Parents need to know that "Override: Mech City Brawl" is a futuristic arena-based fighting game available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PC. Players choose from a selection of giant robots and battle against 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 still open up younger kids to potentially offensive conversation via party chat. It also offers additional downloadable content (DLC) for new outfits and fighters.
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 twelve 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?
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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. It's all kinds of crazy sci-fi fighter fun, but beneath the 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. Each type of move (quick, charge, block) can be countered with some other move in a "Rock-Paper-Scissors" sort of formula. 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.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 13 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Positive messages: 2 out of 5
Positive role models: 0 out of 5
Ease of play: 3 out of 5
Violence: 2 out of 5
Sex: 0 out of 5
Language: 1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 1 out of 5
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
Developer: Modus Games, LLC.
Release date: December 4, 2018
ESRB rating: T for fantasy violence
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