Another HotD mobile game? ~ The House of the Dead: Nightmare

While stumbling upon google searching for screenshots of The House of the Dead MOBILE produced by Sega of Japan. I happened to find this game out of nowhere. It’s called “The House of the Dead: Nightmare” I’ve managed to pop an emulator from my personal computer and played this bad boy. It happens to be quite enjoyable. The plot is similar to the original The House of the Dead game and the mobile game where you have to move in a 360 degree angle to shoot incoming enemies. The only differences in Nightmare is that it’s solely a 2D scrolling game similar to Galaga and the plot only focuses on Rogan only (Sorry G fans). The game also seems to be developed by the Sega China/Korea division that made Shinobi for mobile phones based on the art style. Here’s gameplay footage of Shinobi mobile.

Overall, this game is a fun game to play and has a classic arcade feel to it. The House of the Dead fans would definitely enjoy this game. Click below for screenshots.

The House of the Dead MOBILE

The House of the Dead MOBILE is a mobile version of The House of the Dead for cellular phones with new features unlike the original game where you can turn your view perspective in a 360 angle with a navigator that tells you where the enemy is near. Unfortunately, it was only available in Japan. Though, there was suppose to be a US release along with other Sega Mobile games but it was probably canceled for unknown reasons. Click below for screenshots.

However, this isn’t the only HOD mobile game out there.

Super Happy Fun Time with Nightmare Syndrome ~ The House of the Dead Manga

Produced by Gamest Comics, a Japanese book series which centers around video games in comic and manga form in the mid 90′s. This is something I wanted to share with both SEGA and House of the Dead fans out there.

Nightmare Syndrome Horror Game Comic Anthology is a ‘Anthology’ comic book compilation from Gamest, featuring a selection of various ‘Horror Game’ strips based on number of familiar games such as The House of the Dead, Clock Tower, Moonlight Syndrome, and Gekkamugentan Torico.

Today were going to focus on the plot of The House of the Dead Manga strip. It begins with Thomas Rogan and G entering Curien’s Mansion shooting the monkey creatures. Rogan hesiates as another creature approches him only to be finished off by Agent G. As they go through the Mansion after several events happening, Rogan suddenly brakes down and becomes a creature. G had no choice but to shoot him. In the end, Rogan was just waking up from a nightmare and dozes off again with the phone ringing. This was only the beginning of the story. Click below for the scans. Enjoy!

Source: Nightmare Syndrome Horror Game Comic Anthology ~ Gamest Comics #151

The House of the Dead III: Early Prototype Trailer

This is a very early trailer that showcases early gameplay footage of The House of the Dead III where you can see Lisa and G in Rogan and Dan’s position in story mode (before they were implemented in the game.) as well as different creatures and background layouts. The target cursors are a bit smaller in this version. Enjoy!

Fans of the Dead: Awesome HotD fanart by Melissa Zhang

I have a friend on the social network that loves studying paleontology (the study of prehistoric life), drawing, and mathematics. Not only that, she’s also a HUGE fan of The House of the Dead series. We both chat a lot about the series and can draw a MEAN artwork when it comes to dinosaurs. Check out her beautiful artwork. Don’t forget to comment below.

 

 

By my friend, Melissa Zhang ;3

House Of The Dead 4′s PlayStation 3 Conversion Took Almost A Year To Complete

Sega has released The House of the Dead III and is now ready release 4 this spring, but it almost took them a year to port it from the Sega Lindbergh arcade board to the PSN.

“It took almost a year to adapt The House of the Dead 4 for the console, from the initial game design to the product,” a Sega representative explained in an e-mail to Siliconera. “The main obstacles in converting The House of the Dead 4 from the Lindbergh board to the PS3 were the OpenGL and the data format conversion.  Also, the PS3 has only 256MB of RAM while the Lindbergh board has 1GB, making the conversion challenging.”

”We did more than simply upscale the resolution to 720p. We brought the game render buffer up to 720p as well,” says SEGA “This makes the graphic quality and resolution far superior to all of the previous versions. In addition, we have re-made almost all of the UIs [user interface] in HD resolution.”

At least we get a port after seven years of waiting.

Source: http://www.siliconera.com/2012/02/16/house-of-the-dead-4s-playstation-3-conversion-took-almost-a-year-to-complete/ & www.segabits.com

The House of the Dead III: Behind the Scenes interview with Takashi Oda and Yasuhiro Nishiyama

Upon beating The House of the Dead III on PSN for the first time, you are rewarded with a bonus video of a developer interview similar to recent videos of Sonic CD, Daytona USA, and Virtua Fighter: Final Showdown. This interview features SEGA AM1 division’s Takashi Oda (Left), Director of The House of the Dead series, and producer Yasuhiro Nishiyama (Right).

You can watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb4UFQMwnhw

In this interview, they talk about in the beginning there were no rules with violent games in Japan such as decapitation and blood sporing out. They also talk about how the game was about zombies and shooting them. Around the time of the first game, they got away with it due to the graphics back in 1996 and if they were to modernized it, they would have been in BIG trouble. Takashi then claims that they’ve never used the word zombies in the House of the Dead series because he doesn’t want the name to be in his work and vision, but instead called them “creatures” that were created in terms of the story. In order to make a next installment for the series, they want to make it more grotesque within the rules. Takashi then mentions terms of the stories based on a Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack, a surgeon who helps other people but costs them a enormous fee, serves as a outline to the character’s backstories. Both Black Jack and The House of the Dead series share the same story element based on morality and what’s right and wrong. During the development of the series, they didn’t want to make anything so disturb to make the player stop playing the game, but the game always have something to catch you off guard to make you react to a hit. In conclusion, they want to try new things with The House of the Dead and bring them to arcade players to play.

Source: The House of the Dead III (PSN version)

The House of the Dead III now available on PSN

The House of the Dead III is now available to download on PSN with HD graphics, trophies and Playstation Move support exclusively on the Playstation Store for $6.99.

Here’s what Senior Vice President of Digital Business at Sega of America, Haruki Satomi has to say. “We know not everyone has easy access to an arcade with a House of the Dead cabinet, so we wanted to give players around the world the chance to have that same experience in their living rooms. “We hope everyone enjoys The House of the Dead 3’s classic gameplay and new features, and look forward to introducing console owners to the fourth, previously arcade-only, installment later this spring.”

Not only that, this newer version of House of the Dead III includes a bonus reward for players to earn in-game. A very own “The House of the Dead III” Arcade cabinet for Playstation Home. Also PS + users get a free dynamic theme and avatars.

So pump up your shotguns and send zombies straight back to hell as Rogan’s hot headed daughter, Lisa Rogan and former AMS agent G. True Horror Lies Here. Can You Face The Fear?

Source: SEGA Blog http://blogs.sega.com/2012/02/14/hotd-3-launch/