Overlord: Dark Legend
For those unfamiliar with the Overlord series, they are
third-person action adventure games at heart, injected
with realtime strategy and roleplaying games. Players
take control of an evil conqueror with an army of
imp-like minions at their side, and unleash all manner of
carnage and mayhem in their quest for power. Dark
Legend is a prequel of sorts and the first time the series
has appeared on Wii. It sees the Overlord as a
16-year-old, and charts his first conquests on his rise to
become the evil ruler of the kingdom.
While still flavoured with lashings of black humour and a
nasty streak of wickedness, Overlord on Wii really
doesn't get down and dirty with evilness. You mught be a
bad guy, but there's still a shred of goodness to be found
somewhere in your armour. This makes Dark Legend a
good entry point for younger gamers introducing
themselves to the Overlord universe.
Dark Legend is an entertaining mish-mash of Pikmin,
Oblivion and Fable. It's a great looking game, but it
comes at a price. There are numerous minor glitches
throughout the game and the framerate really suffers
when you've got a bunch of minions causing chaos on
screen at the same time.
That being said, if you can overlook these quibbles,
you'll discover just how good being bad can be. I got a
kick out of the short time I played this, causing
wholesale desctruction with my little troop of imps, and
it was a whole lotta fun getting up to no good. While real
challenge may be lacking, there's still quite a bit of depth
in the gameplay. Colour-coded minions offer different
abilities and strategies, not unlike Pikmin, and RPG
styled upgrades allow you to beef-up your armour,
weapons and demonic foot soldiers.
The Wii-centric controls are intuitive and work quite well.
However, it seems that Dark Legend may have been a bit
too much for the Wii's widdle-biddie processor. If more
time had been spent on optimisation, this could have
been a truly fantastic game.