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About Sunset Overdrive

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Genre: Shooter | Publisher: Microsoft Studios | Platform: Console
Sunset Overdrive is an open world third-person shooter game that is exclusive to Xbox One. In Sunset Overdrive, you take on mutants in a wacky, futuristic environment, exploring the world and completing missions along the way.

The game is developed by Insomniac Games, makers of games like Spyro, Ratchet and Clank, and Resistance. If you like those games, you will likely enjoy Sunset Overdrive. The shooting elements, exploration, and humorous presentation are also similar to the Borderlands series.

Sunset Overdrive Basics

In Sunset Overdrive, you traverse the mutant-occupied Sunset City, taking on the monsters infesting the game world. Movement is key, and both exploration and combat focus on speed, with parkour, zip-lines, and creative use of the environment emphasized. There is no cover mechanic, as Insomniac wants players to use their wits to hide from foes.

You can explore the world at you own pace to fight mutants and pick up collectibles, but the bulk of the game is focused on missions. Completing Sunset Overdrive missions earns you money, new items, and Overdrives, which give you permanent buffs to your character.

Core Challenges of Sunset Overdrive

Whether you’re stuck on a rough mission, figuring out the right Amp combination, or just want an extra edge while fighting mutants, we’ve got you covered. Here are three Sunset Overdrive tips and tricks to help improve your game:

Sunset Overdrive Tip 1 – Try Out Amp Combos
Amps boost the abilities of your weapons or change their properties, and thus are always good to have on. With the right Amp installed, a decent weapon can become one that wrecks enemies right and left, and with some creative tinkering, you can end up with a room-clearer you never thought possible. (Hint: explosives are always a safe bet.) Test the waters and find weird combinations of your own.

Sunset Overdrive Tip 2 – Stay Mobile
This is not your usual duck-and-cover shooter game. Sunset Overdrive has no cover mechanic and the game is designed for you to be as mobile as possible. Don’t camp in one place; stay moving to improve your odds, and don’t be afraid to traverse to weird areas of the map using things like the zip-lines. In general, the higher you are, the safer you’ll be.

Sunset Overdrive Tip 3 – Run on Walls
In case the mutants that came from an untested energy drink and the gun that shoots dynamite teddy bears didn’t clue you in, Sunset Overdrive is not a game that adheres to “normal.” You can run along walls by holding the X button and this technique is incredibly useful for both dodging attacks and traversing the city.

What We Love About Sunset Overdrive

Despite technically being a third-person shooter, Sunset Overdrive is way different from the usual games in the mold. Here’s what we like about it:

The Character Creator
The Sunset Overdrive character creator may seem like any other. You pick your gender, race, etc. Same old same old, right? Actually, no. Make your character super fat and stick them in a tutu. Or give them the most obnoxiously colored Mohawk known to man and then make the rest of them strait-laced. Sunset Overdrive’s character creation is wacky, just like the rest of the game, and wicked fun.

The Humor
This is a bizarre, zany game. The bad guys are energy drink mutants. You can run on walls and grind on buildings while killing things with exploding hairspray. This is not a game that takes itself or the laws of physics seriously, which makes it stand out from the rest of the pack.

The Fast-Paced Gameplay
Despite being a shooter, this game has been compared to the Tony Hawk franchise. Combat is fast and frentic and often involves the enemies doing crazy things and you responding by doing even crazier things. You can grind, zip-line, parkour, and wall run in combat.

Top User Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Sunset Overdrive

Are All Abilities Available from the Start? 
No, some abilities, like double jumping and wall running, must first be unlocked from completing an early mission before you can use them.

What Are Badges? 
Sunset Overdrive badges can be earned from missions or by completing certain actions over and over. You can purchase things like Overdrives using them.

Is there DLC? 
Sunset Overdrive DLC first released in December. Insomniac is offering a “season pass” for $20 which lets players redeem all future DLC; thus far, they appear to cost $10 to purchase individually.

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