Overlord: Raising Hell
A fallen warrior is resurrected by a small group of minions and takes up the role of Overlord after the predecessor was defeated by seven heroes. With hundreds of minions at your command you step into the boots of the Overlord to defeat them and take back the land that you once ruled.
THINK EVIL, BREED EVIL, CONTROL ALL! Get in the action and become the Overlord, the all powerful dark lord with a horde of minions to command and a land to conquer.
CONTROL A HORDE OF MINIONS Slavish and loyal they'll smash, destroy, kill and steal anything for you. Your word is law.
BECOME THE OVERLORD Do you want fear, respect, gold and power? Become the most powerful being in the world by any means necessary.
CONQUER A TWISTED FANTASY WORLD Show the Seven Heroes, demonic Halflings, and Rabid Unicorns who's boss.
upported OS: Windows XP/Vista
Processor: Pentium® 4 2.4 GHz or Athlon 2400+
Memory: 512 MB RAM
Graphics: Any video card with 64MB or higher
DirectX Version: DirectX® version 9.0c or higher
Hard Drive: 4.5 GB free
February 15th, 2008
In preparation for Suicide Squad we are taking a look at villainy from multiple angles as well as some infamous bad guys that have appeared over the years. Overlord is an interesting case because you are playing as the villain. Of course there are multiple games that have bad guys as the lead role, though in Overlord, Triumph Studios twists things in such a way that makes your actions more lawful evil than if you choose to play that way. This game is satire; the main focus is not to cause chaos and do evil because you can. It pokes fun at the high fantasy theme along with the races you will find in the genre and is technically a Sauron simulator.
Overlord was only given a T rating, so much of the content comes lighter than one would expect. One example is the bloodthirsty unicorns. While not shown in detail, a unicorn can be seen picking up is head from eating a body while having blood on his chest. The crude humor in this game is mostly showcased in the silly antics of your minions, but it remains to be mostly light hearted except for a few occasions. When sweeping your goblins through tables they stop for a drink, and the alcoholic content of these beverages is implied by their sighs of relief and urinating sound seconds after they stop. As the Overlord, you will be commanding your minions to fight enemies and ransack buildings. Chances are that you will be taking part in the combat on multiple occasions.
Though the game’s expansion is called “Raising Hell” you are actually not doing the raising yourself. you are fighting against it. Portals appear that are leading villagers to believe they are gateways to heaven, when they get there that is not the case. There is nothing bad such as torture being shown, sometimes you will see villagers being forced to do things like farming and in another example. you will see a minion chained up. The idea is that as Overlord is that you want to keep control of your land, so you are trying to stop these gates from cropping up. Lastly the game references magic many times and has the player using some magic abilities to defend themselves.
When beginning the game you will find that this is not your typical RPG compared to something like the Fable series, it actually bears many similarities to the Pikmin series found on Nintendo’s consoles. As the Overlord, you start with only ten minions but can eventually command hundreds of them. There are four types of minions that can benefit your conquest in different ways, and they come in four colors. The first type you start with are the Browns. They are your basic fighters and the guys you will want to keep on the front lines in case of a battle. The second are the Reds. They are a bit on the weaker side because they are archers though their greatest feature is that they can walk through areas that are hot or on fire. The third are the Blues, and they are the only minions that do not attack. They serve you by resurrecting their fallen brothers as long as they remain in one piece. They also have the ability to swim and gain access to areas that are blocked by bodies of water. The last group are the Greens. They are your assassins and are better suited for a stealth approaching along while having the ability to extinguish poison gases and clouds.
There are a few ways you can put these guys to work: charging them into battle or having them sweep the area. Charging works best when locking on specific targets such as strong enemies and bosses, while sweeping is meant for groups of enemies and ransacking areas for treasure and more. I had originally played on Xbox 360 when the game first came out, and the keyboard controls felt weird to me so I primarily used my controller which makes the sweeping fun to use. Sweeping is mapped to the right stick so that your minions will move in whatever direction you move it. This little technique is also very useful for accessing areas that the big Overlord himself cannot get to.
The presentation of the game is where this game shines the most. The art style resembles Fable in many ways. Much like the Despicable Me movies, your little minions steal the show. When you sweep through buildings, they will pick up whatever they can find to use for armor and weapons (if you run through a small pumpkin patch they will make those into jack o’ lanterns and use them as helmets). When it comes to the armor and weapons that you will acquire, there aren’t very many options. Three different forges will determine the stats of your weapons. The steel forge is basic while the Durium and Arcanium forges affect things like damage and life-force or sacrifice of your minions. The only options you have for weapons are an axe, mace, and sword, but not much changes other than speed. Armor only changes depending on what kind of forge you use. The Durium forge makes everything look more Paladin-like as the Arcanium forge makes everything look evil along with some spikes on it similar to the look of Sauron from Lord of the Rings. The one thing I feel is definitely needed here is a map. There were a couple times where I went in circles because I got lost. There are some light Metroidvania-style things in here too that would be useful to see on a map. To get to some places you need the right color of minions to access that area.
Even so, I think the developers did an outstanding job and put us in the shoes of a villain without it being too cruel and violent. This is a good thing considering the fact that villains and anti-heroes are pretty much idolized and Grand Theft Auto is one of the most popular games of all time. Playing this game once again reminded me of the days when my brother put hours in the Xbox 360 before the PS3 was even a factor. It also makes me want a proper sequel even more since we got that strange looking Diablo clone about a year or two ago.
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+ Light hearted humor
+ Fun strategic gameplay
- No M\map
- Light armor and weapon upgrade system
- Requires installation of original overlord