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Overlord review


Release your evil side and squash the drunken halflings!

For the Overlord! (cont.)

The sound track and voice action in Overlord is excellent and is the perfect accompaniment to the humor behind the title. The musical score my be subtle in spots, but is still a wonderful accompaniment to the on-screen action.

Most of the NPCs throughout the world have at least some spoken dialogue. The truly minor background NPC may only have one phrase he will repeat every time you get close, but as that character's importance increases, so does his dialogue time. Your tutor, a very wise and old minion, is very well spoken and the perfect advisor. Meanwhile, the lesser minions have their own flavor dialogue. There is nothing more heartwarming than your horde of minions charging onto the battlefield screaming 'For the Overlord'! It kinda makes you feel for the little buggers. At least until you have to sacrifice a couple of them at the blood well to heal yourself up after combat.

Controlling the reigns of evil

Controlling your minions is very basic and quick to pick up. One click will send one minion to a designated target and another will recover that minion. The more you click on the target, the more minions will be assigned to attack. In situations that require complicated maneuvers or just raw numbers, you can 'sweep' your minions to the desired target by controlling the entire horde at the same time, moving them as a single body. This can result in your horde demolishing a room in one fell swoop or running too close to an enemy and getting overwhelmed. Your minions are smart, but not that smart. Early on the controls are more than adequate for the tasks at hand, but as the complexity of situations and battle increase, the controls will begin to feel sluggish and at times it will feel like they hold you back a bit. With some practice however, this feeling can be overcome.

The overall interface of Overlord has been kept simple. As you gain more minions and eventually different types of minions, everything is easily switched and selected with the number keys. The on-screen clutter is also kept to a minimum to allow a very large playing screen. The only downside to the game's overall player interface is that the targeting is very limited. Without going into remapping keyboard controls, targeting a specific target is half luck and half timing. Targeting multiple opponents is possible, but requires a bit of searching around with the targeting button. Sometimes its easier just to 'sweep' your horde around the general area of your intended target until you can lock on to it to properly assign attackers. The camera angles also cause an issue during combat in tight areas. Though you can zoom in and out, if combat is in a tight area, you can only zoom out so far, limiting your viewing area. A minor problem perhaps, but annoying when you get caught by it.

A Happy Ending for the Bad Guy

In the end, Overlord is a pleasant mix of RTS and RPG elements with a twisted sense of humor that will certainly attract more than a few fans. Despite its limited replay value and few hiccups with controls, Overlord compensates with its innovation, well written voice acting and addictive gameplay. The bottom line is that the game, simply put, is fun! If you were a fan of the Dungeon Keeper series or you just like the idea of having the power of dozens of little hyper active minions at your fingertips, then you may just want to give this title a try.


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