Posted: April 27
The Typing of the Dead: Overkill is a downright riot. I loved the hilarious, cheesy B-movie dialogue and the nonsensical story. And the gameplay itself was various, different, and entertaining.
The story isn’t written that seriously and the dialogue fits perfectly with intentional cheesy lines and some just plain hilarious writing. I played through the game a total of 4 times (for achievements) and I found myself watching the cutscenes -almost- every time because they just entertained me that much. The voice acting was pretty good overall; even when it faltered, it still fit the overall ambiance of the game anyway.
The typing mode is the selling point of the game. It definitely provided me with a novel experience; I don’t think I have played a game with a mechanic like there is in this before. The original Typing of the Dead
came out in 1999, but I had never played anything like it until now. I enjoyed it a lot. Playing on hard, with DLC and/or workshop content can make it a lot of fun with various hilarious things to type out as fast as you can without making a mistake.
The classic mode was also enjoyable to me. It is an on-rails shooter, staying true to the original, light-gun arcade style. It definitely brought on some nostalgia playing it.
Staying true to the hilarious, light-hearted nature of the game it is not difficult at all. You have unlimited continues, so even if you mess up you just keep going (and don’t even have to drop in another quarter). There is no backtracking required too.
The graphics were not the best, but it’s mostly intentional: there is supposed to be an old-school, drive-in, grindhouse feel to the game. However one thing that isn't intentional and occurs on a lot of user’s systems is that random parts of the models (an arm, both arms, the head, all of the above) of the mutant-zombies will pop in and out… and this did occur in my game too. It didn’t really bother me that much in the typing mode because I was focused on the sentences, but in the classic mode it was a little disappointing shooting at invisible, un-rendered mutant-zombie heads. There may even be ways to fix it depending on your system, but you will have to look into that yourself.
If you are a gamer who is looking for a taste of something different and novel, or a taste of something from ghosts of arcades past, this game has an offering of both. With the available workshop content the typing mode has limitless possibilities. Mix all that with some hilarious scenes, and homage to cheesy, horror B-movies and you get a just simply entertaining experience.