Overlord launched on the PC and Xbox 360 in June 26, 2007. The game then came out with extra content on the Playstation 3 in June 24, 2008 as Overlord: Raising Hell. Despite relatively little media coverage before release, Overlord became a breakout hit for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
The success of the original resulted in three new games to the series: Overlord: Dark Legend for the Nintendo Wii, Overlord: Minions for the Nintendo DS and Overlord II for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The latter is the true sequel to the original hit. Can Overlord II improve upon Overlord? Find out in this hands-on preview of the Playstation 3 version for the upcoming game.
Rhianna Pratchett returns to the series once again to pen the sequel. Overlord II takes place directly after the first game. You control the son of the protagonist of the original title. The Glorious Empire is seeking to erase all things related to magic. It is up to you and your minions to stop their plans.
Overlord II looks a lot more detail and is plenty crisper than the original game. However, it does suffer from some frame rate problems, especially when there is plenty of action happening at once on the screen.
Just like Overlord, the sequel features goofy yet amusing voice-acting that fits into the world perfectly.
Overlord II isn’t all that different from the first game. It is reminiscent of the Pikmin titles.
You basically play as an overlord who commands his troll-like minions. While you can move and attack by yourself, you will rely mostly on your units. In fact, some situations require you to use your minions.
To summon minions in Overlord II, you will need to locate brown gates. These will be opened by minion diggers scattered throughout the battlefield. Before you call for more support, you must have enough life force, which can be acquired by killing the local life stock.
Overlord II has four different minion types. The brown default minions are the best equipped for combat. The other three types have their own unique strengths and weaknesses.
Here is the control setup for Overlord II on the Playstation 3:
Left Analog: move
Right Analog: up to sweep minions; left and right to rotate camera
L1: snap camera; hold and use right analog stick to move camera freely
L2: lock target
R2: send minions
R3: change camera zoom
Circle: call back minions
Square: use magic
Triangle: use guard marker
Overlord II also has multiplayer support, which include split-screen play.
Overall, the sequel is looking even better than the solid original title. Look for the game on store shelves when it is released in late June.