Critics have praised the newly released game “Sunset Overdrive”


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The new game “Sunset Overdrive” features intricate and colorful game design.

Jarrod Urrutia, Contributing Writer

The new video game, “Sunset Overdrive,” released by Insomniac Games on Oct. 28, delivers a fresh new experience with style, gameplay and comedy that will keep you playing for hours.

“Sunset Overdrive” is an open world third-person shooter developed exclusively for the Xbox One. The game is set in the fictional dystopian coastal establishment of Sunset City in the year 2027, and the player  is tasked with ridding the city of mutants created by a company called FizzCo and their distribution of an energy drink called OverCharge Delirium XT, or OCD. Along the way the player meets and helps other survivors in one of best written comedy storylines from the current gaming generation

Once you start the game, you are thrown right into the gameplay experience as you find yourself on a moving train surrounded by mutants trying to break inside and rip your head off. From there you are left to discover the world Insomniac Games has created for you. The world is beautiful and captivating, from its heavily stylized buildings akin to somebody throwing rainbows at your face because of how colorful they are. It also features comedic moments, like when you discover a shotgun complete with two metal balls hovering below the barrel.

Insomniac Games is widely known for its work on the “Ratchet and Clank” and “Spyro the Dragon” series, and those influences are clear in the open world and objective-based gameplay with a similar, familiar feel that welcomes fans of Insomniac with open arms.

The game has been well-received by critics, as shown by its stellar score of 82 from Metacritic, a review aggregator that calculates the average rating given to the game by the majority of known video game reviewers such as IGN and Joystiq.

“Sunset Overdrive” has a varied, albeit familiar mission structure. Players will tackle objectives that include traveling from point a to point b to taking down bosses. While this may be unappealing for creating formulaic gameplay, traversing and experiencing the world of Sunset City turns these objectives into an outright joy. Running around and taking in the sights of the city while gunning down baddies with weapons ranging from laser guns to acid super soakers lets players tackle the objective however they see fit, granting them a sense of freedom that will keep them playing for hours on end

Among many games released in recent months, such as developer Bungie’s new Intellectual Property “Destiny,” that utilizes gameplay mechanics of completing tasks for in-game rewards that grant you satisfaction as a player, “Sunset Overdrive” is a breath of fresh air in that the satisfaction comes from the gameplay itself. Combined with excellent and quirky gunplay that involves, for example, shooting groups of mutants with exploding teddy bears, you will find that much of your enjoyment will come not from completing your mission, but from the journey you take through the world in order to reach your end goal.

It is refreshing to see a game that champions the journey over the destination once again, and combined with its captivating world and excellent story, “Sunset Overdrive” is definitely worth picking up and giving a try.