Welcome to our Overpass review. An off-road driving simulator, Overpass sees players taking to the tracks in different off-road vehicles as they tackle some pretty challenging terrain in a game that aims to be as close to real-life as possible.
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: Zordix Racing
- Publisher: Bigben Interactive
- Multiplayer: 1-2 players local, 2-8 players online
- Available: 27th February 2020
- Price: £49.99 (U.K)
- Age Rating: PEGI 3 (U.K)
- Review Code Provided
A racing game based on a proper sport, Overpass isn’t your usual run of the mill sport-based racing game, instead, it’s one that will really have you racking your brain. As you race against a clock you’ll also be trying to solve issues such as the best root up a rocky hillside or the angle you’ll need to successfully take on a section of half-buried tree trunks. Yes, Overpass is just as much about intelligence throughout challenging moments as it is about having some fun in buggies and on quad bikes.
Levels in the game see you taking on challenging terrain in the seat of a lightweight buggy or at the handles of a powerful quad bike. Each terrain is made up of several different challenging sections from pipes, right up to steep rocky hillsides. Various mechanics are at play that have an overall effect on how well you do, for example hitting barriers or launching over a seesaw at speed will see you hit with time penalties that affect your overall time at the end of the run.
Vehicle control is quite easy on both quads and light buggies as both have simple acceleration and braking/reversing movements. The quads are a bit more advance as you’ll be utilizing weight shifting techniques and both sets of vehicles also feature a differential lock switch that is a big part of successfully navigating each course within a decent time. As you’ll learn in this game, it’s not all about speed at all and there are times where a slow approach gets better results than hastily rushing.
The intelligence lead gameplay means that Overpass is no simple game to master. The driving physics system has been designed to be as close to the real world as possible and as such one slight misjudgment could lead to toppling over or getting stuck in mud or even worse rolling backward down a steep terrain whilst being so close to the top.
Unfortunately, the art of getting good is quite tricky in Overpass as it offers no proper practice mode, something that I feel is a terrible omission from a game that relies heavily on skill. The best way to learn is to simply practice within the timed environments offered by the game.
Track design is something that the developers have really focused on and each level is packed full of plenty of detail both within and out of the player boundaries. Everything from the smallest mud puddle to the sharpest blades of grass has been lovingly created to catch your eye as you make your way through.
Overpass features officially licensed buggies and quads from some of the biggest names in the sport, which will be sure to please fans as they get to handle some of the beasts they’re used to watching take on the dirt and rocks.
A few annoyances are present such as a fixed camera angle, the rather annoying noise that is pushed out of the exhaust pipe of each vehicle, and perhaps most annoyingly the real lack of controller rumble which in a game of this type is in an important sensory tool.
Overpass is a challenging game that requires commitment and patience. I have no doubt it will really please fans of the sport and have thoroughly enjoyed it myself, but it took a lot of learning before I was able to fully enjoy it, for what it is.
That concludes our Overpass review. To purchase the game digitally on PlayStation 4 check out the link below.