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Overlord: Dark Legends by Codemasters

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Overlord: Dark Legends is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 9.
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  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Publisher: Codemasters
  • Developer: Codemasters
  • Category: Action

Product Details:

Designed and developed exclusively for Wii, Overlord Dark Legend is a brand new action adventure steeped in fairy tale lore with sinister, satirical twists. Set in a time before the original game (Overlord, 2007), players step into the role of a new younger Overlord and revel in command of the most vicious, yet lovable little critters in gaming - the Minions. Forming a unique rampaging army, the Minions are a demonic, slavish and loyal horde of imp-like critters predisposed to violence. No matter: they're always ready and willing to follow even the most suicidal order, whether it's raiding villages for kicks and giggles or hurling themselves at enemies in the face of kamikaze odds in the beautifully rendered game world. With a story and characters that poke playful fun at fantasy cliché, our trainee tyrant will be able to take his growing pains out on the local fairy tale inhabitants as he protects his castle and lands.

  • Seize the Power: Donning the armour of the Overlord, players become commander-in-chief of a fighting, thieving and pillaging horde of crazed minions (with hundreds more waiting in reserve) - a force quite unlike any other. Send out your minions to crush rock giants, gnomes, halflings, elves, dwarves, peasants and more. Become a new Overlord, conquer realms and grow your castle from dilapidated ruins to glorious expression of your absolute power.
  • Pillage and destroy with the Wii Remote: Controlling the minions is slick and devastating, requiring a flick of the Wii Remote to send the raucous rabble into battle. Whether you're swishing the remote to sweep the horde into battle or pointing it to direct magic spells and fireballs at enemies, the Wii Remote becomes the perfect extension of the Overlord's despotic will.
  • Throttle Your Minions: Individual Minions can be plucked from the horde, held by the neck and then, by vigorously shaking the Wii Remote, throttled! This stirs up the volatile lifeforce within them and they become a manic minion missile. With a now-explosive body, the insane little critter can be guided into enemies with hilarious, if rather fatal, consequences for both parties.
  • A twisted fairy tale: With a rich, tongue-in-cheek story written by award-winning games author Rhianna Pratchett, this exclusive Overlord adventure for Wii tells a new and twisted fairy tale. The lead character is in a Cinderella scenario with his elder and rather unpleasant brother and sister. He is the forgotten child while his father is away, and his wicked twin siblings are plotting to take over the kingdom with their own perverse alliances with elves and dwarves. The story game also introduces wicked witches, gingerbread men and Lil' Red, the seeming sweet girl with a lupine side to her personality.
  • Meet the Minions: The Brown Minions are the fighters and the strongest minions in general combat. Red Minions are fire throwers and act like archers by hurling blazing fireballs as a long range attack. Green Minions are the assassins and love to use stealth attacks. Blue Minions are the smartest of the minions and have healing powers and can resurrect their fallen minion comrades and bring them back into the fight.

Game Informer Rating:

Rated 7.0 out of 10 by Game Informer.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Game The game is very easy to learn and the graphics and the theme of the game is great. The game is very fast paced and to get the treasures they are out in the open you don't have to dig for them.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disapointing I got this game a few months ago and never finished it.It got boring and was too fairy tail child like.The graphic's are terrible. I have played both of the xbox 360 versions of Overlord that are exellent. This Wii version they dropped the ball on and ruined it. It is a story of Little Red Riding Hood not done well either. It took me a day to get 3/4 through the game very easy to easy that it's not really fun or challenging and I am not a hard core gamer.I am a casual gamer.This game is for kids not teenagers or adults like I am.This game is for kids ages 3-10 only. Otherwise don't waste your money.I hope Nintendo doesn't try to make another Overlord game for Wii U.This game is a big flop stay clear of it unless your a child.
Date published: 2013-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Squad melee meets Gauntlet Legends The store review is very accurate, with only a need to mention that the game has a bug towards the end that causes it to crash the Wii, No worries, though. Simply reboot and the problem is solved with your saves intact. The game is not very difficult and could be fun to most casual gamers. There is no high set way needed to beat any challenge...simply do as you like. The magic is optional and you can max upgrade everything by the middle of the game. And for anyone that was a fan of Gauntlet Legends for Dreamcast, you should love this. The only other negatives are the inevitable re-use of minion comments and the oddly abrupt end. Stiil, the puzzles, cheap combat, and squad mechanics make this game definitely worth the low price.
Date published: 2011-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from funny who knew the overlord dark, for only $5 could be so cheesy and yet be funny at the same time.
Date published: 2011-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best $5 game your find! For $5 this game is very good. It has a unique gameplay style. It has a fun story and entertains. the graphics aren't great but the unique gameplay more that makes up for this.
Date published: 2011-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A hilarious and fun Darklord adventure. This is in my opinion the best game in the series. It had awesome involving gameplay, it made me laugh, and minions are awesome! In the game you command these little creatures to do your bidding, you go around destroying stuff with your axe, and basically just have fun. It has one flaw though. Even though it's better in most ways from the other games in the series, the other games had multiplayer and this one didn't. It kind of suck, but I still highly recommend the game.
Date published: 2011-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark but funny game... The Good: You have control of your minions that allow your to gather gold, relics, spells, and portals. You can also sick you minions on foes to have some fun and watch and see what they do. Some will fight, some will hide, some stand there shaking, and some just tend to wander around just to annoy you. The one that cracked me up was they all hid behind me to fight werewolves, as I ran around.... they stayed right behind me until I killed it. The funny things they pick up to use as weapons and armor will crack you up. Pumpkins as a helmet, piece of wood as a weapon, and anything that tends to fancy their eye. I have had some put a woman's style hat on, and other a Mexican sombrero. They fight each other sometimes yelling " that's mine". The Bad: Man, this game has a very slow start. I mean painful storyline buildup to get to the fun parts. That is the only complaint. The Conclusion: Its a fun and different game that is puts a different spin on fairy tales. I let my son play it and he is six. The controls are easier enough for him, some challenges are tough for him. I play it as well and help him when he gets stuck as I am further along in storyline than him.
Date published: 2009-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Climax Delivers Another Great Prequel Overlord was one of my favorite (and is still one of my favorite) 360 games, so when Codemasters had stated that they were going to release a sequel on 360 and a prequel on the Wii I was very estatic. Overlord Dark Legend was developed by Climax Studios (who also made the prequel Silent Hill Origins, which was GREAT) and I'm happy to say that they did a fantastic job with Dark Legend. If your a fan of the first Overlord then you'll have a hard time not liking Dark Legend. Story- This is Cinderella but with the "Overlord" twist. You play as 16 year old Lord Gromgard who is constantly being ridicuold and verberly abused by his big brother and sister. While exploring the castle, Gromgard happens to find a hidden throne room where the Overlord armor awaits its next master. Guess what happens next... I love the little touches like not being able to see Gromgards face before getting the Overlord armor (he has a hood over his head and his face is "shadowed" out, all you see are his red eyes), or how Gnarl (the minion leader) gives you more backstory on previous Overlords and the armor, and you also get to see how the jester minion from the first part abtain his jester hat. All in all, a very cool backstory. Graphics- Dark Legend is without a doubt one of the very best looking third party games on the Wii. Now I wont lie, there are times where the engine has trouble keeping up with all the characters on screen (resulting in some frame drop) but the majority of the time its a fantastic looking game. The Overlord model looks great as well as the minions, and the world that Climax has created is pretty big with very nice detail. Bottom line is I was very impressed by what Climax has pulled off. My hats off to them. Sound- Great fairtale'ish music mixed in with dark brooding themes. The Overlord is once again mute but the minions are as lively as ever. Cant get enough of the minions "For the Master!" Voice acting from the NPC's are good and sound effects such as bashing pots and animals sound spot on. Controls- Everything here is great. Controlling the minions is incredibly easy. You just move the cursor with the Wiimote where ever you want and hold down the B button to send them all at once or just tap the B button to send them 1 at a time. The A button is used to call them back, the - button sets up a waypoint where the minions will stay idol and attack, and the D-pad selects a specific minion. You move the Overlord with the nunchuck, attack with the Z button, control the camera with the C button, select your magic with the + button, and use magic by pressing UP on the D-pad, and to scoop up a minion to use as a bomb you thrust the Wiimote in an upward motion and press A and B at the same time. Simple and effective. Gameplay- It plays incredibly similar to Overlord, so if you had no problems with part 1 there is really nothing here gameplay wise to complain about. Luckily Dark Legend has a world map this time around so you'll know where to go, something that part 1 lacked and made it frustrating at times. I had a great time playing this from beginning to end. Negatives- The only negative I can really come up with is that the game is pretty easy. You wont have much trouble going through the quest. Oh well...at least its a lot of fun so the difficulty didnt bother me as much. All in all Climax delivers with Dark Legend. If your a Wii owner whos looking for something thats different and was SPECIFICALLY made from the ground up for the system, or never got the chance to play the 1st one for 360, then you'll have a great time with this prequel.
Date published: 2009-07-01
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