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A few occasional framerate issues arise when the draw distance is large or when a lot of characters are onscreen, but this doesn't significantly impede progress. You ought to at least give Raising Hell a rental, as the expanded content adds plenty of value to an already good game. Besides, I can't think of a better way to indulge that evil streak in all of us.
What we have here is the definitive edition of Overlord. It is however, kind of annoying that it has been released at a full retail price, especially when you consider the time the game has been out on the 360 already. I feel that perhaps a reduced price (like the recently released Lost Planet: Colonies Edition) would have suited the game better. Aside from the price, this is a great, innovative game and it deserves to be played.
Overlord: Raising Hell is a very good hack n' slash game with a concept that you don't see very often. Having an army of 50 characters following you around wrecking havoc on nearly everything and everyone in sight can be a ton of fun. Even though it isn't the deepest game, the journey is still enjoyable and fans of games like Boulder's Gate should really like it, as well. Watching your tower evolve and gaining power over the lands further enhances the experience. Overlord may not be the most dazzling game you'll play this year, but it is one of the freshest in execution. Gamers looking for an adventure to embark on shouldl pick this one up.
Overlord: Raising Hell is most definitely one of the most inventive games on the PS3. It blends a number of genres into a great package topped off with some great humor. There are some issues with the design, making it somewhat prohibitive to get into with the controls and the pacing in the early games’ sections but if you can get through that there’s a lot of fun to be had. If you want something a bit different and rather evil, definitely check it out.
“Me-too” games aren’t typically appealing. When a new style of gameplay appears, you just know that others are going to say, “Why didn’t we think of this? Well, let’s think of it now!” But while this usually leads to games as awful as the average first-person shooter (which tends to copy Halo), this Pikmin clone is extremely polished. Overlord doesn’t copy Pikmin’s ideas so much as it feels inspired by them. Fans of that game will most definitely be immersed in Overlord’s world. But it wasn’t made just for them. If you hated the kiddie aspect of Pikmin, I suspect its stellar gameplay – most of which is present in Overlord – will turn you into a fan of Codemasters’ series now that Nintendo’s overly happy atmosphere has been replaced by a world that’s darker, more evil, and likely more appealing to the average gamer.
In fact, Overlord: Raising Hell is probably one of the best games currently available on PS3, blessed with clever design, engaging characters, sharp dialogue and a moreish appeal that drags you through even when the going gets tough. The skillful melding of action-adventure with strategic puzzle elements marks it out as something distinct, and it's got cult hit written all over it. In such situations I'm often tempted to make pleading faces that you give it a try, because you might find, as I did, that it's a rare treat: an under-hyped, extremely enjoyable, thoroughly evil gem of a game. So let's hope that number down there gets you interested. Go forth and do my bidding.
Ultimately, if it weren't for an oddly skewed sense of gameplay delivery that offers two separate genre types (action and puzzle) rather than a comfortable mixture of both, Overlord: Raising Hell would be the thoroughly refreshing genre experience that the Xbox 360 version couldn't quite become. As it is, despite the game's platform-specific tweaks and its plush design, genuine humour, and intuitive minion controls, the game still doesn't lend itself to being anything other than a smile-inducing distraction... that is already available for a far smaller asking price on the Xbox 360 and PC.
However, Overlord: Raising Hell is such a unique title that it definitely warrants taking a look at, especially if you missed out on the original release or the extra content that was brought out earlier this year on the 360. If you can get a handle on the control of your minions, and pick up on the strategy needed to defeat some of the later bosses, you should have quite a bit of fun with this quirky fantasy title. There are even some multiplayer modes to keep you busy, but they're not nearly as fun to play as the single player game. Definitely check this out if you've not played it before, since it's bound to be one of those overlooked gems in the near future.
It is a shame that Overlord Raising Hell took so long to appear on the PS3, arriving just after the excellent Sid Meier’s: Revolution. The extra content is appreciated but does little to expand what is already an enjoyable and offbeat experience. The size and scope of the main mode remains Overlord’s most enduring aspect, allowing you to ransack and pillage in a unique fashion.
Vaikka pelisuunnittelu ei olekaan alan terävintä kärkeä, vinksahtanut huumori korvaa melko paljon. Pahuuden ylipäällikkö tallustaa tavanomaisessa fantasiamaailmassa, mutta asukit ovat jotain aivan muuta, mitä Tolkienin tuotannossa ollaan totuttu näkemään. Överiksi vedetty fantasiamiljöö toimii mainiosti ja tutuille fantasiakliseille nauraminen on yksi Overlord: Raising Hellin suurimpia saavutuksia. Onnistuneen maailman lisäksi dialogi on todella hauskaa ja muutamaan kertaan sille naurahtaa jopa ääneen.
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As a port from 360 and PC, Overlord: Raising Hell has some things going for it, and some things detracting from it — more or less creating equilibrium. As a game, though, there's something forgivably enjoyable about Overlord: Raising Hell.
This game leaves me with mixed feelings. On one side the controls aren't good, the graphics outdated and the storyline is monotone. On the other side, however, it's an original game, has tactical depth and you've got the possibility to unite with your dark side. If you don't mind the negative points, then run to the store and start spreading evil!
Overlord is an entertaining game that should keep you smiling for its duration, but a distinct lack of evil keeps it from being a truly great next-gen adventure. If you're yet to sample Overlord's comedic charm then this PS3 version is definitely the one to go for but, as much as I enjoyed slaughtering fluffy sheep, this improved Overlord is still no more evil than my old headmaster.
The devilishly fun minions make their way to the PS3 for the first time. A blast for those who haven’t experienced the original Overlord, but not quite enough new content for those who have.
If price isn't an issue, the PS3 version is essentially superior (especially with the new in-game mini-map). If you're really that interested in Overlord, give it a shot -- just be extremely wary of the aforementioned problems.
The major differences between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games amount to the new onscreen minimap and 7.1 surround sound support. Given that the Xbox 360 downloadable content is thrown in for nil, the PS3 version of Overlord is the best value for those who have yet to give the game a try. However, considering the unpredictable frame rate, sluggish controls, and fickle camera in the PS3 version, if you're after a serious crack at ruling the peasants, you may want to wait until the game hits the bargain bin. Alternatively you could pick up the technically superior Xbox 360 version and spend a little extra to get the downloadable content.