gamers (93%) found this review helpful
Overlord is an action RPG that twits things a bit by putting you into the shoes of the enemy instead of the hero trying to set things right. Imagine a Lord of the Rings game where you're Sauron and you'll get the idea.
The game plays as sort of a cross between Fable and Pikmin. While you are perfectly capable of kicking do-gooder haunches around on your own, the real fun is commanding your horde of minions to do the work for you.
You control the minions with the right stick, which takes some getting used to, as that is normally the camera control in most games. It's confusing at first, and even late in the game you still find yourself accidentally moving your minions instead of moving the camera. The control scheme works very well, however, it would have been nice to have an option to change it.
Also, your minions can be somewhat stupid. Not in a good, comical evil overlord kind of way. Sometimes they get stuck trying to attack stuff they can't reach and you'll have to call them back. Not too big of a deal unless you forget about them until later. If they're too far away, they can't path find back to you. It's a minor annoyance, but happens enough to be more than noticeable.
Other than that though, the game is pretty solid. The graphics are pretty good and you can definitely tell when you go from one area to another. The different areas are quite beautiful to walk through, actually.
The game's humor definitely shines as one of it's strong points. Minions are hilarious at times and some of the "twisted" fantasy stuff is just crazy. It's great to see these normally iconic hero types twisted around and made into something... wrong. A perverted paladin and a obese half-ling are just some of the craziness you'll encounter traveling through the game.
All in all, I'd say Overlord is a surprisingly engrossing game. There is something just cool about being the bad guy in a game and anyone that liked Fable or similar games should really check it out.
gamers (93%) found this review helpful
I am very impressed by Overlord as a whole. I initially purchased it on a whim, thinking being evil and controlling minions would be fun. I was blown away.
Overlord not only met my very general expectations, but far exceeded them. The game was constantly challenging me as a player due to its RPG/Action/Puzzle qualities. Dungeons and areas have the unique qualities of navigation like a puzzle game, where specific actions had to be taken to gain access to areas. This also worked with the free-roaming environment, where you could revisit an area later to explore for anything that was missed.
For RPG elements, your character locates items and eventually gains the ability to make new armor and weapons, though this is limited to only a few specific items. Your character also gains access to new minions during the game, which are critical to move along the storyline.
Finally, this is an action title. You are constantly having enemies attack you in areas leading up to a quest which requires you not only to perform attack/spell actions with your character, but requires the proper use of your minions in certain circumstances.
I completed my first run through this morning, and am beginning a second play through tomorrow. This game I would highly recommend to any RPG/Action/Puzzle player. My only major issue I found with the game is if you die, you have the ability to restart the area/quest. When this occurs, you do not lose any minions that may have died during the prior attempt. While this feature is good for the casual player, a hardcore gamer would be encouraged to use the "return to tower" option rather than restart an area. This would provide a disadvantage that players would have to overcome.
As stated earlier, this is the type of game I was expecting when I first played Fable. If you enjoyed that title, or similar titles, then Overlord is a safe bet, for purchase or rent. It will not be time wasted.
gamers (79%) found this review helpful
When I downloaded the demo I thought that I might like the full game, which I did. The graphics are good, the minions provide comic relief, and story line and puzzle solving ok. I might still be playing the game, except that I became increasingly frustrated because I would spend an hour or more trying to complete a quest, almost making it but, getting killed (so close, yet so far) and find out the last save point was at the beginning of the quest and have to start over again. Too bad that you could not make your own save point just before a boss battle or at least auto save just before the last check point.