The House of the Dead 2 (ザ・ハウス・オブ・ザ・デッド 2) is the second game in the series. It was released on November 3rd, 1998 as an arcade game. It would later be released on a variety of home gaming platforms. The game follows the fictional events of Saturday, February 26, 2000, almost two years after the Curien Mansion incident in The House of the Dead.
In the city of Venice, Italy, a strange outbreak occurs. The secret international agency, AMS, has launched an investigation concerning the cause of the Curien case, in order to prevent the world from experiencing a similar outbreak. Agents James Taylor and Gary Stewart are dispatched along with Amy Crystal and Harry Harris to investigate and evacuate the populace.
Upon finding a wounded but living "G" at a library, James and Gary are met with an undead horde developed by Caleb Goldman, the president of the eminent DBR Corporation and an expert on the genome theory who funded the experiments of the late Dr. Roy Curien. While heading to Goldman's headquarters to stop him, James and Gary face many formidable foes, including Team Judgment (Type 28), consisting of an imp-like monster Zeal and his headless, axe-wielding puppet Kuarl; The Hierophant (Type B 05), an aquatic beast which heads an assault on Venice's waterways and Central Plaza; five serpent-like beasts stalking the sewer system known as The Tower (Type 8000); and Strength (Type 205), a chainsaw-wielding giant which wounds Harry and chases James and Gary throughout a labyrinth of a Roman colosseum.
Curien's masterpiece, The Magician (Type 0), is also resurrected by Goldman to oversee the birth of The Emperor (Type α).The Emperor was designed to "rule over nature and to destroy, and to hate mankind". However, Being in its prototype stage, the Emperor was not as strong as Goldman would have hoped, and fell to the AMS agents. In order to evade being arrested, Goldman commits suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the DBR building but not before threatening that "...in time, a successor will come". It is unknown who this successor is. Many people however believe the successor is the unidentified Mystery Man. The Mystery Man could be Papa Ceasar, Issac Washington's father or a unknown character that hasn't been revealed yet.
Depending on the version of the game (Arcade, Xbox, PC, Dreamcast, or Wii), there are a variety of gameplay modes available.
Arcade Mode Edit
Arcade mode is the standard mode of play. It features one or two players playing through the game normally without any bonuses. Each player's gun holds only 6 bullets per round. However, unlike the arcade game, the player is able to set the number of lives and continues on the options screen. This varies from the arcade, where each player is given 3 lives for each purchase.
Original Mode Edit
Original mode is similar to Arcade mode, except that it allows a player to use 2 bonus items prior to starting the game. These items have a wide variety of uses, including ones which make the game easier in some way (more continues, more lives), score enhancements (double points), or other random bonuses (costumes, alternate weapons). These bonuses can be collected throughout gameplay in original mode by shooting hidden items....
Training Mode Edit
Training mode consists of 10 training stages which feature various situations that must be cleared in order to pass. Each training stage has different levels of difficulty.
Boss Mode Edit
Boss mode allows the player to play a time attack on the game's various boss fights. Each boss must have appeared during normal gameplay (either Arcade or Original mode) before it appears in this mode. For bosses which have 2 forms (Hierophant , Tower , Strength ), both are unlocked upon meeting either through normal gameplay. Once all the bosses have been unlocked, there is also a full time attack which allows the player to fight through the succession of all the bosses at once. For each choice, the time is recorded and stored on the records screen. You need to beat each boss 6 times to by getting 5 gold stars next to each boss icon to face the emperor.
The options screen gives the player various controls over game settings such as lives, continues, blood color, volume control, etc.
- In The House of the Dead 2, in the final corridor to Goldman's office, as you exit the corridor you move to the left. In The House of the Dead 4, you turn RIGHT to get to Goldman's office.
- In The House of the Dead 2, the elevator stops at the 50th floor which is the DBR's incubation laboratory and Goldman's office is accessed through a set of stairs still on the same floor. In The House of the Dead 4, the elevator stops at the 49th floor which is the Japanese corridor and Goldman's office is accessed through a set of stairs going up one floor.
Players are given different endings based on the following conditions:
- If a solo game was finished as either player 1 or 2
- If both players defeated the last boss
- The number of continues used
- The amount of points earned
There are 3 possible endings:
- The players will be able to see an audience of protagonists and civilians (Normal Ending)
- The players will find a zombified Goldman standing outside of the DBR building (Bad Ending)
- The players will find Thomas Rogan inside of the DBR building (Good ending)
Good: Finish the game with at least 80,000 points.
(or complete arcade mode using one credit)
Normal: Finish the game with less than 80,000 points with the amount of continues being anything other than a sum of 10.
Bad: Finish the game with less than 80,000 points with the amount of continues being a sum of 10.
(or complete original mode in one player mode)
The House of the Dead 2 has been released on Arcade, PC, Dreamcast, Xbox (as unlockable content in The House of the Dead 3) and Wii.
Chapters & Bosses Edit
There are a total of 6 chapters (levels) in House of the Dead 2. Each chapter has a boss character who is fought at the end of the chapter. Some later chapters feature reappearances of bosses from earlier levels.
- Chapter 3: Darkness (Boss: Tower)
- Chapter 4: Despair (Boss: Strength)
- Chapter 5: Dawn (Boss: Magician)
- Chapter 6: Original Sin (Boss: Emperor)
Although the game was seen as commercially successful, the dialogue translation and voice over recording done for the game are often regarded as low quality, ranging in opinion from disappointing to unintentionally humorous. The cutscenes from this game (especially Goldman's scenes) are commonly found in YouTube Poops because of the poor voice acting.
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