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  • Summary: Controlling a mysterious figure that has inherited the legacy of the evil, long-dead Overlord, the player emerges, near death, from the ruins of the old Overlord's Dark Tower. Only the player's actions determine if they will rise to become the new all-powerful Overlord; it's all down to how much of a bad ass they want to be in order to succeed...evil or really evil! Played out with plenty of black humour and dark irony, the game immerses players in twisted parodies of classic fantasy scenarios and characters. Overlord's key innovation is the introduction of an array of impish creatures – the Minions. They believe you are the old Overlord reborn and will use their unique skills to fetch, fight and die for you. Throughout the game players actively control a horde of these gremlin-like critters and they follow your every instruction no matter how despotic or, for the Minions, life threatening it is. [Codemasters] Expand
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. The puzzle-action gameplay, battling both the enemy and the elements, is simply tuned to perfection and the oh-so-spectacular bosses play like an orchestra of action and strategy. [July 2007, p.60]
  2. 85
    I’d highly recommend this game; it’s funny and addictive, with beautiful graphics and the novel mechanic of controlling a minion horde. However, if you’re looking for a high level of challenge, you may be disappointed.
  3. Any time you let minions do my dirty work you'll win me over, so the great genre-combining gameplay is just icing on the cake.
  4. Overlord delivers a fun experience and is well worth the $39.99 retail price of admission.
  5. The pure joy of commanding a small army of malicious minions more than makes up for Overlord's minor shortcomings.
  6. It’s a great idea but a flawed execution, and will need a sequel to achieve its potential. [Aug 2007, p.92]
  7. Though it's an also-ran to Fable, Overlord offers a lush setting with witty dialogue and great foliage.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. EricH.
    Oct 8, 2008
    10
    I can't see some of the reviewers points for rating this game lower than an 80. This game, too me, is so addictive! The main storyline for this game was creative and imaginative, something you don't find in most games. Also, some of the main points of the game pivot on your decision. A decently long game, with creative enemies and epic bosses,and the expansion pack being even more awesome, I think this game deserves a ten. Collapse
  2. BarneyF.
    Jun 22, 2007
    10
    Graphically it is the best rpg action game on the 360. The controls will take time to get used to but I can't wait!!
  3. BobL.
    Jul 8, 2007
    10
    I love this game cause of the puzzles, the monsters never get old, and I just wanna improve the score :D!(Beating people up is always fun!)
  4. MattO.
    Jul 2, 2007
    9
    The controls do take some getting used to, but this game is addictive! Lots of fun and the tongue-in-cheek humor is great!
  5. CodyB.
    Jul 6, 2007
    9
    I have really become dissapointed in critics. They have lost sight of what fun is. They are so full of themselves. Take IGN for example. How old is the reviewer? 12? He/she sure acts like it. So your system or game had a glitch. Get it fixed and grow up. This game ROCKS! Fable meets pikmin. Innovative, new, and refreshing. I can only hope that idiotic reviewers like IGN dont ruin the chance for a sequal for this awesome game. Expand
  6. Adamd.l.T.
    Jul 3, 2007
    9
    A truly excellent game that has hours of gameplay. A great sense of humor, with great graphics and sound. You really do feel like the Overlord. A wonderful title that you should pick up today. Expand
  7. JB
    Jul 2, 2007
    7
    A very enjoyable game with some minor control issues that take some getting used to. Sometimes games leave you hanging after completing certain quests without any clear direction of where to go. The world is slightly non-linear in that meeting certain objectives opens multiple paths, but there's really only one correct path to take, and it might be back on the map you just left. Can lead to a good amount of confused wandering through rather boring, empty areas that lose all sense of challenge and most of their enemies once completed. An in-game map that illustrated objectives would have made this game a whole three points better. Expand

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