In a world where shooters are, as a rule, only supposed to use shades of grey and brown (and occasionally beige), Insomniac Games stormed into E3 2013 with a cinematic trailer for Sunset Overdrive, a cartoonish open world third-person shooter that's quite literally fueled by caffeine (or possibly something else - we're not quite sure what the ingredients of OverCharge are).
An exclusive for the Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive so far looks somewhat like a zanier version of the PS4 game inFAMOUS: Second Son, complete with special abilities (amps) and extreme verticality that allows players to run along walls, surf along or under ziplines, and bounce off cars and other objects to reach higher ground.
Insomniac has been releasing a new video each week showing off a different aspect of Sunset Overdrive's gameplay, and this week's video touches on traversing the map. The vertical levels in the game function like difficulty levels, so the street-level "playground" is very easy to get around in by running and grinding. As the player climbs higher and higher, however, they will have to work harder to combo moves and stay at the top without tumbling down.
The video also answers a fan question about the sidequests in the campaign mode. An earlier gameplay video introduced some of the factions in the game, like samurai warriors True Bushido and the LARPing Fargarths, and players can perform tasks for these and other characters in the city to earn more narrative backstory, cash, amps and vanity items.
Finally, the video invites LA residents (or anyone who feels like a road trip) to come along to a Sunset Overdrive event at the Century City Microsoft Store in Wednesday 11th June, which will include a chance to get a hands-on preview of Sunset Overdrive and meet some of the development team.
Some of the marketing for Sunset Overdrive has felt a little like Insomniac is trying too hard, especially with words like "super awesome!" and "outrageous!" being used at every turn, but none of that will matter so long as the game itself delivers. Hopefully soon we'll get to find out just when the delivery date will be.
Sunset Overdrive is being developed exclusively for the Xbox One for an unannounced release date.
Source: Insomniac Games