House of the Dead: Overkill needs to wash its mouth out with soapy water

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What with the Wii getting a reputation of having a younger demographic attached to it, it’s nice to see a whole host of publishers doing their level best to tarnish this wholesome image beyond repair. First Manhunt 2 made us act out very blurry executions with the device previously used to groom ponies and make cakes, then MadWorld had us painting our screens with lashings of blood and now House of the Dead: Overkill has been honoured in the Guinness Book of Records for having the most swearing in a video game.

And “by golly”, this “mother-lovin'” game has got a lot of rude words in it. Indeed, the naughty protagonists drop an impressive 189 f-bombs during the length of the exceptionally bloody title. Let me put that into perspective: there is a grand total of three hours worth of dialogue in the game, which puts everyone’s favourite swear-word on an average of one per minute, or 3% of all the words used in the game.

Enough of these and the system may begin to be considered more adult (as distinct from “mature”), but for the moment it’s not giving the Disney games and veterinary sims much cause for concern.

Alan Martin

House of the Dead: Overkill (via Joystiq)

TechDigest writer