Let’s Get Ready To Robo-Bumble
If you asked me to describe Override 2: Super Mech League using two games, I’d say it’s essentially the bastard, bionic love child of Virtual On and Power Stone. Developed by Modus Studios Brazil, the game is the sequel to 2018’s Override: Mech City Brawl. It’s a fast-paced, 3D arena fighter that allows up to four players to beat the bolts out of each other in an assortment of over-the-top mechs on equally absurd battlefields. While the game isn’t due out for a few more weeks, I recently had the chance to give the PlayStation 5 version a spin during an online preview event.
I have to admit that I went into this preview with zero expectations. But now that I’ve spent a few hours scratching and denting the pride of my fellow members of the gaming press, I’m eager to get my metallic mitts on the full version of this mech-based melee stomps its way onto consoles and PC in December.
Digging Into The Nuts & Bolts
The preview build that I played featured 8 of the game’s 20 pilotable robots. From Pescado, a mammoth fish-faced luchador who excels in delivering up-close beatdowns with his Studebaker-sized fists, to the nimble Vidar who can reduce her opponents to pincushions with volleys of plasma arrows, each of these characters delivered a unique playstyle that helped keep the action feeling fresh. My personal favorite of the bunch was Mya. This nimble cyber ninja is a small target, which is handy given all of the chaos unfolding at any moment. Its ability to pepper its adversaries with shurikens or quickly close the distance with its lightning flash attack makes it a formidable force in the arena.
Controlling your mech is a breeze. The DualSense’s triggers and bumpers perform left and right kicks. Also, pressing these buttons together in different combinations allows you to execute flashy character-specific specials. These unique abilities range from energy projectiles to spinning lariats and earth-shattering punches that send shockwaves rippling across the screen. As someone who never played Override: Mech City Brawl, I was worried I’d be totally outgunned. Luckily, it was easy to dive right in and start pummeling the other players and bots in the game’s frantic, four-player slugfests.
Of course, the best offense is a good defense. Thankfully, Override 2: Super Mech League has you covered there as well. Pressing the triangle button deploys an energy shield similar to the one found in Super Smash Bros. that seems to cancel out all enemy attacks. Additionally, you can execute a rapid dash with a tap of the circle button to dodge attacks or close the distance between you and your enemies, or double jump to get the drop on your enemies or reach higher ground. Lastly, the square button allows you to pick up objects and hurl them at your rivals. Or, if you want to exercise your inner kaiju, you can pick up your enemies and powerbomb them into each other like a true savage. The world is your robot oyster.
Setting The Stage For Mechanized Melees
During the preview, I got to try out a handful of the arenas featured in Override 2: Super Mech League. These stages ran the gamut from the standard fighting game fare to the truly bizarre. For example, the first stage I experienced looked to be an oil platform at sunset. The stage was small and littered with machinery and chemical vats that could be picked up and lobbed at my opponents to deal extra damage. Honestly, it’d look right home in the previously mentioned Virtual On.
All of this changed in my next match, however. This four-player duel against another player and a pair of surprisingly aggressive bots unfolded atop a giant platter of strawberry shortcakes. All hell broke loose as everyone race to grab giant berries to hurl at each other while a grid of pulverizing laser beams unleashed its fury around us. After the AI-controlled bots were destroyed, the other player and I got into a heated duel that ended with a satisfying crash as I smashed a comically large frying pan into his face and left him seeing stars before his reactor exploded spectacularly.
As battles rage, glowing orange fields will appear on the map. These are used to charge a meter which, when full, allows you to perform your Ultimate Attack. I loved how these would almost always result in an impromptu game of King of the Hill as players frantically try to charge their meters while fighting to keep their rivals away. It was chaos – good chaos.
Hot To Bot
I may have gone into my first taste of Override 2: Super Mech League unsure of what I was getting myself into, but I left a believer. The combat is flashy and packs a satisfying sense of heftiness that suits the giant robot theme, the stages are varied and exciting, and the cast of characters is varied enough that anyone should be able to find a mech that suits their playstyle.
While it probably won’t replace my fighter du jour, Override 2: Super Mech League shaping up to be a delightful multiplayer brawler that fans of Power Stone and other arena fighters should appreciate. If this sounds up your alley, stay tuned when the game arrives on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch.
So, what do you think of the look of the game? Do you think you’ll be diving into the multiplayer mayhem when it launches next month? Be sure to sound off in the comments below and let us know.