Override: Mech City Brawl

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Fun, flashy anime bot brawler with strategic fighting.

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Positive Messages

Although focus is bot-on-bot combat, game still has strong themes of teamwork in co-op play, especially "party game" mode that challenges up to four players to work together to control one robot.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The various fighters all have fun designs, unique abilities, but there’s not really any sort of character development. These are essentially vehicles that players pilot in matches.

Ease of Play

Deceptively complex, especially as a fighting game. Players are responsible for controlling attacks of individual limbs, sometimes all at once, while dodging, blocking, etc. Also a lot of strategy involved to make the most use out of the rock-paper-scissors formula to know which attacks to use effectively in a given situation.


While game features over-the-top, large-scale destruction, it's generally limited to melee attacks and flashy special attacks, with no blood of any kind.


Doesn't include any profanity, but online multiplayer could expose younger players to offensive conversations via party chat.


Features support for additional downloadable content, such as extra fighters and cosmetic outfits, via a Season Pass package.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Override: Mech City Brawl is a futuristic arena-based fighting game available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. Players choose from a selection of giant robots and battle up to three opponents in destructible environments around the globe. While there's large-scale destruction as the robots stomp through the arenas, crushing everything in their path, the actual violence is relatively tame. Robots fight with a variety of melee punches and kicks, as well as unique special attacks that incorporate flashy special effects. Multiplayer matches include local split-screen co-op, online play for up to four players, and even a "party" game where up to four players team up as one bot, with each player controlling specific parts. While the game doesn't include any profanity, parents should be aware that online play could open up younger kids to potentially offensive conversation via party chat. It also offers additional downloadable content (DLC) for new outfits and fighters.

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What's it about?

It's rock 'em, sock 'em robot action in OVERRIDE: MECH CITY BRAWL. Players will choose their fighter from a roster of 12 towering automatons, customize their looks in slick new ways, and make their way to the arena to duke it out for superiority in the mega metropolitan arenas. You'll watch rubble come tumbling down as you send your opponents flying through skyscrapers, ancient tombs, and more in globe-hopping brawls. You can run the robo-gauntlet solo or team up with a friend in local split-screen play before taking the fight on the road in online multiplayer matches for up to four players. Finally, just when you think you've got everything figured out, you can test your teamwork skills with the party mode. Here, up to four players must work together to operate one robot, with each player taking control of one robot part. Your team will need to work like a well-oiled machine to score the win. Are you up to the challenge?

Is it any good?

Ever since Godzilla first stomped his way through downtown Tokyo, people have loved to watch giant creatures duke it out, leaving ruin in their wake. Override: Mech City Brawl adds an anime twist to that formula, putting players in control of towering mecha-styled fighters in epic last-bot-standing battles filled with mayhem and destruction. The game's got a fun and colorful presentation, filled with flashy effects and cool character designs, complete with unlockable alternate customizations. There's even an insane party game that challenges up to four players to work together as a team controlling a single robot in battle. It's all kinds of crazy sci-fi fighter fun, but beneath its shiny, metallic exterior lies a surprisingly intricate brawler.

Override: Mech City Brawl has a slightly slower pace than you might expect from a fighting game. Players control each of their bots' individual limbs in combat, tapping for quick attacks or charging for power hits. This opens up some interesting combos, such as throwing quick right jabs to keep an opponent at bay before unleashing a devastating charged kick to send the opponent flying. But each type of move (quick, charge, block) can be countered with some other move in a rock-paper-scissors sort of formula. As a result, simple button mashing won't get you very far and instead just leaves your bot overheated and vulnerable. This makes fights a bit more strategic in nature, but still packed with action. If you've ever imagined piloting your own massive anime mech, Override: Mech City Brawl is a dream come true.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. How is the impact of violence in games like Override: Mech City Brawl affected by cartoonish special effects? Would the violence be intensified if there were more realistic scenes of violence?

  • What are some ways to work well as a team and to coordinate efforts among numerous people? What are some ways to be a "good sport" in both winning and losing competitive matches?

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