There’s a game from the PS2 era (currently available to purchase on PS4 as a classic) called War of the Monsters that holds a special place in my heart. It combined awesome monster designs with big destructible environments and tons of variety in how you approach each battle.
When I saw Override: Mech City Brawl, I felt like I was looking at a modern version of that same concept, just with mechs. Needless to say, I had to give it a shot. It’s time to find out if you should override all your hesitations and dive into this new fighter for PS4!
Plenty of Sparks, but Never a Flame
Override: Mech City Brawl has a pretty solid list of characters and modes to choose from. A tutorial does a great job of introducing you to the mechanics of the game, while a practice mode gives you room to try out each mech’s unique moves.
Multiplayer, both online and local, is present and accounted for as well. The game even has a campaign that has an element of choice and some upgrade elements to elevate it beyond just a series of scripted fights.
Overall, it feels like a pretty solid package from a feature standpoint. The campaign’s story is pretty barebones, but it does have some fun tropes from classic sci-fi that I enjoyed. Unlocking new loadouts for your weapons that deploy and installing upgrades gives you a nice sense of progression.
You’ll have access to a list of missions, none of which last more than a few minutes. You can choose which ones to tackle first, but some will be more urgent than others as you move across the map of the Earth.
Once you get into the campaign, things start to lose their sheen. Override: Mech City Brawl is exciting and explosive at first, but the missions quickly become repetitive, boiling down to the same types of fights with the alien invaders.
The inclusion of boss fights mixes things up a little with more complex enemies, but there’s not enough variety in your objectives to really fuel marathon play sessions.
If we turn our attention to the gameplay, Override has a really interesting control scheme. It also makes the deliberate choice to make your mechs feel weighty. This equivalates to slow and methodical attack animations.
You’re a massive robot that knocks over skyscrapers like they’re made of legos, so this does add to the realism, but it can make battles feel a little sluggish, especially when the enemies are much faster.
To some, this decision will feel like the controls are less responsive than they should be. To an extent that is true, but this was intentional on the developer’s part. I don’t mind it very much, but competitive players may find it difficult to compensate for the weighty animations.
Controls assign your triggers to the arms and legs respectively. R1 is your right arm, L1 is the left, and the bottom triggers are your legs. Pressing these gives you basic attacks with those limbs, but you can hold them down or pair them with an additional power meter to pull off attacks unique to that mech.
It takes some getting used to, but I liked the feeling of controlling attacks based on the limb you’re using. This was one of my favorite aspects of Override: Mech City Brawl. The environments feature locations from all around the world, and while they are certainly destructible, they don’t play a role in your battle otherwise.
You won’t have the option to pick up buildings or rubble and throw it at the enemy. It’s really just set dressing. Side weapons do come down in pods that you can equip to mix up your attacks with swords or ranged weapons, but I would have loved to see more interaction with the environment.
A Sleek and Smooth Presentation
Override: Mech City Brawl is a sleek looking game on PS4 Pro. The mechs themselves look sharp and defined, while the environments have enough detail in their destruction to make it all believable.
Attacks are impactful and bombastic without ever dropping the frame rate, so the experience overall feels smooth and polished. In the end, Override: Mech City Brawl has a great foundation and some major potential for local multiplayer at your next game night, but the lack of more interactive environments and a compelling campaign keep it from being a must-have.
Final Score: 7.5/10
A copy of Override: Mech City Brawl was provided to PS4 Experts for review purposes
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 1/9/19