The House of the Dead III is a horror-themed light gun arcade game released in 2002, and the third installment in the House of the Dead video game series created by Wow Entertainment and Sega. Later, it was ported to the Xbox in 2003, Microsoft Windows in 2005, the Wii in 2008 as part of a compilation with The House of the Dead 2, and the PlayStation 3 in 2012 with PlayStation Move support. In 2008, the game was remade with typing controls as The Typing of the Dead 2. The story of the previous games is continued in this game, and new gameplay concepts such as story branching are introduced. Lisa Rogan, the game’s protagonist, is the daughter of Thomas Rogan and Sophie Richards.
|RELEASED IN||Japan, Poland, United Kingdom (2005)|
United Kingdom (2006)
|THEME||Horror, Rail Shooter, Zombies|
|PUBLISHER||Mastertronic Games Ltd., SEGA Corporation, SEGA Europe Ltd.|
|DEVELOPER||Wow Entertainment, Inc.|
The House Of The Dead III Download For Windows PC Gameplay
In many ways, The House of the Dead III differs from the first two games, including weaponry; player characters are armed with shotguns rather than the semiautomatic pistols used in the first two games. The shotgun in III for Xbox no longer requires the traditional “point off-screen” reload, but instead reloads automatically. Reloading still takes time, but it happens automatically as soon as the gun requires it. The arcade version differs in this regard because light guns are present, allowing for similarly quick reloading. Pumping the shotgun controller results in a reload. The light gun controller released by Madcatz may be used while playing the game on Xbox; however, the traditional “shoot off-screen” reload was reintroduced in the Wii version.
The previous games had a branching storyline, but it was handled differently. Prior to the start of most stages in The House of the Dead III, the player is given options for navigating through the game, ultimately going through the same areas with different results depending on the order chosen.
Another significant distinction is the absence of civilians. Unlike the first two House of the Dead games, in which players could save a variety of people in danger, The House of the Dead III contains no additional characters beyond those essential to the plot. Instead, “Rescue Events” occur throughout each stage, requiring players to save their partners from attacking zombies. Each successful rescue earns you an extra life. If all rescue missions are completed successfully, players will discover crates in the room before the final boss that, when shot, will drop a large number of bonuses and lives.
Another significant difference is the absence of civilians. Unlike the first two The House of the Dead games, in which players could save a variety of people in danger, The House of the Dead III contains no additional characters beyond those essential to the plot. Instead, “Rescue Events” occur during each stage, in which players must rescue their partners from attacking zombies. For each successful rescue, an extra life is awarded. If all rescue events are successful, players will find crates in the room before the final boss that, when shot, will drop a large number of bonuses and lives.
The series introduces a new concept in the form of a “Cancel” bar. Previously, the bosses’ weak point only needed to be shot once to stun the attack. In this game, the weak point of the bosses must be shot repeatedly in order to drain the “Cancel” bar and stop the enemy’s attack.
Another significant change to the gameplay is the introduction of a new rank and grade system. Players are now graded on how quickly they dispatch zombies, with options ranging from Excellent, Good, Faster, and Twin Shot, with the latter occurring if two zombies are killed with the same shotgun shell. At the end of each stage, a letter grade ranging from S to A, B, C, D, and E is assigned. Completing the stage with an A rank earns the player one extra life, while completing it with a S rank earns the player two. At the end of the game, a final grade is assigned, and depending on how many S ranks the player received for each stage, the player may be assigned a “SS” rank as the final grade.
Extra lives and bonus points are handled differently as well. Nothing happened in previous arcade instalments if a player had all five lives and gained another. The player can now have up to nine lives at once, and any extra lives are converted into bonus points. Bonus points could also be earned in previous games by shooting hidden objects such as a golden frog or a coin. This is expanded upon in The House of the Dead III, which introduces a silver coin that can be shot repeatedly, a wind-up robot that must be shot several times, and a golden miniature version of the recurring boss The Magician. Decaying zombies and weak points on stunned bosses can also be shot multiple times for bonus points.
On the Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3, and Wii versions, there is a “Time Attack” mode in which the player’s lives are displayed as a timer beginning at 45 seconds. Extra time is granted by Excellent, Good, Faster, and Twin Shots, as well as clocks in the background, successful rescue events, and end-of-stage bonuses. Being hit by a zombie deducts 7 seconds, projectiles deduct 5, and bosses deduct 15. The player gains 10 seconds after stunning a boss. Every successful hit on the final boss grants two seconds and eliminates the need for a stun. If the timer reaches zero, the game is over, and Dr. Curien analyses the player’s performance at the end of each game. The player should also keep track of the average distance they were able to keep the undead at bay in meters.
Download The House Of The Dead III Download For Windows PC
We might have the game available for more than one platform. The House of the Dead 3 is currently available on these platforms:
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How to play on Windows
- Download and Extract The_House_of_the_Dead_Win_RIP_EN.7z
- Open the “Game Files” folder and mount House Of the Dead 2.IMG to an empty drive
- Run SETUP.EXE and follow on-screen instructions to install the game
- Go to game installation directory (by default C:\Program Files (x86)\SEGA\THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD 3) and run Hod2.exe
- Play the game
- Note: Start button is “TAB”
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