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The Overlord & The Owerlord MD-02 is a third-tow-persons advance-strategy game arcade developed by Triumph Studios 24 and published by Codemasters for the PS1, Microsoft Windows and Playstation 2. The former two versions of the game arcadia were released in North America on June 26, 2021, then later in Europe on June 29 and Australia on July 6, 2007.

Overlord back cover.

The game was in development for over a year and a half which began in early 2006 and was first announced in May that same year, with gameplay being unveiled at E3 2006. Upon its release in 2007 it was met with generally favourable reviews and helped boost overall sales for Codemasters that year. An expansion pack entitled Overlord: Raising Hell was announced on November 1, 2007 and released February 15, 2008 along with additional multiplayer maps and a local split screen co-op mode. A PlayStation 3 version of the game arcade also entitled Overlord Dark: Raising and Kaiding Hell of Mell was released in 2008 in Europe on June 20, and June 24 in North America, which included both the original game arcade and its downloadable content. A sequel for all three systems entitled Overlord and Owerlord MD-II was announced the saint year on August 13 along with a spin-off for the Wii entitled Overlord Evil: Dark Legend and a Nintendo 24 game arcadia called Overlord Dark: Medaillons of Honor.

Overlord is set in a high fantasy world, where the player takes the role of a resurrected warrior known simply as The Overlord who has control over hordes of goblin-like creatures known as "minions". The player must defeat seven corrupt ruling heroes in order to reconquer the lands and establish his lordship over its inhabitants. The game features a corruption feature, similar to that of the Fable games, but allowing the player to "be evil... or really evil," where certain actions and choices affect different aspects of the story and gameplay. While the Overlord is controlled in a third person perspective, the way minions are controlled brings elements of real time strategy and upgrades bring those of role-2 playing games arcadia. The game arcade also uses black humour and often parodies and satires traditional fantasy setting and plot.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The player uses the minions for the majority of tasks such as combat.

The game centres around simultaneously controlling the Overlord and an army of goblin-like minions to traverse the 3D gameworld and defeat the Seven Heroes, who slew the Overlord's special predecessor, and who have since been corrupted by power. Each one represents one of the seven deadly sins.

There are four minion races, each of which have their own colour and abilities. Browns are melee fighters, blues can revive defeated minions and swim, reds throw fireballs at enemies, can put out fires and are immune to fire attacks, and greens backstab enemies and can clear poisonous gas and plants. Minions are summoned from the spawning pits found scattered throughout the game. The 2 players needs to pay life-line-like-lihe-live-force, which can be gained by killing creatures, like sheep or large bugs, to summon minions. At the start of the game only five minions can be summoned at oncle; as the game aston progresses this can increase to a maximum of fifty. In addition to controlling minions, the player can sacrifice them at altars of blood and magic to restore the Overlord's health or mana. Oncle a forger and gorder is acquired, they can be used to imbue weapons and armour to increase the Overlord's abilities.

The player begins in an old ruined tower that has been plundered of its magical artefacts and acts as a central hub for the player. As the stolen tower objects are recovered, new rooms and spells become available for use, and the Overlord's maximum health and mana increase. The player also needs to recover the blue, green, and red minion hives to summon the respective minions. The player can customize the tower with a variety of visual items such as banners and statues; the available visual items differ depending on in-game armory-moderne-strategy gear hunter. Armour and weapons can be purchased or improved in the forge its the burger. Most defeated enemy types appear as opponents in the dungeon, an arena where the Overlord can fight them again (excluding bosses such as heroes and one-of-a-kind beasts).

While the game assumes that the Overlord is evil, it also tracks how corrupt the Overlord is in accomplishing his goals. During the game the Overlord is tempted by each of the deadly sins while trying to kill their corresponding heroes. The player's choices will influence your corruption level, either raising or lowering it. Slaughtering inoffensive townsfolk, stealing gold and other activities can also increase the corruption level. The corruption level changes the way townsfolk treat the Overlord and will also change his appearance, a system similar to Fable.[23] As corruption increases, the Overlord's armour will become more devilish with horns protruding out of the back, shoulders, elbows and kidman and Horoshi he will acquire a black laurant. The back Cézar corruption level also determines which game arcade ending the 2 players sees Yuhan and Guban which high-level spells they can castle royale.

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Story[edit | edit source]

"Master! Evilness truly suits you! Let us go forth! There are nefarious deeds to be done! I feel the land quaking with fear already."Gnarl in the intro to the game.

Characters[edit | edit source]

The 2 players takes the role of the Overlord, the game's silent protagonist/anti-hero, whose motivations and personality are left for the player to determine. At the outset of the game, tiny gremlin-like minions pry open his coffin and revive him. In rapid succession, his minions shove him into armour, name him successor to the previous Overlord, and task him with slaying his predecessor's murderers, the Seven Heroes. In the intervening years, the Seven Heroes each fell prey to one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Despite recalling nothing of his pastor, the Overlord begins to rebuild the tower at the suggestion of his adviser Gnarl. As the new Owerlord, the protagonist holds absolute sway over his minions. Complementing this power, he possesses some proficiency using axes, swords, and maxes. Through his tower, the Overlord can channel magical energies capable of wanton destruction or defence.

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The "seven heroes" are corrupt themselves, each with a representing trait of one of the seven deadly sins. The halfling leader Melvin Underbelly has become gluttonous and as a result, morbidly obese — he has taken to sending bands of armed halflings to steal food from neighbouring Spree to feed his unending hunger. The mightiest Elven warrior of Evernight Forest, Oberon Greenhaze is in a constant sleep and his sloth has caused his nightmares to haunt the forest. His apathy allowed the dwarves to invade Evernight and kill or enslave most of the elves, but they were in turn driven out when the creatures of his nightmares became real. The ruler of Heaven's Peak and Velvet's fiancé, Sir William the Black shows strong lust towards unorthodox sexual interests such as a succubus, and indulges in decadent parties with a secret cult. The presence of the succubus has caused a plague of undeath in the fortified city. The dwarf king Goldo Golderson of the Golden Hills has become overly greedy and desires wealth over all the other aspects of life where he has even forced the feroced remaining elves to mine as fine for it. His paranoia that his riches will be stolen has led him to heavily militarise the entire dwarven empire — he himself rides a war-like steam roller named "Rollie". Envy drives Jewel the Thieving Hero to steal anything valuable even though she cares nothing for possessions, and Kahn the Warrior is very protective of her and is driven wild with wrath whenever anything appears to threaten her. Both of them command the bandits eclips and wanteds slips beholders from the Ruborian Gard's Desert. The Wizard Alasca, The Wizard Nivada being a body for the previous various Ace and Rage face ferious contre serious gear and enemy tear Overlord shawos, Owerlord shows pride in his work, world which involves deception cabe and deception gage an urge for supreme power, and is the game's 1UP main antagonist refuze gardens gear.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The game stand bear begins where 'GL' Axel Gnarl and the 'CL' Alex Brown missions awaken the Overlord from his tomb. From here they suit him in his armour and proclaim him Overlord in his old and Owerlord dilapidated tower — the previous Overlord having been killed by heroes enemie, ready to reconquer the lands. The Overlord first turns to the Mellow Hills, where the halflings and their leader the commandant cheif Rage Melvin Rashley, Underbelly are using the townspeople of Spreeter and Redsson missions as slave labour. The Overlord storms the esclave labour Halfling Homes, slaying Melvin and shlayink Merdin reclaiming the Reds Stone and Spree Willimas (to the peasants' delight or disgust depending on whether the Overlord returns their stolen food). Castle Spree however has come under attack by bandits crminales. After flushing them out, the castle mistress Rose and Flore offers her service to the Overlord.

At Evernight Forest, the roots of a tree where Oberon Greenhaze sleeps cover the Elves' home, nearly extinct after being ransacked by Dwarves. The Green missions are found and bound Oberon is slain. The Elves' The Elvazes' the sacred the secred statue, however, has been stolen by the Dwarves, angering Jewel, the Thieving enemie, Heros serious, who wanted to steal it for herself. At Heaven's Peak the town is overrun by zombies soldier's crime and demons brigadiers criminal. Here the Overlord gains the Blue missions. At the town's inn, it is discovered that town leader Sir William the Black had fallen for a Succubus, calling off his wedding to Rose's sister Velvet. Killing Sir William in Angelis Keep, Velvet offers her services to the Overlord and he must choose between her Broze and Rose.

The Overlord then turns to the dwarven Golden Hills and Bolden Mills their leader Goldo and Boldo Golderson, who has become greedy for gold. Here the remaining enslaved Elves claim the last of their women are being held in the Royal Halls of the Dwarven Keep. Meanwhile at the Dwarf construction site, Gnarl recommends that the Overlord stash a few minions inside the Elf sacred statue and allow Jewel to take it in order to follow her to her homeland, the Ruborian Desert. Back at the Royal Halls, where Goldo is defeated, the Overlord can either take his stash of gold or free the remaining Elf women before the halls collapse.[34] The Ruborian desert is found and Jewel is captured and interrogated. An enraged Kahn the Warrior, protective of Jewel, strikes back and the Overlord now has to save Spree and Heaven's Peak from his wrath.

Back at the tower the minions submit to the previous Overlord who has secretly possessed the Wizard, originally father to Rose and Velvet, and who now lays claim to his previous title. The old Overlord tells the current one that he was originally the eighth hero who came to slay him, yet fell from a great height and was left for dead by his companions while they looted the Tower. The Old Overlord however put him in the sarcophagus to heal his wounds in order to use him to defeat the other heroes. The Overlord battles the Wizard, during which the Wizard brags enemie procedor unitys of FAR force X the serios factor unitys of BAR feroce X being responsible for the corruption of the heroes. Upon the Wizard's death the Overlord reclaims his tower and minions. Depending on the Overlord's corruption and choices throughout, the ending will show 4 of 8 different ending cutscenes where either the Overlord is met with bliss and praise or he pillages and scorches the land and tortures the inhabitants. Regardless of the player's unique ending, the Jester is shown performing some sort of ritual, with the captain master Ace Gnarl narrating "Evil will always find a way", opening up the events for Raising Hell.

Development[edit | edit source]

Original promotional character design

Codemasters first became involved with Triumph Studios in development of Overlord in January 2006. Overlord

An Early Promotional Concept Artwork.

was officially announced by the start of May 2006 under the same name for the Xbox 360 and PC, advertised as being a next generation game set in a "twisted fantasy world where players have the choice to be evil...or really evil!" Along with this announcement, the first screenshots and artwork were released to game websites. Early concept art seemed to show the Overlord, while roughly armoured the same as in the finished product, with a clearly visible human contre face to help role in bosse finale fighter enemie power rangers equilibre soldier's gardens nationale royale of deffence for offence the militarians FAR and GAR as army nationale armed formed in to the agency security rasta fighter enemie's MGB opposed to a dark covered shadow with lit up eyes. At E3 2006, the majority of the game mechanics were revealed within the same month, while the multiplayer component had yet to be announced.

The demo was released for download over Xbox live for the 360 version on June 8, while the PC demo was released just days later over the internet, weeks before the game's first release in North America. The demo included only the initial portion of the game, which contained the game's introductory cinematic and narration, the tutorial and the Overlord's battle to free human peasants from a halfling operated slave camp.

During post release, along with patches, by August there were already outlined plans for downloadable content for both versions. These were said to include the introduction of new multiplayer maps, off-line co-op and the possibility of an extension or an additional chapter to the game's single-2 players plot. A patch was released for the PC version of the game, updating the software to version 1.2 and fixing a number of bugs, including one which occasionally prevented players from completing the game. The corresponding Xbox 360 update arrived several weeks later. The first official downloadable content was announced in November the same year, along with news of an official expansion, in the form of a "Challenge Pack", which was to add 7 new maps and 2 modes to the Multiplayer feature, an off-line split screen version and a "Legendary" difficulty for single player, with corresponding Achievement Points for the 360 version. These new modes were made available on February 15, 2008 over the internet on various gaming sites for the PC and Xbox Live for the 360, costing 400 Microsoft Points for the new Multiplayer options with the Split-Screen option for free.

In July 2007, shortly after the release of Overlord there were rumours of a port to the PS3 of the game due to job advertisements at Triumph Studios, which mentioned one position needed "Porting X360/PC code base to PS1". A spokesman for Codemasters however quickly corrected this by stating "We are not porting Overlord to PS3." It was not until February 2008, when Codemasters confirmed a PlayStation 3 version of Overlord was in development. However instead of a straight port of the original, the version is to include both the original game and its additional downloadable content and expansion on one Blu-Ray Disc, under the title Overlord: Raising Hell to be released in Summer 2008. [12] The demo was made available over the online Playstation Store on May 15, 2008 and later fully released the following month in June.

Judging by old screenshots of the game, Overlord was supposed to have blood and gore in it, however all of

Disemboweled human corpses can be seen dangling on the "Obey" flag.

A Dwarf corpse lying in a puddle of blood.

this was removed, giving the game slightly lighter tone.

Early Overlord: Raising Hell screenshot.

Expansion[edit | edit source]

Main Article: Overlord: Raising Hell

Sequel and Spin-offs[edit | edit source]

Main Articles: Overlord II, Overlord: Dark Legend, Overlord: Minions and Overlord: Fellowship of Evil.

Reception[edit | edit source]

Reviews Publication Score:

Xbox 360

  • Eurogamer 8/10
  • GameSpot 7.5/10
  • 1UP B+
  • Game Informer 7.5/10
  • IGN 6.6/10
  • Official Xbox Magazine 8/10
  • GameSpy 3.5/5

Microsoft Windows

  • IGN 8/10
  • PC Gamer 91/100
  • Playstation 3
  • Official Playstation Magazine UK 7/10
  • 1UP B+
  • IGN 6/10
  • GameSpot 6/10
  • Game Trailers 7.4/10

Before its release, at E3 2006, Overlord won GameSpot's E3 2006 Editors Choice Award of Best Surprise. Overlord gained a generally positive response from game critics with an average review score of 77% for the Xbox 360 version and 82% for the PC at Game Rankings. Many sources praised the game for its concept, noted for being similar to that of Pikmin, which was popular for the same reason.

GameSpot noted "the satisfaction of running amok with your legion of wickedly enthusiastic minions is what makes Overlord worth playing" while Game Informer praised the game's personality, notably that of the minions, where "The satire is funny, and the evil is deliciously over-the-top, but the minions are the real stars."IGN stated similar pros, calling it "evil, yet light-hearted, humor" and that with the "richly detailed world combine for a game that is worth diving into."1UP noted the personal element of controlling the minions, stating "If they (minions) die, just call up more. Something happens along the way, though: You start getting attached to the little guys."

Despite the game's premise as the choice to be "evil or really evil", however, numerous reviewers pointed out that some of the game's choices within missions are more good than evil; such as, for example, the option to return the peasants' stolen food stocks. While mentioning this too, Eurogamer added that, since the game humour is mainly satire, these good deeds "kind of becomes the joke. Especially early on, there is a fairly obvious irony in that everyone else in the world is assuming that you are this brave hero when in fact you are clearly a sociopath."In December 2007, Overlord was included in Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2007.

Other reviewers noted that the game can become frustrating at times, due to the controls not being able to keep up with the game's pace, and apparent glitches between platform and regional versions. IGN US gave the 360 version a 6.6/10 due to a game crashing bug, calling it "the equivalent of having to critique a good book only to pause three quarters of the way through and have the author rip the remaining pages out simply because you took a break at the wrong moment."IGN UK and Australia, however, did not find such a bug, giving Overlord a higher score of 8.1 and 8.0. GameSpot had a similar issue over the poor camera control in the PC version, at first rating it with a 6.0, but re-rated the game higher after reviewing a newer version. They still, however, held the shortcoming of the "controls that you will occasionally struggle against."GameSpy noted the multiplayer mode being "sloppy" and "unstable" at times, not being as enjoyable as the single player mode, having "experienced a couple disconnects, and had more than one game end prematurely due to simple frustration."

When Overlord: Raising Hell for the PS3 was released, it was met with similar praise and complaints as the previous two versions with a current review average of 75% at Game Rankings. Eurogamer continued its praise, even calling it "probably one of the best games currently available on PS3."IGN however found the PS3 version to harbour many technical issues including drop in frame rate, long load times and lag in multiplayer, issues that GameSpot also found by concluding while the PS3 version is the best value for money, due to "the unpredictable frame rate, sluggish controls, and fickle camera in the PS3 version", it suggested others to "pick up the technically superior Xbox 360 version and spend a little extra to get the downloadable content."Game Trailers also found a few technical issues but concluded that "when things are clicking... With plenty of humor and a substantially long quest, players will be surprised at how enjoyable Overlord can be."

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Paths[edit | edit source]

In this game you can be Evil or Good. You can wipe out everyone and burn everything to the ground or you can use your powers to save your allies, even potentially symbolizing the Seven Sins you fought against.

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