player mode, you almost never die (unlike some previous versions where you died often and had to begin the game from level one).

The real problem with Overkill? It's never frightening. While it's often thrilling, you never experience fear. There are attempts to shock with cut scenes featuring incest, urination, and tons of swear words. If these somehow fit well with the story, they'd be more forgivable. Yet it's undeniable that Overkill is engaging for mature players, especially when you go back to play the game in Director's Cut mode and try to beat your highscores. Yet it's gore is like cotton candy -- ephemeral and unmemorable.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Sega of America
  • Release date: February 11, 2009
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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