Override 2: Super Mech League

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Competitive yet bland online brawler has bloodless combat.

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Positive Messages

This game's designed to entertain via glorified cartoon mech combat. That said, multiplayer could foster competitive and cooperative spirit among kids.

Positive Role Models

A pleasantly plucky sports agent provides players with guidance and support.

Ease of Play

A quick initial training session and straightforward controls make this a surprisingly easy game to learn, though achieving success against others depends largely on player experience and skill.

Violence

Players pilot giant cartoonish mechs from a third-person perspective, using punches, kicks, and a variety of special attacks to beat up other mechs. Guns, hammers, swords, and even a massive frying pan can be picked up and used during battles. Electric bolts and explosions accompany hits. There's no blood, gore, or death. Defeated mechs simply fall to the ground, where they stay until the end of the current match.

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Additional paid content provides players with Ultraman-themed cosmetic upgrades, but no competitive advantage.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Override 2: Super Mech League is an online fighting and brawling game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The game features giant mechs (pilotable robots) that engage in tournament combat. Players simply choose a league, pick a mech, and begin fighting in one match after another against either human controlled players or AI bots. Battles are viewed from a third-person perspective, with cartoonish mechs punching, kicking, shooting, and bashing enemies with melee weapons. There's no blood, gore, or death. Successful hits are accompanied by explosions and bursts of electricity, and defeated mechs simply fall to the ground, their pilots unharmed. Multiplayer allows players to develop cooperative and competitive spirit fighting in teams or alone. Note that additional paid content is available.

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What's it about?

OVERRIDE 2: SUPER MECH LEAGUE drops players into the cockpits of giant mechs the size of skyscrapers and sets them loose to fight each other in various leagues and tournaments. Players pilot their robots from a third-person perspective, delivering powerful punches, kicks, and special attacks -- such as grabbing and throwing enemies, launching gumballs at them, or boosting up into the sky -- as well as using special weapons including hammers, swords, rocket launchers and rifles when they appear. An extra-powerful "ultimate" attack comes available by standing in a glowing yellow ring to charge your mech's power bar. Matches are quick, set in dynamic arenas such as a caldera and a downtown district that provide themed items such as boulders and buildings that mechs can pick up and throw at opponents. The game begins with a speedy training session, after which you can begin fighting against AI bots or other players locally or online. You can choose Quickplay to jump straight into the action, Versus to play against others in the same room, or Leagues to begin climbing the ranks in a career-style mode where you'll earn money and fight in a variety of match types, including four-player brawls, pairs of players working as teams, or classic one-on-one bouts. As you progress, you can spend earned money on new mechs and then customize them with various cosmetic armor and accessories.

Is it any good?

Easy to play but thoroughly middling, this is essentially a three-dimensional knock-off of a Smash Bros. game populated with less interesting characters. Override 2: Super Mech League is quick to learn because the controls for each of the dozen-plus mechs are essentially the same, but deliver slightly different results based on each one's abilities. For example, pressing the same two buttons might make one mech spew a bunch of gumballs while commanding another to launch a barrage of missiles. This makes switching between characters fun and easy. That said, it also makes things feel a bit simplistic after a while, with differences between fighters feeling less substantial and more superficial. Mech design is also pretty boring, with few standing apart from the larger group in terms of look and personality. And the arenas, while pleasantly destructible, tend to suffer from annoying architecture issues that makes it difficult to smoothly traverse the environment.

The real problem, though, is simply that it's a very repetitive experience. Matches blend together, one after another, with little in the way of any sort of story to bind everything together. Sponsors provide secondary objectives -- grab this many opponents in the next 30 minutes, block this many attacks in the next 90 minutes -- but they're monotonous and tend to encourage players to play less strategically (and potentially lose) simply to satisfy their arbitrary conditions. Override 2: Super Mech League can deliver a bit of mindless entertainment for groups of friends, but it's best experienced in small doses to keep boredom from settling in.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time. Override 2: Super Mech League provides sponsorship objectives that must be completed within a specific time window, which could frustrate players who are called away from the game before completing them, so how would you react if you were forced to leave a game and abandon an objective without completing it?

  • Override 2: Super Mech League allows players to choose to play against bots or others online, but do you prefer to play against human opponents or mechs controlled by the computer?

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