Zombies keep coming after you, and your only job is to fill them with hot lead. Plug in a light gun and challenge four chapters with branching storylines. In total, you'll have to defeat more than 11 types of enemies. All of the undead react realistically to your shots. When the going gets tough, you can have a friend help you with the two-player option. As a bonus, the Saturn version contains exclusive modes not found in the arcade. Try to defeat the evil hidden in THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD.
I absolutely love this game!!!! It is one of the most incredible arcade games ever made and now I can play it in my own home in my very own room!!!!
What can I say about Sega Saturn's House of the Dead but, " IT"S FREAKING AWESOME!! " HOTD is a Sega Saturn exclusive on-rail, light gun shooting game that is just a blast to play. HOTD came to the arcades in 1996, and then was ported to the good old SS in 1998. HOTD is a single or multi-player game that I loved in the arcades back in the day, and when it was ported to the SS I was in light-gun heaven. You play as agent Thomas Rogan, or agent 'G' ( Thomas's partner ) and it's up to you to stop the crazed, and evil biochemist & geneticist Dr Roy Curien ( ooooh ) You must now battle hordes of killer zombies, monsters, and ultimately kill his greatest creation. " The Magician " ( double ooooh ) He's an humanoid demon that the " Good Doctor " created that has power over fire and gravity. You also battle "The Hanged Man" another sentient mutant that Dr Curien created. "The Hermit" is my favorite monster to fight, he's a spider/crab like creature that just looks cool. When you start the game you're faced with different situations in which your actions ( or in-actions ) will determine what rout you take, or what baddies you might face. You have on the screen 'torches' that tell you how much life you have, when your torches are gone, you die. ( and you will die! )......( lots! ) If you find a first aid kit, it restores one torch. The graphics aren't as good as the arcade and look a little grainy, but still not bad at all for the day. The voice-overs are cheesy as hell ( I love cheesy voice acting ) and adds a certain charm to the game. The colors are crisp, and the game is just pure fun. I love the way Sega made killing the zombies and assorted monsters so life like. If you shoot a limb, it falls off the body. If you shoot them ( the zombies, pay attention! ) in the chest, you blow a big hole in it. If you hit 'um in the head, it blows right off. ( or up ) Blood, lots of blood! But Sega did give us a little extra in the home port of this game. There are different game modes, a boss battle mode, ( very fun ) a character select, and different endings. The ending you get depends on how fast you complete the game, how many continues you use, and how many innocent people you shoot. Did I forget to mention you lose a torch when you shoot an innocent bystander? Oops sorry, you do! I couldn't believe how expensive this game can be, and I've seen them go for over a 150 dollars, WOW! That's because they only made 5000 of them for the North American market. Is it worth the price? Yeah, it is to me! I played it again the other night and boy did I forget how tired my arm could get, but that's okay, I love this game! House of the Dead is the best light gun game ever made hands down, and must be in any self respecting Sega Saturn collection! " Happy zombie killing! "
I use to play The House of the Dead in the arcades,but this version isn't too bad,but it should of been better looking than this one.I blame the companies that didn't help support the Sega Saturn,this system was allot more powerful than the Playstation(main competition),but they barely had any third party support.
Before zombie media became the huge business that it is today, there was House of the Dead. This game claimed many of my quarters in arcades in the mid to late 90's (and still does if I happen to run across the machine somewhere). All the sequels have been released across multiple platforms, but if you want to play the original on a home console, that honor still belongs to the Saturn. To date, the Sega Saturn release is the only home system version of the game.