Been playing a new game called Overlord the past few days. It’s a 3/4 RPG where you play an evil overlord, resurrected to restore your empire. You get little minions under your control that look like tan evil gremlins to start. Not only do they do your every bidding, they gladly sacrifice themselves to restore your health and mana. Be mindful of the minions and their skills however, as they are key to strategy and moving ahead in the game.
Progressing through the game, you get quests like any other RPG. You slowly explore greater areas of the virtual world, just like an RPG. The advantage this game has over the MMORPG? An end. I know I’m working towards something here. I know that I’ll finish the game, and move on to something entirely different, instead of spending $15 a month to do the same exact thing over and over again… The definition of insanity, right?
The graphics are outstanding, a good mix of Fable and WoW with a leaning towards Fable. Kills result in life-force which lets you create more minions, and various destructables are scattered over the landscape offering armor to your minions as well as gold and powerups to your character. The gold can be used to buy new armor and weapons, and you can toss your minions into the forge as well to boost your stats.
I do wish there was a map in the game, as currently I’ve got to work on my memory to discern where I am and where I’m headed next in order to complete quests. Still, there’s always something cool about setting a wheat field on fire to kill the good guys as opposed to taking them all on one by one. There’s no good or evil in this game, only less evil and Dick Cheney.
Fear not players, this RPG stays true to the fantasy genre without being too cliche’ and unlike most other RPG’s out there – a light is at the end of the tunnel and it has nothing to do with wasting time on endless reruns of the same old shit.
If you’re a fan of the RPG, as well as the MMORPG – try it. Even if you hate RPG’s like I do – try it.