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GF Rating
6.8

2612 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Arrive. Raise H?ll. Leave.

posted by Simoun (CERRITOS, CA) Jul 30, 2008

Member since Jun 2007

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

No, this is not Stone Cold. But, as Overlord, you get to do that all the time.

As Overlord, you get to command at most 35-50 of your loyal minions. You have a weapon and some magic with you but the minion army is your best weapon.

The Overlord can choose two different paths: one is good, the other evil. There are different rewards for choosing a certain way of doing things.

There might be some camera problems that you will encounter. I had some when I faced a specific boss. you have to hold on to L1 and turn the right stick to rotate the camera. Sweeping minions can also be a pain as it is hard to control them, especially if you have a huge army.

The Overlord, as powerful as he is, is a mute. Not a single word came out of his mouth the entire game. Heck but that makes him silent but deadly, really deadly.

But all of those problems are overshadowed by another bigger problem: In one of the abyss levels, there is a particular task that is really so annoying that it took me at least 50 tries to finally accomplish it. That, for me, is the worst part of the game. Not the camera, not the sweeping, just that particular portion. And no, you cannot move on to finish the game without accomplishing that task.

Being evil, being corrupt, having your own private army and conquering one world after another is fun. Killing pillaging and making the world submit to your power is one of the best things to do in a video game, sometimes I would wish I could do it in the real world.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Good Game, Confusing Interface

posted by fracted (BIRMINGHAM, AL) Aug 4, 2008

Member since Jun 2008

8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful

I loved the idea of being able to play the villain, and the story-line was, for the most part, done well. I enjoyed the concept of minions, crafting armor, building a castle, and having worshipers/corruption. However, there were a few bugs, glitches in the story-line, irritating and confusing interface/game play. "Rushing" your minions easily confused their movement AI, 3rd person camera movement was very frustrating, and the "boss-enemies" were easily "tricked" to the point that I could avoid being damaged most of the time. Other than that my only complaint was that(without spoiling), there was a part of the story-line that didn't seem like it should be complete-able before some of the other "quests", it made for a confusing time line.
Overall the game was a lot of fun and I would recommend it to any RP gamer.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Great concept, lousy execution

posted by Eekthecat (FALLS CHURCH, VA) Jul 15, 2008

Member since Sep 2007

16 out of 20 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

I wanted to like this game. The concept was brilliant: Be a super evil overlord and command your minions. Make moral choices, where the options are "evil" or "really really evil." What's not to love?

Sadly, the reality was somewhat of a letdown.

The game's biggest problem? Every bit of the game was the same. Run around. Tell your minions to kill people. Swing your sword/axe/mace (all of which were mostly the same) by mashing X. Repeat. Oh, they threw in a few easy bosses where the strategy consisted of "run around behind him and attack!" and a few hundred wheels to turn and a few hundred objects to collect, but it just got old. No, I don't want to watch minions slowly carry my new object back to the portal. No, I 'm sick of running around and smashing enemies. No, I wouldn't like to fight another boring boss.

Still, I kept at it. Even when the bad controls and lousy camera killed my minions (which I had to farm and keep alive to upgrade equipment... Bad design decision), I kept at it. The game had its charm... It made fun of typical D&D type heroes and fantasy settings, and I would be lying if I said the game was a total failure. It was just kind of... dull.

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