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Codemasters had its very first gamer's day yesterday in San Francisco, where it showed off its lineup of games for the year. In between all the racing games and shooters, there were not one but three different versions of Overlord--none of which was a port. All are scheduled to be released on...

Codemasters had its very first gamer's day yesterday in San Francisco, where it showed off its lineup of games for the year. In between all the racing games and shooters, there were not one but three different versions of Overlord--none of which was a port. All are scheduled to be released on the same day in June--which date exactly we don't know yet, but Overlord is bound to show up on at least one of your favorite gaming platforms.

Overlord II (PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC)

We recently had a chance to check out Overlord II at the New York Comic-Con (embedded below for your convenience), but last night we got to see some new areas and new features that have been added.

The overlord in his new icy underground lair.

Overlord II is a sequel to the first game, in which you wreak as much havoc as you possibly can as the budding new overlord. To help you achieve this are your minions, which come in the same four flavors of wickedness: brown, red, blue, and green. They function just like in the original, where each color has a specialty, whether it's hurling fireballs or the ability to swim. You'll also have an arsenal of new spells so that you can get off your lazy overlord butt and jump in on the action a bit more. In our demo last night, we explored a gorgeous snowy landscape, complete with a yeti who, oddly enough, behaves very much like Donkey Kong. We were told that everything that is cute and cuddly can be destroyed as we watched the minions approach an adorable white seal. Pandas will also be featured in the game, so animal-rights activists might want to look the other way. We watched as the overlord raided an igloo camp like it was built out of Styrofoam and freed angry-looking wolves that were kept in cages. After freeing the soon-to-be mounts, the minions will hop on and go for a ride. Before we knew it, the entire army was on mounts, ready to take on anything. Another cool feature that comes with the mount is the ability to jump, so you can send your slaves to the other side of a stream to bring down a drawbridge. You'll never have to get your feet wet.

The game is full of parodies--the more obvious one is of the Roman Empire. We saw minions dressed up as centurions, using catapults to launch giant boulders. We were told that at some point you'll be on a ship, with your minions lined up neatly, rowing in beat with a drummer. If you want them to row faster, just beat the drummer (that's one way to get things done). There are also minion-only side quests to take on, if you want to spend some quality time without the overlord getting in the way. Since the game is really about your little gremlin slaves, there is a slight possibility that you'll get attached to a particular one donning an attractive hat. When your minions die, they are sent to the graveyard so you can mourn their passing or resurrect them from the dead. You must, however, sacrifice a minion of equal or lesser value to bring back your favorite.

If you've played the original Overlord, the controls should feel familiar. We didn't get any hands-on time with this one, but from what we saw, it seems to be coming along really well. The environments look great, and with the updated engine that now includes physics, you'll be able to watch in satisfaction as your minions destroy everything in their path.

Overlord Dark Legend (Wii)

Management games have always worked better on a PC because of the mouse, but now with the Wii, you can direct your minions with precision and hack your way through farm animals without breaking a sweat. Overlord Dark Legend is a prequel to the original Overlord, going back to when the overlord was 16 and trying to find his true evil self. The first thing we noticed was that there was a cartoony look and feel to game, making it more comical than it already was. There will be references to popular fairy tales that fit in nicely with the dreamy and magical environment. To add to the personality and charm of the game, your minions will be sporting a variety of goofy-looking hats as they obediently follow you around.

"Say that to my face, squirt."

From what we played, the game retains the comical feel of its predecessor, and it all seems very familiar except for the controls. The camera is still a work-in-progress though. As of right now you use the C button to reset it behind you, but if you hold it you can pan around with the Wii Remote. You melee with the Z button, and the remote is reserved for your minions. Using the B button, you can target and send a minion off to go do something. The A button will reel the minion back in, and if you use the A and B buttons together while pointing up, you can pick up a minion and throttle its neck. Shake the remote until the minion's eyes bug out, and then let go and watch it become an explosive projectile. Poor minion. At least they come in handy when you need to blow up a road block.

To get a feel for the controls, we messed around in the charming countryside, sending minions after large bugs. We eventually wandered into a lovely narrow canyon, passing by spawn points occasionally to call up more minions with a quick press of the A button. Using the pointer, we would point at an enemy or large obstacle and fire the trigger button. Each press of the B button will send an additional minion, so you can easily send a couple one way and fire off a few more down another path. The D pad is used to select minion types, so you can gather all the brown ones, for instance, and send them off in one direction.

While Overlord Dark Legend can't compete visually against Overlord II on the Xbox 360 and PS3, it still looks mighty impressive on the Wii with its charming and colorful visuals that give off a warm and magical glow.

For some gameplay footage, check out our latest video from New York Comic-Con.

Overlord Minions (DS)

Overlord Minions takes a different approach by letting you control one of each minion type with your stylus on the Nintendo DS. You play as the overlord, but your presence onscreen isn't necessary since the goal here is to get your minions through each level. The stages are designed to be played in short spurts, making the game easy to pick up and play. We had an opportunity to see it last year at Codemasters' HQ, but last night we were able to get a feel for how the game is going to work.

Always causing trouble.

Depending on the level, you'll have access to two to four minions. You can control all of them at the same time by swiping your stylus over their icons to the right side of the touch screen, or you can control them individually by picking one and leaving the others behind. The levels are like a maze, with obstacles and puzzles in between the starting point and the finish line. Keeping in mind each minion's talents--for example, the blue minion can heal and travel across streams--you can plan a careful strategy to get to the finish line.

Everything is stylus driven, and to get rid of enemies, just slide your stylus through your minions, and they'll claw their way to victory. Most of the game is focused on puzzles, however, and the story is told through still art in between stages. So far things are looking pretty good. The gameplay is fun and different from the series, and it looks nice on the DS.

Side note: If you're a fan of the humor and the writing, you should be happy to know that Rhianna Pratchett, the original story writer, is back again for all three Overlord games.

Let's face it, we all have the urge to boss little monsters around and this might be the best way to do it. Look for all three Overlord games when they ship sometime in June.

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57 comments
Broku5000
Broku5000

I would still love to see a OverLord 3. with more citys to conquer, more armor customization options, more sexy mistress', and enemys who are really heros instead of more villans pretending to be the good guy. because in my opinion that kinda robs the true feeling of being evil if you're also fighting someone whos more evil than you.

2h95l
2h95l

Finaly a good game for the wii

dennishachey
dennishachey

i cant wate to get overlord 2 for the playstation 3 jun 23rd im preordern it WOOOOO :)

lostEvil
lostEvil

The xbox and Wii ones seem awesome!!!!! Can't wait!

jcarroll70
jcarroll70

cant wait until overlord 3 comes out!

Kiriyama12
Kiriyama12

liked the first, hope for a psp...

kicinder
kicinder

Overlord, que buenos recuerdos, que buen juego, ya quiero jugarlo!

saaqi_grw
saaqi_grw

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white_insane
white_insane

Sony what about your PSP users???? Such a shame

K-bob96
K-bob96

Honestly the only problem I see is the diversity in the game systems, I understand for the DS one, but I have a harder time on the Wii than on the X-Box360. But I think it'll be interesting to try it out. Even though I am complaining about it I can see how the controls would work out with the Wii and end up making it worth it's while.

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

Kind of let down by the first one. Excellent concept and could be sooo much fun. I hope this one is better

dragonmum
dragonmum

TehUndeadHorror: Rhianna is Terry Pratchett's daughter. Which, now I know that, makes lots of sense - I didn't play Overlord but DH did, and it looked like his sense of humor. DH was annoyed by the twist ending - he was playing for max evil & the idea that you were the hero all along bothered him - but we both loved it otherwise. Looking forward to this!

K-bob96
K-bob96

One of the Best Games I've played, I'm definately getting all three, they all look pretty awesome

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

Really Liked the first one... Looking forward to this.

T_Z_O_C
T_Z_O_C

Im kinda intressed... hope it'll be longer/better then the last one.

roula100
roula100

wow it should be great game

Oruboris
Oruboris

I really enjoyed the first one-- lighthearted fun, nicely balanced puzzles, more humor than pathos... Played it though twice, once as a good guy, once as bad, would play it again if I could find the disc. I'll absolutely buy #2.

KrzyJoe
KrzyJoe

Saw the original game today at gamestop for the first time, looks kinda cool but wouldn't waste 60 bucks on it. another thing they gotta change interviewer.

ensk_a
ensk_a

hopefully better than the first one

8smokes
8smokes

I've been wanting to play the first Overlord, but I haven't gotten the chance yet.

1425678786655
1425678786655

i wanna get the wii one and the ds one and the xbox one XD

M4Ntan
M4Ntan

Overlord was fun, but once completed i felt like i wanted more Overlord, i cant wait for the Wi one but i mainly want one for the xbox.

Red_leader11
Red_leader11

Yes finally - a RPG for the wii! can't wait, looks absolutely great

3249Mor
3249Mor

Overlord II looks great ! But is there gonna be any mistress this time ?

XxSPAZxX
XxSPAZxX

I loved Overlord, this is a must have for me :D.

azotyp
azotyp

have a roasted pig Melvin , have two YOUR A HERO NOW BUHAHAHAHAHA

titanviper2000
titanviper2000

i rather enjoyed overlord. it was just funny. there is nothing more hilarious than a minion with a pumpkin on it's head. now, it wasn't the greatest game ever made, but it did entertain. if a game can pull that off, then i consider it a good game, even if it falters in a few areas. but i felt overlord did most things well, and i will be getting the second iteration.

PCsama
PCsama

i played Over Lord the original killing the sheep isn't fun if they can make to collect minions' values from chests or jars instead killing animals and for the rest of involving games that make killing wolves, bears or any kind of familiar animals in our reality life just to gain experience points

Kubilius
Kubilius

Hmmm...the first game was kinda fun for about 2 hours and then you realize that this game is about nothing. Click-a-lot + children-puzzle game... not strategy, not FPS, not adventure, not RPG... just shiny fancy design and no context. It could have become something similar to Black&Wite or Dungeon Keeper, but they've chosen the children-puzzle path. I'm not saying it's bad, I might get this game for my 8-years old niece.

Vlaimir_Lem86
Vlaimir_Lem86

We all know what happens to a game when its massed produced for the pc and consoles.........

Grim_Heaper94
Grim_Heaper94

If it gets good reviews I will be getting Overlord Dark Legend.

OneShot45
OneShot45

The first one was pretty fun! I can't wait for the sequel to come out! I'm getting it!

ele975
ele975

Killing sheeps was fun, now we get to kil seals! Oh the wonders of being evil! :D

eagles_band
eagles_band

Hopefully, this one has a more open and bigger world.

Neomaniac15
Neomaniac15

Awesome! too bad i don't have a DS or Wii, though, unless my sister will share hers........(NOT!!) PS i second rad2071's comment about killing sheep.

rad2071
rad2071

i like killin sheep for orbs!