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Manufacturer: Codemasters / Genre: Action / Genre: Adventure / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 16+ / Online: Online Gaming Support / Online: LAN Gaming Support / Max / Number Of Players: 1 / Type: Action & Shooter / Release date: 2007-06-28 / Subcategory: Adventure

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      28.10.2010 19:00
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      Really fun game, great for lovers of adventure games.

      The main idea of Overlord, is to rule the world in your own way, control minions and upgrade every aspect of your castle and overlord.
      You play as the Overlord throughout the game, but most of the time using minions you cause havoc throughout the land, killing people, ravaging towns and being a general bad ass.

      I think what sets Overlord apart from a lot of games is the fact you can use minions, these are little creatures that you control either one at a time or in a group, they are obviously stronger in numbers, and you unlock new minions by completing certain tasks. One of the best things about the minions, is that you can send them into peoples houses, and they find things to use as weapons, armour and this makes them stronger in combat.

      One of the downsides for me is that the use of the Overlord is quite limited, there are a lot of places he cant reach, so you have to send your minions in to do his work, although, you can transform into a minion at certain times and then you become the leader of the group.

      Another thing is that the overlord isn't particularly powerful, in combat i died quite a few times and had to start things over again, and considering hes meant to be an all mighty overlord its kind of a let down, you can upgrade his armour and weapons but that means sacrificing minions, so this games basically you playing as the powerful overlord, or playing as lots of minions, but its still an amazing game.

      The graphics are brilliant as well, they're very cartoon like at times, but theyve made them even look realistic, its really well put together, i didnt see any glitches in the game myself and there is usually quite a lot.

      A brilliant game and id recommend you go out and buy it.

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      15.06.2009 21:18
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      You can't afford to miss this!

      Overlord, in my humble opinion, is one of the most underrated games of this generation. It's certainly one of my favourite games of recent times, and yet, it's so unlike anything else that it's very difficult to define.

      You play as the eponymous Overlord, and you start off as something of a nothing. You have a shoddy, broken tower, no evil minions and no woman on your arm. Throughout the game all this will change of course, and you will expand your empire, build a glorious tower and rule all the land as you see fit. As evil as the game may first appear, it's really not. It's very tongue in cheek and the 'evil' is more comedy bad guy than anything truly stomach churningly bad. You rarely are tasked with doing any work yourself as the Overlord; instead you control your minions, who each have different abilities, such as all round thug, long range flamethrower, assassin and medic. You need to decide which minion is best suited for a given task and send them off to do it. These choices are usually quite obvious so won't present much of a problem to the player. That's not really the point of the game though. What the point is in a nutshell is to invade those that would stand against you and take them for everything they're worth!

      You control the Overlord in a 3rd person way, and you can control him if you want to, but the minions you control are better at doing stuff in game than he is, so he's really just kind of a commander that makes choices. Each minion type is assigned to a face button, and whem you select a group of them, you aim in a direction and just tell them to go. They scurry off, and if there's an enemy in that direction, they'll try and kill it, and if there's an obstacle or treasure they'll destroy or collect it. I suppose it's loosely similar to Dungeon Keeper, but you shouldn't get too on that because it's so different that you shouldn't expect the same type of experience.

      The game progresses well, never gets old and is of a good length. By now it should be available cheap so you really can't afford to give this one a miss!

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        16.05.2009 14:33
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        If you can get this pre owned or cheap it's worth it for a laugh.

        This is one of those games that is just fun to play. Decent graphics, reasonable controls and plot make it good but the freedom for fun makes it great. In parts it reminds me of Fable with area layouts and voice acting etc but there's nothing more fun than setting your handpicked little army of demons to trash a house or maul a sheep whatever takes your fancy.

        I didn't quite get the whole choosing good v evil, the reason I bought it was to be purposefully Evil as part of the game, i'm always reluctant to go full evul in games like Fable but this one made it easy. Fairly easy achievemnts to get through as most are unlocked as you go through the story mode, however anyone looking for Xbox live stuff there isn't much of a community playing this at present mainly as it has been out a while now.

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        31.12.2008 19:27

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        A great casual game

        This is one of those silly games that keeps you laughing from the minute you pick up the controller, to the minute you put it down.

        Although there is the misconception that this is like Dungeon Keeper, it is actually a very unique game.

        The plot of the game is that you are an evil overlord of a ruined kingdom. You are controlling both the overlord and his little army of minions.

        You can upgrade your armour and weapons by sacrificing your minions to a forge.

        There is an arena too where you can practice your combat skills before you actually go into battle.

        The Achievements are a little bit vague, by saying "have many minions" so you have to just do your best and hope it's right.

        This is a great funny game, and I would seriously recommend this to anyone who wants a not too serious game to keep them occupied for a few hours

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        10.12.2008 17:44
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        If you liked Dungeon Keeper's humour and evil-doing gameplay, check this game out!

        Dungeon Keeper! What a great game that was, for the first time you got the opportunity to be the evil, faceless master of a dark fortress, rather than the gallant hero intent on slaying the wicked forces within...

        As I see it, Overlord continues where Dungeon Keeper left off, toning down the godgame elements of building your Dungeon from a place far above the action, and instead casting you as a ruler on the ground, spreading destruction and mayhem across the utopian lands from your own hand.

        Basically, the way Overlord works is that it's played from a first person perspective - you are the overlord, with a range of destructive magical spells, and of course an army of tiny minions who are more than happy to do your bidding.

        The graphics and environments are beautifully rendered, as you roam around various environments including idyllic grassy farmlands, forests and ye olde English villages, colourful butterflies flutter around shimmering ponds surrounded by rustic farmouses. You can be guaranteed at least an hour of fun simply by sending your minions after a bunch of hobbit farmers, watching them tear the poor guys apart as you hurl fireballs, setting their whole field on fire. The chaos will definitely make you chuckle in a slightly evil way!

        The whole game is made in a very tongue in cheek, humourous way. Although you are trying to be an evil overlord, the world perceives you as a hero. Often your evil actions don't turn out as expected - I don't really want to spoil some of the amusing occurances here, but it's certainly a nice and original touch.

        Another nice touch is your control of your minions. There are four different types, each with their advantages and disadvantages. You can order them (sometimes you have 30 at a time following you!) around using the right thumbstick, which is lots of fun - it's like controlling a great wave of spindly arms and legs, willing to tear apart anything in their path. There are some surprising tactical possibilities, and they're also endearingly smart - your minions interaction with the environment, for example, is top notch. They pick up treasure for you and even weapons for themselves - like all good minions should!!

        Unfortunately Overlord has it's flaws that soon become apparent. Although it's very well polished, the game is almost painfully linear at points - for all the wonderfully executed chaos to work so seamlessly, the developers unfortunately couldn't provide the free-roaming gameplay that we now come to expect from outdoors-y fantasy games, and a lot of the game seems to take place on set paths. Now if only some of the possibilities in this game could be combined with the freeform sandbox nature of say, Oblivion...

        On the other hand, Overlord is an original game and if you like the idea of being some sort of comedy cruel, evil bad guy, it's a good blast of fun.

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          25.08.2008 20:33
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          Good game.

          Overlord is an action game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.

          In this game you play as an evil overlord, for the first time in a videogame you are encouraged to be evil!

          Being an overlord you do not have to do too much for yourself, that is what your minions are for. They will aid you in the game home by fighting your enemies, carrying things and so on. Over the course of the game you will get more and more minions to do your bidding and different types of minions too

          You can fight for yourself, you do basic combos but the focus is clearly not on the fighting but on the control of your minions.

          This is an innovative game that is quite a lot of fun, but you do not really feel that evil.

          Nevertheless this is a fun game and if you are intrigued you should try it out. You can purchase this game for 20 to 30 pounds.

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          23.02.2008 19:21

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          It's simple and fun. Worth playing, but not worth buying.

          Overlord is a unique, yet simple, pick up and play game. This game is meant for entertainment purposes, and humour, more than for hard-core gamers, and challenging levels. However, it implements this very well.

          Storyline:

          At best, the story line is simple, and almost childlike, which is obviously meant to be the case. It's a fairytale twisted on its head.

          You start of as the Overload of a derelict castle with very few minions beside you. As the game goes further, you discover things that increase you power, such as mistresses, minions and upgrades. Your main objective is to kill the good guys, or rather, the corrupt good guys. Each of them is very much like one of the seven deadly sins.

          As you can see, a very simple storyline.

          Gameplay

          This is the high point of the whole game. The game play is simple, yet fun, and there are many things you can do, such as killing your worshippers, stealing food, drinking, or killing the enemies. It is not particularly violent, more of a toned-down sort of violence (no gore, etc.)

          Graphics

          As with most of the aspects of this game, the graphics are simple. Although there is nothing wrong with them, they aren't realistic, or flashy, or strike you as particularly amazing, but they do their job. Nothing more. Nothing less.

          Lifespan

          This game will be fun the first time you play it and, with two different story lines, fun the second time you play it, but will become repetitive afterwards. As the game is easy enough to complete, it doesn't have a long life span. Worth playing, but it's better to borrow it from a friend, or to rent it.

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        Controlling a mysterious figure that has inherited the legacy of the evil, long-dead Overlord, the player emerges, near death, from the ruins of the old Overlord's Dark Tower. Only the player's actions will determine if they will rise to become the new all-powerful Overlord; it's all down to how much of a bad ass they want to be in order to succeed...evil or really evil! Played out with plenty of black humour and dark irony, the game will immerse players in twisted parodies of classic fantasy scenarios and characters.