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Sunset Overdrive — an explosion of awesome | Review

Sunset Overdrive had a very clear style from the beginning with Insomniac Games bringing the best of their ideas together to create this mash of chaotic fun on the Xbox One.

The game’s dialogue was well-written for the most part. It has a certain humor that you need to like in order to appreciate the game. The attitude the writers had making Sunset Overdrive make it very obvious what type of game you’re playing.

For the last decade or so the most popular emphasis developers have had for their game has been realism. This is not an intense game to get immersed in. It’s a game to mess around in with a cool world; a balance of relaxed-chaos in a similar vain to GTA, but with a much less serious tone.

While the writing is very fun and flippant, one issues that does reoccur is that it can sometimes get a bit too repetitive and overdone. The jokes are funny as the developers make it painstakingly obvious that this game is, in fact, a game, but the character is very one dimensional with no actual progression — which is somewhat understandable for the type of game that Sunset is.

It is one of the better games on Xbox One if you like the style Insomniac Games (developers of the Ratchet and Clank game) is going for. You can definitely see so many influences from their former game in Sunset Overdrive. The weapon selection is delightfully insane. Exploding teddy bear rocket launchers, giant laser guns, and ricocheting vinyl-record shooters are just a couple of the weapons available to players.

That same style connects to the character customization with a vast array of choices to personalize your protagonist. Hundreds of apparel options, and plenty of facial features and body types.

Sunset Overdrive keeps their focus on the vertical aspects of their game world.
Sunset Overdrive keeps their focus on the vertical aspects of their game world.

The Sunset TV youtube series by Insomniac even reiterates that players can choose any persona they’d like. Whether it be a bearded hulk lady, or a slender dude with a pretty dress, every combination is available.

Gameplay wise traversing the city is absolutely fantastic. Moving is really smooth with each jump, grind, and wall-run flowing perfectly with the last. Running is well-paced to allow players to get the feel of fast travel, but also keeping the combat capabilities intact so players have the ability to shoot and attack any of the mutants, bandits, or robot death-machines in their path.

There is so much vibrant color in the game that running around the city helps set the tone of the world so well. Insomniac Games creates this perfect playground that brings you to so many different vantage points to view the destroyed city from.

The tone carries right over to the story with just what gamers might expect. The main character has a great deal of snarky-ness to his personality and the missions have players explore virtually the whole city with tons of worth-while content to play through.

The highly anticipated Xbox One exclusive, Sunset Overdrive, is dominating the Xbox charts
The highly anticipated Xbox One exclusive, Sunset Overdrive, is dominating the Xbox charts.

A significant drawback to Sunset Overdrive is the online mutliplayer. They have a few different gamemodes that work well-enough, but unless you’re with a group of friends then it isn’t that much fun. The chaos of the game gets to be a bit too much with multiple people. Explosions and bullets fly in nearly every direction with enemy bodies being scattered everywhere. The missions and objectives online are pretty dull with similar goals each times around. It’s good that Insomniac Games included an online game feature, but the majority of players should steer clear of this if they’re primarily interested in the multiplayer.

Sunset Overdrive is a game that most people should be able to appreciate. The hilarious dialogue, great traversal elements, and detailed character customization makes the game well worth it for anyone interested in a great single-player experience. For those that love multiplayer maybe this is one of the games to wait for on an Xbox Live Gold members’ sale rather than shelling out the full $60 right away.


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Sunset Overdrive free for a limited time this weekend

Sunset City awaits as Microsoft is giving everyone a free look at Insomniac Game's third-person shooter.
Sunset City awaits as Microsoft is giving everyone a free look at Insomniac Game’s third-person shooter.

As Microsft continues their celebration of the one year anniversary of the Xbox One, they’ll be offering all Xbox Live gold members the opportunity to check out Sunset Overdrive with a free trial.

The entire game will be available, and players will be able to experience the multiplayer and unlock achievements as well. After the event, Insomniac Games will reveal several new weapons on Xbox’s twitch channel Monday. The new weapons have no official release date as of yet, but more info will be revealed in the upcoming stream at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST.

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Fast gameplay, abstract setting, and quality multiplayer — the new trademarks of top shooters

Advanced Warfare brings some of the biggest changes to the Call of Duty franchise since COD 4.
Advanced Warfare brings some of the biggest changes to the Call of Duty franchise since  Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

With Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releasing just last week, the highly publicized release of Destiny back in September, and the popularity of Titanfall on the Xbox One, it seems nearly all shooters — especially first-person shooters — are following similar blue-prints to success.

Two generations ago it was Medal of Honor and Call of Duty leading the World War II trend, but now a fast-paced shooter with imaginative environments that also offers a great multiplayer to boot are becoming the hallmarks of the best games on the new generation.

The release of Titanfall brought a very quick and dynamic approach to traversal while also executing the core elements of a typical FPS. Though the game lacked a truly immersive story, the gameplay was — and still is — spectacular. Many similar gameplay qualities are seen in the new Call of Duty and other games outside the FPS genre are attempting to take a different approach to movement in general; see Sunset Overdrive.

And while it certainly isn’t a new specific setting, more games are looking towards more abstract worlds that grant the developers greater freedom in their approach to game design. This is a definite positive for the industry and giving devs more freedom will certainly lead to some incredible worlds to explore down the road.

Titanfall's fast traversal and its alterations from the standard FPS help it stand out.
Titanfall’s evasion from the typical FPS style help it stand out.

Titanfall has been following this track, Advanced Warfare is now taking this track, and other games to come are bringing more complex environments and exotic stories to gaming as well. Quantum Break, Infamous, Sunset Overdrive, and even a game like The Order 1886 are also taking more liberties in their development with gameplay characteristics that make them truly stand our among the rest.

More freedom, more ideas, better games.

These trends look to be lasting long enough to alter the direction of other major developers and publishers as well.

Halo 5’s release next year could look to build on this recent trend by evolving their own style of play.

Will we see wall-running and grinding for Master Chief or Agent Locke? Probably not, but perhaps a greater emphasis on the jet-pack will be incorporated into the campaign this time around to match the flow that other developers are taking.

Since Halo: Reach the series has been adding various alterations to how players can make their ways throughout the game with sprinting, jet packs, gravity lifts, and more vehicles in the multiplayer. It would make sense to see a bit more of it added into the story given this recent trend, but the overall multiplayer experience would be best to stay in tune with the likes of Halo 2 and 3.

Ensuring the multiplayer lives up to expectations is crucial and tinkering with the experience too much could lead to some less-than-happy fans. Given how crucial a solid multiplayer is now, the envisioning of a game with the aforementioned qualities along with a great multiplayer being the metaphorical cherry on top is the desire for a lot of the major developers right now — and that’s a great thing to see.

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Sunset Overdrive to the top of UK charts; Xbox One’s games library expands

The highly anticipated Xbox One exclusive, Sunset Overdrive, is dominating the Xbox charts
The highly anticipated Xbox One exclusive, Sunset Overdrive, is dominating the Xbox charts

The first week of Sunset Overdrive was certainly a successful one as Insomniac Games’ third-person shooter grabs the number two spot on UK charts (Charttrack).

Microsoft’s exclusive Xbox One title has made a significant impact right from its release last week, and Xbox gamers are showing their love for the game as well as it takes over all but one game (FIFA 15) in the overall charts charts.

Though for just UK Xbox One charts, Sunset has beaten out every game including FIFA 15.

The addition of the fast-paced and wonderfully chaotic shooter to Microsoft’s games library gives their now year-old system an excellent variety and balance of selection for virtually all gamers.

An excellent multiplayer shooter in Titanfall and Destiny, a great story in The Evil Within, and an incredible open-world racing game in Forza Horizon 2 — Xbox One’s library is better than ever and its on pace to do nothing but improve.

With an expected console seller on the way (The Master Chief Collection) and the recent price drop, Microsoft is placing itself in a great place for this holiday season.

Phil Spencer expressed excitement for Sunset Overdrive and Insomniac Games’ work on Major Nelson’s Podcast Saturday, “Being an independent studio in today’s world isn’t easy and [Insomniac Games] does it and they do it well. They’re one of the best out there and it’s great to see them have a hit.”

Spencer also spoke of his confidence that next year will be even better with Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Quantum Break.

“Next fall is just crazy. This fall from a first-party, third-party stand point is great. Next fall I honestly — this isn’t just hype at all — I don’t know we can actually ship all the stuff we think we’re gonna ship next fall. It’s just too crowded. We might purposely move things out to spread it.”

Check out the top 10 Xbox One charts below (Charttrack):



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Why Sunset Overdrive will be one of the Xbox One’s best titles yet

The highly anticipated Xbox One exclusive, Sunset Overdrive, is coming later this year.
The highly anticipated Xbox One exclusive, Sunset Overdrive, is coming later this year.

Sunset overdrive is a very unique game out of all next-generation  titles available right now. The one of a kind relaxed-chaos it brings is what may help the game flourish.

There’s really only one way too describe Sunset Overdrive. Fun.

And while that is certainly true the game is not an intense and highly focused game. It’s a very relaxed-fun. While the plot and actions players take within the game isn’t quite a peaceful style,  the way the game plays is.

Do anything, be anyone — and do it grinding, climbing, hacking, slashing, and firing at the mutant infested world that is your playground.

The only game that is really comparable to Sunset Overdrive right now is Dead Rising 3, and while Dead Rising wasn’t a bad game by any means, Sunset Overdrive takes a similar core and enhances it in a variety of ways.

Dead Rising 3 had a relatively linear approach to traversing the game world, and with Sunset Overdrive the fast-paced grinding and jumping keep even something as simple as going from point “A” to point “B” a fun experience.

This approach to movement not only looks cool, but brings an element of gameplay not present in other currently available “next-gen” games. It’s reminiscent of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games, and the Jet Set Radio series as well. Throw in some guns, hack and slash weapons, crazy “amps,” and a highly customizable main character — Sunset Overdrive is just all kinds of awesome.

For casual gamers and those who want a game to just kick-back with, this upcoming Xbox One exclusive is one of the most promising games yet of this generation.

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Sunset TV reveals the “Overdrive system” for Sunset Overdrive | More details

Insomniac’s upcoming open-world third-person shooter is constantly broadcasting the absurd and nonsensical nature of their game, but their latest reveal shows players will have some customizable structure to their character as they traverse the chaotic world.

The latest episode of Sunset TV shows that players will be able to collect “badges” to fine-tune their character to adhere to a specific subset of traits that each player prefers. The badges, gathered through doing nearly anything in the game, allow players to emphasize their own unique gamestyle along with their personalized character.

— Speaking of personalization, the tail end of the video shows another look at just how diverse the appearance options are within Sunset Overdrive. Multiple body types, ethnicities, and a crazy amount of facial features… including women with beards.

The insanity just never ends with Sunset Overdrive, and that’s what makes it so highly anticipated.

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New Xbox One bundles announced | White console with Sunset Overdrive; 1 TB console with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

The white Xbox One -- available with Sunset Overdrive later this year.
The white Xbox One — available with Sunset Overdrive later this year.

Microsoft diversifies console options with new bundles and more style varieties.

  • Sunset Overdrive – The rumor has been confirmed — a white Xbox One console will be coming later this year and will include Sunset Overdrive for $399 (No kinect).
  • Fifa 15 – Microsoft has struggled with markets outside the U.S. but a new Fifa bundle should help them gain some ground in the EU. The bundle will retail for €399 and will include a digital Fifa 15.
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – A 1 TB Call of Duty bundle will include a custom design console and controller, as well as a digital copy of Advanced Warfare – Day 0 edition.

  • Madden 15 – It was announced before Gamescom, but it’s still two weeks until it will be released. A Madden 15 $399 bundle will be available the same day as Madden 15’s release — August 26th.

None of the bundles listed here will include the kinect, but Microsoft will be selling a standalone Kinect just in time for the holiday season.

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Sunset Overdrive map size; details

Sunset Overdrive keeps their focus on the vertical aspects of their game world.
Sunset Overdrive keeps their focus on the vertical aspects of their game world.

Sunset Overdrive had not revealed much regarding the game’s openworld and what to expect from its size, until now. Today, Insomniac Games shows that their prime focus on the map is to give depth both to the actual map itself and the content within it. Their latest Sunset TV episode showcases their plans to give content and a purpose to each area of the world.

Sunset Overdrive is coming exclusively to the Xbox One this later this year. (October 28th in North America and October 31st in Europe.)

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Opening the doors to creativity – Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive takes an entirely backwards stance (in a very good way).

For the last decade or so the most popular emphasis developers have had for their game has been realism.

Their trailer even mocks the idea of this game being anything close to realistic, and that is what could make Sunset Overdrive the best upcoming next-gen game.

Be who you want and do what you want seems to be the mantra for this game; even if what you want doesn’t make any sense. This idea is crucial to unlocking the other-wise unseen potential of the creative use of next-gen hardware. While most other games focus on getting more and more polygons, they often forget the most important characteristic of a game – is it fun?

While most games do find a way to tell an exciting story with a captivating setting there has been a distinct lack of games to counter that. The popularity of the Burnout series and the Deadrising series show that sometimes, gamers just want to relax with some mind-numbing chaos.

Sunset Overdrive is poised to capture the essence of mind-numbing chaos with it’s vibrant art-style, fast-paced action, and its flat-out ridiculous gameplay.