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Overlord: Dark Legend

by Neal Ronaghan - February 14, 2009, 4:01 pm PST
Total comments: 7

Codemasters brings the Overlord series to Wii this summer with the intention of making a Zeldaesque hardcore game.

Overlord: Dark Legend is a prequel to the original Overlord game (for Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3) that stars a different, younger Overlord. In a story written by series writer Rhianna Pratchett, this Overlord hones his skills by protecting his castle and his land while terrorizing the local fairy tale residents. However, these aren't your typical fairy tales; for example, Little Red Riding Hood is a wolf in little girl's clothing. Following that, there is a large focus on parody and humor throughout the entire game.

Codemasters and developer Climax Studios threw around a few ideas about what to do with a Wii version of Overlord, most of them overly simplified, but they settled on making what they call a Zelda-style adventure game. However, unlike Zelda, Overlord: Dark Legend is a level-based game with real-time strategy elements. Dark Legend’s level system is all done behinds the scenes, meaning that the more you attack with your sword the stronger you'll become.

The controls are divided between controlling the Overlord, and controlling his minions. The Wii Remote controls the minions while the Nunchuk controls the Overlord. The minions are the same four types used in the first game (brown, red, blue, and green), but they will have added abilities in the Wii version.

Overlord: Dark Legend should hit stores this summer.

Talkback

ShyGuyFebruary 15, 2009

I surprisingly enjoyed the first one, so I am looking forward to this.

This wasn't on my radar at all, but the idea of a Zelda/Pikmin game excites me. I might check out the first one if the price is right.

ShyGuyFebruary 15, 2009

I wouldn't describe the first one as very "Zelda", except for the fantasy setting. Well, new areas are accessed by new minions, so I guess it has that in common.

Gamestop has the first game for under $20 used.

NovaQFebruary 15, 2009

This game sounds surprisingly interesting (and it's a nice added bonus that the developers are clearly putting extra effort into the graphics). I'm going to keep an eye out for updates on this one.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusFebruary 18, 2009

Quote from: nron10

This wasn't on my radar at all, but the idea of a Zelda/Pikmin game excites me. I might check out the first one if the price is right.

Amazon has it for 19.99 I'm waiting for the PS3 version to fall to that price since it has the expansion on the disc already (costs about 15 on XBL) and it also has local multiplayer I think.

UltimatePartyBearFebruary 18, 2009

Quote from: Flames_of_chaos

Quote from: nron10

This wasn't on my radar at all, but the idea of a Zelda/Pikmin game excites me. I might check out the first one if the price is right.

Amazon has it for 19.99 I'm waiting for the PS3 version to fall to that price since it has the expansion on the disc already (costs about 15 on XBL) and it also has local multiplayer I think.

I'm waiting for the same thing.  I played through a large part of the game on my PC (for just $9.99), but decided I'd prefer couch gaming after all.  The problem with digital delivery on the expansion pack is that it never falls in price.  In fact, that's the problem with digital delivery in general.

If you've ever played The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, imagine that crossed with Pikmin.  That's Overlord.

KDR_11kFebruary 18, 2009

Quote from: UltimatePartyBear

The problem with digital delivery on the expansion pack is that it never falls in price.  In fact, that's the problem with digital delivery in general.

Heh, yeah. I bought Phantasy Star Universe for 7€ (since that was cheap) and the expansion would cost something like 10-15€.

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Overlord: Dark Legend Box Art

Genre Strategy
Developer Climax
Players1
Controllers

Worldwide Releases

na: Overlord: Dark Legend
Release Jun 23, 2009
PublisherCodemasters
RatingTeen
eu: Overlord: Dark Legend
Release Jun 26, 2009
PublisherCodemasters
Rating12+
aus: Overlord: Dark Legend
Release Jul 03, 2009
PublisherAtari
RatingParental Guidance
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