GameZine writes: "Blood, rails and swearing: Headstrong Games bring House of the Dead: Overkill to the Wii in all its naughty glory.
The Nintendo Wii, like an awkward teenager at his first party, is still finding its place in the world. We know its control system is revolutionary, and maybe a little bit like Duck Hunt on the Nes. We know it has an uncanny ability to make parents and girlfriends interested in what you're doing when you sit down to play a game. But we haven't quite found a way around its limitations yet."