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Overlord II welcomes us to the Minionstry of Information


Jun 09
// Jim Sterling
Overlord II is almost upon us, and Codemasters has helpfully eased us back into the fun-packed world of evil tyranny by producing some helpful "Minionstry of Information" videos. These handy guides will give you a r...
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Club Seals, wear them as hats. That's cool with PETA


Jun 06
// Matthew Razak
You know the folks at PETA get angry over the strangest stuff sometimes. That would be fine if they kept it consistent, but it appears that they're absolutely fine with baby seals being clubbed to death and then having their ...

E3 09: Hands-on with Overlord Dark Legend

Jun 04 // Conrad Zimmerman
Overlord: Dark Legend is a prequel of sorts for Overlord II. The Overlord, a dark child who never quite fit in with his family is taken by the minions to be trained in the dark art of being an evil despot. The game follows the adolescence of the Overlord as he receives his training and prepares for the times ahead.It visually looks decent for a Wii title. Nothing spectacular but nothing I can complain about where the console is concerned. The story seems interesting -- it, too, is written by Rhianna Pratchett -- but I can't help but feel like they wrote a tale about a youthful Overlord simply because they were developing a game for the family-friendly Wii.My real beef with it comes in the manner it controls. Specifically, the way you move the minions. Since there's no second analog to allow you to sweep minions around the landscape, the game uses a point-and-click interface. You click where you want minions to go and they go there, sort of. They seemed to get caught up on environmental objects and things that it seemed they should interact with they would have nothing to do with.More than anything, it's a shame because a big part of the fun of playing Overlord is the ability to just move a horde of minions over the landscape in a wave of chaos and destruction. Having to give them more specific instructions is uncomfortable and there's no way to just get them to run around.I was originally looking forward to bringing Destructoid the review of Overlord: Dark Legend, but this control scheme has me dreading the experience. I guess we'll find out when the game releases for Wii simultaneously with its PS3 and 360 brethren on June 23rd.
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While I was out at the Codemasters booth playing Overlord 2, I figured I had absolutely no good reason not to check out its cousin for Wii, Overlord Dark Legend. I'd had so much fun with the first one that I was in really goo...

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Go club some baby seals: An Overlord II demo is up on XBL


Jun 04
// Jordan Devore
Jeez, that was quick. As previously teased, an Overlord II demo has gone up on Xbox LIVE Marketplace today. To add the file to your Xbox 360's download queue, click here the US version and here for the UK demo.Is the 360 not ...
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E3 09: Hands-on with Overlord 2


Jun 04
// Conrad Zimmerman
I love me some Overlord. I might not love it as much as Jim does but I think it would be a close race as to who has a bigger tent for the upcoming sequel. Now that I've had an opportunity to play it on the show floor at E3, I'm even more excited than ever.Hit the jump and check out why it feels so good to be so bad.
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Overlord II demo coming soon


Jun 03
// Jim Sterling
Overlord II is my jam, which is why I'm bummed that I can't get to check it out at E3. Luckily, our man Conrad Zimmerman is on the case, so stay tuned for our first impressions of the game coming soon. Those impressions can b...
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Overlord II is lording it over these new screens


May 28
// Jim Sterling
The best thing is that I get paid to write headlines like that. Anyway, Overlord II is a matter of weeks away and I am very excited indeed for the sequel to what was quite possibly my favorite game of 2007. With a more evil O...
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Have some Overlord II videos, by all means


May 21
// Jim Sterling
Codemasters' Overlord II is nearly upon us, and I am looking forward to it significantly, thank you very much. In anticipation of the hopefully excellent sequel, two brand new videos have been unleashed. A second developer di...
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Overlord Dark Legend is as dark as it is legendary


May 15
// Jim Sterling
Codemasters is pumping out the Overlord-themed goodies this year, with Overlord II coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, Overlord Minions hitting the DS and Overlord Dark Legend invading the Wii. The latter is one we haven't talked...
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Pre-order Overlord, get Minion figurine, make me jealous


May 12
// Jim Sterling
The life of a reviewer might seem pretty cushy to you lot. Sure, we get free games, but there's a downside that you must consider. First of all, we have to play a bunch of wank like Velvet Assassin, and secondly, we get to mi...
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Overlord II trailer be bringin' the Minions!


May 01
// Jim Sterling
Overlord was one of the coolest games of last year, and the sequel is a matter of months away. To celebrate, here's a fresh new trailer and some screenshots, focusing this time on the most important aspect of the game -- the ...
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Overlord Minions assets for your diabolical pleasure


Apr 06
// Jim Sterling
I love Overlord and I love my DS, so it's hardly surprising that Overlord Minions is one of my most eagerly awaited games of the summer. Being able to take control of the Minions directly is hopefully going to be a lot of fun...
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More Overlord II screens give us excuse to talk about Overlord


Mar 19
// Jim Sterling
Apparently, Codemasters didn't have room in its email to give us more than two screens with yesterday's dev diary, and has provided three more pretty pictures for Overlord fans to gawp at. I don't really mind, however, becaus...
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Overlord II dev diary promises much more evil (also, harems)


Mar 18
// Jim Sterling
I'm probably the biggest Overlord fan on staff, and pretty much fell in love with Codemasters' original title on sight. My only real problem was that the titular Overlord was never really as evil as he was advertised, and you...
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Overlord Dark Legend promotes suicide bombing in such a cute way!


Feb 22
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Overlord Dark Legend takes place before the original Overlord, but the premise remains the same. Take control of Minions and cause havoc across the lands. The Minions are under the control of the Overlord and will do anythin...

NY Comic Con: A look at an early build of Overlord: Dark Legend

Feb 08 // Jonathan Holmes
For those that don't know, Overlord: Dark Legend is a prequel to the original Overlord on the 360. Just like the original, Overlod: Dark Legend is about a stereotypical "dungeons and dragons"-style villian parading around the countryside with a horde of minions behind him. You can direct your minions to do your biding for you, as well as control the Overlord himself, all on a quest to establish yourself if the most powerful villian in the land. Now to dispell some rumors: Overlord: Dark Legend does not look like a 360/PS3 game. A few of the guys on the Overlord: Dark Legend team have already claimed that it's the best looking Wii game ever, and that it looks just as good as the original Overlord on the 360, etc. Don't believe the hype; the game doesn't look that good. At times it looks better than The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, at times it looks about the same, but at not time does the game suddenly transform the Wii into a piece of hardware that's capable of pulling off what the 360/PS3 can do. Maybe the final build of the game will have those sorts of magical powers, but I'm not holding my breath. Probably the coolest thing about the game's visuals is the fish-eye lens effect on the game's camera. Not only does it add some flair to the otherwise standard visuals , but it provides the player with a much wider view of the game's environment. Being an action/RTS hybrid, it's important for Overlord: Dark Legend to show you as much of your surroundings as possible. The camera also stays relatively far away from the action most of the time, which like in most Wii games, helps to keep you from seeing how ugly some of the game's textures are. The camera does zoom in for a close up occasionally, like during a new attack where you grab one of your minions and shake them until they become explosive. This move is unique to the Wii version of the game, and requires you to first select a minion, then violently shake the nunchuck; simulating the act of strangling a midget. Shake the nunchuck for too long and you minion will die from the trauma, but shake them just enough and they'll run from you in terror, only to explode a few seconds later. These exploding minions can be used to destroy walls or attack enemies from a distance. I'm told that this is just the first of many new features that will be exclusive to the Wii entry.  Using the pointer on the Wii remote makes it easy to quickly direct your minions. In this early build of the game, there wasn't that much to direct them to do other than attack some sheep, a few giant beetles, and some ninjas. "Ninjas?" I asked Dan, who had yet to tell me much about the game's storyline. "Yeah, ninjas" Dan whispered "they're new for this version of the game as well." He went on to tell me that the game's script, written by "the Discworld guy's daughter" Rhianna Prachett, was to be a lot more in the parody vein than the original game. This time, the Overlord is sort of an "evil Cinderella", a teenage boy who is regularly abused by his evil two brothers (who may end up being his step-brothers in the game's still-evolving script). This abuse leads to brooding and anger; an anger that serves as the perfect motivator to start an evil army of magical killing machines. Along his quest for power, the Overlord will meet a bunch of generally loved characters from Grimm's fairy tales, and find them to be a bunch of jerks. Little Red Riding Hood is apparently something of a two-faced bitch, and Gingerbread men are angry little fuckers who'll see you dead before they let you take a bite out of them. Overlord: Dark Legend was the fourth Wii game I played at the New York Comic Con that would reportedly use "laugh out loud" comedy to win over "casual and hardcore gamers alike" (the other three being House of the Dead: Overkill, MadWorld, and Ready to Rumble: Revolution.) It's great to see comedy becoming a more dominant force in gaming, but it's also a little scary, because nothing is more annoying than a 10-15 hour game that's totally un-funny. At this point, Overlord: Dark Legend could go either way on the comedy front, but when it comes to gameplay, everything is looking pretty solid. The controls are much easier and more fun to use than on the 360, the graphics look good, and the Pikmin-meets-Shrek scenario is well at home on the Wii. I'm not sold yet, but I've got high hopes, which is all you can ask for from a game that's this early in development. 
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One of the more pleasant surprises of New York Comic Con '09 was the appearance of a playable build of Overlord: Dark Legend. When I came upon the game, it was sitting unattended, with no one around to demo it, or no controll...

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Rhianna Pratchett to pen script for Codemaster's new Overlord games


Oct 16
// Nick Chester
Codemasters has announced today that they've tapped Rhianna Pratchett to write the scripts for their upcoming new titles in the Overlord series. This includes Overlord II, Overlord Dark Legend for the Wii, and Overlord Minion...
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Overlord Minions conquers the DS and my heart


Aug 20
// Jim Sterling
As a big portable gamer, I always love to see a console title that I'm fond of hit the DS or PSP. Naturally, one of my top games of 2007 being announced for the Nintendo DS made me very happy indeed, and with these new screen...
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New Overlord: Dark Legend screenshots and saucy information


Aug 20
// Jim Sterling
I could barely contain my joy when I announced that Codemasters was bringing more Overlord to us, and it's good to see that Wii fans will be able to enjoy this darkly comic IP thanks to Dark Legend, a game which puts players ...

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