[Beyond PlayStation] Override 2: Super Mech League Review
Override 2: Super Mech League from Modus Games is a fun 3D brawler on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Override 2: Super Mech League review!
You can go into a short training session on your own, dive into a quick play match, or try to climb up the ladder in the Leagues Mode, which is the game’s story mode option. When you start to play in the Leagues Mode, you’ll be greeted by Zoe, founder of the Ember core Agency. She represents many professional pilots in the mech league but, for some reason, she decides to represent you, which is weird, since you’re a rookie in here! She’s not going to do it just because, since she’ll be taking a cut of your earnings, as all agents do.
Luckily for you, she’ll also end up giving you some free advice, sending you right into a tutorial so that you can learn all of the basics in order to have a chance at winning a match or two during your initial run. You’ll be moving your mech around each 3D arena with the left analog stick, circling the camera around with the right one. The mechs do move rather slowly, so you’ll have to get used to that. You’ll jump and double jump with the B button, dashing with the A button to and from danger.
The L button will be for your mech’s light punch, with, as expected, the R button taking care of the heavy punch. Light kicks are mapped to the ZL button, with heavy kicks mapped to the ZR button. You can also combo these attacks if you, say, enter L, ZL, and ZR as a sequence. The X button will be for blocking, but you need to be careful because you can’t block forever. Use it too many times, and your block will break, leaving you vulnerable to attacks. You can also try to garb your opponent with the Y button.
Each of the many mechs you can pilot will also have different special moves that can be activated by pressing the L and R buttons, the L and ZL buttons, the R and ZR buttons, the ZL and ZR buttons, as well as a special move you can use while airborne to sneak in some extra damage. You’ll also be charging up a yellow energy bar – located below your mech’s health bar – which will allow you to unleash an ultimate attack, which is used by pressing in on the left analog stick.
At first, you’ll only have access to a handful of mechs. Override 2: Super Mech League features over 20 mechs for you to play as – as well as extra mechs available as DLC in the Ultraman pack -, but you’ll have to spend your earnings from the League Mode to unlock them. I was able to unlock a handful of mechs after playing the game for a couple of hours, so you can get an idea of how long you have to play this one to unlock all 20+ mechs – and yes, even if you buy the Ultraman DLC or get the Override 2: Super Mech League – Ultraman Deluxe Edition, you’ll still have to pay with the in-game currency to unlock Ultraman and the other DLC characters. Coins can also be used to unlock extra avatars so that you can change the icon displayed on your profile.
While the game can be played online against players from around the world, there’s also the option of playing against CPU controlled bots. What surprised me is that I was able to find some online matches every time I took this one for a spin, which is usually not the case for new releases with an online multiplayer component. Usually, months need to go by before the userbase is big enough to support a constant stream of online matches, which probably means that the game is selling rather well right now.
As for the match types you can enter, there’s the classic 1 vs. 1 setup, a 2 vs. 2 setup, as well as a Brawl match in which four players go in and only one can be victorious – whoever is left standing at the end wins! Along with being able to throw enemies, you can also grab structures around your mech and throw them at your opponents. On top of this, there will also be some weapons that spawn around the arena. A giant sword can certainly help, but a huge bazooka is sometimes a better option!
As you progress through the League Mode, you’ll gain the favor of sponsors, who will provide to you with a payment every now and then as you complete the contracts and fulfill additional objectives. One sponsor might ask that you complete and win a tournament, while another one might sponsor you to see if you can complete a specific objective within the given time limit. This could be something such as asking that you grab your enemies 100 times, before you can get your pay.
Override 2: Super Mech League is a fun 3D brawler that is best enjoyed when played against other fellow humans, either locally or online. I had more fun playing in the Brawl or 2 vs. 2 matches than when going up against a single opponent, although with four players going at it, things did get a bit too busy and hectic, not to mention there was a bit of slowdown every now and then – nothing that would make this unplayable, but it’s something I do have to mention. The game is available on its own at $29.99, with the option of buying the Ultraman DLC for $14.99, or you can save $4.99 by getting the Override 2: Super Mech League – Ultraman Deluxe Edition, which includes access to the DLC characters as they release, starting with Ultraman.
This Override 2: Super Mech League review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Modus Games.