Overlord is the
latest XBox 360 title from Triumph Studios that tries to do something
different on this high end console and actually allows the player to
engage in evil deeds with a heavy dose of cartoon humour and
graphics. The story begins with your character suffering from
amnesia from whichever dark hell you have returned and you are soon
trained by Gnarl who teaches you the ways of Overlord. Unfortunately
for the previous Overlord, he was killed by the seven heroes and now
you must rebuild the former Overlord's empire but engaging in a
variety of nefarious acts.
As with all good
action-RPG titles, your character starts off with a minimal amount
of weapons, skills, armour and as you progress, your
powers soon increase. As Overlord, you can almost sit back and watch
as you send your minions into battle who can perform a variety of
different orders, no matter if this threatens their life. Even if
you lose a minion, you can always summon more through the minion
gates which are littered throughout the gaming environment.
There are four minions who serve the overlord which are identified
by their colours, Brown for fighters, Red for fire, Greens for
poison and Blues for magic and water. The developers have ensured
that you are not thrown straight into the middle of things and you
first start off with Brown minions. The browns will basically fight
and smash their way through anything while the Reds will set fire to
a variety of objects in the game. Fortunately for your character,
Gnarl will thoroughly explain how to use these minions in order
devastate the land.
In order to master
the title, your Overlord will need to master each of the minions
abilities and use them in conjunction with the other minions in
order to successfully complete each level. Apart from killing, your
minions can also carry whatever artifacts they discover back to your
tower in order to rebuild your once powerful kingdom.
The control system of Overlord is reminiscent of the Nintendo game
called Pikmin that has your minions following you around until you
give them a particular task to engage in. Whether it's ordering them
to stay guard, attacking villagers or setting a farmers crop on
fire, the gameplay is extremely additive and entertaining. Most
gamers will be able to get a good handle of the control system in
about an hour and the XBox 360 controller has been perfectly mapped
out for the game.
There are a variety of Dungeons & Dragon based missions in Overlord
but the player also has access to a corruption meter which reflect
how the characters in the game react to you, whether you portray
fear or respect which does give a little twist to the game. Although
you may perform some hideous acts in this title, the developers have
ensured that the title is full of humor, in order to give the title a
more humble and human approach. Your minions also have little
personalities that are sometimes both annoying or humorous as they
engage in the gaming environment with their Gollum like approach to
Graphically, Overlord looks rather cartoonist on the XBox 360 not
that there is anything wrong with this but it probably allows the
developers to get away with what they are trying to achieve in the
game. All the characters have been professionally designed and the
gaming environments are quite large, features a magical colorful
palette with a touch of special effects. The only downside to the
graphics is the fiddle some camera.
As with the graphics, the sound effects of Overlord are very
entertaining and the title contains a wonderful musical score that
suits the genre perfectly. Of course there is the traditional RPG
sound effects and overthetop voice acting.
In conclusion, Overlord is an entertaining game that unfortunately
becomes a little too repetitive by the end of the title as you give
order after order and solve puzzle after puzzle. The graphics are
decent, the sounds are interesting and the gameplay will keep most
gamers interested. Definitely worth checking out if you are after
something different than sports, racing or first person shooters.
Triumph Studios should be rewarded!