I spied the Overlord II disc in Sheylara’s room, still in pristine condition, and squirreled it into my bag before Morte, who had wanted to borrow it, knew about it.
In return, I am writing this.
Overlord II starts off with you learning to whack snowmen and then getting your minions to whack more snowmen. You also learn to light fireworks to wreck mayhem in your home village. And while doing all that whacking, throw in some clobbering of kids and rabbits that are running around.
That’s how I found myself destroying snowmen and eventually stealing children’s clothes off their backs so that my minions can sneak into town with me.
I suppose evil has to start young.
The game quickly progresses to the point where you, the Overlord, are now all grown up and return to the village of your youth. You learn about “Life Force”, which you harvest from creatures you have killed, allowing you to summon more minions from gates that are scattered around.
If one of your poor minions die, never fear! You can summon him back via one of these gates.
Unfortunately, that’s when the game starts losing its appeal for me. My first lesson in killing creatures was… killing baby seals!!! How can I kill such cute and lovable creatures?
My husband (Kerrendor) took over the controls and started shouting, “Die, Shirotans!” while going around terrorising the poor baby seals.
Minou’s Shirotan collection.
And then you get a bunch of elves that keep shouting things like:
“Protect the fluffy ones!”
“You’re just jealous because your creatures aren’t fluffy.”
The elves look dubious to me, to be honest.
The controls are easy to learn and remember. There is a little map on the bottom left hand corner of the screen to indicate where you should go next, which helps to minimise aimless wanderings. But the camera angle is not very friendly even though you can adjust it to some extent. In caves or places with trees and hills, the camera tends to zoom in and out, which gave me motion sickness soon after.
Some people will like this game (e.g. Morte) because they get to play at being baddies. Morte is so hooked on it that he e-mailed us a video of one of the cinematics involving three women and one Overlord.
Swordplay is my pesky li’l bro who spends all his time playing time-wasting games. To make him a little bit more useful, I’m sitting on him and making him recommend one fun and simple web-based game each week.
It’s basically an RPG grind boasting dinosaur-age graphics on a Flash player.
According to Swordplay, it’s quite addictive.
If you don’t believe him, read this funny review:
Did you lose your job, spouse and home due to your WoW addiction? Do you still have a psychological need for loot, but are too proud or too squeamish to give handjobs to random passersby to pay for your monthly subscription fee? Ginormo Sword is for you! This game provides the same dopamine-drip effect of your favorite MMO without any of the cost (or visual payoff). Ginormo is a single-player RPG (you always complained of how much the other players online were blabbering dumb shits, didn’t you?) that distills the genre to the bare essentials.
I have this little SuperCar Challenge souvenir here.
SuperCar Challenge is a PS3 exclusive title which is slated for release late August or early september, depending on where you get your news. It’s the sequel to Ferrari Challenge, which eplains the imbalance of cars in favour of Ferraris in the car list.
They should have just called it Ferrari Challenge 2.
Which makes it all the more weird that, when I opened the box, I saw a little Porsche 911 Carrera S in it.
Now, I know nothing about cars, so I can’t stake my life on the fact that this, indeed, is what I claim it is. I can’t even say for sure it’s a Porsche.
But I looked at the back and the words “Carrera S” were there.
So I did an Internet search on “Carrera S” and I found “Porsche 911 Carrera S”, with lots photos of the real thing looking exactly like my miniature.
So, I don’t know. And I don’t really care, to be honest. I just want to give this away!
If you want this mystery car, you can buy me dinner!
I’m just kidding.
You can just post a comment to say why you want it. Best answer wins!
In case there aren’t any good answers at all, I’ll randomise a winner out.
Bad answers are, like, for example, “I want this car just because I feel like winning a prize.”
That is just plain stupid.
Good answers are more like, “I want to win this miniature because it’s my dog’s 7th birthday and I can’t think of what to give him. I think he might enjoy a Porsche, especially if I douse it with beef sauce.”
Now, you can’t use that answer anymore, so don’t try to be smart.
Please submit all answers by August 14, 2009, 2359 hrs.