Sunset Overdrive Preview - "Tony Hawk With Guns"

Sunset Overdrive Preview - "Tony Hawk With Guns"

Despite the colorful aesthetic, the language and violence in Sunset Overdrive are hugely adult-oriented.

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I just hope that whoever was responsible for meddling with Overstrike to get us Fuse has either been fired or learned their lesson.

Falterfire:
I just hope that whoever was responsible for meddling with Overstrike to get us Fuse has either been fired or learned their lesson.

I agree. That did look like good old fashioned EA style meddling. "Less cartoony! More modern military!"

So... do you ride skateboards and get points/speed for doing tricks or not?

It does look pretty fun, loving the art style.

I'm looking forward to getting it whenever I possibly get around to buying a Xbone.
Which will only happen after whenever I possibly get around to buying a PS4.

It really sucks that darker tones and a cover system instantly means bad, not like I want this game to be that but the idea alone of those things being bad.

I do believe that you can pick up those "terrible" aspects like cover mechanics, regenerating health and almost monotone color scheme and make a good game out of it in the same way that you can make a good game with none of those things, its all about making the game work with those things in mind and design around that.

What really tainted those things was the amount of times they were poorly used because a different game before did it so well it became popular.

More on topic though it does look like a fun game and trying to offer something a bit different.

Flutterguy:
So... do you ride skateboards and get points/speed for doing tricks or not?

There are no actual skateboards but you do get "points" in the form of the Style meter for doing special moves. You get more "points" for pulling off kills while you're moving! As your meter builds you get more powerful and your weapons become more deadly, and it also feeds into the skill tree system.

"Tony Hawk with Guns"

Wasn't that the same description for Total Overdose?

UltraDeth:
"Tony Hawk with Guns"

Wasn't that the same description for Total Overdose?

Wow blast from the past! Perhaps? The quote is from the Game Director, and I wouldn't have used it if I didn't agree. There are no vehicles in Sunset Overdrive. You need to rail slide, bounce, and zip line to get around.

On the one hand we have seen bright and funny games dowsed with corporate bleach before.

On the other hand, that was EA's fault and this is Microsoft.

On the other, other hand MS made the Xbone so mind numbing stupidity is more than possible.

josemlopes:
It really sucks that darker tones and a cover system instantly means bad, not like I want this game to be that but the idea alone of those things being bad.

I do believe that you can pick up those "terrible" aspects like cover mechanics, regenerating health and almost monotone color scheme and make a good game out of it in the same way that you can make a good game with none of those things, its all about making the game work with those things in mind and design around that.

What really tainted those things was the amount of times they were poorly used because a different game before did it so well it became popular.

More on topic though it does look like a fun game and trying to offer something a bit different.

I don't think their acting like dark is bad, I mean they've done dark before, I just think they're a little tired of dark and wanted to add some color to it. We've seen dark apocalypse, and even the funnier ones are still mostly dark in major themes.

OT: I feel sad to see my precious Insomniac drifting away from my beloved Playstation, but this does look like fun. Hopefully either my brother doesn't move out soon, or they release a kinectless one so I'd actually be willing to own one.

Damn, this could potentially be right up my alley. Absolutely love shooters where fast paced movement is emphasized. I love parkour/grinding game (most specifically jet-grind/set Radio), etc. Sounds like my cup o' tea...

But I'm not likely to buy an Xbone. Any hope at all for it to come to PC?

I don't really trust Insomniac with anything multiplayer since Fuse and All 4 One. But since I don't have/want an Xbone this is all really a mute point, you dropped the ball Sony!

This looks decent, but I wanna see how it "feels". The controls, movement, and how the weapons feel are often kinda...meh in Insomniac games. I'm gonna wait for some reviews, and see if I can try a demo or something to see how it works.

Also, can advertisements / trailers stop constantly comparing themselves to other products in the genre? The whole "you don't need to cower behind a crate", and "so much more interesting than other third person shooters" garbage is annoying.

Tell us what's good about your game, and leave the comparisons to the users. I'm entirely capable of making those decisions myself, thanks. This whole strategy of "the opposition sucks, we rule" needs to die out. If they're confident in what they're selling, that crap is simply unnecessary.

It looks.. decent but sounds like it may be too much of a fluff arcade style experience than something I'd personally want to spend money on. If it were in an arcade (and arcades actually still existed) I'd put a few quarters in but heavily doubt I'd buy the home version.

josemlopes:
It really sucks that darker tones and a cover system instantly means bad, not like I want this game to be that but the idea alone of those things being bad.

I have to agree with this. Sure it's no good when everything is grim and dark, but that approach alone is not inherently a bad one. I find it unfortunate that there seems to be an instant backlash right now to anything that is taking that approach even when it is thematically the right choice for the material. For example, I'd argue that a character like Batman is better when approached in that manner despite the protests otherwise.

This looks a lot like some game I remember anticipating which got canceled or changed completely. Something colorful that looked borderlandesque in a city enviroment, with parkour.

Anyone know what I'm talking about? I can't remember the name... or was that Overstrike/Fuse?

Thank god that we're getting some color back into our mainstream gaming lives. That said, I think the enemies look a little bland compared to the rest of the world, but since I'm just going from screenshots that's not a firm judgment.

It looks an awful lot like a spiritual remake of Jet Set Radio Future for a modern western gaming audience. If it's half as fun as JSRF I'll be really sad I'm abstaining from consoles this generation. I hope the main character's idle animation includes dancing.

 

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