Overlord: Raising Hell PlayStation 3

Metascore
72

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. 60
    Stiff and unintuitive controls.
  2. 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.
  3. If you hated the kiddie aspect of Pikmin, I suspect its stellar gameplay – most of which is present in Overlord – will turn you into a fan of Codemasters’ series now that Nintendo’s overly happy atmosphere has been replaced by a world that’s darker, more evil, and likely more appealing to the average gamer.
  4. 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.
  5. If you can get a handle on the control of your minions, and pick up on the strategy needed to defeat some of the later bosses, you should have quite a bit of fun with this quirky fantasy title.
  6. Probably one of the best games currently available on PS3, blessed with clever design, engaging characters, sharp dialogue and a moreish appeal that drags you through even when the going gets tough. The skillful melding of action-adventure with strategic puzzle elements marks it out as something distinct, and it's got cult hit written all over it.
  7. Games Master UK
    84
    An entertainingly amoral addition to the strategy cannon. [July 2008, p.82]
  8. 83
    You ought to at least give Raising Hell a rental, as the expanded content adds plenty of value to an already good game. Besides, I can't think of a better way to indulge that evil streak in all of us.
  9. 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.
  10. When everything is accounted for, Overlord: Raising Hell is an occasionally fun game that is rarely engaging, but always funny.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. There are a lot of games on the market fighting for your attention, but Overlord snuck quietly onto the market and personally blew me away. Give this game a shot; you'll probably like it as much as I did.
  14. 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.
  15. If you missed Overlord the first around or the Playstation 3 is your console of choice, there's no excuse not to have some fun with Overlord: Raising Hell.
  16. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    70
    An original game with a wicked sense of humour. [July 2008, p.106]
  17. Most definitely one of the most inventive games on the PS3. It blends a number of genres into a great package topped off with some great humor.
  18. 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.
  19. With plenty of humor and a substantially long quest, players will be surprised at how enjoyable Overlord can be.
  20. The extra content is appreciated but does little to expand what is already an enjoyable and offbeat experience.
  21. Play UK
    65
    Overlord is a game that serves to please its master. Just stand back, lift and arm and raise holy hell. [Issue#167, p.92]
  22. It strikes me as ironic that the game is named Overlord when really the minions are the stars of the show.
  23. Overlord may not be the most dazzling game you'll play this year, but it is one of the freshest in execution.
  24. PSM3 Magazine UK
    72
    Far from spectacular, but Overlord is decent, challenging role-player with plenty of charm. [June 2008, p.76]
  25. 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.
  26. Griping over old issues aside this is a great package for any PS3 owners to pick up if you’ve never played Overlord in any form before.
  27. Take the time to master the nuances of minion combat and you will find a lot here to keep you entertained.
  28. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    70
    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]
  29. 75
    Ultimately, if it weren't for an oddly skewed sense of gameplay delivery that offers two separate genre types (action and puzzle) rather than a comfortable mixture of both, Overlord: Raising Hell would be the thoroughly refreshing genre experience that the Xbox 360 version couldn't quite become. As it is, despite the game's platform-specific tweaks and its plush design, genuine humour, and intuitive minion controls, the game still doesn't lend itself to being anything other than a smile-inducing distraction... that is already available for a far smaller asking price on the Xbox 360 and PC.
  30. What we have here is the definitive edition of Overlord. It is however, kind of annoying that it has been released at a full retail price, especially when you consider the time the game has been out on the 360 already.
  31. There's a nice amount of content, but the updates do little more than gloss over lingering issues, and choosing to upgrade the audio over the graphics is just plain puzzling.
  32. With a no-nonsense approach to being evil and plenty of fun to be had, this is a great game to pick up for some quick laughs.
  33. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    A non-offensive god-sim packed full of laughs and originality. Buy it. [July 2008, p.87]
  34. Though the price is a tad high for a year old game, the PS3 version is by far the stronger game.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jul 30, 2016
    7
    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
    10
    Triumph realy out did them self with this great game GFJ.
  3. JustinO.
    Jun 27, 2008
    10
    This game is sweet and intriguing. The first game I got for my ps3.