It’s been a little while but I found the time to do another game review, this time for Sega’s House of the Dead 4. I have been having a number of problems with the cabinet I have – from the guns to the monitors but when it doesn’t have problems it’s a great game. There are a lot more zombies in this than in the other HOTD games so the machine gun is a nice addition. I’m sorry if it’s hard to hear what I say in the video at certain points, I tried to talk loud but I guess the game volume was too high. :)
Archive for the ‘House of the Dead’ category
It’s been a funny old day today.
Found both of these of the gaming blog machine that is Kotaku. First up we have a new DS game from Sega. There was House of the Dead, then Typing of the Dead and now we having English of the Dead. That’s right, they are releasing an English training game were you slay Japanese speaking zombies with English. Sounds bloody ace if you ask me!
The second weird piece of news from today is the news that revision D of Virtua Fighter 5 will include CPU controlled pirate fighting in the Knockout Trial 2 game mode. I’m still undecided which of these is weirder, only in Japan. Actually they probably both will be!
Now this one we all saw coming a mile off. I can picture it now in the Sega boardroom…
So we’ve done Ghost Squad for Wii, what other lightgun arcade games can we port over to the Wii….. hmmmmmmmm?
A bit of a no brainer really.
Personally I’m really looking forward to this and looks like it could be excellent value as it will include HOTD 2 & 3 plus lots of extra new features. All I have to say is it better have HOTD 1 as a hidden unlockable!
Read on for the press release
It may seem little sad & depressing that I’m posting about this, but it’s not very often video game podcasts talk about the arcades, other than that they think they are dying.
Anyways, I was listening to the Joystiq podcast, who were looking back at thier week at TGS and they mention they made a visit to Joyopolis. Mainly what they spent most of thier time talking about were the HOTD & LGJ Special Attractions, and thier opinions were split. One of the podcasters loved LGJ, the other felt like he was a bit stupid queuing and hour to play a arcade game that “spins around and has an extra screen”. Each to thier own I guess. All I’m going to take from it is if a non-arcade gamer loves LGJ Special Attraction, then I’m REALLY GOING LOVE IT!
According to Kotaku, Sega has released a special motion cabinet version of House of the Dead 4 into Japanese and European arcades. The cabinet has two 100 inch XGA projector screens, as well as a motion cabinet that has a seat which the player belts themselves into. The cabinet swings around and vibrates depending on the action on the screen. A burst of air is blown onto players faces at different intervals in the game as well.
It is like a playable motion ride, reminiscent of Sega’s R630 cabinet, but with less vomiting.
Once again Sega have far too many games to cover, so now I’m going to plough through thier gun games. Probably the most unique one of the show was Too Spicy or “2 spicy” depending on how down wit it you are! The basic premise of this game is that it’s a one on one shooter with a kind of of third person perspective. Additionally you have two pedals to use to dodge left and right between pillars and cover. It’s a pretty frantic game, and is superb when you are participating in a VS match with you friend. Obviously there was the old favourite House of the Dead 4, but in addition to that there was “House of the Dead 4 Special”. Believe me, it is special. The concept is that you and a buddy sit yourself in this room, so to speak, and you get buckled in with seat belts and a bar and then the game starts. It’s a new story with new locations, but the twist is that you have a screen in front and behind you and the seat spins depending on where the zombies are coming from. It’s a blast, it’s just a shame the queue for it was like half and hour. There was a new version of Ghost Squad subtitled Evolution whichwas more of the same, as well as a deluxe version of Extreme Hunting 2. Finally there was Let’s Go Jungle which is a well overdue return to having a shooter in an enclosed cabinet, like Jurassic Park. In true Japanese style this is one of those classic mad cap adventures with giant spiders and mutant plants to contend with.
Sega Amusements Europe Ltd. will be taking the largest stand space ever seen outside of Japan for the company at the forth coming ATEI in a few weeks – 102% larger than last years in fact. The proud claim comes as part of Sega taking the lead in moving upstairs at the Earl’s Court venue and adopting the largest stand in the hall. “The need for more stand space is more apparent than ever this year with the quantity and variety of equipment we are showing, aside from the fact that we will be showing the largest amusement machine the industry has ever seen in the form of Out Run 2 Special Attraction”, commented Justin Burke of Sega. The growing company will be spread over 500sq metres and offer visitors a range that will include driving, shooting, novelty, sport, centrepieces and attractions in a variety of cabinet formats that put Sega head and shoulders above the competition. Along with the first outing for the company’s new spares division, Sega Total Solutions, who as of February 2007 will be supplying Sega spares direct to the market place. Measuring 8.25m wide the 8 player Out Run 2 Special Attraction is a hot contender to steal machine of the show before it even starts. Without being shown in Europe yet the orders are coming in thick and fast according to Sega – proving ‘size does matter!’ Featuring the moulded rear end of four Ferrari’s the game has four 62” screens, over head live leader board monitor, full motion based simulation, and the unique ‘Driver Switching System’ allowing two players to drive the same car! The product will be available as a two and four car version. Sega has the reputation for producing some of the best gun games the industry has seen and will be showing two new ones at the show. In a new format Too Spicy turns the usual format of players fighting with each other to fighting against each other. To maximise the effect of this, the game will come as two single upright cabinets that are linked and set up back to back. Based around the dark world of gang land tribes the scene is set in the back streets, warehouses and subways of
Hong Kong. After the tremendously successful Ghost Squad of 2005 that sold in excess of 800 units, the follow up Ghost Squad Evolution promises to be another hit across
Europe. The game will get is world premier at the ATEI this year and will be available for Easter. Following the release of Let’s Go Jungle in December the game has had extremely high cash box returns. The two player fantasy jungle shooting game is housed in a ‘can’t miss’ Jeep themed theatre cabinet. Sega admits to being caught out by the success of this title and has multiplied original production quantities four fold already “It is been the winter success story as far as we are concerned” commented Justin Burke. After the launch of Sega Kid’s games at last years ATEI the company is now rolling out more titles. Concentrating on Dinosaurking in 2006 to phenomenal results in an exclusive launch with Leisure Link and Bourne Leisure this year will see that ‘boys’ orientated game complemented with the ‘girls’ version of Love & Berry. The fashion based card collecting game is set to take pride of place at front of stand. By show time Sega will have 336 Kids’ games in the UK and 816 by March across
Europe. With other licensed titles in the pipeline and an animation series in Italy and
Spain the Sega Kids concept seems to have worked, proved any sceptics wrong and is certainly here to stay. Additionally Sega will be showing the House and Dead 4 Special Attraction, the latest version of World Club Champion Football 2005 – 2006, the full range of Afterburner Climax cabinets, and the Lindbergh universal upright cabinet. Sega’s new stand numbers are 2020 / 2030 and can be found on the upper level of Earl’s Court.