It’s hard to fault any House of the Dead game for being short. The series is rooted in arcades, and most entries in the series are meant to be beaten in 90 minutes at most. Compared to that, the (one-time) Wii-exclusive House of the Dead: Overkill is a Tolstoy novel. Well, if Tolstoy loved blood, obscenities, and strippers.
Built as a tribute to grindhouse films of old, Overkill was proudly lowbrow, and for a time it had the honor of the most f-words said in a single game. Even with all that going for it, some weren’t interested in a brief stay in this haunted shooting gallery, not even when it was rereleased for PS3’s Move with an “Extended Cut.” Sadly, works of art like Overkill often go unappreciated in their time. C’est la vie.