Override: Mech City Brawl is one of the most entertaining and unique fighting games of recent years, and so of course it has recently made its way onto Switch.
Unfamiliar with the game? Chris reviewed it for us nearly a year ago now, and on Switch it’s pretty much exactly the same. Although that’s the reason why it may give you a headache on the format.
Allowing you to pilot a large range of unique and colourful mechs, Override: Mech City Brawl has a decent range of modes. You can duke it out against the CPU, pummel other players locally or online, and there’s even a campaign mode in which you complete missions and unlock mods to customise your mech. It’s a good package for a modest price.
It looks nice on Switch, too. While it can be a bit blurry in some places, it’s hard not to be impressed when you’re immersed in battle, with buildings being destroyed around you and an array of snazzy effects creating a bit of spectacle. It’s over-the-top and extremely silly, but that’s why it’s so much fun. And there are no performance issues to get in the way of that.
As you go about navigating Override: Mech City Brawl’s menus, however, you discover that it hasn’t been tweaked to totally feel at home on the format. Some of the text is ridiculously small. It’s not so bad when you’re playing docked on a big TV, but play in handheld mode and Override: Mech City Brawl becomes somewhat of an eye test. On a Switch Lite, a great deal of text is pretty much unreadable unless you move your handheld close to your face. As you can imagine, it’s less than ideal.
If you love mechs and are after an entertaining game to play with your friends, don’t let Override: Mech City Brawl‘s tiny test totally put you off the game, though. It’s mainly only an issue in campaign mode, which makes up a small part of the fun the game offers. And playing docked on a TV really does help.
With the shoulder buttons and triggers each controlling your mech’s arms and legs, Override: Mech City Brawl’s combat basics are easy to pick up yet require a considerate amount of coordination to master. And then there are charged attacks and special attacks to add into the mix, and counters for those who really want to show off. Weapons can be picked up in the environment, too, and in moments of desperation, a highly damaging ultra attack can be performed. Every fight in Override: Mech City Brawl is unpredictable. And also clumsy, but in a good way.
If you are playing with friends, you don’t all have to fight against each other, either. Up to four players can take control of one single mech if they like, each taking control of some of its functions. As you can imagine, calamity ensues unless everyone is on the same page.
Override: Mech City Brawl is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.