One of my favorite overlooked PlayStation 2 titles is a 2003 brawler called War of the Monsters. Inspired by B-movies of the 1950s, the game let you choose from a wide variety of Kaiju and giant robots, then battle it out in a 3D arena full of vehicles and skyscrapers to destroy while tiny humans ran for their pitiful lives. It’s still a lot of fun 15 years later, and all the more impressive when you consider how much more difficult environmental destruction was back then.
There’s no question what the biggest fighting game of the year is, but you may have missed a smaller release from a few days before Smash Bros. Ultimate came out. Override: Mech City Brawl is a party game which puts you in the pilot’s seat of a 30-story mech, then tasks you with beating the bolts off a variety of mechanical and alien enemies. I was hopeful that Override would be a spiritual successor to War of the Monsters, but how does it stand on its own?