Overlord II

Good
  • Keeps the best of the old and enhances it to provide new content depth
  • Better variety in missions and minion powers than the original
Bad
  • Some frustrating levels that require highly specific control over minions or stealth that will be frustrating
9

Overlord II continues the humorous and unique experience of the original Overlord game with a full adventure as an evil overlord across major gaming platforms (Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360). Fans of the original evil adventure will welcome the highly anticipated sequel with plenty of familiar and fresh mechanics that ensure there is plenty of fun to be head for returning or newcomers to the franchise.

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At the heart of Overlord II you’ll be once again stepping into the metal shoes of a strange warrior who wants to conquer the lands with their own horde of special minions. While the first game was medieval in theme this time around players will be facing off against a powerful Roman inspired empire and directly follows your past conquering efforts by your father before you. This centres around your attempts to overthrow the ‘Glorious Empire’ which as noted reflects a Roman era of development with soldiers and buildings reflective of that time. Led by Emperor Solarius who wishes to remove all the magic from the world and rule over everything you’ll have a worthy opponent ahead of you.

To help players with the task Gnarl is once again your advisor and is  happy to show you the ropes in optimising all of your Overlord powers. This also sees the return of your four different colour minions (brown, red, green and blue) that each play an important role with essentially the same powers as the previous game and are slowly made available to players that lead to new strategies and locations becoming available over time.

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The core of army is still the brown coloured minions that are the easiest to replace and durable fighters that are happy to engage in direct combat with your foes or help you to shift objects around. Supporting them from the backline are your red fire minions that also bring important utility by being able to remove fire that blocks your potential pathways. Further utility is provided by the green minions that are capable of going invisible and are also immune to poison that allows them to remove toxic obstacles or take paths through poison fields that other minions simply cannot accomplish. Lastly are the water minions why shy away from combat entirely to heal your other minions, resurrect minions and swimming along with an immunity to magic.

Some of these abilities are borrowed from the original Overlord although some are new which expands the number of combat and puzzle options that often requires players to have a mix of each minion type. Your dark tower also returns and has plenty of new areas that give you more control over your Overlord’s equipment, minions and mistresses with a similar sense of upgrading to the original. The choice system from the original is also at the core of the story with players able to play their Overlord as either one of destruction or domination which changes the way the story and your Overlord abilities are used.

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There are plenty of new mechanics in Overlord II though including the ability for minions to ride on a variety of wild animals, capture enemy weapons to use against them and the inclusion of new powers for minions that elevate your adventure above what the original offered.

Summary:

  • Explore a new world based on the Roman Empire as you once again seek to conquer it and become the Overlord.
  • Upgrade your dark tower once again using your stolen treasure from over overworld to empower your Overlord and minions.
  • New powers for your minions enhances puzzle and combat gameplay further.
  • Improved mission variety, choices and setting keeps the game fresh for returning players.
  • Available on Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (and Xbox One).

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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