Friday, December 31, 2010

Overlord II - Direct Link

Overlord II

Developer: Triumph Studios
Genre: Fantasy Action Adventure
Release Date: Jun 23, 2009 (US)(more)
ESRB Descriptors: Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Suggestive Themes, Violence
Hoster: Direct Link

The impish minions of the Overlord universe haven't been idle in the two years that have passed since the first game and have emerged with a host of new tricks in Overlord II. The evil little scamps have used the time off to learn how to operate machinery, wear disguises, sail the open seas, ride mounts, and get possessed by their evil master, as well as develop an uncanny talent for attacking baby seals. These additions make Overlord II a more varied experience than the first game, and while some of the issues that hampered the original have been addressed, they haven't exactly been fixed. Overlord II retains the gleeful maliciousness of the series; thus, it's still great fun to have a small army of nasty little blighters at your disposal to wreak havoc. But because the game’s auto-targeting is still haphazard, and the minions apt to do some very dumb things, you can expect some frustration to go along with your enjoyment.

Though the minions have evolved and you're playing as a brand new overlord this time around, the title character remains as mute and inscrutable as in the original. The game is set dozens of years after the first game, so you'll have to start your evil dominion from scratch, with the new enemy being the Roman-like Glorious Empire. The tone of the game is satirical, sharp, and more than a little silly--the elves here are portrayed as hippie environmentalists, the Empire nobles are obese snobs, and the fairies are ridiculously overendowed. Meanwhile, the soldiers act like they stepped straight out of an Asterix comic. It's all harmless fun, and while you will get to kill your fair share of cute animals, your silent, mainly charmless overlord won't really get to do anything too nasty.

Because the main character is so impassive, it's once again up to the minions to carry the charm quotient of the game. The minions are a cackling, gleeful lot of destructive slobs who are endearing in their dedication to their master, and it's a joy to watch them attack enemies, harass innocents, and act like general nuisances. You'll be well into the game before you find all four types of minions--the melee-focused browns, the flame-throwing reds, the sneak-attacking greens, and the magic-heavy blues--but when you do, you'll have a formidable miniarmy at your disposal. As overlord, you need this support because--despite your intimidating Sauron-like garb--you're no match solo for more than a few enemies at any one time. All of the heavy lifting will be done by your minions, and while you'll be able to get away with sheer force of numbers in many encounters, the toughest battles in Overlord II will require you to think hard about your minion mix and how you deploy them on the battlefield.

Minimal system requirements
• OS: Windows XP SP2 / Vista SP1
• CPU: Pentium D with 3.4 GHz or appropriate AMD processor
• RAM: 1 GiByte
• Graphics card: Geforce 6800 / Radeon X1800XT
• HDD: 1.5 GiByte

Recommended system requirements
• OS: Windows XP SP2 / Vista SP1
• CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo or Athlon 64 X2
• RAM: 2 GiByte
• Graphics card: Geforce 7900 GTX or Radeon HD 2600 XT
• HDD: 1.5 GiByte
• Creative X-Fi



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