The dead have begun to rise and attack the bystanders. The world is in chaos. And the only thing stands between the shambling hordes and the extinction of man: You and your…keyboard? Sega has announced a special Halloween surprise for all you ghouls and goblins out there, a reincarnation of one of its most beloved off-the-wall games of all time, The Typing of the Dead: Overkill.
Many gamers missed out on the Dreamcast generation. If that wasn’t the case, Sega might still be in the console business these days. But we can’t change the past. All we can do is look to the future; a future where, along with some of the most annoying and questionable publishing decisions in the business, Sega reminds us why we still love them so damn much. One of my favorite games for the Dreamcast was Typing of the Dead, a sort of retooling of the classic light gun series that tasked players with typing out words in order to off zombies. A word would pop up above a zombies head, and you’d need to type it out as fast as possible to put it down. Longer words were given to bigger monsters, making this one of the most creative edutainment games to hit the market.
I’m telling you, you haven’t lived until you’ve obliterated a trio of walkers by nimbly banging out the words “fish,” “bus” and “house” in rapid succession.
Flash forward to more modern times and some gamers may recall a little number called House of the Dead: Overkill, a gritty, grindhouse take on the franchise that some argue is the best the series has ever offered. It’s still available as a light gun game, playable on the Wii and with the PlayStation Move, but now Sega is offering up a Typing of the Dead version exclusively for PC for $19.99. And the best part? The original House of the Dead: Overkill is included in the deal.
“People often gripe about how video games aren’t education or useful in everyday life,” said Modern Dream Creative Director Ollie Clark. “But with The Typing of the Dead: Overkill, you can now shoot up a carnival full of flesh-eating mutant clowns while improving your typing and personal vocabulary. Happy Halloween!”
If you’re looking for a good way to spend your All Hallows evening, then this one might be exactly what you’re looking for.
“The Typing of the Dead: Overkill, like its aforementioned console counterpart, uncovers the ugly, terrifying secrets behind the original The House of the Dead; the daddy of all over-the-top shooters,” reads a statement from Sega. “This time, though, trigger-happy creature blasters will trade in their light guns for keyboards and will need to hone their typing skills to repel the mutant hordes with lightning-fast spelling and lethally accurate grammar.”
Like the original game, TTOTD: Overkill is a two-player experience, so a buddy can feel free to jump in at any time help you along with the story mode or compete in various mini-games.