Excerpt: When the original Overlord title launched into the marketplace in 2007 it brought a breath of fresh air to the gaming world sandwiching itself in the quagmire of stale fps rehashes, sports games and racers. The game brought an element of comedy and tongue in cheek bravado with it that lit its touch paper and fired it into the hearts of many a gamer, hardcore and casual alike.
Conclusion: It's still fun, especially if you enjoyed the first one. After more than four years since its release, it would also be pretty cheap. That said, you'd be better off renting or borrowing the game from a friend. It won't be on many people's Top 5 list, but it won't be on many people's Worst 5 either.
Excerpt: As enjoyable as it was, there’s no getting away from the fact that the original Overlord wasn’t the game it so easily could have been. The strategic potential of the minions was unfulfilled and the titular Overlord didn’t have to be quite the evildoer that advertising suggested, With one of the alignments you might as well have been in charge of a benevolent hero, as opposed to a nasty and cruel being.
Conclusion: There are also plenty of upgrades that were made in Overlord II from its predecessor. First, it looks like the basic game is just bigger than the first, with hours of action (expanded by a lot of cutscenes, though they can be as much fun as the gameplay…or skipped with the tap on the A Button).
Excerpt: Video games have been trying to figure out morality for a very long time, but few have been successful in their attempts. Overlord II has the morality, but it’s done differently in this game; you have to be a bad guy, that’s just who you are, so instead of choosing between good and evil you are given the choice of being evil, or very evil .
Deliciously evil fantasy game is loaded with humor.
Common Sense Media
19 December 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that in this action game you don't play as a hero. Instead, you're an anti-hero, a malevolent Overlord with tremendous power. You can kill harmless creatures, as well as humans and fantasy creatures, but there is no blood. You will hear a sex scene, and some of the fantasy creatures have oversized breasts that are barely covered. A substance that appears to be alcohol is part of the game.
Excerpt: Overlord offered something a little different on its release in 2007. While it didn’t let you be quite as evil as a real evil Overlord would be (if such a thing existed), the combination of tongue-in-cheek humour and accessible RTS-light gameplay made it well worth owning. There was something quite addictive about sending groups of minions on evil rampages through lush rural villages, destroying everything in their path.
Summary: Overlord II is devilishly hilarious (your minions are so evil they tear apart a villager's pillow), but if you played through the first game, this quest feels like deja vu. The new map reduces the frustration that came with being lost in the first game, and I did get a kick out of transforming into a minion, but the game's progression is too similar to its predecessor. Oh look, I'm tasked with unlocking the ability to use fire, water, and poison minions...again!
Summary: : Overlord II is as fun and funny as its predecessor, and should be worth checking out for anyone who finds joy in being evil or just enjoyed the first game, but some unfortunate design choices and issues make it harder to recommend the game as a must-buy. The story and concept are entertaining and amusing, the visuals generally look rather nice overall, the audio is fantastic all around, and the game is simple enough to pick up and understand, but in-depth enough to...