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Overpass 2 Review

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Driving supercars at extremely high speeds is entertaining, but sometimes some of us fancy something a little bit different.

In Overpass 2, your aim is still to reach the end of a course faster than your competitors, but the pace is generally a lot slower. That’s largely because of the terrain on which you find yourself racing on. Forget asphalt; here you’ll primarily find dirt, gravel and rocks beneath your tires. And no-one’s made an effort to level things out for you. In fact, in some events you’ll even find obstacles placed in your way.

Like its predecessor, Overpass 2 will likely appeal to fans of off-road racers, then. And the good news is that this sequel is overall a better game, too. That’s not to say it’s great, though. While it is improved, it still has a number of issues. The biggest of these is that it just feels so lifeless to play. Three vehicles types are available – UTVs, ATVs and Rock Bouncers – but no matter which you’re in control of, you’ll find the physics to be weird at times, and the act of actually driving inexplicably flat.

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With vehicles like these, driving on rough terrain, you’d expect to feel like you’re fighting to keep control. You’d also expect to hear and feel the knocks and bangs as you drive over rocks, and your suspension doing its best to help. Instead, there’s hardly anything. It’s like you’re driving a toy vehicle around most of the time, with little sense of actual presence. And it’s a shame, because some other elements of the game are actually pretty good.

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There are some wonderfully designed tracks, for example. Across the various event types, which include Hillclimbs and circuit races, you’ll find pleasing amounts of elevation, rocky outcrops and obstacles such as see-saws that you need to skillfully navigate. You also need to consider your approach: using the d-pad, you can change your differential on the fly, selecting rear-wheel drive if you want speed, four-wheel drive for more stability, and differential to overcome the most troublesome of obstacles.

Overpass 2 does genuinely offer a unique experience compared to most racing games, then, and if you can look past its sterility nd sometimes unpredictable physics, you can find genuine moments of exhilaration. Jump into career mode and you’ll find that it copies the formula most racing games adhere to these days. You can hire staff, conduct research and development and manage sponsors. Also important here is maintaining your vehicles – they get battered up when completing events even if you’re careful. Overall, you truly feel like you are part of a team, and will enjoy vying for success of a number of seasons.

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Outside of career mode, Overpass 2 doesn’t have a great deal to offer. There’s the obligatory Quick Race option that lets you set up an event to your preferences. Multiplayer is available, too, via both split-screen and online. When it comes to the latter, however, there doesn’t appear to be any matchmaking. You can host a lobby and invite friends, but that’s about it. Very disappointing indeed. Other than that, the only other mode available is Academy, where you can learn the ropes and brush up your skills.

It’s not a game without merit, but unfortunately while Overpass 2 does improve on its predecessor in multiple ways it’s still ultimately disappointing. Key to any racing game is the actual feel of driving its vehicles, and it’s in this regard that Overpass 2 is lacking. Add in the unconvincing physics and limited modes, and you have a game that might be worth a try at a discounted price, but should otherwise perhaps be avoided.


Overpass 2 Review – GameSpew’s Score

This review of Overpass 2 is based on the PS5 version, with a code provided by the game’s publisher. It’s available on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!