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GF Rating
6.9

585 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
5

Fair

Not a bad idea...

posted by Xenodeus (PORTLAND, OR) Nov 3, 2009

Member since Nov 2009

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Overlord: Dark Legend is a cool idea. I mean who doesn't like to be the bad guy? The age category this game targets becomes obvious in that you never really do anything evil, just look it and throttle you minions a little. You get to look like Sauron though, and that's fun.

Pros: Game mechanics are fairly straight forward, and where things might be a little unwieldy at times the game never pushes you too hard to 'think fast' making the controls fun and interesting. The originality does keep it fairly interesting. The minions are a riot too, collecting bits of junk to wear into combat, like giant candy canes and pumpkins. Extra credit for the programmer who gave them sombreros and those mustaches.

Cons: Two things really got me, one this game was clearly not bug checked, and if it was they should get their money back. In less than 10 hours of game play, my system locked up no less than four times. Additionally, when I accidentally summoned my minions back from pushing an object too soon I couldn't resume pushing the object, forcing a reset and setting me back a small ways. The autosave kept these from being a huge issue, but they shouldn't have been an issue at all. Second, I almost never needed money. You get forges that allow you to purchase upgrades to your minions and your overlord, and throughout the game from that point on I was super powered. I almost never lost a minion until near the end, and as such was never challenged.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Minions and Bugs

posted by dekarobo84 (MANASSAS, VA) Nov 2, 2009

Member since Nov 2009

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I had a blast playing this game. Way too short if your looking for a great action/adventure/rpg type game but still a lot of fun. Reminds me a great deal of Fable for the x-box. Very straight forward but could have been a much more encompassing game.
Had its fair share of bugs too. Minions keep getting stuck or vanishing from the game all together. Second to last boss battle was interupted by the boss defeat scene when I had only halfway defeated it.
Still had a lot of fun playing the game. Would have been nice to have some unlockable content or outfits for the minions but what the game did provide was entertaining.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Shake your minions right!

posted by Vignirsson (SANTA CRUZ, CA) Jun 29, 2009

Member since Nov 2005

7 out of 9 gamers (78%) found this review helpful

Sometimes, innovation is the hallmark of blazing a trail. Waggling a Wii-mote isn’t quite the motivation for innovation that I was looking for. In the end, waggling is what really killed this game for me personally.

Game play is summed up in a rinse, lather, repeat format where everything you have played in the original Overlord is completely the same, except that the mapping for the controller is a bit… different. No longer are you using the right stick to sweep your minions around to break things, you are now pointing and clicking with the hopes that they will respond. The real issue is the waggling to charge up the minions. While the catch and shake side of it is all well and good, the releasing is a bit sloppy. There are many times I burned through minions because I couldn’t get the release portion down. When you have a game rely on something as key as this to continue on, it is important to get those controls tight/better. My wrist hasn’t felt the same since.

Battles are the same as the original Overlord, the action/adventure layout with themed puzzles and trial and error combos. It is easy to get your minions to target and attack an enemy but it is tougher to get them to attack multiple enemies, even with the assistance of targeting. While minion control is an issue, the clunky feeling of attacking with the overlord himself is more of an issue. From swinging your axe to casting magic, it can sometimes be a chore.

Story is well written, as I expect anything from this series to be. As a forgotten child of a local lord who is obsessed with returning his kingdom to his former glory, you find yourself in a Cinderella-esque setup.

All in all, I have to admit that this is a fun game until you hit some of the flaws of the controllers. While it was a good idea to attempt the waggle, it shouldn't have been a key portion of the game itself. Rent this and see if you enjoy it, but don't come crying to me when your wrist kills you from exploding minions

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