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E3 2014 – Your crates are safe in Sunset Overdrive

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There’s an easy way to describe Sunset Overdrive if you were asked to do so. Imagine Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, mixed with the unending hordes of Gears of War and some of that very same gameplay minus the need to cower behind a crate and you’d have an apt description. But it wouldn’t do the game justice to end it there.

Sunset Overdrive is much more than that, thanks to a healthy dose of energy, anarchy and pure style. The game just oozes with chaotic graphic design, with onomatopoeia explosions being a common sight amidst the waves of enemies.

I got a chance to sit down and try out some co-operative multiplayer on Sunset Overdrive, fending off wave after of wave of infected enemies who were after my energy drinks. And hot damn, it was fun.

Sunset Overdrive (3)

The easy way to play the game is to take your time and be prudent with your shots. The fun way however, is to toss strategy out the window and just start going at your own pace. Pretty much any straight line can be used as an impromptu grinding mechanism where your main character shreds wires and rooftops in order to move around the battlefield more easily.

But it’s those bizarre and anarchistic automatic weapons which up the ante. You can fire off fireworks which explode into a colourful cavalcade of chaos. You’ve got electric harpoon guns to reel the beasties in. Ak-FU’s which belt out damage and insults. And with ammo on each gun being limited, the game forces you to swap between them instead of over-relying on a favourite.

Sunset Overdrive (1)

It was a short dose of Sunset Overdrive, but it was solid. The visuals looked fantastic and original the action was constant and the frame-rate never ever dipped once. After the paint by numbers approach that Insomniac Games took with Fuse last year, they’re finally back doing what they do best: Not listening to anyone and making the kind of game that they want to see people play.

Last Updated: June 11, 2014

34 Comments

  1. Now if only this would come out on PC.
    I’d even settle for PS4 when I eventually get one.

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 11, 2014 at 12:12

      My thoughts exactly. Or like most titles (including Titanfall) It will probably release on most platforms.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        June 11, 2014 at 12:15

        I suspect Titanfall Redux will eventually find itself on the PS4. The Plants vs Zombies 3PS is already on its way. So much for “boner exclusivity”

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        • Hammersteyn

          June 11, 2014 at 12:24

          Exactly and if it skips PS4 it will probably end up on PC anyway which is still a win for most without a “boner”

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            June 11, 2014 at 12:27

            True, although much like the PS3 (which also faced an uphill battle, to eventually smite its rival), all the boner needs is a clear sense of direction, epic leadership and games worth playing.

            Sadly, I don’t think Sunset Overdrive will make a dent for the boner.It’s too… 90s extreme “Bro”. Rather than Call of Duty Bro! <— feast on that Internet! Muahahhahha!

          • Rinceinantici

            June 11, 2014 at 12:36

            Oh no you didn’t!

  2. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 11, 2014 at 12:12

    There’s just something about this game that annoys me, and that obnoxious over-the-top E3 trailer didn’t help at all. I think it’s Bulletstorm all over again. All my peers love it, and laud over it, and I’m left in the rain, with a scowl on my face, contemplating their early demise….

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 11, 2014 at 12:13

      Y U no like Bulletstorm?

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        June 11, 2014 at 12:14

        Because I’m an elderly gentleman scholar with a pipe, moustache, monocle, tophat and a man servant called Jeffrey.

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        • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

          June 11, 2014 at 12:17

          That’s it!!!! OUT OF MY IMAGINATION YOU GO, I CAST THEE OUT!!!

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            June 11, 2014 at 12:30

            You can never be rid of me. Muahahah soon.. soon, you will wear sandals with socks on.

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 11, 2014 at 12:36

            NEVER! I’d sooner buy a console!

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 11, 2014 at 12:37

            What is the average Half Life of a Banana?

          • Rinceinantici

            June 11, 2014 at 12:40

            3? Runs.

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 11, 2014 at 12:45

            3 what? Years? Decades? ….weeks?

          • Rinceinantici

            June 11, 2014 at 13:01

            Half Life s ? 😉

        • Hammersteyn

          June 11, 2014 at 12:18

          LOL same here, except my man servant wears a thong and ball gag, which I find entertaining. That’s probably why I like Bulletstorm.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          June 11, 2014 at 12:18

          False toff gamer! It’s Geoffrey.

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            June 11, 2014 at 12:31

            But, for Geoffrey to be my man-servant, I’d have to invest in a thong and a ball gag.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 11, 2014 at 12:33

            I don’t see the problem, and if he does, well… there’s always the hose.

      • FoxOneZA

        June 11, 2014 at 12:14

        Bulletstorm was a hell of a fun game. Getting drunk and blowing up stuff at the same time 😀

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      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 11, 2014 at 12:18

        Rotten banana!

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    • Pieter Kruger

      June 11, 2014 at 13:07

      Where did the bad MS touch you…..

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 11, 2014 at 13:12

        LOL. There’s an obvious answer to that question. 😉

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  3. Hammersteyn

    June 11, 2014 at 12:12

    This actually sounds like a fun game.

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  4. Rinceinantici

    June 11, 2014 at 12:33

    “There’s an easy way to describe Sunset Overdrive if you we’re asked to do so” Someone needs more rest…

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    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 11, 2014 at 12:37

      XDXD

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      • Rinceinantici

        June 11, 2014 at 12:40

        Or maybe I am being asked to describe it? Okay. It’s the bastard love child of a meet up between someone in dire need of 20mg Ritalin jabs, the obnoxious ‘fuck I’m cool’ of Johnny Noxville with the colours of Andy Warhol tripping in Krusty’s the Clown’s Funhouse.

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  5. Milesh Bhana

    June 11, 2014 at 12:41

    definitely one of the highlights of E3 for me.

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  6. Pieter Kruger

    June 11, 2014 at 12:57

    Bwhahahahaha! Looks like a pure adrenaline fun fest! Can’t wait to play this! Will be a day one purchase for sure just like Halo Master Chief edition! Please MS, stop with all these awesome games and rather give me more indies because, because…… meh, BRING IT!!!!!! ????

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    • Guest

      June 11, 2014 at 21:57

      Can you go one article without taking jabs at PS4?

      PS4 games not on Xbox One revealed at E3 2014: LittleBigPlanet 3, Entwined, Bloodborne, The Talos Principle, Let It Die, Rachet & Clank, Infamous sidestory, Kingdom Under Fire 2 and tons of indie games. No Man’s Land, Grim Fandango, and ABZU timed exclusive.

      For the rest of 2014 PS4 has the best visuals on every AAA multiplatform console game, TLOU Remake, Driveclub, LittleBigPlanet 3, Infamous sidestory, Oddworld, Natural Doctrine, Tropico 5, Samurai Warriors 4, and other indie games (Hohokum, Entwined, Helldivers, Guns Up!, etc.)

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  7. Pieter Kruger

    June 11, 2014 at 12:58

    Winner for best game at E3?

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  8. bg2001

    June 11, 2014 at 12:59

    good photo

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  9. bg2001

    June 11, 2014 at 12:59

    good post

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