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I like the idea of games which take a different route to the hero stories by allowing you to play as the evil overlord instead of it taking command of the hero. This game has a lot of dark humor, which for people who are new to the overlord series i would actually recommend that you play this game first because it takes place before the first and second games which gives you a bit of background story to overlord and overlord ii.
The controls on this are also excellent by allowing you to use the Wii's control system to control both the main character and your horde of minions. The humor is this game with it's more dark nature might not be considered funny for a lot of people but in my opinion if you are also a fan of terry Pratchett then you will like this sort of humor since the plot and humor for this game is designed by his daughter. The ideas in this draws parallel's to the disc world series villains, in the dark nature of your main character but there is also the sadistic joking attitude seen in Gnarl the minion master which offers some form of character development. Without the definition of names for the minions i believe the nature of the game would change because this would in many ways turn the overlord into a loner which is not what the game wants to portray.
This game is also a way for you to express your frustrations at family members you don't like such as a brother and sister because at the beginning of the game it allows you to smash up their rooms which is something which most people would never do in real life. The game also draws out features about yourself that you would never know such as enjoying committing evil, although you find comfort in the fact that you would never commit these acts in real life. This game reveals the darker side of humanity, it also has a parody of lord of the rings with the elves and the dwarves which are seen in the game although you get to seem them from saurons side as a pest instead of from the side of good.
unlike normal games which allow you to chose between good or evil this game has a distinction in that you get a choice of being evil or being really evil. although it has been a while since i have played this game i would still quite happily play it on my wii console because of the enjoyment you can get out of it. The ability to forge your own armor and weapons is also useful because no true overlord would ever trust anyone else to create their equipment. The recruitment aspect is drastically different in that your horde of minions is made from the life force of your enemies which offers a very physiological form of combat against your enemies.
Overlord: Dark Legend is the first Wii iteration of the much loved (by me anyway!) Overlord franchise, and for the most part, it's found itself a good home. Although released at exactly the same time as Overlord II, this is an entirely different game with a new story, new features and new controls.
This game takes place before the original Overlord, and has you taking the role of the dark one on his 16th birthday, when he is given the gift of the now familiar Overlord armour by his father. Like the other Overlord games, you control our antihero from a third person perspective and start the game with a handful of brown minions. As you progress through the game your horde will increase, and as always is ready to smash and kill anything in its path. The Wii version has an upper limit of 25 minions for your horde, presumably because of the technical limitations of the Wii. Becase of this, instead of increasing your horde size by 5 minions a time, this version increases by 3, so it will take you some time to reach that magic number. It also means you have to keep a very close eye on the variety of minions you keep in your horde.
From a gameplay and story perspective, Dark Legend has a lot more in common with the original Overlord than the new Overlord II. The locations and enemies are very similar, as are the bosses and tactics you must use to win the day. Spells also make a welcome return - there are a large variety here to toy with your foes, and while they never feel necessary, they're fun to use. Also in the vein of Overlord I, while there are no moral choices to be made, the Overlord seems more keen to help his subjects rather than kill them. This is no bad thing, but those hoping for a purely evil experience akin to Overlord II may be disappointed.
The minions control very well, with the Wiimote taking the place of the right stick to sweep and place your minions. It's a perfect control system and never feels as fiddly as the other versions can. Graphics are obviously heavily toned down, but they are some of the best you'll find on the Wii - I had nothing to complain about in that department.
One thing that disappointed me a little was how simple the game felt. In Overlord I and II it's a real struggle to kit your Overlord out with the weapons and armour you want - it's always hard trying to find the best trade off between minions and gold, and earning all that is a task in itself. Here, however, by the end of the game, every class of minion was as powerful as they could be, and I had purchased the top level armour and weapons with ease. No bad thing of course, but some of the challenge I felt was lost. This is also true of the rest of the game - I found it all too easy - it was amazing fun, but I didn't die a single time, and only came close on a couple of occasions. Perhaps this is meant to cater to a different audience, but I still longed for something to challenge me along the way.
The final thing that disappointed me about Dark Legend was how completely at odds the final encounter was with Overlord II. Overlord II's final boss felt like an exercise in frustration, but in Dark Legend, I didn't even realise the final boss was the final boss. I had polished him off with ease and was expecting more, because the story was only halfway done. Only after I'd defeated him did a cutscence play and neatly tie up all the loose ends I was hoping to do in game.
I feel like I've moaned a lot about Dark Legend, but I really don't want to - it was an amazing game, at least on par with Overlord II, as it was a bit of a return to form. I'm overjoyed to see that people are starting to see the Wii as its own platform, rather than just dumbing down the 'proper' versions, and I hope it's the start of a trend. Dark Legend simply lacked challenge, and the closing credits came out of nowhere. As a Wii game, it's absolutely stunning; certainly one of the best out there - but compared to the other two console iterations, it's slightly lacking. Hopefully there will be a Dark Legend II, and I personally cannot wait.