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Critic Reviews

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90
Overlord is simply delectable at every turn. Back at the tower your jester grovels and spews adoration in accordance with your most recent conquest no matter how many times you kick him to the floor; the analogous music is married to the action perfectly, and the scenery is simply awe-inspiring whether you’re laying waste to fairytale creatures in the warm sunlight or slaying zombies in a misty graveyard...the perfect marriage of gothic action, fantasy, and bloodletting. Chinks in the armor? Well, I suppose the Overlord himself could be a bit more graceful and I’d like a free camera (you can’t freely spin it, although a flick of the LT button positions it behind you instantly) and some of the peasants do repeat themselves far too often (so I kill them), but these are minor quibbles in an overall sea of wonderfully fulfilling and unique gameplay. Please, whatever you do, come out for this game. If this is Triumph’s first pass I can only imagine what a sequel might bring.
89
Gamer 2.0 (Aug 09, 2007)
Overall, Overlord is an exciting romp through a twisted fairy-tale land. While it lacks any incredibly difficult challenges, it delivers a laugh-a-minute story that is very well executed. As long as you avoid the admittedly random glitches, you’ll come away from Overlord with a great attitude and a desire to play it again just to see the different endings.
85
411mania.com (Aug 06, 2007)
Despite all of the gameplay faults this is a great game. If they can make a sequel that fixes those faults then this would be an excellent game to own but as it is it’s simply a great game that has more charm in one little minion then most games manage in the whole package.
85
4Players.de (Jun 29, 2007)
Ich bin wirklich überrascht! Nach dem Spielen der ersten Missionen war ich zwar angetan von Art & Design, Humor & Taktik, aber noch nicht wirklich begeistert. Jetzt, nachdem ich erstmals alle vier Schergenarten kontrolliere und einen pompösen Turm der Boshaftigkeit besitze, macht das Overlord-Dasein einen Heidenspaß. Ja, es gibt ein paar Steuerungstücken, man vermisst eine übersichtliche Weltkarte und die Schergengewinnung kann in Routine ausarten. Außerdem gibt es zu wenige Gegenstände der Unterdrückung - so einen öffentlichen Pranger für Hobbits oder einen Galgen für Elfen hätte ich schon gerne gebaut. Aber die Triumph Studios haben hier ein zauberhaft böses Eroberungsspiel auf die Beine gestellt, das mich bis zum letzten Prozent Verruchtheit bestens unterhalten hat: kämpfen, rätseln, aufrüsten! Insbesondere die Reaktionen der Bewohner und der eigenen Diener sorgen schnell für das gute Gefühl, in einer lebendigen Spielwelt zu herrschen.
85
Deeko (Jul 20, 2007)
I could go on and on about all the tiny little details and nuances you notice, but why give everything away? Without sounding too "punny", the developers really can sit back and consider this game a Triumph. This is what a good game is supposed to be like. Visually stunning but not overpowering to take away from the game play. A humorous and interesting story, but the real heroes are the minions themselves. I think the monkey from Ape Escape have competition.
85
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Aug 01, 2007)
Alle Action-Adventure Fans mit Hang zu RPG- und Strategielementen bekommen mit Overlord ein detailverliebtes Abenteuer, welches einen so schnell nicht mehr los lässt. Den durch die Demo und diverse Previews geschürten hohen Erwartungen hält Overlord aber leider nicht stand. Zum einen ist die Technik nicht ganz auf der Höhe der Zeit und fällt negativ durch Slowdowns und Popups auf, zum anderen stören Bugs wie aussetzende Soundeffekte oder das Pathfinding der Schergen, welches teils stark zu wünschen übrig lässt. Wer über diese kleinen Makel hinwegsehen kann bekommt jedoch eine herrlich erfrischende Parodie auf die Herr der Ringe-Trilogie welche sogar Sauron ob soviel Boshaftigkeit vor Neid erblassen lassen würde.
83
GamingTrend (Jun, 2007)
Much like the aforementioned Pikmin, Overlord is a simple concept that is so well executed that you can’t put it down. While the primary storyline weighs in at 15 hours of pure comedy gold, the multiplayer lands with a resounding thud. Come for the comedy, stay for the minions.
82
Gamesmania.de (Jul 23, 2007)
So richtig böse wie ich möchte konnte ich bei Overlord zwar nicht sein, dennoch hatte ich die 15 Spielstunden doch meinen Spaß mit dem Genremix. Sicherlich kann der Titel in Sachen Abwechslung beim Gameplay und der Steuerung nicht immer überzeugen, doch als Gesamtpaket wird man mit dem tollen Setting und dem Humor bestens unterhalten. Allerdings hätte ich stellenweise doch schon gerne ein wenig aktiver mit dem Overlord gekämpft wie in einem klassischen Action-Adventure. Die ganze Zeit nur die Schergen auf die Feinde zu hetzen und selbst zuzuschauen, ist auf die Dauer etwas öde. Wer mit den Mängeln leben kann und Lust auf ein dennoch gelungenes Action-Taktik-Spiel hat, macht mit Overlord nichts verkehrt.
82
Overlord is primarily a singleplayer game. The multiplayer modes are there mostly as an extra and most won’t spend more than a few hours in the versus or co-op variants available. But let’s be honest here – with around 20 hours of singleplayer playtime available the game won’t leave you hungry. Sure, being able to pick the game up again at a later time is always nice and Overlord falls a bit short here – outside of being able to choose the order of tasks you do the game is completely linear, so playing through it again won’t be as fun as the first time. But heck, we live in a time where 8 hours of playing time is the norm, so having more than twice that amount of tyranny and chaos time is more than enough. You just have to give the game enough time to truly evolve, as the first half can be a bit basic and tedious.
82
Fragland.net (Jul 26, 2007)
Enough of the bla bla, Overlord might be a RPG, but not one as we know them (I might even dare to state that his game eves takes the genre on a wild spin through ridiculous-ville). No over-serious storyline, no main character with a hero status, … Humor is the card played here and that’s very refreshing. Overlord is truly worth playing!
81
XboxAchievements (Feb 12, 2008)
Finally something different turns up and it’s been worth the wait as we’ve been given a unique game that doesn’t take itself too seriously while at the same time offering up an innovative challenge. The multiplayer lets the side down somewhat, but to my mind this game was always meant to be best enjoyed solo, well, if you don’t include your devoted minions of course.
81
IGN UK (Jun 14, 2007)
Overlord takes everything you think you know about the fantasy genre and turns it upside down, then adds a dash of mild violence, a splash of toilet humour and a twisted storyline. The Minions are a novel creation and ensure Overlord’s gameplay is like nothing else on Xbox 360. Commanding the chattering mass of destruction is thrilling and it never becomes tiresome, thanks to different Minion types and the urge drive to collect new or bizarre weapons and armour for them. Admittedly the puzzles are a little linear and there are times when you’re required to backtrack through levels, plus the simple multiplayer will hardly set the Live world on fire. But if you’re looking for a barrel of laughs and a game that's both interesting and fun at the same time, prepare to bow down to Overlord.
80
Computer Bild Spiele (Jun 06, 2007)
Der unnachahmliche schwarze Humor im Stil von Monty Python treibt Ihnen oft Lachtränen in die Augen so witzig und augenzwinkernd präsentiert sich das Spiel. Besonders die fiesen Sprüche Ihrer kleinen Helfer punkten. Dass in hektischen Szenen oft die Übersicht flöten geht, stört bisweilen. Dennoch werden Sie "gute" Miene zum bösen Spiel machen und Ihre Freude haben.
80
UOL Jogos (Jul 20, 2007)
Apesar de sua mecânica de jogo singular, basta pensar em uma mistura de "Fable" com "Pikmin" para se ter uma idéia do que esperar deste aqui. Não bastasse a combinação interessantíssima de "Overlord", que conta com elementos de jogos de ação, RPG e estratégia, o humor negro faz o título um dos mais engraçados do momento. No entanto, a parte de exploração é altamente frustrante e enfadonha - problema este que poderia ser resolvido com um mapa.
80
Realm of Gaming (Aug 16, 2008)
Though these issues keep the game from perfection, its imaginative setting, maniacal humor, creativity, and sheer fun keep these problems from being game-breakers and solidify Overlord’s place as a game that everyone should, at the very least, check out, and with a new expansion adding several single and multi-player levels, you can be sure that evil won’t be going out of style any time soon.
80
Armchair Empire, The (Aug 29, 2007)
In short, Overlord straddles three different genres – strategy, action, role-playing – which should have meant a flat game, that didn’t get anything right, but Triumph Studios weaves the genres together in such a way as to make a compelling and fun game, with a silly sensibility.
80
GotNext (Aug 20, 2007)
Overall, Overlord is one of those rarest of games these days – underhyped but overdelivering. If you haven't heard much about it, don't mistake that for anything other than a terrible disservice to a game that's been obscured by the clouds of more marketed fare. Overlord is a rollicking good time for anyone with a 360 and a sense of humor. Just be prepared to toss your morals out the window.
80
Worth Playing (Aug 02, 2007)
Overlord is old-school in the sense that it's purely a single-player experience. Available both on PC and 360, the only true difference between the two versions is that one comes with achievements, and the other doesn't. Overlord is a single player game and. Although Overlord is a lot of fun, the gameplay isn't heavily nuanced' playing through the game once pretty much covers every possible angle you can experience, aside from remodeling your character's items, weapons and gear. Even so, that experience is lots of fun. While using the cover of being evil, the game is really a comical satire of every major fantasy tome or canon. In the end, Overlord delivers a fun experience and is well worth the $39.99 retail price of admission.
80
Deaf Gamers (Jul 27, 2007)
Overlord is a lot of fun and a nice mix of genres that contains many familiar concepts that have been put together in a rather unique way. At times it can be a little testing when having to control multiple groups of minions but given how enjoyable the majority of the game is, this is a problem that's easy to overlook. It's been a while since there was a game where it was fun to be evil. Dungeon Keeper 2 is eight years old this year and there aren't many others that readily spring to mind. If you're looking for a game that allows you to do some evil, albeit in a humorous rather than offensive way, then Overlord is well worth considering.
80
Gamer.nl (Jul 03, 2007)
Overlord is de allereerste Nederlandse next-gen game, maar verschijnt gelukkig ook op de PC. Hoewel de Xbox 360-versie qua besturing ietsje beter is, is de PC-versie nog steeds een enorme aanrader. De game krijgt voor de PC dan ook dezelfde score als voor de Xbox 360, aangezien het briljante concept met de minions, de goede humor en de slimme gameplay nog steeds als een huis staan.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jun 21, 2007)
Overlord may remind the more experienced gamer of a mass of things, but it's only so identifiable as they're conventions which relatively few games have used successfully. And when a few quick clicks send a spindly-limbed wave heading over to cause havoc, it's its own thing. As much of a monster as you are, when you see a powerful succubus flying through the air, covered by your little green guys, holding on with one hand and stabbing desperately with the other, you end up feeling... well, a little parental. Oh, the little darlings. I'm so proud. They're not evil. It's just... high spirits.
78
Play.tm (Aug 02, 2007)
Ultimately, if it weren't for an oddly skewed sense of gameplay balance that offers two separate genre types (action and puzzle) rather than a comfortable mixture of both, Overlord would be a thoroughly impressive experience that delivers something a little off the beaten track. As it is, the game's detailed design, genuine humour, intuitive minion controls, and obvious source homage, can't quite combine to elevate it beyond the unfortunate bog of stagnancy it creates for itself by not quite knowing what it wants to be.
76
FOK!games (Jul 27, 2007)
Al met al is Overlord een game waar wij Nederlanders best trots op mogen zijn. De sfeer die door de muziek, omgeving en gameplay wordt neergezet is namelijk echt fantastisch. Je wordt al snel in de game gezogen en door de Minions lig je af en toe in een deuk van het lachen. Deze kleine mormels vormen het belangrijkste gameplayelement in het spel en met hun los je puzzels op en versla je een hoop vijanden. Door de verscheidenheid aan Minions (er zijn vier soorten) wordt het puzzelen af en toe best uitdagend, maar deze verschillende beestjes kunnen ook voor irritatie zorgen. Vooral in het begin, maar ook nog later in de game ben je namelijk vrij veel bezig met “backtracken”. Zo bezoek je een hoop plekken die je al leeggeruimd hebt en dit is saai en tergend. Dit, plus het gemis van een gedetailleerde kaart en missie- uitleg zorgen op ten duur voor een chaotisch gevoel dat de perfecte sfeer van Overlord een hoop schade aandoet.
75
In terms of writing and tone, I can’t recommend Overlord enough. The satire is funny, and the evil is deliciously over-the-top, but the minions are the real stars. If the premise sounds fun to you, it is worth taking the lumps in the gameplay to enjoy what Overlord has to offer.
75
Game Positive (Aug 13, 2007)
It can certainly be said that Overlord is a fun game. The injection of humor and whimsy into an otherwise dark tale makes it a memorable and engaging experience. An unconventional control configuration makes for enjoyable gameplay, but comes at the expense of a controllable camera, which may be an obstacle for some. The lack of an in-game map will frustrate players, while the below-average sound and visual elements leave much to be desired. Despite its flaws, this game is clearly greater than the sum of its parts and is a welcome addition to the console's game library. With an uncommon premise and entertaining gameplay, Overlord provides a pleasant experience that is unique on the Xbox 360, but lacks the polish and technical flair that would have propelled it to classic status.
75
Kombo.com (Jul 02, 2007)
Overlord is far from perfect, but it does contain a very interesting mixture of fantasy role playing and real-time strategy. It’s unique enough that even gamers that don’t enjoy either genre might have some fun with it. With beautiful presentation, unique gameplay and a great sense of humor, Overlord could be a sleeper hit this summer.
75
GameSpot (Jun 28, 2007)
Overlord is an enjoyably mischievous experience that blends real-time strategy and RPG elements to unique ends. The satisfaction of running amok with your legion of wickedly enthusiastic minions is what makes Overlord worth playing, and it's plenty compensation for controls that you'll occasionally struggle against and the limitations on just how evil you can really be.
70
GameSpy (Jul 06, 2007)
Overlord can be plenty of fun under the right circumstances. It's well worth playing the single-player campaign, if only to experience an irreverent take on the typical fantasy setting. When you aren't struggling with minion AI or getting annoyed at the current state of multiplayer, you can't help but have a good time ruling with an iron fist.
70
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Jun 20, 2007)
Jag har skrattat åt tjocka hobbitar och svurit åt klurigheter under resans gång, och kan rekommendera Overlord till alla som känner att de varit slavar under sitt samvete allt för länge. Det är inget perfekt spel, men för dig som söker ett lite längre äventyr med vacker design, humor och ett lite annorlunda upplägg så är detta definitivt något att kika närmare på.
70
I den bästa av världar hade det inte funnits någon gräns för ondskan, men Overlords härskare känns bakbunden och radiostyrd. Trots detta innehåller spelet mängder av råa skratt och minnesvärda ögonblick.
70
PlayDevil (Nov 28, 2007)
"Overlord" is a great game that is slightly spoilt by its flaws. It is too complex for its own good, and the camera control (or lack of it) is a real issue. The multiplayer also just feels tacked on, and I would have appreciated a longer single player instead, although at 15 hours, its not too bad anyway. What does work, works very well, and with some refinements, a second game could be a really top game, rather than merely a better than average one.
70
Overlord is one of the most original games I’ve had to review on the 360. It brings back memories of Abe’s Odyssey for the Playstation and borrows things from a crate load of games that I like. The puzzles are fun and not too taxing and the minions are fun to storm around the countryside with. The humour of the game is its strong point and appeals to pretty much all ages (especially immature adults like me). It’s just a shame the camera and control system don’t do quite what they’re supposed to do and tarnish what is otherwise very good game.
70
Jeuxvideo.com (Jun 26, 2007)
Overlord devrait être la petite starlette des productions estivales. On retiendra son esprit moqueur qui tranche radicalement avec le tout-venant des jeux PC nourris à l'heroic-fantasy. Et on louera son gameplay, qui se permet de piocher un peu de micro-gestion, un peu de STR, un peu de RPG, un mélange finalement heureux pour un titre inconstestablement agréable. Mais pas exceptionnel. Certaines conditions ne sont pas satisfaites pour devenir un incontournable : des temps de chargements trop longs et trop nombreux, beaucoup de répétitions dans le level-design, et une difficulté bien trop faible. A quelques encablures du hit, Overlord reste cependant une expérience tout à fait convaincante. L'essayer sera peut-être l'adopter.
63
GameLemon (Mar 30, 2008)
The rest of the package does little to salvage the rather tedious gameplay. The graphics are decent but not spectacular. The character designs are pleasant, but they also pretty much adhere to fantasy stereotypes. Dwarves are short, armored, and bearded. Elves are tall, slender, and pale. Halflings look like tiny, fat, barefoot, 19th century English folk. The music is in pretty much the same boat, being made up of predominantly epic-sounding orchestral stuff that flares in intensity when you fight bosses, but does little to distinguish itself from similar music in any other fantasy title. And the voice acting is decent but not fantastic. Overall the game just felt disappointing. I mean, a video game that pokes fun at high fantasy cliches while letting you control a horde of rampaging goblin-things should have been awesome. As it is, it's playable, but it's certainly not one game to rule them all.
60
Legendra (Apr 05, 2009)
Au final, un jeu relativement moyen. Ses quelques qualités techniques, le mélange de genres et le fait d'avoir opté pour un univers Heroïc Fantasy parodique le sauve de l'anonymat dans lequel il aurait pu sombrer à sa sortie, ce qui ne tardera certainement pas à arriver si sa suite s'avérait plus concluante. Loin d'être un indispensable donc, il pourra néanmoins bien trouver preneur auprès de quelques joueurs en manque.