Sunset Overdrive

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Sunset Overdrive
Developer(s)Insomniac Games[a]
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Director(s)Marcus Smith
Drew Murray
Producer(s)Bryan Intihar
Designer(s)Cameron Christian
Programmer(s)Doug Sheahen
Artist(s)Jacinda Chew
Writer(s)Jon Paquette
Composer(s)Boris Salchow
Platform(s)
ReleaseXbox One
  • NA: October 28, 2014
  • AU: October 30, 2014
  • EU: October 31, 2014
Microsoft Windows
  • WW: November 16, 2018
Genre(s)Action-adventure, third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer[b]

Sunset Overdrive is an action-adventure shooter video game created by Insomniac Games. It was published by Microsoft Studios. It was announced at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013. It was released worldwide for Xbox One in October 2014 and for Microsoft Windows in November 2018. The Microsoft Windows version was published by THQ Nordic. The game happens in 2027, in a fictional metropolis called Sunset City. The player controls an employee of FizzCo, who has to fight off the OD. OD is short for Overcharge Drinkers: people who have turned into monsters after drinking FizzCo's energy drink. The player character can wall-run, use zip-lines, and grind rails to easily move through Sunset City. The player also has a lot of weapons they can use. The game also has a cooperative multiplayer mode called Chaos Squad. That mode is where players to complete missions with seven players. As the game focus on movement and momentum, the game does not have any cover system.

The game received mostly positive reviews. People liked its visuals, movement system, combat system, and humor. However, the game was criticized for not having a good story or innovative quest design. It received many nominations, including Best Xbox Game of the Year awards from many different gaming publications. The game was supported with multiple downloadable content. It includes the story-based The Mystery of the Mooil Rig and Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machine, after the game's release.

Gameplay[change | change source]

Sunset Overdrive is an action-adventure game set in a third-person perspective. Players go through a city called Sunset City. It takes place in the year 2027. This dystopian world has been overrun by mutants called the OD, short for Overcharge Drinkers. The player character is a former FizzCo employee, their job was to clean up the mess left behind from a party FizzCo had. FizzCo had a party to celebrate its new energy drink, Overcharge Delirium XT.[1]

At the start of the game, players can change the character's gender, body type, hairstyle, and outfit using the character creator.[2][3] Players may also change the look of their character whenever they want during the game by going to a vendor named Callista.[4] After creating their characters, players proceed to the game's open world, which is free for players to explore at any time. A fast travel system is provided. It allows players to got to different places and to mvoe in the world quickly.[5]

Throughout the game, players fight both human enemies, FizzCo's robots,[6] the OD, and bosses.[2][7] The game has many different weapons for players to use fight. These include an assault rifle (called the AK-FU) and the TNTeddy grenade launcher, which fires teddy bears connected to dynamite,[8] fireworks and toy helicopters.[9]

The game's combat focuses on velocity. It wants players to defeat enemies quickly. Because of this, players can use different moves. These moves include wall running, air-dashing, zip lining, doing parkour, acrobatics, and water traversal.[10][11]

Release[change | change source]

Sunset Overdrive was one of the first Xbox One exclusives shown at Microsoft's press conference at E3 2013.[12] The first gameplay details were shown by gaming magazine Edge in May 2014.[13] A gameplay demo and a release date announcement happened at E3 2014.[14] On November 15, 2018, it was said that the game would be released for both Windows 10 and Steam on November 16, 2018 without the multiplayer.[15] THQ Nordic published the game's retail version. Microsoft kept its digital publishing rights.[16]

Players can purchase the game's Season Pass. It adds new in-game items, places, quests, and bosses.[17]

A three-hour free trial of the game was available for players to download. It was available for short time.[18]

Reception[change | change source]

Critical reception[change | change source]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PC) 83/100[19]
(XONE) 81/100[20]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid8.5/10[21]
EGM9/10[22]
Game Informer9.25/10[23]
GameRevolution5/5 stars[24]
GameSpot8/10[26]
GamesRadar+4/5 stars[25]
IGN9/10[27]
Joystiq5/5 stars[28]
Polygon9/10[29]

Sunset Overdrive received "generally positive" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[19][20]

Awards[change | change source]

List of awards and nominations for Sunset Overdrive
Year Award Category Recipient Ref.
2014 IGN's Best of E3 2014 Awards Best Xbox One Game Won [30]
Best Action/Adventure Game Nominated [30]
Best Trailer Nominated [30]
Best Original Game Nominated [30]
2014's Game Critics Awards Best Original Game Nominated [31]
Best Action/Adventure Game Nominated [31]
IGN's Gamescom 2014 Awards Best Console Game Microsoft Xbox Nominated [32]
The Game Awards 2014 Best Score/Soundtrack Nominated [33]
Best Action/Adventure Game Nominated [33]
Hardcore Gamer's Best of 2014 Best Xbox One Game Won [34]
Best Artistic Design Nominated [35]
Best New IP Nominated [36]
2014's Dark Horse Nominated [36]
Best New Character (Fizzie) Nominated [37]
Best Action Game Nominated [38]
Game Revolution's Best of 2014 Game of the Year Nominated [39]
Best Developer (Insomniac Games) Nominated [40]
Best Xbox Console Exclusive Won [41]
GameTrailers' Best of 2014 Awards Best Xbox Exclusive Nominated [42]
Destructoid's Best of 2014 Best World Design Nominated [43]
Best Game Mechanics Nominated [44]
IGN's Best of 2014 Best Action-Adventure Nominated [45]
Best Overall Game Nominated [45]
Best Xbox One Game Won [45]
Most Humorous Nominated [45]
IGN AU Black Beta Select Awards Best Visual Design Nominated [46]
Best Original Game Won
Best Console Game Nominated
Overall Game of the Year Nominated
National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) awards Song Collection Nominated [47]
2015 2015 Golden Joystick Awards Best Original Game Nominated [48]
Best Visual Design Nominated
Xbox Game of the Year Nominated

Future[change | change source]

On September 13, 2018, Insomniac Games said they wanted to make a sequel to Sunset Overdrive.[49] However, because the rights to the intellectual property is owned by Insomniac, they would need to find a new publisher.[50] In August 2019, Insomniac Games was bought by Sony Interactive Entertainment. SIE Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden said that Sunset Overdrive 2 is not important for Sony and Insomniac.[51]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Ported to PC by Blind Squirrel Games.
  2. Only the Xbox One version has multiplayer.

References[change | change source]

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