I’m not adverse to a bit of swearing in games. GTA IV, for example, is full of it and it doesn’t bother me. It’s within context and fits the story. In Prey, however, the swearing seems shoehorned in, just to make the game more “adult”, and I took offence to it.
House of the Dead: Overkill is neither of these two. It has more swearing per square inch than Malcolm from In The Thick Of It. It’s not even necessary. Unlike Prey, though, the over-the-top swearing is perfectly allowable. Why? Because it’s effing hilarious.
Imagine Samuel L Jackson with tourettes. That’s the sort of level – and tone – the swearing takes on. One of the two main characters (who even looks and sounds like “L”) spews forth a constant barrage of after-the-watershed language, and all it makes me do is giggle.
Previous House of the Dead games were funny. They weren’t supposed to be, but the terrible voice acting made them so. This game differs by having decent voice acting but is intentionally funny. And it works!
So far I’ve only completed the first level, but if having a mutated Stephen Hawking as an end of level boss is anything to go by, I think I’ve figured out the “level” the game is going for…
Oh, and having another game to play using the Wii Zapper is always a good thing!