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  • Summary: Designed and developed exclusively for Wii, Overlord Dark Legend is a brand new action adventure steeped in fairy tale lore with sinister, satirical twists. Set in a time before the original game, players take the role of a new young Overlord. As he revels in command of the Minions, our trainee tyrant will be able to take his growing pains out on the local fairy tale inhabitants as he protects his castle and lands. Connecting players to the game world in three dimensions, the use of the Wii Remote gives unprecedented control over the minions. For example, individual Minions can be plucked from the horde, held by the neck and then, by vigorously shaking the Wii Remote, throttled to imbue him with some Overlordly power and turn him into a manic minion missile. With a now-explosive body, the insane little critter can be guided into enemies with hilarious, if rather fatal, consequences. Backed by a rich, tongue-in-cheek story from award-winning games author Rhianna Pratchett, the game features Overlord favourites including Halflings, trolls, elves, and dwarves and introduces wicked witches, gingerbread men and Lil' Red Riding Hood, the seeming sweet girl with a very personal lupine secret. [Codemasters] Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 30
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  1. A damn fine game when all is said and done. It's a focused, linear experience that never really slows down.
  2. 76
    Despite of a significant weakness in the controls, it's a title Wii owners should definitely have played. Graphically the game looks good and the sound is actually pretty decent. In short: The Overlord has returned to tell us the story about the rise of his existence, although he stutters while doing this.
  3. All in all, Dark Legend gets a lot right, and as the Wii missed out on the well-reviewed original Overlord, gamers who own Wiis but no other gaming platforms should definitely give it a shot.
  4. Of the three games in the Overlord family, Dark Legend is something of a black sheep. It's smaller in scope and lacks some fundamental parts of the formula, but in its pursuit to be different, it's managed to one-up its cousins in certain key ways. The series' minion-control mechanics are a shoe-in on the Wii, and as an Overlord game, it succeeds at what it aims to deliver: mindless fun with irresistible charm.
  5. The official debut of Overlord on Nintendo hardware has to be considered more than good. Dark Legend is a funny mix of humor and action with a solid gameplay made of strategy and action.
  6. A potentially great game ruined by control issues. Stick with Little King's Story for your RTS adventure kicks.
  7. The controls are superior to Overlord II, but the gameplay and difficulty is even more simplified.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. Sep 7, 2013
    7
    Pretty good game, childish, cartoony looks didn't destroy it. It was temporarily amusing. The minion's lines were amusing most of the time in a 'that's sad/lame funny'. Gameplay itself was solid, controls were great once you get used to them. Short game, but long enough to make it worthwhile to play. I found it quite enjoyable for a cheap simple game. Expand
  2. Apr 27, 2013
    7
    Hmmm. Overlord Dark Legend. I have a Love/Hate relationship with the whole Overlord series. I love some of the features were really good and the series was genuinely funny. However some of the gameplay was unfair and just frustrating. Also this series seemed to be stuck between being a dark comedy and being more kid friendly. The latter category is where this instalment in the series falls. It has greatly simplified the formula of the original two games. There's only one form of minion life juice (Which I actually kind of like). There's no mistresses (I assume to make it more kid-friendly). No real castle or Overlord customisation. Also sadly the only remaining minions are Gnarl and sort of the Jester (No Giblet?). Also sadly they removed the interesting Minion gameplay from Overlord 2. This game is a prequel interestingly and it sometimes taps into that potential but not enough. I did like how the humour was based around twisting fairytales.
    So basically this is a stripped down version of Overlord which tries to be more kid-friendly and sadly removes most of the minion personality. So it just gets a recommendation for the solid gameplay.
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  3. Jun 1, 2011
    5
    Overlord series takes the stage on the Nintendo Wii to take control of the control set up and offer a Pikmin like experience while Pikmin 3 is no where to be seen. For the most part the game works. It gives you a world to explore, missions to do and a control scheme that works quite well. The problem is that the game feels half done. Controls of the Overlord and the minions work good, but as you venture deeper into the game you notice several glitches. I experienced 2 game freezes, one of the bosses froze and another fell through the geometry of the level!

    After the final boss the game just ends. That's it. Just when the story gets going it ends. On top of that the game doesn't give you much info on the Forge Upgrades. What suit is better? I had tons of money to afford everything by the time I was done the 3rd boss battle. It was easy, yet fun if the game didn't crash or glitch out. If you need a Pikmin-esque game for cheap, pick this one up... but don't expect more then 10 hours out of it.
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