Welcome to the Awesomepocalypse!
It is the near future. Your city has been blown to smithereens. Its population has been killed, or turned into hideous mutants. You have an overpowered arsenal at your disposal, and one mission in mind:
Deal with it.
No, this isn’t Detroit. This is the newest title from Insomniac games, Sunset Overdrive. Despite the title sounding like a 1980’s arcade racer, Sunset Overdrive is far from it. Set in the unnamed city that your character lives in, it looks to be the most light hearted end of the world title we’ve seen in a while. Then again, considering this is the company that brought us Spyro and Ratchet and Clank, you shouldn’t be surprised. Your unnamed hero must traverse the wrecked city, avoiding nasty mutants and fiery death as you try to figure out how to send these demon spawn back to where they came from.
Thankfully you have an arsenal of whacky and conventional weapons at your disposal to combat these nasty intruders, with power ups scattered throughout the game helping you make them ridiculously overpowered and capable of killing everything nearby (cause let’s face it, who wants a fair fight?) it also appears you aren’t alone in your escapades, as the trailer reveals a few friends helping you along the way with some rather unconventional weaponry; from a record shooting crossbow to cans of fizzy drink that seemingly cause your shotgun to produce mini nukes. One can only assume that the rest of your arsenal will be just as capable of upgrading to overpowered munitions; my guess is the BFG will launch mix tapes of Kesha and Pit Bull.
Exploration of the city focuses a lot on the agility of your character; wall running, acrobatic leaps and bounds, ziplines, and much more. Don’t get too cocky leaping from wall to wall though, there isn’t any bales of hay to break your fall in this one. Just streets of angry, mutated…er, mutants. A big city like this, despite its broken and decaying state, is bound to hold hours of adventures and exploring. And fighting, of course. Considering that the developers also made the acclaimed Resistance series you can expect the combat to be pretty solid. Add in some leaps and bounds, ala Assassins Creed, and a huge dose of Ratchet and Clank style WTF insanity, and you’re looking at an action packed, but seemingly more comical way, to welcome the end of society. Prove your parents wrong. Show them that you’re more cut out for this than flipping burgers and serving food.
Sunset Overdrive will be leaping, bounding and blasting its way onto the Xbox One as an exclusive 2014 release.
Written by Ben Rachow