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Sunset Overdrive - Xbox One

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1624 out of 1721)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Insomniac Games
    • Publisher: Microsoft
    • Platform: Xbox One
    • Genre: First Person Shooter
    • Release Date: 10/28/2014

    Synopsis


    A sprawling metropolis in the not-so-distant future. Premise: A catastrophic event has left the city in ruins and most of its inhabitants are either dead or have been transformed into horrifying mutants. For most people, being dropped down into these kinds of circumstances would mean certain death. Not only are you fighting for survival in a postapocalyptic city, but you're attempting to escape the nightmarish transformation that has claimed most of the survivors. Good thing you're not like most people.

    Dive into the open-world shooter of Sunset Overdrive, and prove that you've got what it takes to survive catastrophe. With a knack for traversing the ruined city with hyper agility, it's a simple matter to survive postapocalyptic conditions. When it comes to the mutants, not only are you escaping their transformation, but you've found your true calling — mutant destroyer. A fully loaded arsenal of overpowered weapons back you up and make it totally clear that the end of days is just the beginning for you. It's your turn to star in this end-of-the-world storyline.

    Features


    Transport yourself to the not-so-distant future in which a catastrophic event has annihilated your city and left it crawling with mutants

    Discover your true calling — while most of the city's inhabitants either perish or transform into mutants, you flourish in the role of mutant destroyer

    Harness the power of an over-the-top arsenal of heavy-duty weapons, which, combined with your knack for traversing the city with hyper agility, mean the end of days is just the beginning of your epic, action-packed story



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1721 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A fun humorous game

      Posted
      Daveak47
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      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      I am a fan of Insomniac studio (the same people who created Resistance series on PS3) so even though I couldn't get into this game by watching its trailers, I had to give it a try. I have to say it was nothing like I was expecting and it blew my mind. ****************************************************************************PROS******************************************************************************* Stylish and fluid gameplay: This is the biggest strength of this game. While difficult at first, I loved the fluid movements you can do in the game. Jump, wall runs and air dash reminded me of Devil may cry. Loved going from one end of the city to another defeating enemies using variety of fun weapons and pulling stylish acrobatic moves. Fun and colorful weapons: Really loved them. In the beginning you start out with some ok weapons but as you progress through the game you get some really awesome devastating yet funny weapons. Exploding teddy, firecracker gun, hairspray gun etc. are all fun to use to defeat different enemies and the explosion/impact they produce is quite enjoyable. Variety of enemies and bosses: When I saw the trailer I was worried that I may be just fighting mutants but once you start progressing through the game, you get to face different types of mutants, robots as well as human enemies. It was quite fun using variety of weapons on them. Really enjoyed some of the bosses like frisco bots. Humorous missions: All and I mean all of the missions in this game are extremely funny. There were times some jokes made me laugh so much that I had to pause the game. Bravo to the creators! Beautiful open world: Found it quite fun to traverse through the open world of this game. Even when on the missions sometime I would just wonder off as some parts of the town would look quite appealing. Loved jumping to the top of the tall building, surfing on the bodies of water, grinding on the bridge and fighting different enemies in the carnival settings. Upgrades, perks and collectibles: As if main and side missions were not enough, this game has tons and tons of collectibles that helps you obtain different upgrades and perks. Online play: Yup in addition to 60+ hrs of missions and side missions there is online play that will unlock more unique weapons. Replayability; All the missions and side missions are replayable. Loved replaying many of them especially excalimune sword mission. Really fun. ****************************************************************************CONS******************************************************************************* Learning curve: This game can be difficult at first as controls are a bit novel. But once you get used to them, the game becomes quite fun. ****************************************************************************CONCLUSION***************************************************************************** Truly hope they make a sequel. I really enjoyed this game. The gameplay was solid and the story was as humorous as I have ever experienced in a video game. I hope I get to experience more in the future. I wouldn't give many games 10/10 but a perfect score for this one. Well done Insomniac.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Satirical, 4th-wall breaking madness

      Posted
      Jagster
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Sunset Overdrive was a bit of a mystery when it was showcased at E3 and various other conferences/shows. Coming from the makers of the superbly entertaining Ratchet and Clank games as well as the Resistance series, both PlayStation staples for many years, the studio's pedigree was in no way worrisome. However, how might they approach and exclusivity deal for a new IP with Microsoft? The answer, now that the game has been out a while and garnered numerous Game of the Year nominations, is abundantly clear. Take the excellent third person combat mechanics seen across the Ratchet and Clank titles, dial up the wacky-ness and 4th-wall breaking satire to 11, and splash a vibrant coat of paint across various post-apocalyptic tropes, and you have Sunset Overdrive. The humor and style oozing from the game is a blast and very well-written, albeit perhaps more ADHD and/or juvenile-infused at times than some may care for. Said humor also serves as a hilarious commentary on video games themselves, along with their various strengths, and weaknesses. What stands out to me the most, however, is just how enjoyable character customization is as well as general traversal. The sheer variety you can enjoy in terms of aesthetic and play style customization is sublime, and the game rewards you for playing the way you want to play. Various guns and abilities level up the more you use them, and not once have I felt somehow penalized or stunted in my enjoyment of the game for not exploring weapons and/or abilities that don't hold as much appeal to me. While the initial learning curve for mastering the controls and general feel/rhythm of movement and traversal is slightly steep, in my opinion, once you have it down reasonably pat, just getting from point A to point B in Sunset City massive landscape is a blast in and of itself, feeling both efficient and kinetic in a fun, fast-paced way. Being able to use most any aspect of the environment to aid your movement as you flip, spin, grind, wall-run, bounce, and blast around the city adds its own layer of depth and enjoyable strategy to how you approach both movement in general and combat as well, in combination with the game's large arsenal of course. The graphical quality, art design, and quality of voice-acting are all spot-on for the most part in capturing the irreverent and energetic mood Insomniac is seeking to convey in this game, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. You can play for 30 minutes or 3 hours and still enjoy yourself while still feeling like that game is respecting your time and progress. This is a must-own exclusive title for the Xbox One :-D

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding gameplay, overbearing humor.

      Posted
      Coxatron
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      Sunset Overdrive is, above everything, an amazing gaming experience. A gameplay-driven, stylistic adventure in the fictional Sunset City offers some of the most well-rounded traversal in a game I've ever played. Once you catch on to the different controls and properly learn how to get from A to B, the game really opens up and the experience gets that much better. Let's put it this way: I wish Assassin's Creed's free-running and traversal was this good. There's really nothing in the way of a story here. Your character is working janitorial services at the launch of an energy drink. Said energy drink (Overdrive) was botched at production and turned anyone and everyone who consumed it into a mutated, zombie-esque freak. Yep. It's intentionally over-the-top and that's not necessarily a bad thing, but the game goes one step further with breaking the fourth wall regularly and openly referring to itself as a video game. Early in the game, this is refreshing because we've all played overly serious games and this is not that. It almost shamelessly rips off Borderlands' style of humor, with freeze frame cut-ins for boss battles or when new characters are introduced. Once you get halfway through the game, hearing your nameless character constantly reference the ins and outs of his own video game gets old. I appreciate the gameplay heavy, narrative light approach with Sunset Overdrive but Insomniac went just a tad too far here. Does the overbearing humor make the game less fun? Not really. The gameplay is THAT good. It's almost like Insomniac knew they had a hit on a gameplay level and decided to insert random jokes into the outline of an actual story. And that's ok. Because Sunset Overdrive is one of the funnest games I've played in a long time. Some of the story missions get a bit tedious (I'm looking at you trash boat) but overall I was so invested in the experience because of how fine-tuned the controls were. Grinding around on wires and shooting ridiculous weapons at energy drink infused monsters is just good fun for the whole family. Sunset Overdrive is one of the best games on Xbox One right now and demands to be played. If you can get past the try-hard humor then you'll find yourself flying around the city and having a blast. There's a fast travel system in the game but traversal is so fun in this game I rarely used it. Buy this game, play this game, love this game. Just don't drink the Overcharge.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best NEW Game of the Xbox One!

      Posted
      Buyer1234567890
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      I have to be honest, I wasn't one of the people looking to purchase this game. I honestly hadn't even heard of it until looking up Microsoft exclusives. I bought two games for my son for Christmas while target was doing the buy two get one free deal again. It was between this and a few other games. I almost didn't pick it. Boy am I glad I gave it a chance. I honestly thought at first by the pictures online and preview that is was going to be dumb. I am 27 years old, I'm very picky with the games I play. I don't tend to sway away for the preferred genres of mine. I have to say that I find myself not being able to put this game down. Just when I think the game can't get anymore insane or have some off the wall comment that makes me bust out laughing literally; it does. The game play is fun. It's new, it doesn't feel like the same old thing with "COD" or games like that. I give Microsoft Studios a 10/10 on this game. I have been looking for a "different" game for awhile. Each game I've got so far on X1 has been good but not great. Everything has just felt so repetitive even though they are great games. But this breathes new live in the shooter genre. Honestly, I would pay full price for the game. I would honestly purchase an X1 just for this game. If you want a new game that is totally different, off the wall, that will make you laugh and totally just enjoy having fun with the X1 console, I think this may be the game your looking for. Give it a shot I don't think you'll regret it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great non-serious, open-world game

      Posted
      SuspendedFate
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      If you're looking for a game that isn't dead set on being super serious and trying to align itself with the real-world, Sunset Overdrive is likely for you. The game constantly makes fun of how itself and other games handle various aspects of games, such as map boundaries being 'Invisible Walls' that you simply cant go through. Or how it doesn't matter if you die in most games as you'll just come back in some cool re-spawn animation. The weapons, as can be seen from any of the game trailers, are also a reminder of how in a video game anything is possible and why not go wild with what they look like and how they function. Containing everything from regular hand guns to explosive teddy bear shooting rocket launchers, to lasers and fireworks. Aside from this Sunset Overdrive is set in an open world that you're free to roam around in as you choose, doing any combination of side-missions and challenges in whatever order you wish to, including re-playing any mission, challenge, or side-mission later for bonus rewards. In addition, there are also tons of clothing options to mix and match, or simply not put on at all. Overall I found Sunset Overdrive to be an very enjoyable game and will continue to play it from time to time along side others games.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      WOW.

      Posted
      Hav0k
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      Honestly Sunset Overdrive wasn't a big blip on my radar initially, but as the videos starting popping up and some of the early previews started talking about what the game was like, I got more interested. Having poured a good 10 - 15 hours into it already, all I can say is I'm floored by how much fun it is and it's quickly jumping to the top of my all time faves list. The humor is great - some folks don't like it, but I've laughed regularly at the jokes, the references, the moments they break the fourth wall, etc. Gameplay wise, it's such a mix of some of my favorite games, it's no wonder I love it. Basically it feels a lot like.... Ratchet & Clank's broad variety of unusual weapons and hordes of enemies to kill with said unusual weapons. Infamous Second Son's open world to explore by traversing quickly like a superhero (grinding, big jumps, etc). Jet Set Radio's mostly automatic grinding and tricks - once you're grinding or performing a trick, it's mostly automatic so you can focus on shooting enemies and switching up weapons. Tony Hawk Pro Skater's non-stop linking of said grinding and tricks. As you traverse the city, you'll naturally learn to perform the grinds and tricks necessary to get from point A to point B.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Sunset Overdrive has some excellent ideas, but...

      Posted
      Hiroxin
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      Sunset Overdrive has some excellent ideas, but its triumphs are sadly suffocated beneath ultra-repetitive mission design and unsatisfying enemy encounters. For most of the time you're playing it, Sunset Overdrive is insistent on reminding you that it is a video game. The campaign, which clocks in at about 9 hours but feels like it goes on for 6 months, is a compilation of fetch quests that appear specifically designed to irritate. The city is littered with monsters (created by the Overcharge energy drink), survivalists, and corporate robots intent on silencing everyone. Your job is to speak to the surviving friendly factions, get them onside, and try to escape. In retrospect, however, Sunset Overdrive is a game that doesn't seem to have been able to build out on its initial promise. For every excellent element, there's a poor design choice ready to scupper it all. Even the free and easy traversal is sometimes hampered by the sudden realisation that there's no music playing, nothing driving you to new heights or better combos. Instead there's just deathly silence, often followed by the observation that the world is empty. Multiplayer (see below) is the highlight of the package, but can't rescue a poor campaign.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      My favorite new ip on X1.

      Posted
      Nate
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      I wasn't expecting a lot from Sunset Overdrive. Leading up to the release of this game, I was unsure if the unique "Tony Hawk with guns" gameplay was something that would work well. I'm glad to say that Insomniac nailed it. Moving around the city doing tricks and shooting bad guys feels great. I often forgot there was fast travel because going from point a to b was so much fun. Take it from a mainly PC gamer, the graphics are impressively detailed and bright. If you wanted to see something that flexes that next-gen muscle, this is it. The missions are ok. Nothing exceptional or groundbreaking for an open world game. The humor has its moments where it made me grin, but it can fall flat at times as well. I wasn't overly impressed with the soundtrack and vibe the game gave off. The punk rock theme gets old quick and lacks variety. This is all very much just personal preference though. Overall, I feel this is a great starting point for the franchise. Insomniac has the basic gameplay down, which is what I believe matters most. If you fondly remember the early Tony Hawk games or 3rd person action games that have color, this is a breath of fresh air. I expect great things from the inevitable Sunset Overdrive 2.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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