Hey everyone! Welcome back to TGON Plays! Recently I was able to play Sunset Overdrive, and before I get into it’s storyline and gameplay I have to say this: It has become my newest addiction. I was hooked within the first ten minutes of playing. So with that said, let’s dive right in.
Mutants have attacked and overrun Sunset City and it’s up to you, the nameless main character, to save it from destruction. After working the garbage bins at Fizzco’s debut party o their newest energy drink, “Overdrive,” Main Character (We’ll start calling them MC), is one of the first to engage the mutants. It seems “Overdrive” has some unnatural effects when the drinker downs too many. These mutants, aptly named “The OD,” come in many different shapes and sizes.
For example, Poppers explode when they get too close to MC. Blowers have a melded on, amped up leaf-blower type machine that targets and shoots acidic slime at you. Then you have various other versions of “The OD,” from ones that can spawn other “OD” out of their weird dumpster-shaped backs, to construction-influenced ones that can pick up portions of the street and chunk them at you.
The goal and purpose of this game is to find your way out of the city and let the world know what happened to its’ citizens. Fizzco has covered up the story by telling the rest of the world that everyone in the city died of a virus outbreak. Your character is unintentionally saddled with the destiny to release the truth to the press. To do this, you have to jump through a lot of hoops, make connections with other survivors, and cover the backs of your friends. The funniest, and most interesting part of this is that MC is very self-aware. It’s not that they know “Hey, I’m in a video game,” but they’re aware of the announcer voice-over that guides you, as well as the fact that they can respawn should they die. Speaking of which, the respawn comes in various ways. What I mean by that is this: When you die, you could respawn by bursting out of an egg, flying a rocket into the ground and jumping off of it, or dropping down from a rope like you just helicopter’d your way into the combat. It’s hilarious, keeps it interesting, and makes me want to play it for hours until I’ve seen it all.
Now let’s discuss the overall gameplay. Your character is customizable not only in the beginning of the game, but throughout the story as well. There are characters at various points in the game that can help you edit your clothes, body art, hair style, and even change your facial features and height. You can also customize, edit, and upgrade your weapons cache. On top of these already badass features and storylines, this bright and colorful game allows you to play online and conquer various maps. If you asked, I would definitely say this game is a combination between Mirror’s Edge, Borderlands, and has just a dash of iZombie qualities, all while remaining entirely unique. I will say it’s intense and fast paced, so if that’s not your kind of game to play, it’s just as enjoyable to watch.
Now here comes the bad news: This game is only available on Xbox One. It’s not formatted to any other platform, though I’m sure you intelligent PC gamers can find a version on the computer. It’s also free for Xbox Live Gold Members until the end of April, so if you have an Xbox One and haven’t snagged this off the Free games list, go do that right now. Sorry PlayStation gamers, but if you get to have The Last Of Us without sharing then we get to have Sunset Overdrive. It’s only fair. Anyway, that’s all I have for this round, tune in next week for another TGON Plays!