Conclusion: In short Overlord is a fun title that treads carefully on that fine line between suitable for both children and adults alike. The humour can wear thin at times, but the dialogue on the whole is very good as is the mischievous behaviour of your minions. There is a lot of life in the title too, with both expansion packs from the previous versions being included here.
Excerpt: Being evil is often seen as a bad thing, but how often do we really get to see things from the other side of the fence? Take the characters in Codemasters' Overlord. These evil doers go about their daily life with a gleeful smile on their faces, relishing every moment of their frowned upon activities. Is it that these brutes simply love inflicting pain on others or is Overlord perhaps not quite as evil as the story suggests?
Excerpt: Overlord hasn't had a very good run in the game world. First, the game appeared on the Xbox 360 and was met with lukewarm reviews and downright disappointing sales (though the latter was more than likely not his fault; it's tough being a mid-summer game, especially one released squarely between the powerhouses The Darkness and Bioshock...). That wasn't the end of its misfortune, though.
Excerpt: Has the charm of delightful hobbits got you down? Tired of those brash stumpy dwarves? Well you sir, are in luck, because no longer are these fantasy races your friends. In fact, it’s come time to loot and pillage, perhaps even burn and ransack the villages of these and other creatures.
Summary: “Overlord: Raising Hell” is worth buying only after trying the game out first to make sure it’s your cup of tea. If you can get into this kinda’ thing for hours on end, it’s an easy buy. Otherwise, move on to the next game.
Pros: -Somewhat unique minion-controlling system., -Pretty long single player game., -Includes all of the extra content from Xbox Live on the disc.
Cons: -Visuals are very, very “last-gen”., -Sound quality is pretty generic., -Not a whole lot of replay value.
Excerpt: Face it, deep down we all have a dark side. However, succumbing to it, or even embracing it, isn’t necessarily a decision we face on a daily basis. Not the case in Overlord: Raising Hell. Here you’re encouraged to be nasty. Only by burning fields, killing off the “heroes,” slaughtering sheep, and resurrecting your all-powerful tower can you truly feel what it’s like to be evil. But can evil really triumph when history says otherwise?
Excerpt: Overlord and its mischievous minions fought their way onto the Xbox 360 in mid 2007. Almost 12 months and a downloadable content pack later, the game has finally arrived on the PlayStation 3. The question is, have the flaws that shipped the first time around been addressed in the meantime? Unfortunately, the answer is no.
Pros: Great macabre dialogue, Controlling minions is fun