Ever since seeing mechs in different forms from T.V. shows to cartoons to movies to even the toys, I have always thought mechs were pretty fun. When you have fighting mechs they are cool. But as times change and our sense of adventure and imagination grow, you start to wonder about what could be next. What if you could somehow capture the excitement of a cartoon and update it and take fighting mechs online and have a brawl? It can and should be fun, right? So does Developer The Balance Inc. and Publisher Modus Games give us the Mech brawling time we deserve? Let’s find out with Override: Mech City Brawl for the PlayStation 4.
So what is Override: Mech City Brawl about? Well, it’s about mechs who brawl. But there is so much more than that. But we will get into this soon enough. First and foremost, this is not played in VR. I would have loved this to be in VR. There is something that screams being able to be in an immersive world as you battle from that certain view. But don’t let that stop you as you can always do what I did and play it in Cinematic mode on the PlayStation VR. At least you get the feel, headset wise, that you could be in the mech. Hey, at least I am trying here.
So with that said, in order for you to be the best, you will need to do some training. And I want to say, if you are like me and just want to jump in and think that the tutorial is going to be a few minutes, let it be known that Modus Games spent some time to make sure you got all the time needed to learn every punch, kick, special attack, and combination that you can with your favorite mech. So thank you Modus Games for making me learn patience and not just throwing me into some online battle where I got beat…more on this later.
Now you have a choice, you can either grab your DualShock 4 controller and go into the campaign or go into the online portion. For me, I decided to go into the campaign and I am kinda glad I did. In the beginning, you get to select your mech and this is where the story begins. You are hired to work for this corporation to help get rid of these bug-like alien creatures around the world. Seeing the different locations from around the world on this story based campaign and the detail that went into the landscape around it is a real beauty to the eyes and ears. Too bad there are no voices to go with the setting. Each location gives you the feel of its real-life counterpart and the music goes along with it. I think my favorite location was Norway. Something about Being able to crash through buildings, stepping on trains, taking out bridges that cross bodies of water had this childlike fun to it. It’s like when you were a child and you had the toys and you made up your own adventures and just let your imagination run wild.
The campaign is as fun as you allow it to be. Seeing some of the attitudes the characters give off reminds you of something like teenagers with attitudes that may have been chosen to help fight the good fight. As you progress, you get to add abilities as well as unlock different types of skins and other cosmetics to add to your mechs. Yes, you can even have your mech wearing police sunglasses. Take that you other mechs who don’t have cool sunglasses as you brawl…take that. I really don’t want to spoil too much of the story, but if you like mech cartoons or anime, you just might be in for some fun.
But, when you are done with the story of the campaign and feel that you just thought you knew all that you need to know about mech fighting, it’s time to head to the online battles. I will say at first, it did take me a little bit to find an opponent. I almost gave up, but I am glad I didn’t. I was able to find an online match and that is where you might spend most of your time. I thought I was having fun in the campaign smashing buildings and what not, but in online, there is something about just kicking your opponent’s mech into a building. After my first few punches and kicks that I got in, I thought, I got this. I was wrong. This opponent I could tell has been playing for quite some time. Not only from his skills but the cosmetics that he has unlocked, which I will give credit, were pretty sweet. We kept fighting and he kept selecting a different fighter with different cosmetics.
I may have lost every battle, but that was alright. It is about having fun. Sure, I got some hits in and it felt good, but I for one met my match and for me, the ground was more comfortable anyways. Good fight…good fight.
There is even a mode to where you can have 4 players that each control a different part of
Sound-wise, I really enjoyed the different theme music of each location. Hearing your mech run around with each force of the footstep as well as the buildings collapsing as you run into them, through them, or get thrown into them, is a nice touch. Visually playing this on a PlayStation 4 Pro and seeing the detail that went in from the colors of the mechs to just looking at the water to even the train in Norway that I stepped on, was all very clear and very detailed.
There are some things that I wish could be added it would be adding a 4 vs 4 online battle would awesome. Where each person controlled a leg or arm of the mech or even the ability to morph each mech into one gigantic mech would be amazing. Adding cosmetics is nice and helps adding different looks to the mechs, and I appreciate being able to add a candy cane to my arm, but I just wish I could have used it to assist me in my battle. Also, I love a good story and I would love for there to be some DLC to the storyline as well as more mechs to be added in the future.
Override: Mech City Brawl is a fun game that should be given a chance. From the different moves to the cosmetics that help add a freshness to the mechs to the locations around the world, I just wish there were more people play that way there would not be a wait between matches, because even with a story, the real focus is the online play.
Override: Mech City Brawl is out now. A review copy was provided. To learn more about the game, please visit the site and make sure you like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. To learn more about Modus Games, make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. To learn more about The Balance Inc., please visit their page and make sure you https://www.facebook.com/TheBalanceInc/like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time, I have some more mech training to do.