Sunset Overdrive is the new third person shooter video game developed by Insomniac Games as an Xbox One exclusive title and it seems that it may be changing the zombie apocalypse genre for the better. The title is not one’s average slash, hack and shoot action game, it adds a delightful sense of unexpected humor that can entice even the most casual of gamers.
The release trailer of Sunset Overdrive began as a typical war shooter, but transforms very quickly into a comical and witty adventure game. The storyline follows a single individual who is one of the last remaining humans in a world overrun by zombie/alien-type mutants. The year is 2027 and the world has been contaminated by a new type of energy drink that is responsible for the creation of the mass mutants. It is now up to the player to fight off hordes of these disfigured creatures and attempt to save humanity. The set up sounds fairly generic, but when one gets a taste of the actual gameplay, it is anything but that.
The gameplay and cutscenes within the game is shown as very sarcastic and light-hearted amongst a morbidly violent setting. Players will have the ability to completely customize their own hero, making them either male or female depending on the user’s preference. Gameplay footage also features a series of parkour-like ways of combat. The protagonist can be seen running alongside walls, zip-lining on wires and of course making good use of a gun.
The script reveals humor that breaks the fourth wall and is rather refreshing to see the works of light comedy mixed in something that would originally be considered a dark drama. When the narration of the hero begins by asking viewers if they have what it takes to save the city and defeat the mutants, he answers the rhetorical question by stating, “Of course you can. It’s a f*****g video game.” With language such as this, the game is obviously aimed at older and more liberal audiences. Sunset Overdrive has also received an “M” for “Mature” rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), making the game suitable for ages 17 and up.
The Xbox One will also receive a new model with the release of Sunset Overdrive. A special edition of the console will be released in a bundle package with a copy of the game included. The new model features a sleek, all-white edition that gives a fresh new look to the Xbox One. Microsoft seems to be reversing their marketing campaign as the original Xbox 360 was white and the newer, updated models of the 360 were primarily black. The release of the Sunset Overdrive bundle package is intended to boost sales in the console as well as draw gamers into the world of the new game, hopefully establishing a new fan base. The bundle package will be available for $399.99.
As Sunset Overdrive has the potential to change the zombie apocalypse genre for the better, one can only wait and see if that is true when the game releases on Oct. 28. The release trailer for Sunset Overdrive can be viewed below.
Opinion by Cody Collier