Publisher: Modus Games
Developer: The Balance Inc.
MSRP: $39.99 Super Charged Edition $29.99 Standard Edition (Digital)
Release Date: December 12, 2018
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC via Steam
Override: Mech City Brawl is a Third-Person Brawler developed by The Balance Inc. and published by Modus Games. The game puts you in the cockpit of one of 12 giant mechs, towering over the above buildings, fighting equally giant monsters. The game features multiple modes of play, including a story mode, Co-op play, and head to head battles.
Override is your classic tale of giant mechs fighting huge monsters. You will use one of the mechs to beat up the invading monsters, or other mechs in style. The mechs have unique designs and skills that bring variety to the gameplay. The control scheme is reminiscent of Tekken. The four bumper buttons each control a limb of your mech. The right buttons control your right arm and leg. The left buttons control the left arm and leg. Holding the buttons down charges your blows, knocking your opponent back. Each mech also has unique attacks to dish out destruction. When your mechs health gets too low, you can unleash a super move that triggers a close-up cut scene of your attack. Weapons randomly spawn across the map. There is nothing like wielding a laser sword as a giant mech. The games Arcade Mode acts as it’s story mode and is a great time. You choose a mech and take it around the world fighting Xenotypes. The Xenotypes are the story modes, bad guys. Each mission has different requirements to complete. In one mission you may be tasked with defeating waves of Xenomorphs, while the next will have you guarding a military prototype. The story unfolds in cutscenes that feature anime-styled characters. During the story, mode players are given the chance to mod and upgrade their mechs. This allows for a nice amount of customization. Unfortunately, there is no voice acting in story mode. Which means you will be reading, a lot. That doesn’t take away from the fun. Though it would have been a nice addition. The game features online multiplayer. You can compete in Ranked, and Brawl which features four mechs fighting it out. Co-op is available with 2 to 4 players. In co-op, each player controls different limbs. This can lead to a lot of chaotic fun as it puts teamwork at a premium.
The graphics in Override are very slick, and the game uses color very well. The mechs have great designs, some of which will remind you of other famous robots. Watchbot, who is arguably the main mech, is eerily similar to Optimus Prime. Metageckon instantly brought to mind Mech Godzilla, and vintage is very much R.O.B. of Nintendo fame. The game features cosmetic upgrades for each mech that are unlocked through gameplay. Some of them are great. Some, however, miss the mark. The mechs are all charming in their own ways. The destructible environments give the game life. While the cities have been evacuated, jet thrusting through buildings and watching them explode is very satisfying. The game takes place across multiple, real-world settings. San Francisco, Japan, and Egypt are all featured. The game also has fantastical environments such as a Lunar Base. Each stage has its own feel and is well designed. The game’s biggest flaw is without a doubt, is the camera. While it is mapped to the right stick, it has a mind of its own. The game will auto swing to weird places. It will occasionally leave you with an obstructed view. This can be a real pain when fighting multiple enemies. The game would really benefit from the camera being pulled back a bit.
One of the standout features of the game is the audio. While the games story mode doesn’t feature voice acting. Mechs thrusters firing up, buildings and trees exploding. The sounds in the game are top-notch. They really add to the atmosphere.
Override: Mech City Brawl is a very good time. Fighting giant monsters with giant mechs are never gets old. If you enjoy Kaiju films like Pacific Rim or Anime like SSSS. Gridman you will find Override to be right in your wheelhouse. The gameplay is smooth and a blast to play with friends. Overall, Override: Mech City Brawl is a must for fans of brawling games and mechs alike.
*Review code provided by Modus Games*