“Together we’ll take FizzCo down! …Or, we won’t, but we’ll get some wicked respawn animations!”
“Before this whole thing started I just floated through life. I know this is gonna crazy, but my life didn’t start until the world came to an end.” Thus begins the official gameplay launch trailer for Insomniac Games’ colorful, fourth wall breaking, open-world traversal shooter, Sunset Overdrive, which boasts “hordes of increasingly difficult enemies, badass hero customization, mutually beneficial faction alliances, and insane insomniacs weaponry.” Story goes like this: people drink tainted energy drink, people mutate into giant horrifying looking monsters, you (the hero!) get to explode them all into pieces. It’s almost enough to get me to swear off energy drinks entirely. Almost.
As someone who typically spends 30 minutes adjusting the left eyebrow alone in character customization menus, one of the big draws for me with Sunset Overdrive is the sheer number of customization options. You’re reportedly able to create whoever you want in terms of body shape, skin tone, gender-neutral style options, etc., for a truly unique player experience. Plus, you know, blowing up scores of mutants with cartoon-y violence. Teddy bear grenade launcher? Come to mama.
Sunset Overdrive comes out October 28 as an Xbox One exclusive. My Xbox-less existence mourns this greatly.