The year is 2027, and—as we all expected—a giant soda corporation now rules the world. This company, named FizzCo., isn’t all bad, however. In celebration of their newest energy drink hitting the market, Overcharge Delirium XT, FizzCo. throws a celebration so huge, it shuts down their hometown of Sunset City. What no one realizes until the morning after, though, is that a lot of people in Sunset City have overdosed on Overcharge, and it’s transformed them into hideous mutants. It’s now up to you, a FizzCo. employee who was tasked with cleaning up the mess after the party, to clear the streets of the monstrosities any way you can.
Why We’re Hyped
Sunset Overdrive may sound like it throws you into a serious situation, but nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, it feels like Sunset City’s party never stopped as you seize the opportunity to have a little fun at your boss’s expense and clean up the mutant menace at the same time.
By utilizing some slick parkour moves, well-placed ziplines, and timely wall jumps, you’ll be able to bounce all around town and keep the enemies guessing as to what direction you’re coming from next. Of course, you’ll need something to put the unfortunate mutants down for the count, so it’s no surprise that Insomniac’s specialty of coming up with insane weapons is on full display here. There’s the Captain Ahab, a devastating harpoon gun; the TNTeddy, a grenade launcher that fires teddy bears stuffed with dynamite; and the Roman Candle delivers on a booming fireworks display while incinerating the ever-thirsty mutants.
Wrap this all up in a visual style that feels like comic-book pop art come to life, taking full advantage of the new-gen Xbox One system, and Sunset Overdrive will easily push your good times to the extreme.
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Insomniac Games
Platforms: Xbox One
Release Date: 10.28.2014
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