Welcome to Live Love Play and this highlight from Sunset Overdrive. In this highlight I show off my fantastic mobility in a brightly colored city overrun by monsters as I talk about the game and its background with my viewers.
Sunset Overdrive is an open world third person action game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Microsoft Studios in October 2014. The story follows a snarky main character trying to survive the monstrous OD, and find a way out of the Sunset City.
Sunset Overdrive is a fast pace and high energy title focusing on speed and mobility. The player is able to slide or grind across many surfaces from power lines to hand rails and even ,briefly, across water. Many surfaces are bouncy and allow the player to reach grind-able surfaces high off of the ground. All this combined with wall running creates a complex tableau of mobility unseen in many games of the genre.
Traveling across Sunset City is a delightful experience on its own but it does not exist in a vacuum. The city is lousy with enemies of many types, none of whom possess the same mobility your character does. That they lack in speed they make up for in numbers. There are three enemy types: the monstrous OD, former residents of the city mutated by Fizzco’s latest mass market energy drink; Scabs, normal people fallen to savagery armed with simple firearms: and Fizzco security robots, quick and deadly machines armed with lasers and energy blades.
Player weapons are ridiculous, unique, and fun to use. From the phallic Flaming Compensator to the adorably explosive TnTeddy each weapon has its own fair and fanfare. No weapon is a catch all and each is effective against different enemy types. Combat is straightforward on the surface but contains a subtle depth that keeps the player on their toes.
The story of Sunset Overdrive doesn’t take itself too seriously and regularly breaks the fourth wall for comedic effect. Sunset City is hosting an event for mega-conglomerate-corporation, Fizzco, and their latest product launch, Overdrive. The player is working as a janitor for the event and witnesses the attendees suddenly mutate into a pulsing horde of monsters that ravage the surrounding area, killing and turning everyone they encounter. The player escapes and holds up in his/her apartment till the beer runs out.
As the game progresses the player encounters a wide variety of survivors including a group of privileged hipsters holding out in a kid’s restaurant, Explorer Scouts, Larpers, and foil hat conspiracy nuts. Each group offers mission progression that unlock access to safe spaces, item shops, and costume customization, and power up Amps.
Sunset Overdrive is a delight to play. Maneuverability, combat, and comedy blend together to create a colorful and fun world that is well worth the cost of entry. I highly recommend this game
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