Review: Override: Mech City Brawl (PlayStation 4)

No gears, no glory! Control gigantic robots and duke it out in this 3D mech brawler! Epic battles await in local and online Versus mode, 4-player Co-op – where each player controls one part of a mech – and a single-player game mode. Each mech has its own gameplay style, special moves, and finishers.

Pros:

  • Crisp graphics.
  • 9.79GB Download size.
  • Optional tutorial.
  • Arena brawler gameplay.
  • Five modes- Vs, Matchmaking, Arcade, Training, and tutorial.
  • Invert axis option.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • 12 mech characters with each having unique attacks and finishers.
  • Vs- Free for all or teams. Supports bots and local players.
  • Matchmaking (online)- Ranked, 1v1 and brawl.
  • Arcade- Story mode with varied difficulties and challenges. In this mode, you have a choice of where to go and what to earn, Unlock new skin colors/skins/mods and weapons.
  • Arcade mode hub-
    • Research is in the arcade mode and improves your stats.
    • Mech bay- add mods to the four slots.
    • Armory- Assign weapon packs to determine what spawns in-game.
  • Takes elements from Rampage and Godzilla.
  • Cool as fuck city devastation, You get totally level the city in minutes.
  • Sick looking mechs and enemies.
  • Bite-sized levels.
  • Combat- Lock on, jump, counters, special moves etc.
  • Stable netcode.
  • Weapons spawn in-game.
  • Co-op- You share the controls for a mech and it is actually a lot of fun.
  • Easy to pick up.
  • Arcade atmosphere.
  • Each character has their own story variant.
  • 4 players are the only way to play this game! Local for betterer results.
  • Typical missions in the arcade are wave-based combat and boss matches.
  • Garage- Go here to add new skins to your mech.

Cons:

  • Button Masher.
  • All campaigns play the same and feel flat. Just no life or variation to it all just text from characters.
  • A long period at the end of a match when you have to wait for saving icon to go and rewards to pop.
  • Enemies don’t have health bars and instead just flash red when near death.
  • Awkward controls.
  • Small text aplenty.
  • Slowdown in places and stutters when enemies spawn.
  • Very repetitive but this is more in terms of single player.
  • Feels a tad unbalanced.

Summary

Override: Mech City Brawl is a very flashy looking game, It takes a lot of inspiration from Rampage and Godzilla. Unlike previous Godzilla games, This is a very fun game to play and actually a solid brawler. I did struggle with the controls at first as parrying is a two button exercise whilst bouncing straight up after a hit is just a single button. The campaign is a very bland mode, It has upgrades etc but the actual story and way it breaks up are all very plain Jane. Use story mode for practice for the true juggernaut mode here is four player brawls! So much fun can be had, Kind of wish there was more interactive parts in a level but il take this mindless button mashing, Add in 2 pilots one mech and you have one hell of a session ahead of you!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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