Almost a month ago Insomniac Games provided the first real look at their new IP, Sunset Overdrive. The Xbox One exclusive crashes the party once more at the Microsoft E3 conference yesterday. With a bang. A new gameplay trailer for Sunset Overdrive perfectly showcases the distinctive madcap nature of the game, which runs counter to that of most modern uber serious shooters.
The latest glimpse of Sunset City is provided through the game's fourth wall breaking protagonist, who isn’t so much about knowing nods and subtlety as much as taking a sledgehammer directly to said fourth wall. The protagonist has a very familiar air about him, the character design and movement in particular being very reminiscent of The Scout from Valve’s hit game Team Fortress 2.
Opening with a typically modern shooter trope of a soldier taking cover under a hail of enemy fire, the trailer seems like it could be any other game for a short while until it quickly becomes clear that this is not just any other typical modern shooter. Enter a punk rock styled protagonist in all his irreverent glory, skating along on a door he recently kicked in. It is from here that the game quickly transforms into a bright, colorful and incredibly fun looking arena of mayhem.
It turns out Sunset City has been overrun by mutants, the victims of one tasty looking energy drink called OverCharge which turned anyone consuming it into neon monsters with a tendency to explode in entertaining fashion.This information is helpfully relayed by the protagonist as he nonchalantly battles a series of monsters while delivering a speech to the camera about needing a hero to save the world in this videogame. As I said it’s a game very much aware of where the fourth wall used to be, before it blasted right through it.
The gameplay is all about the various stylized, inventive and incredibly fun ways to take out the multitude of enemies populating Sunset City. It doesn’t attempt to adhere too much, or at all really, to the realms of realism and it’s all the better for it. Personally, if the single player demonstration is anything to go by, then I can’t wait to get my hands on Sunset Overdrive and its 8 player co-op multiplayer
Sunset Overdrive is set to release October 28 in North America, exclusively on Xbox One