Overlord - Preview (Demo on Marketplace)

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  1. ParmMann

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    Official website: http://www.codemasters.co.uk/overlord/

    I attended a press event at Codemasters recently and had a chance to see this game in action, here are some of my thoughts. Let me start by saying that this game is evil, it's all about being evil. You can bring up a hud menu that'll show you in percent just how evil you are. I had to ask if there was anything similar in the game to show how good you've been and was promptly told by the Codemasters guy; no. You simply can't be good, you're either evil, very evil, incredibly evil or worse.

    From the impression I got, this game is all about your minions. Though you can go forward yourself and perform physical or magic attacks, you won't get far in the game without help from your minions. They come in four flavours, brown minions, green minions, red minions and blue minions. Each have their own speciality and you'll need to use them tactically to get the better of your enemy. In that sense it has RTS elements built in. At times you'll need to lure your enemy in, send your stealth minions around behind them so they can jump on the enemies backs and start stabbing away!

    The minions I must admit were very cool, even the sounds they make when you select them are very pleasing: "browns!". You control them with the right stick and can choose individual minions or groups to control. The control scheme is well thought out and takes little to no time to get accustomed to. It's quite impressive when you have loads of minions on screen. They'll even scout the area and pick up and useful weapons, armour or tools that they could use.

    Elsewhere as you perform quests you can collect items which help improve your tower (your home base). At your tower you have virgins, your mistress, a place to forge new weapons or items (which you forge from sacrificed minion), a vault to keep all your gold and a dungeon to practise defeating enemy you've already come across. As you go through the game, your tower becomes more impressive, as does your character.

    The game does feature online multiplayer, but the modes seemed to be a bit lacking. It's limited to 2 players over live (though the developer hinted that it may be raised to 4 player at some point).

    All in all I thought the game looked like good fun to play, my only concern was that it may become a bit repetitive.


    As I've had the opportunity to see the game in action, I'd be happy to try and answer any questions that anybody might have.
     
  2. jonnydynamite

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    http://uk.media.xbox360.ign.com/media/825/825967/vids_1.html

    Trailer is on show over at IGN. I can't believe more people haven't picked up on this game as it seems to be coming out soon and I think it looks like it has some potential. It looks to have a good sense of humour (I love the idea you can have a mistress at your tower!) and the swarms of minions look great. I hope they can keep the puzzles and combat interesting and varied enough and I hope it will provide a good alternative to some of the FPS games that are churned out every week (most of which I love but I still like a bit of varitey).
     
  3. Mark Botwright

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    It's one of those games that i'm sure i've read about, but simply assumed it wouldn't be out any time soon. This looks promising. :thumbsup:
     
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    Theres a new Demo on Marketplace called ' Overlord ' . Hadn't heard of this but another forum are raving about it. It's 850MB and I'm already at 40% in only 4 mins.
     
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    Your right Moogle, move it if you wish, I hadn't even heard of the game before so I never saw the thread.
     
  8. Mark Botwright

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    I've just finished the demo and i've got to say although it won't be for everyone, this is a game i'm definitely going to get. Reminds me so much of Dungeon Keeper. It looks to have a decent mix of humour and gameplay and any game that incorporates ridiculously over done regional English accents usually truns out to be decent in my book.
     
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    Hooray for the demo!

    Boo for the fact my 360 is back at the Microsoft hospital getting it's 6 monthly motherboard surgery.
     
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    ...but what is with the LB button for the camera. I know it is just a little thing but it bugs the hell out of me and I hate it that much that I won't buy the game because of it.
     
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    It does seem strange. It would've been better to click analogue stick down to centre the camera. After about 5 mins i got fairly used to it though. I'm always surprised how few games allow you to custom configure the pad layout.
     
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    Where did you get the demo ?
    EDIT: Just read its on marketplace
     
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    Can I be the 1st to have ago at the frame rate or tearing....

    I havn't played the demo yet but there must be some slowdown!:devil:
     
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    at last a decent demo and the game looks pretty damn good love the way you get to control the minions seperatly, only problem is just to many damn games coming out over the next few months.
     
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    I know. What happened to the traditional summer time games drought. :D
     
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    I like this demo, but i'm [email protected] at games like this, the troll keeps killing me and my minions are all over the place :).

    Mark.
     
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    Not a hint of tearing which is a major plus in my book :) I don't think I saw any instance of slowdown either.

    I really enjoyed the demo, it's something a little bit different. Yes it did remind me of Dungeon Keeper also which is a good thing but as somebody already said there is so many good games coming out soon that this may be over shadowed.

    I'll wait for some reviews before I make up my mind fully but it's one to watch I think.
     
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    There are going to be some pasty-white 360 gamers come this autumn.
     
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    Thought the demo was ace. I will definately be buying this one.
     
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    Same here fun game spoilt by the LB thing, if you can change that around? i may buy this as it was pretty good!!
     
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    Played the demo last night & was pleasantly surprised, didn't expect to like it in the least but it was actually pretty good.

    Came across like an evil Kameo mixed with a touch of Pikmin. Loved the humour, not many games make me smile but this one certainly did.

    Too many games I want being released at the moment so Overlord probably won't make it onto my purchase list just yet, it will be on my bargain spotting list for future purchase though.

    One of those demos that help sell the game instead of put you off:)
     
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    demo sucked be right in, will be up for this one when its released. :smashin:
     
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    rel date, 29th june :thumbsup:
     
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    I was going to say it sounds like Dungeon Keeper as well. No surprise in that sense as Codemaster bought the studio that made Dungeon Keeper years ago. What a great two games those were!

    Going to download the demo today, but can already say this sounds like a must have game.
     
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    Have to say it was a game I'd heard of but wasn't really tempted by. The demo has convinced me otherwise and I've now preordered it of sendit.com for £29.89 :smashin:
     
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    downloading the demo now hope its good. Do demo's still stop downloading when you play a game? I didn't get a message saying that it had been stopped, but todays the first day i've played my xbox for the last few months.
     
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    They stop if you play an on-line game like test drive, shadowrun etc.

    I enjoyed the demo a lot. I was expecting some sort of Oblivion rip off but got a cross between Fable, Dungeon Keeper and Pikmin.
    I like the minions, the way they pick up weapons to use, wear pumkins on their heads and bring back offerings for you.
     
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    sounds good then as an oblivion rip of would be boring just like oblivion itself. Its like an MMORPG without the fun of having other players in the game to talk to.
     
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    That would be a RPG then :D
     

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