This review pertains to Overlord, Overlord "Raising Hell" and Overlord 2. You can find the review on my blog here: http://kingisaaclinksr.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/broken-review-overlord-overlord-2/
Its a double feature today because these games have the same issues and problems and I might as well just have them in one post. I found Overlord and Overlord 2 as a pack on Steam during the winter sale for really cheap a few years ago. These two games are RPG style games with a slight amount of “strategy” thrown in. What caught my eye about the game was the name and the Pikmin-like mechanics the game presented. I figured, at the time, it would be a more evolved Pikmin playstyle while being an evil guy. Boy was I wrong…
In the game your setup as some sort of evil Overlord, tasked with bring darkness and ruin to the world along with the help of your minions. So you go out into the world and destroy people who are more evil than you and bring peace….and….prosperity….to the land. And if your going “what?” yeah, that was my reaction too. This game doesn’t really let you be an evil overlord. Though if you listen to your minions enough times saying your “The Overlord” you might start to believe it through hypnotic suggestion ;) . I think the devs got confused and mixed up evil with good. The person you play as is really just a hero who wears dark armor in the spirit of Sauron. I mean, I just don’t understand why the devs decided to make you some sort of evil overlord but don’t really allow you to do anything evil whatsoever. Ok, sure, those who are evil don’t feel what they are doing is necessarily evil, but at the same time, I never got the sense that what I was doing was wrong. Even the imps act silly and goofy, which contradicts the serious air that the overlord holds around him. The game is full of contradictions and whether this was intentional or not, it falls flat and these games have nothing compelling to finish them out, although I did with the first game because I wanted to see if it got better or concluded with some sort of satisfaction…it didn’t. Your just not evil and the games are generally not fun, feeling more like a chore to be finished. I have enough chores as-is.
Overlord 1 & 2 suffer from the same problems. They are straightforward games and are a slightly unique take on the RPG genre but there are better RPGs out there. I can’t recommend these games either as the graphics haven’t aged well, its rather grindy and nothing compelling about them. There is no punishment for losing your minions so you can send hordes dogpiling onto your enemies and winning. The spells also cost way too much mana given how few mana potions you can find. The story isn’t anything to write home about either. All-in-all, not worth the time or money.
Közzétéve: 25 november 2013