E3 2014: Sunset Overdrive Gameplay Explodes Into E3

Published by Josh Britton on June 9, 2014

Sunset Overdrive has splashed with a colorful animated explosion onto the Microsoft E3 Press Conference. Opening with a cinematic trailer that utilized the stark difference between much of the gloom and doom contemporary millitary shooters; this trailer punches you in the figurative face with a collage of colors, bullets, denim vests, and mutating energy drinks.

Basically, the reveal was really cool, see for yourself.

Shortly after the trailer, we were greeted with a gameplay demonstration that seemed to remind me of a mix between Skate, Infamous, and Jet Set Radio all wrapped up in a presentation that makes me feel like i'm watching a Slice commercial.

I think this game is an excellent addition to the upcoming Xbox One lineup, as it will certainly compete with the visually pleasing Sony exclusive The Order: 1886. Accompanied by assistance of other seemingly diverse titles releasing exclusively for the Xbox One, I think we may be in for a very interesting year. Is Sunset Overdrive something that you would purchase an Xbox One for? Is this open world "crash n' thrash" aesthetic becoming something you think is flooding the industry? Let us know and join the discussion with #4PNE3.

Check out this tweet from Jeremy Gulliford where he expresses his feelings about Insomniac's recent move.

Sunset Overdrive is looking pretty awesome, but I can't help but feel betrayed by Insomniac over Overstrike #E3 #4PNE3

— Jeremy Gulliford (@Unigma) June 9, 2014

You can expect this game for a very intense October 28th release date.


  • J52 Avatar
    6 years, 5 months ago

    To me, it looks sluggish, the enemy hordes look boring to mindlessly shoot into, and the "Fight the man" storyline is dumb coming from a Microsoft exclusive with in-game advertisement billboards.

  • G_Frax Avatar
    6 years, 5 months ago

    It's nice seeing Insomniac making their introduction by mocking the remainder of Microsoft's setup.

  • Unigma Avatar
    6 years, 5 months ago

    Poor, poor Overstrike.

  • Moom Avatar
    6 years, 5 months ago

    I really like how it seems to know exactly what it is and doesn't hide it. Overall it looks fun but I have to wonder how long that fun can last because from the looks of it all you do is shoot hordes of enemies and grind on rails. I'm probably going to wait and see how they try and mix things up with this one.

  • Nolan Hedstrom Avatar
    Nolan Hedstrom
    6 years, 5 months ago

    It does look a little slower than I thought it would be but I like the charm and their enthusiasm. If the multiplayer is good and some of the environments and set pieces are well done I might play this depending on if something else convinces me to buy an XboxOne. =P

  • Jager Avatar
    6 years, 5 months ago

    Not a system seller for me but it does look fun. It is just me or has the game's pace taken a hit since they last showed it? It looks a lot slower to me.

    150cc please!

  • George Denison Avatar
    George Denison
    6 years, 5 months ago

    Hmmm... the first trailer mocks modern shooter conventions, but the gameplay footage presents a pretty generic- looking Gears of War-esque boss fight and no real sense of invention in it's mechanics. The way you zip around the open world Infamous style looks reliably fun, but I can see this getting old fast much like the Prototype games did if this is all they've got up their sleeves.

  • Diamond_Eyez Avatar
    6 years, 5 months ago

    Still not entirely sold on this one. It looks fun, colourful and original, but still not sure if it's worth my $60.

  • Avatar
    6 years, 5 months ago

    It seems to be unpopular opinion to say this looks bad. Maybe its great to play but it doesn't seem to justify buying an x-box one for or even dropping $60 if you own one already.