Overlord is something everyone needs to take with a pinch of salt. It is a game designed with humour, loose graces and a lot of fun. If you take away the prudent ideals of how "a game should be" Overlord 1/2 is proven to be that almost slapstick type comedy in a gaming form.
This is the flip side of gaming. Instead of the high quality graphics and intricate, detailed storylines as you race to the end of the game as a 6 packed hero of the day ; you are simply an evil lord out in the world to evil things with a more comic-meets-gremlins level of art.
The main complaint would possibly be that the camera appeared to be on steroids and couldn't just stay put or move slightly and every so often you found yourself having to sit and adjust it, however with this in mind you easily got into the swing of it and accepting camera adjusting as part of the gameplay and came as natural as summoning minions.
The way the game opens out has its similarities to the first and in this sense I would say that you possibly wouldn't really feel a great need to buy this game if you have Overlord (or vice versa). You learn your basics from the minion master (Gnarl) and you are playing if I'm not mistaken the son of the original Lord.
You will be lording over minions who are very comical and amazingly dumb creatures which attack everything thats ever been called cute and fluffy and wreck havoc, laughing a hyenia like way for all that they are worth. There are brown, blue and red minions as the game progresses - this signals their resistences and uses. The brown are fantastic to attack full on, but cannot survive water, fire etc. This is the key element to your other colour coded minions.
In this it must be highlighted it's a game for those who want a game that isn't full on and isn't heavy handed or requiring much puzzling and thought. It's a game that you can switch of and cackle to convincing yourself that you are the mastermind of evil. It's a satisfying and rewarding game that falls short against Dungeon Keeper but nonetheless is something I would advise you try.
As long as you pick up the game with an open mind and a humerous mood Overlord 2 will be a highly rewarding game in terms of fun, light laughter and an openess to not be hurt that elves are portayed as irritating good-doing wretches.
For this I would say it's worth the collection of games if you like to break away from the more serious light of other games.
The humor of Overlord 1 is still there, the missions and objectives are entertaining, and the length of the game seems ok. There are plenty of new features such as minion mounts. So far so good, but for me the "good" stopped there. I completed the first game, and (somewhat subjectively) I don't recall the camera control, fortress navigation and in particular the save system to be quite so frustrating.
Several times you get stuck in sections where you have to complete a rather significant, and not entirely easy, stretch of gameplay, which at least once included two boss battles, and yet another time consuming stretch of minion handling between autosaves. If you want to do a manual save, you have to run all the way back to a portal, navigate your fortress, do a manual save, and then run all the way back. If your gaming usually gets interrupted every hour or two, like mine does, having to retrace, and refight bosses, get tiresome very quickly.
I am not a fan of games on the Xbox 360. The console is my boyfriends and the only games he seems to buy (or seem to be available) are shooting games, Wrestling or anything sports so I was surprised when I heard about this game. At first I wanted to get it on my Wii console but after speaking with the lady from the store who informed me that this version is longer and better graphically I brought the version on Xbox 360.
To start off with this game is soooo funny, there are little tidbits of humour throughout the game which is surprising considering your character is the Overlord of Evil, the first time I found myself giggling in this game is right at the beginning when your character (is a child) controls the minions to dres up as children, out of knowhere they begin chanting in a creepy/funny childrens tunes - weird!!
The main aim of the game is similar to Pikmin (old Nintendo game) where in order to control the various lands and ascend as the ruler of all evil you must use your minions to destroy, collect, open doors etc. You must also decide if you want to be Evil (by enslaving the citizens) and REALLY Evil (by killing everyone.) The game has so much to it including customising your lair, enhancing magic powers and choosing mistresses.
You can really put your powers to use when you fight in the Roman Empire area against all magical creatures
Some levels I found impossible to complete without a little online help
Overlord 2 stars the son of the Overlord from the original game, and thus starts out in a pretty interesting way - with you controlling the roughly 10 year old incarnation of pure evil. It's fun to start out like this, but of course things really kick into gear when the game progresses and you get to play as the Overlord proper. When this happens, it becomes quickly apparent that very little has changed since the original game. For me, this wasn't anything to complain about; I loved the original Overlord to death and thought there was very little to improve on - but for those who didn't like the original, move along, there's nothing to see here.
There are a few tweaks, such as the ability for your minions to ride mounts - wolves for browns, fire breathing salamanders for reds, and spiders for greens - but in practise the mounts feel shoehorned in - they are only required during the stage where you discover them, and then become more or less surplus to requirements. Another welcome addition is the minimap, which means you'll never really get lost as was reasonably common in the first game. A welcome overhaul is the change in the evil/less evil choices you had to make in the first game, which more or less boiled down to the standard good/evil, and were somewhat at odds with the games completely evil nature. This time insteal of choosing a less evil/more evil option, you get the choice between being a dominant overlord who enslaves his subjects against their will, or a destructive one, who pretty much just kills everything. It's a good change, and reflects the atmosphere the game is trying to achieve mch better than before.
Apart from that, the game remains pretty much the same - you control the Overlord from a third person perspective and order your minions to do a good amount of your dirty work. They happily collect treasure, potions and kill whatever happens to be before them. Bosses are just as good and satisfying as they were in the first game (except for the final boss, who is just downright irritating - top tip: forget the targetting system!) and you can customise your gear and tower in the same way as you did before. The game is a good length, at around ten hours, and takes place across a wide variety of locales, which each include their own particular types of enemies - dwarves, elves and even yetis to name but a few. The game retains the same kind of humour as its predecessor - never taking itself seriously and providing many chuckles as the game progresses, usually at the expense of innocent seal pups or tree hugging elves!
In short, anyone who liked the first game shouldn't hesitate to pick this up. Anyone who didn't shouldn't, and those who are new to the series should really give it a try.
Set in an age when a New Order has been established, Minionkind and all magical creatures are hunted to the ends of the world, it is time for revenge! The Glorious Empire has risen and with the great Overlord banished and trapped in the Abyss, discover your destiny and lay waste to the decadent Empire.