Every so often, a game will provide an incentive for doing some extra damage beyond what is strictly required to deplete an enemy's Hit Points
. Sometimes, the extra damage translates into extra Experience Points
. Other times, the extra damage translates into money; this way, any Hit Points
that get expended in battle can be replenished with now-affordable Healing Potions
and Mana Potions
. The incentive may be something as slight as a Cosmetic Award
, such as a more spectacular enemy explosion and/or Ludicrous Gibs
In cases where the aforementioned Limit Break
attacks get rewarded, this can be a gameplay-encouraged version of There Is No Kill Like Overkill
. Instances where this is possible in multiplayer games involve Beating a Dead Player
. Compare and contrast Disproportionate Retribution
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- In Mega Man Star Force 3, overkilling an enemy with a card attack will fill up the Noise gauge. When the gauge reaches a certain point, you can access a powerful mode.
- Enemies in Dark Souls drop more souls when one attack does enough damage to One-Hit Kill them (regardless of how much health they had before the last hit).
- In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, one extra Heart Point of damage to an enemy beyond its last bit of health becomes one coin. This gets added to the automatic coin and sticker reward for winning the battle itself.
- Final Fantasy X has an overkill mechanic; if you kill a monster with an attack that exceeds a certain amount of damage, the party will be awarded with more AP and items.
First Person Shooter
- The aptly named Overkill gear in Bioshock Infinite allows Booker to shock several enemies when making a kill with more damage than necessary, thus making it even easier to score an Overkill on them.
- In Borderlands 2, the Gunzerker class has one skill-tree end with the skill "No Kill Like Overkill". After getting a kill the extra damage done is then added to all gun attacks madenote for a couple second or until you kill another enemy. So if one kills a weakened enemy with something like a rocket launcher then pulls out a machine gun, it can get pretty crazy powerful.
- The Psycho class has two overkill abilities: the first returns overkill damage to himself as health (Important since his health tends to dip really, really low due to his playstyle), while the second converts overkill damage to an explosion that can chain by overkilling other enemies (possibly to Game Breaker levels).
Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
- In World of Warcraft, several healing classes have a feature where overhealing reduces damage taken by the healing target.
- In Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, attacking an enemy with zero HP will fill up the Sin gauge. Acquiring twice as much Sin as the game demands for that battle can unlock powerful weapons, armor, accessories, and abilities. Conversely, failing to overkill enemies will earn you the ire of your mysterious benefactor, generally meaning that she'll screw you over in your future battles by setting her goons on you in addition of fighting the enemy forces: they're basically impossible to beat without using one of the other main mechanics to supercharge one of your allies, which also kills them after the battle as well as automatically fulfilling the basic Sin requirement. In short, she'll get her way no matter what you do.
- Overkilling enemies in Agarest Senki guarantees an item drop, in addition the enemy's normal random drop.
- Extra damage in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim translates into physical momentum. Do barely enough to kill an enemy and it will simply slump over; use a powerful attack against an enemy with just a sliver of health left and it will fly across the room.
- Hitting a dragon skeleton with a projectile spell such as fireball will cause it to go flying several hundred feet if it has room to go that far.
- In the Baldur's Gate series, inflicting considerably more damage to an enemy than they have hit points left results in them exploding into Ludicrous Gibs. This also applies to party members, and the ones who are killed in this fashion cannot be resurrected.
- In Marvel Avengers Alliance you get a special bonus and extra mission points whenever you do just this to finish off an enemy. The resulting damage labels range from Overkill to Epic Overkill depending on how much extra damage you do.
- In the first two episodes of Penny Arcade Adventures, doing enough surplus damage to an enemy gives an overkill bonus.