A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
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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Products & Purchases
Additional paid content provides players with Ultraman-themed cosmetic upgrades, but no competitive advantage.
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.
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.
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