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A new House of the Dead is heading to arcades

Suffer like G did?

House of the Dead, Sega's outstanding campy on-rails shooter, is returning to the arcades after an absence of over a decade with this year's Scarlet Dawn.

The cabinet - a gloriously large number - is heading to Akihabara's Club Sega later this month for a location test. We're currently waiting to hear back whether or not there are plans for a western release.

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House of the Dead has been absent from arcades since the fourth installment in the series back in 2005 (though you've likely come across a battered House of the Dead 2 down your local fleapit, and relished in some of the best voice acting yet committed to the video game medium).

The series hasn't exactly been dormant since then, though, with 2009's Overkill an enjoyably over-the-top spin-off for Wii before being ported to PlayStation 3 in 2011. For a short while it had the distinction of being the sweariest video game, before Mafia 2 took its crown in 2010.

The first batch of screenshots for House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn - which you can find at the game's official site - show some familiar bosses returning, as well as a surplus of zombies in all-new crowd scenes. Mostly they just show a lot of undead gits being blown to bits, though, which is more than enough to keep most of us happy.

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