Percentile Rank

Sunset Overdrive is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 82 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

82%

Critics Recommend

Based on 82 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Gamestyle
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 20, 2014

It's a good 20 or so hours of blue-sky fun with enough distractions to keep you playing for a good while, even if the replayability is, sadly, almost zero.

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Gamers FTW
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 28, 2014

The voice acting is superb as well, the comedic timing is spot on and the writing really doesn't put a foot wrong.

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TechnoBuffalo
Buy
Buy
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is a game that Xbox One owners absolutely must have and that Insomniac fans can be proud of. It's pure fun.

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Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Oct 26, 2014

An interesting combo of shooting and skateboarding that's sadly buried beneat a grating tone and gross aesthetic.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 6, 2014

Sunset Overdrive can't escape the fact that it's a harmless product of the machine it pretends to rage against. After all, it's hard to keep defiantly flipping the bird at authority and the conformity of comfortable adulthood when you're the middle-aged guy calling the shots and your milieu has become interchangeable from the culture at large it claims to be subverting. Squint hard enough and all that angry fist pumping looks an awful lot like an eager thumbs up for the status quo.

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Scored Reviews

Examiner
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is not the best game I've played on Xbox One, it's the best game I've played all year. From start to as finished as an open world game can get, the game keeps you engaged, dangles carrots enough to keep you motivated, and injects such a fulfillment of power fantasy that the game sticks with you. Sunset Overdrive energizes, and proves that giving an extremely talented studio like Insomniac the trust and funds to do what they creatively envision on a new IP is a huge bet, but one that Microsoft saw value in. This bet pays off in the best way imaginable.

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Game Revolution
Oct 23, 2014

If I couldn't recommend the game to you based on its intense sense of motion or wild enemy and environment design, then I'd say the third-person shooter combat and unique upgrades will do the trick.

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Digital Trends
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is the uncontested Xbox One system-seller in Microsoft's fall 2014 lineup.

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The Game Fanatics
9.6 / 10.0
9.6 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2014

The action is over the top in a good way. Traveling around Sunset City is like a roller-coaster ride and the script will often take jabs at itself just to pull a chuckle or two out of you.Sunset Overdrive is arguably top dog at the moment and very much worth a buy. The game rarely feels like a try-hard, because it's lightheartedness allows for it not to be.. Never has there been a game that actually feels like a video game and not an attempt to be an overly serious or dark. As Game Fanatics, we wouldn't have it any other way.

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Gameplanet
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

As an Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive is a real coup for Microsoft, a must-buy for anyone with the system, and for those without as good a reason as any to consider acquiring one.

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

Mission variety is lacking, but it didn't stop me from enjoying almost every second of play for 20-plus hours

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Xbox Achievements
92%
92%
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is one of this year's finest games, chock full with refreshing humour, a vibrant sandbox and some of the most fun gameplay mechanics we've experienced in some time. It's a hit, so do yourself a favour and go out and pick up this son of a bitch.

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Digital Chumps
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

The creative energy fueling Sunset Overdrive is an agent of change for a genre in creative decline. Its jubilant deluge of light and color, meaningful revisions to control and combat, and the sweeping diversity of skill-based missions push the open-world paradigm harder and faster than any of its peers. With Sunset Overdrive, freely accessible content isn't a passive and plodding support structure, but rather a demanding and attractive call for constant engagement.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive provides some of the most fun, frantic, and fantastic gaming I've had on the Xbox One.

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Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive proves that Insomniac's signature brand of gameplay and humor can work well in big, open worlds. The guns feel different and are fun to use, and the game gives you plenty of opportunities to use those weapons. The flexibility in mobility opens up the game for both horizontal and vertical gameplay, and the combination of this and the guns, along with some good level design, encourages creativity. Coupled with a great presentation, it provides an open-world experience with more emphasis on fun than anything else. For action fans, Sunset Overdrive is a must-have title.

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Softpedia
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is a great open world action adventure game that manages to impress through its rich environments, vibrant colors, and tongue-in-cheek attitude. While the missions are somewhat generic and the enemies are a bit cheap in their attacks, it's still an awesome investment for any Xbox One owner.

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Polygon
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is contagiously enthusiastic

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USgamer
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is a welcome change of pace from the dour, serious AAA games we've been playing all year. Insomniac asks "who do you want to be?" with tons of customization options, some great weapons, and a very physical way to get around the city. The game feels a bit light in the content department, but it's undeniably fun.

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ActionTrip
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

At least what they did copy, they did very well, and it wasn't so overpowering it marred any experience I had. The game never stopped surprising me with its parody and humor, and its insane combat never stopped being fun. Annoyances aside, this is the game for anyone itching for something that not only refuses to be taken seriously, it embraces its ridiculosity with open arms.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 27, 2014

Whether you are defending a trash barge, grinding a dragon spine, or flinging bowling balls at exploding enemies, Sunset Overdrive is pure insanity – just how I like it. Come for the crazy, stay for the fourth-wall-breaking fun.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 29, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is just what the Xbox One needed - a distinctive exclusive to set the thing apart from the PlayStation 4. Titanfall was adequate and the Forza games are great for racing fans, but Sunset Overdrive is a glorious breath of fresh air.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

It is fun, and that is the most important aspect of any game for me nowadays. I spent double-digit hours exploring the city, collecting items, and simply destroying anything in my path, and I can't wait to do more. That speaks volumes about a game, and Sunset Overdrive is certainly not one to be missed this holiday season.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 27, 2014

Microsoft Studios tapped on one of the best developers in the business for this Xbox One exclusive, and Sunset Overdrive is a triumphant next-gen coming out party for Insomniac.

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EGM
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive may not be destined to receive the same kind of attention or hype fellow Xbox One releases like Halo: The Master Chief Collection or Titanfall have, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the most creative, enjoyable, endearing, or satisfying gaming options the console has to offer.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
NZGamer

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is a must for fans of fun, witty 4th-wall breaking, fast-paced, open world, third person, action genres. I couldn't recommend it more.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is a game that attacks so many senses, in a good way, that you may just find yourself not wanting to stop playing.  From the visual art style, the amount of things to do on your own, to the multiplayer experience that carries over your progress into your single player story, this game just seems to get a lot of things right.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 27, 2014

Vibrant, exhilarating and absolutely bonkers, Sunset Overdrive provides a refreshing and wildly imaginative take on the apocalypse and is hands-down some of the most fun you'll have with your console all year.

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Gaming Tree House
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2014

Insomniac Games has made some amazing games ranging from Ratchet and Clank to Resistance but Sunset Overdrive is their best game to date. It’s such a special game and is currently the best game you can get for next-gen hardware. It’s a profanity laced, joyride from start to finish. From guns, to visual effects everything about Sunset City is fun, but just remember, its your Awesomepocalypse.

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Forbes
9 / 10.0
Paul Tassi

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

[I]t's been a long time since I've had a game feel relatively off-putting at the start, and then slowly reel me in until I couldn't help but love it by the end. I went to the party, got hammered, made out with a lampshade and went home, full of warm, fuzzy memories. It was an absolutely ridiculous experience that I would heartily recommend to anyone.

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TrueAchievements
Nov 3, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is a blast to play; it looks great, it feels great, it pushes the limits of both the player and the console without straining either. It's why games were games in the first place, and is the best reason to date to upgrade to an Xbox One.

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GameZone
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive has all of the elements of a holiday blockbuster, but it's completely self-aware -- and it totally works in this case. It's a reminder that we don't always have to take games so seriously.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Oct 29, 2014

Appealingly chaotic. It's the first phrase that comes to mind when describing Insomniac Studios' Sunset Overdrive.

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Readers Gambit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is an energetic, hilarious, and colourful entry in Microsoft's ever growing collection of exclusives.

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Geeks Under Grace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is a top-notch entry to the open-world genre. With a fantastic aesthetic and gameplay mechanics, Insomniac Games has delivered one of the strongest games in the Xbox One's library.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

If this is what the apocalypse has in store for us then count me in.

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Pure Xbox
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 27, 2014

Want to know how to make a truly great game? Provide players with a liberating and energetic method of traversal, create an eye-popping urban environment that serves as a massive playground, and do everything you can to promote uninhibited fun within that space. That's the essence of Sunset Overdrive, and it's why we think this is arguably the best new IP so far this console generation.

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AusGamers
8.8 / 10.0
AusGamers
Jickle

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2014

Don't make the same mistake the general public made with Vanquish and Jet Set Radio Future before it - give Sunset Overdrive a look now, before it becomes the centerpiece of numerous retrospectives down the line.

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Bit Cultures
86%
Bit Cultures
Zach Nonnemacher
86%
Aug 16, 2015

Sunset Overdrive achieves what many games unfortunately fall short of. That something is raw enjoyment. The self-deprecating atmosphere serves as a reminder that games are supposed to be lighthearted and fun. Sometimes a little insanity is welcome. The silly story won't be enduring, but the laughs and experiences you have are permanent.

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Pixel Dynamo
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2014

I don't need to sleep yet...or ever

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive may have a few flaws inherent to many open-world games and lacks an engaging narrative, but it's an incredibly fun, vibrant game that's a nice break from the overly gritty tone we see far too often in today's market. After Fuse, this is exactly what Insomniac Games needed.

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ThisGenGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2014

Sunset Overdrive has a lot going for it, with just a little holding it back. It's not perfect, but it is a wonderful addition to the Xbox One library which is growing vastly with new IP's.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive's stylistic gameplay and juvenile attitude doesn't make it a title for everyone. It is, however, an incredibly fun, visually beautiful open-world title that exhibits the best parts of what a sandbox game should be. Tight, stylish movement, engrossing combat and chaotic online fun makes Sunset Overdrive a no brainer for any Xbox One owner.

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Arcade Sushi
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is a lot of things, but most importantly, it's a ton of fun no matter how you choose to play.

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GamesBeat
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is a really good time. If you also regularly run with an online crew that enjoys a good "us versus waves of baddies" modes, you will likely get even more mileage out of it.

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GamingBolt
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is one of the rare games that feels complete in an age where most games feel like a combination of elements from all over the place. Everything in Sunset Overdrive works, from the gameplay, to the art design, the humor, and the combat, and each feeds off the other to create a title that not only feels great, but cohesive as well. Fans of open world games that emphasize freedom of movement, customization, and style won't find much better on the current consoles.

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GameCrate
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive hit all of my sweet spots, delivering a hilarious campaign filled with a crazy arsenal of weapons, intense action, interesting enemies, beautiful graphics, and a fun multiplayer component. If you loved Insomniac Game's Ratchet & Clank series and are looking for a game infused with the same degree of personality, creativity and style, then Sunset Overdrive will surely fit the bill.

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TechRaptor
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is a fun and fast paced third person shooter. If you want to play a game that doesn't require too much and has a good sense of humor then you should enjoy this game.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 27, 2014

There are few games like Sunset Overdrive. It's a comical, highly diverse shooter that has a strong focus on being fun rather than realistic.

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Eurogamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 26, 2014

If you wanted to be uncharitable, you could voice the suspicion that a great many baseball caps were turned backwards in the echoing board room where this project was greenlit, but with the campaign done and the city freshly filled with challenges, I don't really feel like being uncharitable. Beneath the glorious tech, and once the writing relaxes a little, Sunset Overdrive's wonderfully lurid and heartfelt - a bit like playing an old 4AD album sleeve. If you get that reference, you'll probably get this, too.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
80 / 100
80 / 100
Dec 21, 2018

Sunset Overdrvie brings the fun on Xbox One to the PC platform. If you looking for a fun game, a very good alternative on the PC

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2019

Sunset Overdrive is one of the very few open-world games that sets itself apart from the competition with its unique and wacky setting, Parkour system and hectic gameplay experience, and all these are faithfully represented in the PC port. While solid, the port does lack some features that are expected out of a PC game in this day and age: this, coupled with the removal of co-op multiplayer, ends up damaging the experience. If you have no other mean of enjoying the game, however, Sunset Overdrive on PC is more than worthy of your time and money.

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High-Def Digest
Nov 1, 2014

This is the best Xbox One exclusive to date, although competition is a bit slim in that category ('Dead Rising 3' made the jump to PC this year). It reminds me a lot of 'Saint's Row IV', 'Borderlands', 'Jet Set Radio', and even 'Crackdown', and the combination of a self-effacing world and move-or-die gameplay makes it the rare open world treat. While the crowded release schedule this fall may divert attention from it, it is absolutely worthwhile.

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Toronto Sun
Oct 27, 2014

But that's OK. Sunset Overdrive is a welcome response to the gritty, drab and deadly serious shooters that make up the majority of this genre. It sometimes tries way too hard to be funny, but more often than not it's a riotous riff on things that gaming holds dear, and an intoxicating action saga in its own right. As long as you can survive the woozy cough syrup hangover the morning after.

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Game Rant
Oct 27, 2014

Every facet of 'Sunset Overdrive' is bursting with personality, and despite some faults it's still a must-play on Xbox One.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

Despite hitting a few speed bumps along the way, Sunset Overdrive's excellent and addictive gameplay are what stands out from the experience. It make take this gs a little while to get rolling but once the game hits its stride,you're in for one hell of a ride.

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New Game Network
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive delivers a fun, energetic mix of action and platforming, despite some narrative weaknesses and an overabundance of perks.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is like chugging a litre of Sunny-D and then puking it out all over everything. But, you know, in a good way

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

A game that puts player fun ahead of everything else, and is bursting with colour and character.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 26, 2014

It's the rebellious teenager of the Insomniac library. It doesn't always work the way you want it to, and sometimes it's trying entirely too hard, but Sunset Overdrive is ultimately a good kid when you meet it on its own terms.

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Giant Bomb
Oct 30, 2014

Insomniac gets back to what it does best with this smirking, fast-moving romp through a gleefully silly open world.

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The Escapist
Oct 26, 2014

While its commitment to madness can be maddening itself, Sunset Overdrive is an energetic, fun-focused adventure. The jokes don't always hit home, but this is a game that loves being a game, and you can't hate that sort of honesty.

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Dealspwn
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive brings the fun. Though Insomniac's inexperience with open-world games leads to inconsistent mission design and a few oversights, its infectious energy, breathtaking traversal, silly weapons and violently colourful playground make for a brilliant way to blow off steam.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 27, 2014

It might not be the year's most ground-breaking or innovative action game, but Sunset Overdrive is one of the most entertaining. Its mix of grinding and gunplay works beautifully, and the amps and the ridiculous weaponry ensure that slaughtering hordes of slavering mutants never gets old. It's a little too scrappy and repetitive to be a classic, but who cares? Grab your biggest gun and let the good times roll.

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Cheat Code Central
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive delivers on everything they revealed in the E3 trailer. There's so much fun in this game. The script, the story, the weapons, the graphic color palette, the kinetic way you get around in the massive world, everything. I mentioned earlier I loved the freshness of this game, but I can sum it up better than that. Sunset Overdrive is the freshest game of the year, and if you aren't excited to play it then there will be tons of mundane repeaters coming out soon enough to keep you busy. For those of you looking for a little more than the norm, Sunset Overdrive is the game you've been waiting for.

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GamesRadar+
Oct 26, 2014

You've never explored an open world quite like this. Sunset Overdrive's iffy gunplay and inconsistent missions are redeemed by absolutely amazing mobility and an infectious enthusiasm for mayhem.

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Saudi Gamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 20, 2018

It might not offer much over the Xbox One original, but this remains one of the developer's best games and one of the best open-world games ever, with a traversal and fighting system that is both fast and smooth, and with world and mission design that focuses on gameplay first.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive doesn't take itself too seriously, and it's bursting at the seams with colorful action and creativity.

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Bazimag
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2018

if you can experience Sunset Overdrive on Xbox one, then you can easily skip past the PC version but if not you shouldn't miss it. you won't get a polished and easy experience since PC version of Sunset Overdrive struggles a lot with technical issues. but this action adventure title is still worth tolerating those issues and finishing the game at least for once. despite its simple story and monotonous gameplay, Sunset Overdrive is still one of the successful titles of Insomniac, a title that can entertain you for hours with its charming world and bring a funny and sweet experience for you.

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Impulsegamer
3.8 / 5.0
3.8 / 5.0
Oct 28, 2014

Sunset Overdrive wants to be liked and it wants to be different. Badly. The fact that it manages to pull this off in spite of more than a few annoyances is an achievement in itself. At the end of the day, it is a hell of a lot of fun to navigate the city and blast enemies, the customization is enjoyable to mess around with and even some of the attempts at humour land (The re-spawn animations in particular). The shortcomings are there however, and it prevents Sunset Overdrive from being the game it so desperately wants to be seen as.

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GearNuke
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2018

While Sunset Overdrive's PC port is essentially great news for fans of the game, it does cut corners in some noteworthy areas, thus preventing it from offering the definitive experience.

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Telegraph
Oct 28, 2014

Insomniac's zany, colourful blaster is a sugary, cathartic hit best enjoyed in small doses.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is not all bad though. I wouldn't even call many of my stated issues actual complaints. They are more like design choices which I really don't agree with.

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GameTrailers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2014

There's a lot of greatness within Sunset Overdrive, but it's obfuscated by a lack of difficulty and an aggravating tone. Ultimately, it's worth dealing with the game's worst moments to enjoy the many things it does get right. When you're darting around the world like a ninja in a denim jacket, there's nothing quite like it. If there is a next time for Sunset City, and hopefully there is, maybe things will come together more smoothly than they have here.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 26, 2014

Shallow, simplistic, and never quite as funny as it thinks it is, but there's still more energy and imagination at work here than most other new next gen franchises.

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Daily Dot
Oct 28, 2014

Sunset Overdrive tries too hard to make you love it

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is solid if underwhelming romp in parts which admirably sets out to poke fun at itself, along with the genre, and inject some joy into proceedings. At times it does, too often it doesn't and it ultimately comes off as a mix of Jak and Daxter along with Tony Hawk minus a lot of the tight gameplay that made those successful. It's really not a system seller, making the Sunset console an oddity but it is a solid open world franchise template which will hopefully improve if we see a sequel in time. Decent but not quite as much fun as it should be.

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PCMag
Dec 18, 2014

Sunset Overdrive wears its inspirations on its sleeve, but sports enough solid action and good humor to be worth a play.

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Kill Screen
62 / 100
62 / 100
Nov 3, 2014

What Sunset Overdrive was shooting for was punk. Where it landed was mallternative.

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VideoGamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive has some excellent ideas, but its triumphs are sadly suffocated beneath ultra-repetitive mission design and unsatisfying enemy encounters.

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games(TM)
6 / 10
6 / 10
Dec 8, 2014

The humour grates, but it's fun to play… eventually

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Digital Spy
Oct 26, 2014

Sunset Overdrive is not lacking in enjoyable moments and ideas, but the overall package doesn't manage to live up to the billing publisher Microsoft has thrust upon it. This is not a revolution as far as open-world games go, it's more of a compendium of recognizable elements that have been twisted just enough to make them seem new and different for the uninitiated.

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Guardian
Oct 27, 2014

Despite these creative flourishes, Sunset Overdrive never quite surpasses the chaotic physics of Just Cause, the coherent style of Blood Dragon or the assured sense of place of GTAV – nor does it manage to draw its story and systems toward a coherent, impactful point.

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