What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in this action game you don't play as a hero. Instead, you're an anti-hero, a malevolent Overlord with tremendous power. You can kill harmless creatures, as well as humans and fantasy creatures, but there is no blood. You will hear a sex scene, and some of the fantasy creatures have oversized breasts that are barely covered. A substance that appears to be alcohol is part of the game.
What's it about?
Unleash your evil side in Codemasters' OVERLORD II, a sequel to the cheeky 2007 fantasy game that lets you and your minions conquer kingdoms through might and magic. The action is back as you get to flex your muscle as Overlord, in charge of up to 50 green gremlin-like critters who do your bidding, should you command it. While roaming a Rome-esque world (simply referred to as Glorious Empire) from a third-person perspective you can summon more minions at special portal pits, assign them a target to attack or help clear the way to advance through the treacherous environments.
Is it any good?
It appears the developers at Triumph Studios took the criticism from the first game to heart as they've made the Overlord easier to control; more minions, who are tougher, faster, and funnier (and can now ride creatures such as wolves, and hop over water and chasms); and a new corruption system that allows players to enact their evil through either "domination" or "destruction." A host of multiplayer modes (co-op and competitive) are also thrown into the mix. If you liked the first Overlord, you'll love Overlord II.
While this game was designed for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC,
there are also two other new Overlord games for other platforms:
Overlord Dark Legend (for Nintendo Wii) and Overlord Minions (for
Online interaction: The game supports both co-op and head-to-head modes, both of which are not rated by the ESRB (players might hear profane language through a headset).
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether a game like this sends the wrong message to players, as it gives them a taste of being evil. Or is this "Teen"-rated game perfectly harmless for those who understand it's simply interactive fiction?