Fighting robots is really cool. Fight in Override 2: Super Mech League for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X | S, Switch and PC maybe not so much … or yes.
Today we have in hand the continuation of a video game that perhaps nobody expected but that has materialized for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X | S, Nintendo Switch and computers. We are talking about Override 2: Super Mech League, a title of “roboces” giving milk that, as in its first installment, could be improved much more.
For this text we have had the opportunity to test the version for PlayStation 4 and we can tell you that if you are not a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you will enjoy little or nothing with this game from Brazilians The Balance Inc. At least, yes, they dare to launch a proposal different from what we see daily in the catalog of any console.
Screws and more screws
Override 2: Super Mech League is a 3D fighting title in which we use robots instead of humans. Remember the massive iron masses in Pacific Rim or the mechanical monsters in Mazinger Z? Well, of that stick are the robots that we can control in this video game, all original, yes. However, we can get hold of a DLC dedicated to Ultraman in which we take his control on the battlefield.
As we have commented a little above, the video game is entirely focused, with minor exceptions, on the player having an internet connection to fight. It does not have a story mode as it did in its first installment, so all game modes are to be enjoyed against other players either as a team or as rivals. If you do not have a PlayStation Plus subscription in the case of buying the title for PS4 or PS5, we are very afraid that it will be a waste of money.
In fact, the game is so focused on it that, at least, what is there is great. There are modes for one or several players, team fighting, the last one standing and all of them very configurable. For example, we can play with other holders of the title and also add robots controlled by the program’s artificial intelligence, which by the way is not very there.
The chicha, as always, is moving up the ranks in the Mecha League in order to face other players with more skill than the newcomers to Override 2: Super Mech League. As we move up the ranks we get money to get other metal fighters, buy improvements, skins and the like. The problem, and not only with this mode, is that the video game is not very popular and finding a game is sometimes not so easy, something that for an entirely online game is little more than a grave.
If the title had nice gameplay, polished and full of possibilities, things would improve a lot, but it is not. There are buttons for each limb of the robots, combinations for grabs, and a couple of combos to chain, but nothing else. This strange control does not leave much room to surprise the user and just by doing the tutorial we will know the potential that these mechanical beasts have. Apart from this, each robot has a special attack – and temporary weapons that appear on the stage – that we can carry out if we remain immobile in a beam of light that appears on the stage from time to time. Of course, do not expect an orgy of lights and sound because they are quite discreet attacks.
On the other hand we have nine stages that are not too big, that are destroyed – although not too credible – and a camera that is a kick in … well, you know where. To top it off, the control of the robots is somewhat clunky and sometimes they don’t respond well to keystrokes. Continuing with the figures, we have about twenty fighters available for action with designs that, yes, are spectacular. Some are humanoid in shape, the kind we are used to seeing in any Japanese anime, while others are something more … strange. But yes, the design of these beasts is very good.
Older than new
As for the sound and graphic potential, we are facing a video game that simply delivers. The Balance Inc. has developed Override 2: Super Mech League under the Unreal 4 engine and that means that what you see on the screen has, at least, a minimum of quality. In this case it is, without more. Both the robots and the stages are very well built and without any kind of cracks. The image crashes a bit in some moments but nothing that makes us throw our hands to our heads. The slow movement of the protagonists may be more annoying than the frame rate itself. What you do have to take into account is that the scenarios are somewhat poor, lacking in details and that they are hardly destroyed. As we say, brief without more in this section, possibly because it is an intergenerational game that comes out for a multitude of platforms.
Both the soundtrack and the “special effects” are a bit more of the same, let’s say they are there because there must be background music than atmosphere, nothing more. They are simple, they set the scene and the sound effects are good. The texts arrive in Spanish, although there is not much fabric to cut and we have seen several errors in the localization.
Override 2: Super Mech League is a fairly simple game in all aspects but it can give a few hours of pique if we are to face players from half the world or we have a group of friends who own the video game. If this is not the case, the Brazilian title can be ignored since it is purely online and if you do not have a subscription or are not fans of measuring your ability against others, it is not worth its acquisition. There are a score of very attractive fighters, nine crude scenarios and few attack combos.
- The design of the robots is great.
- Great fun if you have friends in online mode.
- Hardly any combos in the fighters.
- Empty and very simple scenarios.
- Exclusive online. And without many players.
- Bots are not very smart.
- Technical and sound section justito.
It may have acceptable elements and be entertaining, but overall it’s an experience that won’t leave a mark.