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POOSTED 30/10/14


SUNSET OVERDRIVE

Insomniac Games/ Microsoft Studios



Sunrise, sunset. Sunrise, sunset. Cats and the cradle and the silver spoon. Yes, we have no bananas...

But we have lots of soft drink. Or, more pointily, innumerable casualties thereof – and we’re not talking mild cases of bubble-induced dyspepsia. You see, FizzCo’s new energy elixir Overcharge Delerium XT has caused those who went the glug at its launch to, well, become overcharged and delirious. Oh yeah, they’ve also turned into pustule-ridden bubble gremmies. Violent pustule-ridden bubble gremmies.

But you’re you – be it chick or bloke (big tick!) - and as you’re you you decide to clean up the streets with absolutely no thoughts of your own survival. Except for all of them. Whatever, it doesn’t matter, those PRBGs are fucked while you’re on the weapon-wielding case.

That Sunset Overdrive plays out much like a hypercoloured, less furry and metallic Ratchet & Clank isn’t surprising, for the creator of that dynamic Lombax/Robot duo done created this. Magnificent, imaginative weapons ranging from exploding teddy bears to big-arse crazy mofo boomsticks kinda give it away.

Rather than just trundling about grinding the odd rail, grinding’s key to scoring, and also, perhaps more critically, surviving. You’ll traverse rails, bounce off bouncy things and pretty much play keepings off the ground to really succeed. You’ll encounter the odd non-PRBG acquaintance to work with, from redneck TV moguls to private school nerds and beyond. You’ll do fetch quests – so many fetch quests - and discover that ‘grinding’ takes on other connotations as certain missions tend to drag...

Still, controls are fairly forgiving, the action’s thick, fast and flowy and the proliferation of self-reverential humour mostly strikes a fun balance between grin and groan.

If you pushed Saints Row, InFamous, Jet Set Radio, Deadpool and Quentin Tarantino into a vat of Slurm then you just might end up with Sunset Overdrive. But you’d still have no bananas.

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