• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 29, 2013
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  • Summary: The Typing of the dead: Overkill brings together the horror and comedy of the legendary House of the Dead series with unique typing mechanics in order to deliver a unique gaming cornucopia. This visceral shooter puts you in the middle of a mutant outbreak in Bayou county.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Games Master UK
    Dec 25, 2013
    81
    It's incredibly dumb, yes, but it works. [Jan 2014, p.82]
  2. Nov 8, 2013
    80
    Enjoyable, inventive, and great delivery by developers Modern Dream, Typing of the Dead is a curio but one that definitely requires a few moments of attention. If you like typing really quick, zombies, and wisecracking: look no further.
  3. Nov 8, 2013
    70
    The novelty of typing the phrases 'male crime sim' and 'flowers to womans', although hilarious in the first few stages, starts to fade a little without that ancient Sega charm. You realise that you're just retreading the slightly toothless plot of a game that you didn't ever feel nostalgic about. The bromancing leads start to get tiresome. And then you need a gin and tonic.
  4. Nov 6, 2013
    70
    I think criticising it for being ugly and short is to miss the point. This is a no holds barred novelty amusement. It is stupid and dumb and very, very fun.
  5. Nov 12, 2013
    70
    The Typing of the Dead is stark-raving bonkers, yes, but it’s that lunacy that keeps you wanting to play.
  6. Jan 2, 2014
    70
    Everybody probably doesn’t love grindhouse humour and rail shooters in 2013. But there is no game like Typing of the Dead: Overkill. Together with the upcoming co-op mode it might be a future cult classic.
  7. Nov 6, 2013
    60
    The Typing of the Dead: Overkill is an interesting but questionable attempt to deliver a mix of typing game and lightgun shooter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Oct 31, 2013
    10
    Totally worth the price, which is pretty low to begin with.
    It's pretty much just like the original with some minor improvements and you'll
    Totally worth the price, which is pretty low to begin with.
    It's pretty much just like the original with some minor improvements and you'll obviously be playing through the Overkill story. Not much else to say really.
    You get the minigames, there's a leaderboard, and there's an upcoming Multiplayer patch. Oh, and probably the most surprising one, you get the complete original Overkill! I was pretty stunned that it was included, although you'll only be able to play it with your mouse or gamepad.
    Another interesting addition seems to be custom dictionaries, although can't say much about that yet.
    If you like the original and you can accept the new direction that Overkill took (which I love), then get this game. Not disappointing at all.
    Beware! There's one con: the video options are PAINFULLY limited. there's only a couple resolutions to choose from at the moment and then you have anti-aliasing on/off. That's it. It does run smooth as butter however, and the resolutions weren't too far off from what I usually run, so it's pretty minor in my case.
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  2. Oct 31, 2013
    10
    Typing of the Dead Overkill tasks keyboard warriors with slaying countless hoards of ghouls and mutants via typing. Random phrases and wordsTyping of the Dead Overkill tasks keyboard warriors with slaying countless hoards of ghouls and mutants via typing. Random phrases and words appear in front of each enemy and as you type the word the mutants are blasted to bits. The game is loads of fun and at the discounted price of $10 it was definitely a must buy. It also comes with House of the Dead Overkill allowing you to blast mutants with your mouse. It's based on the PS3 version of the game which has some nice unlockables and bonus levels. I'd recommend this to anyone. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2013
    7
    First of all this is a great game, one of very few that will actually teach you something.

    What I dislike is it is worse than the prequel
    First of all this is a great game, one of very few that will actually teach you something.

    What I dislike is it is worse than the prequel (Typing of the Dead) was better in many of its aspects. It was smarter, the boss fights were not only about typing speed, but also about accuracy, special keys etc. The amount of minigames and their variety was great. This all is at least half missing in this release.

    The only improvement is you're able to compare your scores online with other players, but aside of that I'd say its a downstep from the original game.

    Original game should be rated 10/10 this one deserves 6-7/10 (giving it 7 just because of the nostalgia to the original). Maybe with some additional patches, dlcs, vocabularies and multiplayer coming it will deserve more.
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  4. Dec 1, 2013
    7
    Typing of the Dead: Overkill is a typing/rail shooter game, where you type phrases as quickly as possible to kill zombies. I've always kind ofTyping of the Dead: Overkill is a typing/rail shooter game, where you type phrases as quickly as possible to kill zombies. I've always kind of enjoyed typing games, and while I don't think this game has much merit in teaching you how to type properly, it's a fun game with an interesting sense of humor.

    There's not too much to talk about with the gameplay. You type as quickly as possible, using Tab to pick up secrets and power-ups. What's more interesting to discuss with this game is how it's presented: as an old, low-budget horror movie. It tries very hard to be as cheesy as possible. Sometimes the phrases you type relate to the level you're playing, which gets pretty funny in the strip club level. This game is a bit lewd at times, and the swearing is excessive... not saying that's a bad thing, but it's something you should know going in to it.

    Typing of the Dead: Overkill also includes House of the Dead: Overkill. The story is the same, but you play a standard rail shooter with normal controls instead of typing. I like switching between the two, just to change things up. House of the Dead is a little older, but as far as I know, this the only way to play the game on PC.

    If a rail shooter or typing game sounds fun to you, then this would be a good game to pick up. There's a lot of content in this game, so at $20, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Rail shooters and typing games aren't for everyone, and this game probably won't win you over to the genre (unless the movie aesthetic really appeals to you, I guess), but I've had a lot of fun with it so far, and I plan to keep playing it for a little while.
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  5. Aug 3, 2020
    7
    Te gustan los shooters sobre railes?
    Te gusta la caspa?
    Te gusta la serie B? 3 Si...es tu juego 2 Si...dale una oportunidad 1 Si...si
    Te gustan los shooters sobre railes?
    Te gusta la caspa?
    Te gusta la serie B?
    3 Si...es tu juego
    2 Si...dale una oportunidad
    1 Si...si estas con ganas de probar algo nuevo.
    3 No...no lo toques ni con un palo.
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  6. Nov 5, 2013
    5
    Well where to even begin. I was quite a fan of the original Typing of the Dead when it came out, it was at the time when SEGA was still a semiWell where to even begin. I was quite a fan of the original Typing of the Dead when it came out, it was at the time when SEGA was still a semi strong company. I loved the idea and at the time it was a nice innovation to the stagnating on rail shooter genre. Then when I saw this is to come out for the PC, I cheered up. Finally a sequel to the long awaited typing experience and a good one too at least thats what I gathered from the console version. Well I thought they would actually put some effort into this PC port and they didn't.
    Firstly it looks like it has been made in around 2003. Everything is so low res some stages actually looks like something from Resident Evil 2. Yeah, it is that bad. Animations are poor, environments bland and uninspired and its just a whole bunch of horror clichés being thrown together meh.
    Story? Well there isn't any, but who cares this game tries to pretend its a cheesy B movie from the 90's with its F bombing by a afroamerican detective, funky music and bars full of hookers and motorcycle bikers. There is no reason to listen to the dialogues or watching the cutscenes, because it hasn't any real meaning to it. That doesn't matter tho the bigger problems are repetitive gameplay, not many types of enemies, easy bosses and overall boring gameplay. Typing various words or sentences is still a big fun, but not in this outdated and totally stupid environment. So much potential wasted. If you can get this for like 5-8 bucks, go for it, otherwise wait for some sale, because this is the type of game you will play once and never look back.
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  7. Oct 30, 2013
    2
    I was a huge fan of the Original Typing of the Dead. Typing of the Dead (the original) is IMHO, the best way to become a fast typist withoutI was a huge fan of the Original Typing of the Dead. Typing of the Dead (the original) is IMHO, the best way to become a fast typist without looking at your hands because you can't win and look at your hands.

    I bought Overkill on release day, despite it's M rating assuming that rating referred to gore and scariness. Nope: 'M' in this case refers to the most F-bombs per sentence of any game I have ever played. There is no setting to alleviate the constant barrage of F-bombery. There are single sentences with three or four curses. It's really just a lack of imagination.

    However, it begs another question: who is this game for? In today's typing-oriented world... how many people are still trying to learn to type by the time they are old enough for M rated games? I bought the game in the hopes of replacing my ragged old copy of the original, that my two kids (10 and 12) are using. Nope. No way I can let them play this. I can't trade an increase in words-per-minute for an increase in curses-per-minute.

    The typing itself doesn't include any swearing, though it has some suspect phrases such as "Gimp Suit" and "I hate old people" (really).

    It's a real shame, because it seems like the game-play is all there: a solid on-rails shooter, driven by typing. Had they offered an option to decursify the game, I'd probably be rating it an 8 or 9 (haven't finished it yet, and I'm not sure I will).
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