Sunset Overdrive Review
The apocalypse has been imagined in numerous ways, and has been present in almost every domain from classic movies to our beloved video games. Sunset Overdrive’s take on the apocalypse is rather unique, as the game is introducing us in an insane world, where people are transforming into monsters after drinking OverCharge. And when regular people drink the poisonous energy drink, they become OD, a some sort of OverCharge addicted zombies.
The fact that the tragedy brought by the apocalypse is replaced with humor and fun makes Sunset Overdrive a one-of-a-kind game. You’ll get to customize your character from scratch, having an incredible arsenal of customizations available at your fingertip. Everything can be changed, from your haircut to your clothes and gender. After the customization process is done, and you feel confident you made the right decisions fashion-wise, you’ll begin the real story.
Sunset City is the city where all the action of the game is taking place, in the wonderful year of 2027. The evil company behind the apocalypse is FizzCo, whose faulty product completely changes the life of Sunset City’s residents. The player’s main focus in the game is to stop FizzCo from destroying the city and covering their screw-up.
Sunset Overdrive’s gameplay is fast-paced, and will rarely offer you moments of peace. Almost everything in the game can be used to either grind or bounce, enabling players to quickly move throughout the city. Most of the enemies you’ll encounter are fierce, and will require you to constantly move in order to survive and complete missions. All of the game’s main missions have something different to offer, with a more than decent and compelling story being placed behind the gameplay and a few mini games to make things even more exciting.
The upgrade system is structured in a clever way which models itself after the player’s preferences. If you love any weapon in particular, and you love to grind your way into the city, you’ll only get upgrades for those. This system won’t punish you for playing in your own style, and with your kind of weapons and special moves. However, it’s recommended to use as many weapons as possible, as most of the enemies have their weaknesses and strong points. A robot will be easily downed using a freezing weapon, while the disc-throwing weapon won’t even scratch it.
There are not many boss fights in the game, but the few huge ass monsters you’ll encounter will place you in front of a challenge. Grinding and shooting won’t help you much, as you will only be able to kill the bosses by attacking their weak points. Figuring out their weak spot it’s not a hard thing to do, but actually hitting it could be.
Running is always an option.
Sadly, Sunset Overdrive’s main story only lasts for about seven hours, depending on your gameplay style. But there’s a plethora of side quests to do, and items to collect. If you’re up to the challenge, you’re more than likely spend a couple dozen hours in Sunset Overdrive. Or if you’re into multiplayer, you can always form or join a Chaos Squad. The previously mentioned squad will team you up with seven more humans, and will require you to complete a set of objectives that can be selected via a team vote. Sunset Overdrive’s multiplayer can be both frustrating and fun, depending how lucky you are in the matchmaking.
To sum it up, Sunset Overdrive is a must-have for every Xbox One owners out there. The amazing world created by Insomniac Games will immerse and offer you the most unique experience in a post-apocalyptic setting. This could be, hands down, one of the best games of this year!