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Review: Typing Of The Dead: Overkill

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Typing of the Dead is the most motherfucking stupid-ass game I’ve ever played. I god damn love it, fucknuts.

Typing Of The Dead: Overkill (PC)
Developed by Modern Dream – Published by SEGA

Minimum (and, actually recommended) system requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core processor
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 6450, NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 or Intel Integrated Graphics HD 3000
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space

OFFICIAL REVIEW SOUNDTRACK:

Sorry about that break in character. It’s just that I cannot believe I’m writing about a new Typing Of The Dead in 2013. If you’re unfamiliar – Typing of the Dead was a remake of House of the Dead 2. The House of the Dead games are lightgun shooters, but Typing of the Dead was weird and different – you used a standard QWERTY keyboard to type zombies (sorry, mutants) to death. It was basically an edutainment game, but had its tongue planted firmly in cheek, with SEGA in-jokes and zombie movie references abound – and you were the one typing them, of course. A Japan-only sequel was also released, a remake of HOTD3, but since then, nothing. House of the Dead: Overkill came out for the Wii in 2009, with an updated ‘Extended Cut’ releasing for PS3 in 2011. Unlike the rest of the games in the series, however, Overkill was never released on PC.

Typing of the Dead: Overkill is exactly what it sounds like, then. Only, as an added bonus, it also includes the Extended Cut of House of the Dead: Overkill as part of the package. And all for £15! Bargain. It was released with absolutely zero warning on October 29th. And my twitter EXPLODED. People love Typing Of The Dead! It’s a bizarre, niche game, with a smart self-awareness, which, combined with Overkill’s already schlocky B-Movie horror parody, makes for one of the funniest games I’ve ever played. Presented below are a few examples of the kinds of phrases you can expect to type in TOTD:Overkill, collected from the Steam Community.

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You get the idea.

The game itself is pretty simple, I suppose. In Typing mode it never gets more complicated than typing the words on the screen, even eschewing the smart boss fights (where you answered questions the game asked you) of the previous two games. It’s a good trainer though, especially if you’re incapable of touch-typing. And if you are bad at touch-typing then you better hurry up and learn, or you’ll die pretty fast. The House of the Dead mode is a lightgun shooter controlled with the mouse or a gamepad – fun, but not the true experience. Might be a fun experiment to hook up some Wii remotes to your PC so you can play it properly.

Overkill, as previously mentioned, is an all-out parody of B-Movie Grindhouse horror, so it’s super trope-heavy. You’ve got badass black cop Isaac Washington with a mouth dirtier than a zombie’s underwear, straight-up white rookie spy Mr. G, street-wise stripper Varla Guns and calculating antagonist Papa Caesar. There’s a wee bit of objectification of Varla, with the cutscene camera focusing a little too long on her breasts. I’m not sure whether to let it slide since this is a common B-movie horror trope, but it’s in there. There’s copious use of swearing, over-the-top rock and plenty of lampshades to hang.

But I can honestly forgive Overkill its slight dodgy sexism for being so damn fun.Typing ‘almost human’ to blow chunks out of a zombie honestly never gets old, and if it does, the shooter version of Overkill has quite a deep weapon upgrade system for you to keep coming back to.

There’s multiplayer coming in a free patch soon, too, so you can type with friends. Not sure how that’ll work over the internet since half the fun of Typing of the Dead was laughing at the stupid phrases with a mate. Honestly, though, I’m just glad this game exists. I don’t think anyone was expecting an English resurrection (such funny joke, many laugh) of the Typing of the Dead series after its last outing being Japan-only in 2008 and for it to be a thing (with so many British jokes, thanks to the devs being English, to boot) is a genuine triumph for unique games in a sea of boring sequels and mediocrity. Despite me giving Wind Waker a higher score, I reckon this might be my favourite game of the year.

Final Score: 8.5/10

IT’S FUCKING GOOD.

Typing of the Dead: Overkill is available RIGHT NOW from Steam. Other outlets are available, obviously. If my mum and dad read this, sorry about all the swearing. But it is really fucking good. Now if you’ll excuse me - 

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