Sunset Overdrive's reviews are out. The game is an open-world third-person shooter that will make carnage look pretty. Developer Insomniac Games along with publisher Microsoft Studios have crafted the game specifically for Xbox One console.
Players will have to terminate a host of humans-turned mutants with unconventional weapons, customisable abilities and hyper-agility. Players will be grouping themselves with other survivors after the outbreak of the mutant problem caused by consuming FizzCo's latest energy drink, OverCharge Delirium XT.
Players will be able to team up with different factions (each faction having unique style and story). It has some crazy weapons like "The Dude," a gun that fires bouncing bowling balls, "Turret Copters," model helicopters strapped with guns for airborne crowd control, "TNTeddy," a weapon that fuses teddy bears and sticks of dynamite and many more.
Sunset Overdrive also offers co-operative gameplay called Chaos Squad where players can team up with up to 7 other players (8 total) players and take on the challenge.
Sunset Overdrive will be releasing on 28 October 2014 for US and 31 October 2014 to Europe.
Here is the roundup of reviews for Sunset Overdrive:
- GameSpot - 8/10
"Insomniac Games has crafted an excellent game in Sunset Overdrive. It's not without a few niggling issues, but you'll be too busy enjoying yourself to care. You can compare it to games like Crackdown, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and Ratchet and Clank, but by combining the best elements of those games into a single package and injecting it with an anything goes, rock and roll attitude, you'll never think of it as anything but a singular achievement that stands tall on its own merits. It's one of the best games on the Xbox One, and a refreshing shot of merriment."
- Eurogamer -8/10
"If you wanted to be uncharitable, you could voice the suspicion that a great many baseball caps were turned backwards in the echoing board room where this project was greenlit, but with the campaign done and the city freshly filled with challenges, I don't really feel like being uncharitable. Beneath the glorious tech, and once the writing relaxes a little, Sunset Overdrive's wonderfully lurid and heartfelt - a bit like playing an old 4AD album sleeve. If you get that reference, you'll probably get this, too."
- Polygon - 9/10
"As a collection of mechanics and ideas, Sunset Overdrive is an impressive evolution of things Insomniac has been doing for a long time. Every part of Sunset Overdrive hooks into every other part somehow, and often in multiple ways, and it makes the whole shooting, grinding, wall-running package better for it. But the best thing about Sunset Overdrive is how it's unabashedly enthusiastic about what it is, in just about every way. That enthusiasm, and the freedom behind it, is contagious."
- Joystiq - 5/5
"Each of the game's systems feeds into another, making the experience feel complete and purposeful. More importantly, it gives players a plethora of choices in how they look, what weapon they use and how they play, and then makes every single possible combination feel vindicated. Nothing goes to waste in the awesome-pocalypse, and everyone's invited to Sunset City's after-party."
- GameInformer - 8/10
"Outside of the mission monotony, Sunset Overdrive is an immensely rewarding experience that has a look and style all its own and a great gameplay package to complement it. It's a colorful return to form for Insomniac games, and a hell of an exclusive for Xbox One."
- Game Rant - 4/5
"The only real drawback to the game is that its missions struggle to match the quality of the writing and the gunplay. There's great packaging, sure, but it gets to the point where shooting enemies while grinding on rails becomes a bit tired. Even so, this is a case where all the good will a game earns outshines its shortcomings. Sunset Overdrive reminds players that games are inherently supposed to be fun, and it makes that statement with a capital F."
- IGN - 9/10
"Sunset Overdrive is big, gorgeous, and a hell of a lot of fun. Never has getting from point A to point B in an open-world game provided so much enjoyment. It provides some of the most fun, frantic, and fantastic gaming I've had on the Xbox One. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to once-again adorn my wolf mask, leap off the highest ledge I can find, and fire an explosive stuffed animal at that group of angry robots."
- Destructoid - 8.5/10
"Sunset Overdrive may have a few flaws inherent to many open-world games and lack an engaging narrative, but it's an incredibly fun, vibrant game that's a nice break from the overly gritty tone we see far too often in today's market. After Fuse, this is exactly what Insomniac Games needed."
- Lazygamer - 8.5/10
"Sunset Overdrive's stylistic gameplay and juvenile attitude doesn't make it a title for everyone. It is, however, an incredibly fun, visually beautiful open-world title that exhibits the best parts of what a sandbox game should be. Tight, stylish movement, engrossing combat and chaotic online fun makes Sunset Overdrive a no brainer for any Xbox One owner."
- Digital Spy - 3/5
"Most annoyingly, Sunset Overdrive overplays its trump card. The traversal options are fun to begin with, but they lose their shine thanks to an enforced over reliance on them. Not a bad game, then, but it does feel like a missed opportunity."
PC Release Announcement - a Mistake
Mike Ybarra of Microsoft has issued a clarification on Twitter that the advertisement showing PC version of Sunset Overdrive was "simple mistake," after reports via NeoGAF pointed out that the game will be coming for PC too.
On the Sunset Xbox/PC ad: Not true, this was a simple mistake and the team is aware/addressing. Sorry for any confusion! #XboxOne
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) October 26, 2014
Sunset Overdrive Season Pass Details
Season Pass for Sunset Overdrive has exclusive content and is inclusive of the first three complete Game Add-ons and other items. The game is available on Xbox Live and participating retailers at the time or release. Interested can buy the Season Pass for $19.99.
Below are the Season Pass details (Insomniac Games):
- Two campaign Game Add-ons that each deliver new locations to explore, stories to experience, and bosses to battle. Each of these Add-ons also includes new weapons, new Amps, a new Trap, new character outfits as well as new challenges and Chaos Squad* objectives!
- The Weapons Pack Game Add-on, which includes four deadly new weapons to augment your arsenal!
- BONUS – six character outfits, two Amps and two Traps to use as soon as the game is released.