Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. 91
    Overlord 2 offers a lot of options for customization, be it in the form of minion upgrades, spell specializations, and purely aesthetic options like how to decorate your fortress and which of your mistresses you choose to favor.
  2. Ground-breaking visuals (for real) and tons of new gameplay; bigger worlds, more characters, more management, more tactics and more mistresses! Plus a truly inspired original score and no crap online modes!
  3. Never has pillaging and murdering countless citizens been so fun, and so funny. I love games that let me be the bad guy, and Overlord lets you do all that and more.
  4. Summing up, Overlord 2 is an excellent action and strategy adventure no fan of the genre should miss. It doesn't have plenty of new features, but even the original fans will find enough charm in this title to be engaged again.
  5. Overall, Overlord II is a great follow-up to the original Overlord title, and it's certainly deserving of being a true sequel.
  6. It’s an “A” game saddled with “C” game issues, but it’s still an addicting experience. I routinely found myself playing into the wee hours of the night, butchering gnomes with glee; camera issues (and all sense of morality) be damned.
  7. Overlord II is an expanded sequel that provides more of the same loveable minion action from the first. Triumph isn't looking for a new audience as this targeted follow-up is meant to please fans of the original.
  8. Overlord II is a solid improvement on the original and great fun for newcomers and existing fans. The core gameplay hasn't changed too much, but small tweaks here and there and the introduction of mounts helps keep things fresh.
  9. As much as Overlord II plays to the fans, I’d still recommend it to anyone that enjoys games or thinks games don’t need to take themselves so damn seriously when it comes to plot or narrative or story and instead has some fun with it.
  10. Fun, rewarding and full of humor, Overlord II is superior in everything to the original.
  11. For such an excellent game, a great deal of Overlord II is strikingly average.
  12. A big improvement over the original, and one that deserves to be played by loads more people. So at least eight of you this time, yeah? [July 2009, p.90]
  13. A gleefully amoral riot of a game shot through with a devillish sense of humour. It's not perfect, and it's certainly not as immoral as it pretends to be, but it is consistently enjoyable throughout and more than guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
  14. 80
    Unlike so many other sequels, Overlord II navigates the fine balance between completely reinventing the game and not adding enough features to make it feel like more than just a glorified expansion pack. Aside from the often-mediocre framerates and some painfully spaced checkpoints, I had a disturbing amount of fun terrorizing, killing, and/or enslaving all who stood in my way.
  15. Overlord II is a fun game to play. The humor is sometimes a little bit over the top, but the minions are very finny. The gameplay brings a lot of different puzzles and we just love the music score. The camera doesn’t always works as it should, but that is also something you can get used to.
  16. Overlord II is a good sequel. There are some nice locations and interesting missions. Overlord II is fun, because it´s good to be bad.
  17. Overlord II has refreshing and well designed levels and the multiplayer modes give the game meat. However, a frustrating camera, unstable framerate and crude humour take away from the experience.
  18. The defining moment came when, having spied a particularly rare class of collectible, we sent the Overlord in to smash the crate that held it. Before he could reach it, a little pointy-hat-wearing gnome, not even a foot high, darted in and nicked it, gibbering all the way back to its grubby little warren. Our clichéd expectations of fantasy gaming had been shattered. [Aug 2009, p.72]
  19. Linear romps of destruction are enjoyable in mid-length spurts. Multiplayer offers a few different modes to play competitively or cooperatively.
  20. 78
    Overlord II is an entertaining game for everyone who wants to play something different. Graphically Overlord II is such a strong game that you almost start to believe you're in the middle of a a fairytale, which is of course a good thing. The controls work great, there's plenty to do and the game contains a lot of humour.
  21. Maybe its lack of content makes Overlord II a hard option for those who already have the first game. But those who want to start in the series will have a pleasant time being as evil as they want.
  22. Wickedly funny and diabolically evil, Overlord II may not be a true evolution of the fantasy series, but it still offers a refreshingly entertaining gaming experience.
  23. 75
    Despite remaining very similar to its predecessor and with a number of ongoing flaws that have yet to addressed, Overlord II still managed to largely overcome these shortcomings with a unique sense of humour and an undeniably high fun-factor.
  24. What other game can make clubbing baby seals so much wicked fun? Even with a maddening camera that jumps around a bit, the game is a blast and a half to play.
  25. A decent effort that will need a few tweaks here and there to perfect it.
  26. Despite its problems it does generally provide a fun experience and fans of the first game will love the new ways of spreading chaos.
  27. This demon-controlling adventure lets you do more fun things with your evil minions, but Overlord II hasn't shaken all of the issues that held back the first game.
  28. There's no denying that Overlord II is an enjoyable expansion on the original idea, which will entertain the fans. Unfortunately, the frustrations seem to mount up as you get further into the game, making it plainly obvious that Triumph has failed to really address key issues that thwarted the original.
  29. Undeniably great fun and funny, but still a bit on the vapid side.
  30. If destruction and mayhem are your thing then there is enough here to warrant a purchase. But with a few tweaks here and there, Overlord II could have been something a little more special.
  31. 68
    If it wasn't for the improved gameplay additions, we'd say the first title was the better one. [Issue#181, p.82]
  32. Amusing in a sick kind of way, but too repetitive and unwieldy. [Aug 2009, p.74]
  33. It just doesn’t play well. The controls are clunky, the pacing is unsatisfying, and the multiplayer feels tacked-on. While the original Overlord was a compelling game at heart, Overlord II just feels like an unpolished retread of ­familiar ground.
  34. Beyond the core concept, it feels buggy and unpolished. [Aug 2009, p.74]
  35. A charming adventure, and a lengthy one, but the overwhelming amount of rough edges rather spoil any indulgent feelings toward its foibles. [Aug 2009, p.99]
  36. 60
    Overlord II is a decent game that maintains its predecessor's greatness, but it doesn't show enough progression or improvement. The unforgiving checkpoints and host of other problems make it a frustrating experience, making for a sinfully fun title that forces you to a steep penance for your enjoyment.
  37. 60
    A sequel that is neither bigger nor better than its predecessor. The size and scope have been dialed back to something that is more akin to a straight action game.
  38. This sequel fails to make any notable strides in improvement, and in fact fails so hard with the broken game engine that it feels downright frustrating to look at and play.
  39. If you don't know your Grey Elves from your High Elves though, its many flaws probably outweigh its heavily referential charm. [Sept 2009, p.78]
  40. It can be a lot of fun and beating up familiar looking green-clad elves forces a wry smile, but for the most part the poor combat, paper-thin strategy and technical limitations hinder a product laced with potential.
  41. As an exercise in flexing evil, it's far more tiresome than it is enjoyable and as an advert for the freedom of evil, it may as well be Hitler's screaming head in a vacuum-sealed bell jar. [Aug 2009, p.126]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 12, 2015
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I do not have to say anything more. But i need to write one hundred and fifty characters. i think my score can describe it............................ Full Review »
  2. Jun 3, 2011
    8
    Overlord 2 is a pretty fun game, and is one of the better games I've played when it comes to being satisfied with the gameplay. Camera isOverlord 2 is a pretty fun game, and is one of the better games I've played when it comes to being satisfied with the gameplay. Camera is flawed as it is the same as moving your minions around. Sometimes the camera angle can end up getting all screwed up and you'll find yourself having a bit of trouble running around. It can get a bit annoying if it happens in a narrow area. The visuals of the areas and towns look pretty, vivid and decent but the character models are most definitely bad and out dated. The controls aren't awful, but it is kind of annoying as rotating the camera and moving your minions are both the right analog stick, as stated previously. The story isn't very serious but it has a certain appeal to it that keeps the experience fun, making good and bad choices for different outcomes is always a great way to get more replay value out of your game as well. Full Review »
  3. Apr 18, 2011
    10
    One or two little problems with the camera / controls, but this is due having the minions to control aswel. Overall it's a great game that canOne or two little problems with the camera / controls, but this is due having the minions to control aswel. Overall it's a great game that can stand up there with the RPG greats of the world. Full Review »