Gaming Roundup: Kick Into Sunset Overdrive This Halloween

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Sunset Overdrive isn’t exactly your classic Halloween video game, but hey—there are mutant zombies, so… close, right? Insomniac Games’ fast-paced rail-based shooter took E3 by unexpected storm earlier this year, going from virtual unknown to being touted as a franchise-defining title for a console sorely in need of one at the time—the Xbox One. The much anticipated game launched this week, just in time for October 31st. Is it worth your time?

Sunset Overdrive is set in 2027 in Sunset City, a metropolis now overrun by a plethora of mutants, zombified by the effects of a new energy drink launched by corporate powerhouse FizzCo. That’s… well, all you really need to know about the setup. The rest of the game basically involves riding rails around the city at breakneck speeds, finding ridiculous/awesome weapons, and fighting mobs of mutants and gigantic bosses.

Critical reception of the game has generally been positive. The game plays as a high tempo third-person hybrid of Dead Rising and Serious Sam, with a heavy dose of Tony Hawk thrown in for good measure. The rails set up seemingly everywhere in Sunset City make every battle a physics-defying high speed endeavor that will leave you gasping for breath. Sunset’s art style is deliberately playful, vivid, and bright; the game is clearly designed to tap into a stylistic vein, awarding more points to the creativity of your kills rather than the number. If you’re a fan of light-hearted, arcade-y shooters that you can quickly hop into with a friend or eight, you may want to give Sunset Overdrive a look.

Sunset Overdrive is available now for the Xbox One.

In other gaming news this week, Destiny gets an expansion, the Xbox One gets a price drop, play X-Wing and Tie Fighter once more, and Telltale’s Game of Thrones is on its way. Read on!

  • Destiny’s first expansion, titled The Dark Below, launches on December 9. The add-on will feature story expansion, new weapons and equipment, and a higher level cap, among other things.
  • Wii U sales have trended up over the last financial quarter, resulting in a net profit of about $130 million for Nintendo. Thank god for Mario Kart still being a draw, eh?
  • The Witcher 3 continues to look incredible. Check out the game’s opening cinematic.

  • Dying Light, Techland’s intriguing follow-up to Dead Island, has been cancelled for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The developer claims their latest zombie shooter would require too many compromises to run properly on last-gen technology.
  • If you’ve been waiting for new consoles to drop in price a bit, now’s your chance to pick up an Xbox One package for $50 less than retail price—a promotion that runs through the holidays.
  • Winter is coming, and with it comes Telltale’s first season of the Game of Thrones video game, due out this year. Like they did with The Walking Dead, look for Telltale to situate an entirely new story within Westeros… and look for it to be good.
  • From Software, developer of the merciless smash hit Dark Souls franchise, is hard at work on their latest Gothic horror IP, Bloodborne, and from what we’ve seen so far, it’s looking pretty damn good.

  • X-Wing. Tie Fighter. KOTOR. ALL AT YOUR FINGERTIPS ONCE MORE. Go thank GOG.com, guys. Seriously. Go do it.

If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

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