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In Insomniac’s new traversal-based shooter, fun trumps realism, so if the team had a good idea, and they thought it would be fun, they included it regardless of the logistics. For example, you can bounce off bushes like they were trampolines. The result is a zany shooter with cartoon sensibilities and a story that makes no sense. [Excerp]
With Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac tried to make the apocalypse fun. During a release party for FizzCo, something goes terribly wrong, and everyone who drinks the soda turns into crazed mutants that Insomniac are calling ODes. In an effort to quell this outbreak, FizzCo sends out a collection of FizzCo robots to help clean up the mess. Players take on the role of a hero that they craft themselves and try to survive the apocalypse as one of the few survivors who didn’t drink FizzCo’s deadly beverage.
During our Gamescom demo, we got to see a new mission that takes place late in the game. Our hero character tries to impress one of the game's factions by getting the most powerful sword in the city at the top of a skyloft apartment. However, after breaking into the penthouse, we find the the swords is missing. The solution? Craft a bigger, better sword ourselves.
Our hero collects some rare titanium and then heads over to the nuclear power plant to forge the blade (we told you it didn’t make a lot of sense). This gives us a chance to check out the fast travel system. After selecting a destination in the open world of Sunset City, our hero pounds back a bottle of alcohol and then passes out. Moments later the character wakes up in a porta-potty near his destination. What only took moments for players is surely a terrible night for the hero.
While our trip was quick, the journey to the top of the nuclear power plant is not unopposed. The first new enemy we run across is called the Spawner. The Spawner is a giant enemy that has been fused with a dumpster, who constantly spawns smaller enemies out of the garbage tank on his back. Gunkers are another enemy that we ran into. These enemies continually throw ice crystals at us, which also attach to the rails around the level, blocking our path and making it harder for use to continue our traversal combos.
Blowers are another enemy that has been fused with a leaf blower; these creatures shoot out blobs of goo that damage you. But some of the more deadly enemies are the Wingers. These flying foes send out spreads of goo that can be dangerous to touch, and also shoot at you with lasers that will light your grind rails on fire.
After finally making it to the top of the Nuclear furnace, our hero dives into one of the tallest stacks and hammers on the metals we picked up earlier. This sends our hero flying back into the air to get a great view of the city. After a couple rounds of hammering on the metal, we produce a nuclear sword, which is sure to impress our allies.
Sunset Overdrive is a wacky game, but it embraces its wackiness and doesn’t take anything too seriously. We dig the Tony Hawk-like traversal mechanics and how that plays into the shooting mechanics. We look forward to playing around in the world of Sunset City when the game releases exclusively on Xbox One on October 28.
Check out Sunset Overdrives customization trailer from this year's Comic Con.
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I hope this becomes a new series. It looks like such a breath of fresh air.
Nicely written preview, It seems inevitable I will buy this game. It just sounds like so much fun. I really love the wackiness of using a Nuclear reactor for blacksmithing. All too often in games/etc do the devs hold back their imaginations, let us hope this is definitely not the case here!
I preordered the COD Xbox One bundle and of course it comes right in the middle of at least 4 new games I consider must-buys for myself. Thank God for OT!
This does look pretty fun but it will probably be the last game I pick up of 2014 I just don't feel that "gotta play it now!!!" feeling with it.
That's a good day for games, but with an X1, Unity and SO are two great choices.
It looks fun, but the way they described multiplayer and its not being big will surely kill itself.
Thus making the hype look stupid.
As much fun as this game sounds its not going to fit into my gaming schedule this year. 150 hours for completionist Dragon Age? That's all my gaming time until the Witcher, and Destiny and Mordor will take up all my time until Dragon Age.
Saints Row attitude meets Fallout, then mixes with I don't know what else. Not sold on this exclusive making a big difference for XB1 yet.
Like I said, it looks like some fun arcadey game that is good for relaxing in between serious gaming. Will compliment the other more somber titles nicely.
I like crazy. Regardless of the quality of the final product. I bet I can get me moneys worth of entertainment out of this.
While this looks fun, it is definitely not worth me buying an X1 over.
Ohhhh cool. So its a even more goofier version of Saints Row.