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  • Summary: From the darkest corners, cadavers and zombies return to haunt your every move. In The House of the Dead III, you'll plow through the undead with shotgun in hand as you explore a postapocalyptic wasteland. The new shotgun can take out multiple enemies in a single blast. Take out wave afterFrom the darkest corners, cadavers and zombies return to haunt your every move. In The House of the Dead III, you'll plow through the undead with shotgun in hand as you explore a postapocalyptic wasteland. The new shotgun can take out multiple enemies in a single blast. Take out wave after wave of horrific zombies as you travel different routes and discover secrets and hidden areas. The House of the Dead III's time-sensitive gameplay forces you to exterminate your foes as quickly as possible. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Cheat Code Central
    100
    Playing this game is like walking into a real horror movie. It's well thought out and you never now exactly what is behind the next door.
  2. It could be the best 50 (game only), 90 (game + 1 gun), or even 120 (game + 2 guns) dollars well spent, depending on your appetite.
  3. A no-brainer for fans of the genre. Those new to light-gun games will enjoy it too. However, for the longtime gamer who's tried of the genre, The House of the Dead III won't offer anything new to hook them.
  4. 70
    Just like some of its zombies, this game lacks meat.
  5. GMR Magazine
    70
    A fun ride that ends far too early. [May 2004, p.94]
  6. I wish it had gone for more stuff, particularly given the power of the Xbox (like how about highly destructive environments, instead of blasting the odd box?), and given that House of the Dead II is probably the better game. But hey, why complain when you get two games in one?
  7. It's the shortest game ever, and that's not acceptable for a full price release. And no matter how 'pumped' we feel after playing it, it's a minigame. It should be a tenner - not forty quid. [Rating at £10 = 80]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. DustinB.
    Jun 13, 2003
    10
    Lots of blood good graphica. nice design./ good guns. looks like the best game ever.
  2. BryanS.
    Jul 14, 2006
    10
    Intense game that keeps you wired long after you finish. HotD2 is also a great addition. Great game.
  3. HaN.
    Oct 23, 2002
    9
    It's a great game, these so-called experts don't know what a fun game is all about.
  4. StevenO.
    Feb 8, 2003
    8
    Great game to just have fun with you can blow away mindless zombies and with the great graphics see every piece of them blown off. Although Great game to just have fun with you can blow away mindless zombies and with the great graphics see every piece of them blown off. Although The House of the Dead III may be somewhat of a short game it makes up with including The House of the Dead II. The graphics on The House of the Dead II look like Dreamcast graphics which was a small fault. If both graphics were Xbox this game would have received a solid 10. Expand
  5. Jul 28, 2014
    8
    If you like rail shooters, this one is a definite pick-up. Mow down zombies as fast as you can with your shotgun, and also a complete versionIf you like rail shooters, this one is a definite pick-up. Mow down zombies as fast as you can with your shotgun, and also a complete version of The House of The Dead 2 is included (which I'm sure must have hurt The House of The Dead 2's sales after 2002). Really fun game I've played for many years. Excellent. Expand

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#70 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
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#23 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002