Overlord Dark Legend Updated Hands-On

We leave nothing but a trail of chaos and destruction in this twisted fairy tale.

A game built entirely from the ground up, Overlord Dark Legend follows another evildoer from the long bloodline of overlords, but this story is set sometime before the events of the original game. Keeping with the same sense of humor as Overlord II on the other consoles, Dark Legend's script is by the same writer, Rhianna Pratchett, and the voice actors from the other games have lent their talents to the Nintendo Wii version so that the humor and overall feel of the game is consistent. We had the opportunity to check out different areas of the game with developer Climax and play around with the Wii controls.

Dark Legend's gameplay is similar to the original Overlord and is inspired by popular fairy tales from your childhood. It starts off with the traditional "Once upon a time" storytelling and then branches off into a depressing tale about your father losing everything he had. While he's away trying to redeem himself, you're stuck with your self-absorbed evil siblings and a castle full of devoted servants who are fending off constant halfling attacks. You begin as a Cinderella of sorts; it's your 16th birthday and you've just received a mysterious gauntlet as a gift. As soon as you discover the rest of the overlord armor, your first order of business is to trash your brother's and sister's rooms, considering that your siblings are the equivalent of the wicked stepsisters who deserve a good whipping.

Gnarl, a straggly old minion, was lying dormant like your armor until you arrived. He guides you through the process of bossing around the different types of minions and eases your way into the role of overlord. Given that Dark Legend was built with the Wii controls in mind, it's extremely easy to use the pointer to make your newly acquired servants sweep forward and terrorize specific locations. You also have full control of the camera by holding the C button and aiming with the remote, and you can reset the camera by pressing C once. If you want to play more strategically, you can set flags, which act as rally points so that minions of a certain type will gather in that area.

Motions controls are included, but they're used only in appropriate situations. For example, you can throttle a minion by shaking the Wii Remote, and you'll wonder what the creatures are made of as they run off wildly into the distance and explode. The volatile minions can also be controlled during their suicide run by tilting the remote. As the overlord, you can melee attack with the Z button, but you can also swing the Nunchuk, which does the same thing. The motion option is there for those who really want to get into it, but it's nice that there's an alternative for when your arm gets tired.

We were able to jump ahead to a later level in the game and meet with Little Red Riding Hood, who has asked the overlord to guide her through the withering woods. Although this may make the overlord seem like a Good Samaritan, his motivation lies in loot and other treasures. Judging from the creepy forest as well as the gingerbread-infested area that we wandered into later, these may not be the fairy-tale characters that you remember. Instead of the sweet smile that you might expect from Gingie in the movie Shrek, crazy gingerbread men with angry expressions will attack you relentlessly with candy canes. They explode into cookie bits, so at least they're destructible.

Aww, how can you say no to that face?

Graphically, the game isn't going to compare to its high-definition counterparts, but Dark Legend still looks great and captures the feel of the previous games with its witty dialogue and solid voice acting. There's nothing like destroying everything in sight with your band of minions cackling gleefully at your side. If you've ever wanted to feel powerful and in charge, watching your servants eagerly run off to defend you and scurry back with treasure is certainly enough to boost your ego. But you don't have to sit on the sidelines and let everyone do your dirty work; you can easily join in on the fun by swinging your axe and zapping halflings to the next dimension.

Overlord Dark Legend seems to improve on the original formula of minion management with the control scheme, making it accessible for newcomers and more streamlined for those who played the original game. Be sure to check back for our full review when this fairy-tale adventure is released on June 23.

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24 comments
z827
z827

Personally,I feel that this game is Teen and onwards...this game's fall back is the stupid and lame humour.The humans in this game are like idiots or something....Otherwise this is a really good game(@ Bobz)

intro94
intro94

@bobz what kind of game do you think older audience wants?I think teens might not be as attracted to this as a 30 year old man.This isnt exactly a simple super deformed ninja dodgeball game.Im an adult and i would truly look at this game in a store, check it, and pick it. Theres a diference between older audience and mature content hungry audience.

Bobzfamily
Bobzfamily

@abosh1 While it looks good, I don't think it's intended for an older audience.

abosh1
abosh1

well its about time that the Wii got a good game that appeals to an older demographic... hopefully it lives up to this expectation

Spanishflea12
Spanishflea12

Like all Wii games it has the unshakable doubt that it will be a complete flop and disappoint us all into trading our Wii's for 360's.

Bobzfamily
Bobzfamily

Woah..it's been a long time since the original Overlord came out. Hopefully coupled with the Wii controls it will be fresh for me.

noah10
noah10

Great...now I have to get overlord dark legend,and overlord 2.lol

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Glad that Climax Group seems to be doing a good job.

dennishachey
dennishachey

I LOVE THE OVERLORD R_H N CANT WATE TO GET THE 2ent ONE SOON :)

CommonFable
CommonFable

This game will be tight. I had Overlord for 360 and it rocked. and Im always up for a good WII game.

gamer-up
gamer-up

I think this will be good because I have played the computer version, and then I love the Wii, and it will fit right on in.

intro94
intro94

square btw, the wii has around 3 times the processing power of a ps2..Is ok that wii is not about graphics but is not a ps2 either.And yes this looks appears to play better than the previous Overlord, so im getting it(as well as the Conduit)...

SquareEnixFan13
SquareEnixFan13

@kavadias1981 - Ok, I'm sorry, I was mistaken by your blog post, I'm often defensive of the Overlord games, because I love them so much. :P Xeno gears is on my wishlist by the way, but I don't really have the money to buy it right now, I really want to play it though.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@SquareEnixFan13 I also noticed that you are really into your RPGs but Xenogears for PS1 isn't on your game list! You must play it! Genius game.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@SquareEnixFan13 Yes, it has occurred to me and I NEVER judge a game by its graphics. Of course a person wouldn't know this without looking at my blog posts but my top 10 games are all from old consoles. Even now I am playing Suikoden for the PS1 and love it to bits. So please don't try to patronise me with the "graphics aren't everything" argument, ok? Second, the Wii does not run on the same graphics engine as the PS2. I am not a tech head and even I know that for a fact. Finally, what I am criticising the game on is its old fashioned style. It is very 90's-PC whereas the other games that I mention have a modern style which fits more with the games and expectations of the present.

SquareEnixFan13
SquareEnixFan13

@kavadias1981 - Did it ever occur to you that graphics aren't the only thing that matters in games? And besides the WII has the same graphics engine as the PS2 anyway, if you want good graphics go for Overlord 2 for the PS3 or 360, I'm sure you know that old phrase: Don't judge a game by it's graphics.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

With fantastic looking modern titles like Darkside Chronicles, Dead Space Extraction and The Conduit coming out for the Wii, this just looks old fashioned and boring. I definitely wont be buying this.

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

have to get this one

Sharhan96
Sharhan96

i never bought an overlord game because of it only coming to xbox and ps3, so ya definitley getting it.

thunderhorse55
thunderhorse55

actually, the video does look pretty sweet, so I just need to figure out whether to get this or the Conduit

thunderhorse55
thunderhorse55

This looks pretty cool, but I'm just a small bit doubtful about this game, because I'm pretty sure there have been plenty of actions games for the wii similar to this (minus the minion control stuff) that have sucked. I'm gonna wait for the full review before I decide whether or not I'm gonna buy it. yay, first comment :)