Video Game / Zombie Revenge
is an arcade beat-'em-up from Sega
and a spin-off of the House of the Dead
series released in 1999. As of this writing, its only home version is a reasonably solid Dreamcast port. It features the same creative approach to English
as its parent franchise, and follows three government agents - Stick Breitling, Rikuya Busujima, and Linda Rotta - as they try to stop ZED, the man responsible for a massive zombie outbreak. It is an unapologetic quarter-muncher
, where players can fight the undead with their guns, their fists, or a wide variety of other weapons including flamethrowers, drills, and rocket launchers.
Rikiya Busujima, in his alternate costume, reappeared years later as one of Sega's representatives in the 3DS crossover Project X Zone
This game provides examples of:
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The second level takes place in a large sewer.
- Absolute Cleavage: Yoko, a hostage found in the first stage. It's not as evident on Linda, but it's there.
- Action Girl: Linda is the first playable female character in the House of the Dead series, predating Lisa Rogan by three years.
- All There in the Manual:
- Even though they don't speak it, Stick and Linda can understand Busujima's Japanese. Likewise, he has no problems understanding their English.
- Busujima has special punches that generate sparks that can set things on fire. Ki attack? No, it is from being a cyborg.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: UDS-04C, a giant zombie that is fought in the House of the Dead stage.
- Big Bad: ZED. He triggers the zombie outbreak and aims to destroy all humans for the death of his parents.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Stick, Linda and ZED only speak English, and Busujima only speaks Japanese. They understand each other fine.
- Boss Rush: Of sorts. Two of the game's bosses are fought before the final two.
- Bottomless Magazines: Averted. All weapons have limited ammo including the handgun. Thankfully, hand-to-hand works pretty well on most enemies.
- Brick Joke: If you manage to save the girl at the start of the first stage, she gives you a disk from ZED and you continue on. After beating the game, The Stinger reveals the girl is still waiting in the room you found her in, complaining about not getting paid from him.
- Camera Screw: Certain bosses have an attack where they'll fly away and charge from a distance. The camera will follow them while they attack.
- Continuity Nod:
- Icons of Rogan and "G" can be seen on Linda's laptop.
- One stage, titled House of the Dead, takes place in the mansion from the first game with a remix of the game's first level music. Only the courtyard is identical, the inside has a completely different layout.
- Dual Boss: UDS-TP II, first fought on Mt. Sacrifice, is comprised of a large cyborg and a small zombie.
- Fishing Minigame: One of the VMU minigames has players fishing for zombies.
- Final Boss: Black Magician Type 01 after ZED releases it from his body.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Most of the bosses have the name "UDS" attached to them, except for Black Magician, who has a "Type" like bosses of the main series, and ZED for obvious reasons.
- Misanthrope Supreme: ZED really hates humans, but his reasons don't really go beyond finding them stupid.
- Mismatched Eyes: ZED has one Supernatural Gold Eye. Black Magician has this on the same eye, the other being Red Eye, Take Warning.
- Ms. Fanservice: Linda doesn't wear much other than a yellow shirt, short shorts and shoes, and is rather buxom. One of her alternate outfits in the Dreamcast port is a catsuit. Yoko to a lighter degree.
- Multiple Endings: In House of the Dead tradition, Yoko will be shown as a zombie if she was killed in the first stage. Otherwise, see Brick Joke above.
- Our Zombies Are Different:
- Although most of your enemies are still man-made creations and cyborgs, unlike the main series, humans can also become zombies when they are killed.
- Many zombies are armed with guns and use them against you.
- Raising Sim: In the Dreamcast port, players can import a character and raise them to become stronger, which also unlocks cheats in the game's "Original Mode".
- Revenge: ZED wants to destroy humanity for the death of his parents at the hands of Stick's father.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The God of Destruction, Black Magician Type 01, who resides in ZED.
- Sequential Boss: ZED's fight is immediately followed by Black Magician.
- Ship Tease: Between Stick and Linda. He tends to rush to her if she's in danger.
- Shout-Out: One stage gives you a pair of suspicious weapons: A pair of guitar cases that conceal machineguns, and a larger one with a rocket launcher inside.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: ZED has one golden eye, and he possesses supernatural abilities such as flight and teleportation.
- Teleport Spam: Numerous bosses are capable of this.
- Timed Mission: All stages are timed, and if it runs out, Black Magician appears and kills the players.
- Traintop Battle: One of the stages has you fighting on top of a speeding train and racing to slow it down before it crashes.
- Unfortunate Names: Stick Breitling.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Linda does, and some camera angles take advantage of it.
- Zombie Apocalypse: ZED manages to take out Woodside City and a fair amount of points beyond, and the apocalypse isn't done yet by the time the credits are rolling.