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Sunset Overdrive Gameplay, Screenshots, Details Revealed

by Eric Frederiksen | May 8, 2014May 8, 2014 11:30 am PST

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Sunset Overdrive, but this week is Insomniac’s big media blitz. We’ve already seen the corporate website for the energy drink that figures heavily into the plot, and now we’re finally getting some media showing the actual game, as well as some concrete information about the story.

The Xbox News post on the game says that “the disaster begins when a bad batch of the company’s energy drink, Overcharge Delirium XG, infects those attending a party to celebrate its launch.” The drink mutates the party goers, which starts the spread of the infection.

We’re glad to see, too, that the ladies and gentlemen behind Sunset Overdrive got our memo on color – the color palette and art design have more in common with Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare‘s version of the apocalypse than with Fallout 3.

The game itself – what you’ll be doing in this color infused, energy drink infected city – looks to be pretty close to what we saw in the teaser last year.

The post on Xbox News specifically invokes Prince of Persia, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Jet Set Radio as inspirations and influences. You can’t make a better list than that.

“Laws and social norms are tossed out the window, and Sunset City becomes your playground. Traversal and gunplay are the name of the game, and you’ll be doing them simultaneously. The more impressive your performance — shooting enemies while grinding, taking out groups of them at once, maintaining a constant state of motion — the heavier your damage capabilities become.”

The trailer above shows the character grinding and swinging on rails, leaping fluidly between obstacles, and shooting down enemies all the while. My first impression from the trailer feels like something between Infamous and Dead Rising, and that’s a good thing.

We’re willing to bet this will be playable at E3 this year, as well, so we hope to have some impressions in a few weeks.

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...