Overlord II Updated Hands-On

Causing trouble is all that we know how to do in this action adventure sequel.

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Destruction and mayhem were what the original Overlord was all about, and that trend continues in Overlord II, in which you start off as a little tyke known as the Overlad--eager and ready to conquer the world. We saw the game several months ago at Codemasters' press event, but this time a representative from Triumph Studios stopped by our offices to give us a more detailed look at our budding evil villain.

The story is set after the original game, and you play as the heir to the previous Overlord. The first level is the tutorial level, set in a snowy village where you can get a feel for what you can do. At this point, your wickedness is limited to destroying snowmen and firing off rockets, but you'll eventually meet the minions, loyal servants whom you direct with simple button commands. With your new brainless recruits in tow, you'll steal clothes from other children to disguise the ugly gremlins and then sneak them into the village party. However, you aren't going to be the only one looking for trouble. There's a new empire growing and spreading across the land, banishing everything that is evil and all things magical. Since that encompasses you, you must learn how to manage your minions and avoid getting caught.

The minions are smarter this time around, and they can help you manage heavy machinery, like catapults. Depending on color of the minions, they'll jump on mounts (like wolves or spiders) so they can access areas that are otherwise unreachable by foot. A minimap is shown at the bottom of the screen to direct you to your next quest, making exploration a bit easier, and the camera can now be controlled with the right analog stick. The stick isn't solely dedicated to the camera, however, because you can swing the camera left and right and force your minions to charge forward by pushing up on the analog stick. Seal clubbing was demonstrated the last time we saw the game, so we decided to skip the destruction of cute animals by jumping into a land of fairies, complete with environmentalist elves speaking in a Californian accent. This magical place is separate from the human world, as the fairies have decided to live peacefully and harmoniously with other magical creatures. This clearly doesn't sit very well with you as the evil Overlord; plus, there are riches and gems to be discovered. In this fairyland, we were able to see a new feature that lets you possess the body of a minion. By doing this, you can sneak into areas undetected and break down barriers so that you can easily barge through once you've returned to your own body.

The fairy world was incredibly beautiful and majestic, filled with blooming dandelions that you can trample on and watch as the white bits of fluff float away. Your single-track minded creatures are easily distracted by busty fairies, so you'll have to keep an eye out to make sure they don't wander off in a trance. Dangerous plants litter the pathways, where you might see some poor empire soldier about to be digested, but it's not exactly your problem now, is it?

Now there's a nice panda...

Our guided tour led us to the Netherworld, the new hub for the Overlord that is much larger than the tower in the previous game. Your minions have built a tower from a stalactite dangling from the ceiling, so technically your tower is upside down. As you go out on your travels, you can bring back items to make your abode more homey, not just for yourself, but for your mistresses as well. You can have up to three lady friends, so it's up to you whether or not you want to be a one-woman sort of Overlord. Other than visiting your female companion(s), you can return home to forge new weapons and armor for easier plundering. Minions that you've grown fond of and lost can also be resurrected here.

The final stop was a quick look at the Empire Heartlands, full of rolling hills and sun-bleached Tuscany fields but overrun by zealous soldiers and human slaves. You can free the slaves and subdue them so that they work for you instead. Like minions, they can perform some basic functions, like attacking enemies and picking up items for you. Our tour ended here, but from what we've seen, there's plenty of havoc and chaos to be a part of, and it only gets better when you're the one causing it.

Fans of the previous game will find that there's a lot to look forward to in the sequel. Let chaos reign when Overlord II is released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on June 23.

Discussion

53 comments
anshanlord
anshanlord

i loved Overlord: Raising Hell and i still play it this one is going to be awesome! cant wait!:D

jawa132
jawa132

going to love becoming a minion

QingJao86
QingJao86

I am so glad they are adding a minimap this time around, that was my biggest problem with the first game (and the main reason I never beat it). I can't tell you how many times I got lost in the first game. Hopefully it works well in this game and it keeps its fun level up.

dazzleboy909
dazzleboy909

im buyin the 1st game tomorrow and if i enjoy it ill buy the sequel :D

mennaf
mennaf

a nice panda???? XD, horrible panda

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

I liked the first one. I just hope this time it's more challenging and you get to be more evil!

Mivious
Mivious

Enjoyed the first Overlord.. May just have to pick this one up too..

romavictor
romavictor

cant wait. the first Overlord was a really fun game to play, and this looks to capitalize on that!

AgentPix
AgentPix

never heard of the overworld series. I should check it out, it looks fun! :D

magusat999
magusat999

I liked the first one, very creative fantasy settings. The only thing I didn't like which I'm beginning to think exists in all Codemasters and Gathering of Developer titles (as far back as Serious Sam) is that loopy, almost drunk movement. It feels like the character is drifting and floating, rather than solidly planted on the ground as one would be while normally standing, walking or running. Made it frustrating to control, especially during places where precise movement is needed. I hope they shore up their engine in that regard, but otherwise Overlord was a great and fun game and I look forward to a sequel.

RobboElRobbo
RobboElRobbo

I still want the first Overlord... but they don't sell it anymore so I'll have to buy it online

SickleNotSycthe
SickleNotSycthe

Sounds like Fable II without the terrible attempts at plot - I'm game.

Jim_bo_bo
Jim_bo_bo

Guh. Awful game the first one was. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the sequal.

dennishachey
dennishachey

GOIN TO BE BIG ON PS3 LIKE I ALWAY SAY :)

theR34p3R
theR34p3R

Looks comperable to Pikmin, except with demons and more mature... looks good though :D

DullBozer
DullBozer

The 1st one wasn't bad, but became very repetitive and boring. It was a great introduction to a new game mechanic, but fell short in the end. My copy ended up on Ebay before its time. From the available info so far the 2nd looks promising, and im glad they went multiplatform too. Even though this game probably wont sell much in Japan, the added potential north American PS3 buyers will help them turn out a decent profit, which no devs can overlook given our financial climax.

sim_dude
sim_dude

I can't wait ! This is awesome, one month away.

abosh1
abosh1

this game looks like it could be good... cant wait

SevenOfEleven
SevenOfEleven

*Shakes Belled staff* Hail *Shakes Belled staff* Buyer of Well done sequel. *Shakes Belled staff* Yeah, I would give this a shot too.

apothix
apothix

Looking forward to this game.

danopix
danopix

Huh? Wha-? Busty fairies? Beating up environmental hippie elves? Destroying the Roman Empire? Mistresses?!!! The first one was cute... but this one sounds A LOT better! Almost too good to be true actually.

Roken1
Roken1

Not one, not two, but THREE LADY FRIENDS! HAHA! Looking forward to this!

Wolfie600
Wolfie600

I had awesome minions too with sick armor and i hated when they cheaply died more then twice... make them swim? xD

Barighm
Barighm

Enjoyed the first one, but it was just poor enough I didn't want to buy it. A good valued rental, but that's it. Hopefully the strategic and RPG elements will be a lot stronger and innovative this time around, plus it will be nice to be a lot more evil. Was betting the second will improve on the original to be worth a buy. Hope it's a good call.

HOMIE_G64
HOMIE_G64

Sounds great! Looks as if they did some major improvements.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

As long as Giblet makes his return I'm happy xD

jasopan
jasopan

Overlord was awesome, but had it's flaws. Loved the first one and really hope this one is improved!

Patous
Patous

Yeah for the Overlord!!! Praise him!

GM-Lucra
GM-Lucra

Overlord is epic beyond imagining.

striker22222
striker22222

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dimski
dimski

this game is goin 2 be awwwssommeee!!!!!!

Pete5506
Pete5506

I want this game to be better then the 1st

lilballer93
lilballer93

I've never played the first one, but my friends are telling me to get this game so i'm gonna get it.

Hazzerz
Hazzerz

Hoping for a bit more evil this time around, first game was too cutesy. A "let's pretend we're evil" deal, I hope CM got it right this time.

mehedee
mehedee

overlord was very good and it seems that this will be better!

OneShot45
OneShot45

I want this game so bad! I'm getting it right after I pick up [Prototype] for the PS3! Both games look awesome!

carlobrown174
carlobrown174

Can't wait for Overlord 2, I just hope that the overlord himself is stronger on the 2nd because on the 1st the guy is a weakling no matter what weapons armor or spell you give him. I would like a overlord that when in battle is less dependant on the critters and can fend for himself more.

SquareEnixFan13
SquareEnixFan13

I'm watering at the mouth waiting for Overlord 2, it sounds like it's going to better than the first, and the first was awesome!

lvl1
lvl1

Hope there's no bear cavalry in combination with those killer pandas or this game will be impossible. I also like the slave fuction, this game looks promising.

ethanpaige
ethanpaige

can't wait, the first one was one of my favorite sleeper games on the 360

ArmoredBreaker
ArmoredBreaker

Bwahahahahahahaha i cant wait to be EVIL again!Bwahahahahahaha

RedMageNeko
RedMageNeko

Despite the flaws of the first game, I enjoyed it and the second looks to be a lot of fun. I just hope they've made the minions smarter.

jake-lutze
jake-lutze

@guynamedyeah Thats probably a good idea.

guynamedyeah
guynamedyeah

eh, rather play pikmin, oh right nintendo hates us. maybe i'll move on...