OVERRIDE: MECH CITY BRAWL
Punching robots in the face has never been so much fun
We’ve always felt that battling around in giant oversized mechs and laying waste to cities from around the world would bring us endless amounts of joy and after some hands-on time with The Balance Inc’s party brawler we now know this to be true.
In Override: Mech City Brawl you get to pilot your very own giant mech and battle it out either on your own against the computer or with up to three other players in local or online games. The game plays very differently from your typical fighter where there are set combos such as high, low and medium punches. Instead, you control the mech’s limbs independently of each other. Each shoulder button corresponds to a different appendage. Pressing LB and RB will have you punching with both arms simultaneously and using the left and right triggers will control the legs.
This makes the game deceptively simple and allows anyone to jump in and play. Rather than memorising a bunch of combo moves, you just string attacks together at the right time to stun-lock your opponent. Apart from a few additional moves, that’s the extent of complexity involved. Mech-tacular But there’s another way Override sets itself apart from other fighters. You can jump into one mech all on your own or, if you’re up for the challenge, join up with three other players to control one mech. This involves assigning different limbs to each player, but also who will control the button to block, character movement, camera movement and so on. It works surprisingly well.
There are 12 unique mechs to choose from, each with their own different skill-sets and play styles. Although they all use the same control set-up mentioned before, none of them fight in the same way. For example, one mech, Contessa, has long arms, and has the advantage of reach. Depending on the body type, mechs will have different advantages and disadvantages. Each mech has four special moves which are assigned to each limb. These are built up over time during combat and once fully charged can be unleashed. They also have a one-time use ultimate move to use in desperation when health is low.
For those not looking to play with others there is also a story mode. This is admittedly light on the narrative front, but it gives you a chance to learn more about the individual mechs and those controlling them. You can even customise your mech: everything from character skins and accessories are unlocked through normal play, so no loot boxes or virtual currency here.
Despite its simplicity, Override was a blast for us to play and we look forward to its imminent release.
“Each mech has four special moves which are assigned to each limb”
Below We’ve been reassured that the city was fully evacuated just before the battle.