By Paul Semel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Off-road racing game will frustrate racers of all ages.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Winning requires patience as well as perseverance, as getting to the end of a track isn't just about driving fast, but also about driving smart and thoughtfully.
Positive Role Models
Sometimes winning a race, or even just completing it, requires drivers to think ahead and be aware of their surroundings.
Ease of Play
The game use typical racing game controls, and has a training mode at the beginning of its "Career" mode. The game has three difficulty settings -- "Pro," "Elite," and the unlockable "Hardcore" -- though none are easy or even feel normal.
Violence & Scariness
While players do crash, there's no blood or gore.
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Products & Purchases
The game has you using such real-world brand vehicles by such companies as Arctic Cat, Yamaha, and Suzuki.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Overpass is an off-road racing game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Players are cast as a racer that's competing in races in challenging locations, demonstrating their mastery of the terrain and their vehicle. The gameplay's safe for all ages, but may be too tough for younger drivers, or older ones for that matter, because it requires precise actions behind the wheel to be successful, and will require lots of trial and error. It has no questionable content. Even when a player crashes, they're not shown being hurt, so there's no blood or gore. The game also features real-world brand vehicles, including ones by Yamaha, Suzuki or Arctic Cat.
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What’s It About?
Like many racing games, OVERPASS doesn't have a story. Instead, it has a career mode in which you play a variety of races or try to complete challenges. This also has one-off races, as well as ones you can play against people online. Either way, you spend most of your time driving ATVs and UTVs over bumpy, muddy, and hazardous tracks in hopes of beating the clock and keeping your vehicle upright as you drive over logs, up steep inclines, and through other rough terrain.
Is It Any Good?
While this off-road racing game does put a unique spin on outdoor racing, most drivers won't appreciate how rough it gets. In Overpass, you drive All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) on bumpy, muddy, and rocky tracks full of such hazards as giant rocks, piles of wooden logs, and even seesaws. Your objective isn't just to figure out how to beat the clock (instead of another racer), but also how to make it through these tough courses.
It's just too bad that this is often more frustrating than challenging. While the game's numerous tracks are nicely varied, and have you racing through jungles, forests, and industrial sites, many have spots that require multiple attempts to traverse. Still others will have you wishing your vehicle had newer tires and bigger engines so you won't constantly get stuck. It also doesn't help that the ATVs and UTVs here are so prone to falling over that you'll spend as much time pressing the reset button as you do the gas. Even with the option to switch UTV's from 4-wheel-drive to independent suspension on the fly, and the ability to shift your ATV driver's weight, you'll get stuck in this game far too frequently. All of which is why Overpass doesn’t get a pass.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about safety. Drivers in Overpass are shown wearing helmets, pads, and other safety gear, but they also crash a lot, so why is it important to always wear proper safety equipment?
Do you think this should show people being injured to drive home how dangerous this sport can be, and why you need to wear safety gear? Is there a reason why they shouldn't show any injuries during gameplay?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Bigben Interactive
- Release date: February 27, 2020
- Genre: Racing
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
- Last updated: September 10, 2021
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