PALGN: Overlord: Raising Hell Review

Review by Daniel Golding:

"It's not easy being evil. This, the key premise of Overlord: Raising Hell, has been explored in many facets of popular culture. There's our fascination with head nasties like Darth Vader, Hannibal Lecter, and recently, The Joker. Then there are those films and books that gain vicarious pleasure from putting the audience in their evil-doers shoes, like the Talented Mr. Ripley series, Taxi Driver, or any of Hitchcock's work. Surprisingly, however, there have been fewer attempts at having gamers play bad. Sure, there are those role playing games such as Knights of the Old Republic which let you chose an evil path, but fewer games uncompromisingly put you in the position of evil-doer.

Which is precisely why there's just something about Overlord: Raising Hell that means we can't put it down. It isn't a great game, and as we noted in our Xbox 360 review, there are definitely issues which bring the game down. Nevertheless, that the game has a concept successful enough to make us want to overlook the flaws is something in itself, and unusual in gaming.

Overlord: Raising Hell is the PlayStation 3 version of the game that was released for Xbox 360 and PC last year under the Overlord title. The Raising Hell suffix indicates that the PS3 version has come with enhancements: what was originally designated optional downloadable content is now built-in to the PS3 Blu-ray. Raising Hell, therefore, comes with an additional storyline not present in the original, as well as several other enhancements and additions, such as new items, making the game's lifespan now a hefty proposition."

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