|House Of The Dead 2 - Page 8
There are several modes available when you first start the
game. Like most Sega games, I suspect additional play modes will be accessible once you
complete the game once. Unfortunately, I have not been able to do so, even with maximum
lives, continues and the lowest difficulty level.
You do get a Training mode, which is a series of tests you
need to complete in succession. The first level gets you to save ALL the victims in a
particular stage. It took me several tries to clear that level. Once you are successful,
the second training level becomes available.
The second level involves using only TWO lives and 30 bullets to clear
all the baddies in that stage. This is really difficult, and I havent been able to
clear this stage, so I dont know how many additional levels come after that.
At first I thought that this option would give me access to
the original House of the Dead game.
But it was a merely special Dreamcast version of the arcade game. You
get 15 continues, but with only 3 health points each, but you do get access to special
weapons (I managed to get a gun which fires 8 bullets before reloading). In the arcade
game, you can go to the Options menu to change the number of health points to a maximum of
five, and the number of continues to a maximum of nine.
You also get access to a Ranking mode to see how far you can
go on a single credit (no continues), and a Boss mode, where all you do is to face all the
bosses in succession.
There were rumours circulating in the Internet that this
game featured the original House of the Dead game as well, but you might need a special
cheat or to complete the game under certain conditions to assess that mode.
The rumour does seem to carry some weight since in the attract/demo
mode of the HotD2, one of the sequences shows some scenes in the original HotD, in sepia
tones, all rendered in real-time! This isnt some half-baked sequence either. They
show BOTH the original characters, ALL the bosses (Spider, Magician, etc) and even the
front of the House. Bear in mind that these are all 3D models, which have been
painstakingly created, so it would seem such a shame if they werent given a new
lease of life in the game.
If this were true, it would be a GREAT thing for gamers. Imagine buying
Daytona USA 2, and getting the original Daytona USA in the deal as well, or VF2 with VF3
(Theres still the US release). After all, these older titles were all based on the
Model 2 board, and the Dreamcast is easily more powerful than Model 2.
Now, if only I had a Pro Action Replay (Gameshark) cartridge like on my
old Saturn that could give me invulnerability! =) Just so I can complete the game!