Overlord was originally released on the Xbox 360 last August. The game was well received both critically and commercially and the Raising Hell expansion was released earlier this year for the Xbox 360 and the PC. Several Months later PlayStation 3 owners are getting Overlord: Raising Hell. We recently had a chance to go hands on with the PlayStation 3 version of the game, so how is it shaping up?
Overlord is set in a fantasy world, where the player takes on the role of a warrior who is known only as The Overlord. As you're an overlord you have control of little creatures which are simply known as minions. These minions can be controlled and ordered around by you. It's difficult to describe or categorise Overlord as an RPG, or an action title, as it really does borrow a little bit from several different genres. The simplest way we can describe it is as being an evil version of Pikmin.
Raising Hell isn't just a quick slap dash port. First up, the game supports the Dual Shock 3, so those who have recently picked up Sony's rumble equipped controller will be able to feel every hack and slash. The game also includes all the downloadable content released for Overlord in the past. This means there are new levels, new enemies and of course, new objectives. The expansions weren't just a simple patch, so their inclusion in the PlayStation 3 version is a great addition.
Codemasters also assures us that the visuals have improved over the Xbox 360 edition, but this wasn't something that struck us immediately during our play time, so we'll just have to take their word for it. All the online modes from the Xbox 360 version will also be available, including the online co-op modes pillage and survival, the slaughter online mode also makes the cut and slaughter can be played online and offline. There were a few issues that we did have with the Xbox 360 version that we're not entirely sure have been addressed. First up, the camera doesn't appear to have been modified, so it's still extremely frustrating and the audio is still rather average. While we're not overly concerned about the audio, it is a little bit disappointing that the camera still has a tendency to get in the way.
PlayStation 3 owners really are in for a treat when Overlord: Raising Hell is released later next month. The game is completely different to anything currently available on the PlayStation 3 and is still a very enjoyable title. PlayStation 3 owners may be getting the game a little later than Xbox 360 owners, but the brand new content and gameplay upgrades certainly makes the wait worth it. It appears that it pays to be evil.