House of the Dead: Overkill - ban this sick filth!

I am, of course, joking. Having said that - it will probably provoke that particular reaction from the, shall we say, more conservative types.Yeah, Ho

I am, of course, joking. Having said that - it will probably provoke that particular reaction from the, shall we say, more conservative types.

Yeah, House of the Dead has hardly been the most subtle of gaming series - but it's never been like this. Overkill is a full on homage to the horror-schlock classics of old, and takes its cues from every B-movie imaginable - even down to the intentional 'continuity errors' during some of the cut-scenes.

It's the first House of the Dead game to be developed outside of Japan - and it shows. The gore's been taken to a completely different level, as have the story elements. Each level plays out like its own little B-movie script (along with its own music, poster and appropriately schlock title) but it's the constant 'mother-f***ing' dialogue that definitely justifies its 18 certificate. Well, that and some really rather gross cut-scenes and 'plot developments' that we're not allowed to tell you about - and to be honest I need to bleach my brain after seeing a certain one near the end of the game. Yuck. Needless to say you won't be pulling this one out for the family to play.

The game's out in February - and you'll be able to get your hands on the 'hand cannon' - a gun that's been specially made for gun games on the Wii. It works really well with Overkill, and with a range of gun games now out for Nintendo's console the gun justifies its £15 pricetag.