Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
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  1. With plenty of humor and a substantially long quest, players will be surprised at how enjoyable Overlord can be.
  2. A fun title that should please many gamers. The game is not devoid of its fair share of problems though. Most prominent are the boring load times, constant frame rate issues, and somewhat challenging controls.
  3. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Far from spectacular, but Overlord is decent, challenging role-player with plenty of charm. [June 2008, p.76]
  4. While the game's superb comedy feel makes the experience great fun, any evilness is all but lost, which is a shame as a touch more comedy cruelty would have been brilliant.
  5. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Despite a few frustrations, I found Overlord: Raising Hell an enjoyable romp through a fantasy realm so comically twisted it could make Tolkien grimace. [Aug 2008, p.78]
  6. Overlord is still a very nice game a year after the original release. The graphics are a bit dated though, and the PlayStation 3 version isn't adding anything really fresh from the original, even though the developers had plenty of time.
  7. It strikes me as ironic that the game is named Overlord when really the minions are the stars of the show.
  8. The extra content is appreciated but does little to expand what is already an enjoyable and offbeat experience.
  9. 70
    As a port from 360 and PC, Overlord: Raising Hell has some things going for it, and some things detracting from it — more or less creating equilibrium. As a game, though, there's something forgivably enjoyable about Overlord: Raising Hell.
  10. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    An original game with a wicked sense of humour. [July 2008, p.106]
  11. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    A non-offensive god-sim packed full of laughs and originality. Buy it. [July 2008, p.87]
  12. The devilishly fun minions make their way to the PS3 for the first time. A blast for those who haven’t experienced the original Overlord, but not quite enough new content for those who have.
  13. Play UK
    Overlord is a game that serves to please its master. Just stand back, lift and arm and raise holy hell. [Issue#167, p.92]
  14. Overlord: Raising Hell is not the worst game of this ilk, but it surely does not match the work of Molyneux’s famed Fable for the Xbox, nor does it approach the work of the PS3 exclusive Heavenly Sword.
  15. While I did experience several moments of satisfaction while playing Overlord: Raising Hell, at the end of the day this game is best played as a long term rental.
  16. 60
    Stiff and unintuitive controls.
  17. Overlord: Raising Hell may be the most feature-rich version of the game yet, but an unpredictable frame rate, sluggish controls, and a clunky camera detract from the minion-controlling fun.
  18. When everything is accounted for, Overlord: Raising Hell is an occasionally fun game that is rarely engaging, but always funny.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jul 30, 2016
    Overlord is based on a good idea, play the bad guy in a fantasy world , but you nee more than ideas to make a good video game, so lets see howOverlord is based on a good idea, play the bad guy in a fantasy world , but you nee more than ideas to make a good video game, so lets see how it fares.
    PS: Given the fact that I didn't play the original game I'll judge the extension as part of the game and not on its own.

    Technically the game is clearly dated and could run on a PS2 if you compare it to games like God of War 2, but the framerate is steady even when there is 50 characters on the screen, and the design is good with childish looking characters in the opposite of the violence of the universe.

    Gameplay wise the game is more a RTS (real time strategy) game than a true action RPG, because sure your character can attack on his own but it will be incredibly difficult and you'd better use your minions to fight, they come in four different classes each with their own speciality (healers, assassins, ranger and tanks), use them wisely as they can gain power by looting enemies but if they die the loot is lost and your replacement unit will start with nothing.It's fun if you like those strategic games but not if you'd prefer do the fighting yourself.

    Concerning the story I'm a bit disappointed as even if you're suppose to be the evil itself and that you are fighting halflings, dwarfs, and humans, it's them that are bad and you're going to save the population, it would have been so more fun if you were here to destroy good rulers and impose your reign. The game will last about 20 to 25 hours which is a good time for this genre.

    So in conclusion Overlord is a good game for the ones looking for a strategic game, which is pretty rare on console, but the disappointing story and the lack of depth in its core mechanics makes the game a bit repetitive. It could have been better but overall if you want to manage a minion's army I would advise it.
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  2. JohnnyN.
    Jun 28, 2008
    Triumph realy out did them self with this great game GFJ.
  3. JustinO.
    Jun 27, 2008
    This game is sweet and intriguing. The first game I got for my ps3.