Generally favorable reviews - based on 89 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 89
  2. Negative: 0 out of 89
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  1. Nov 25, 2014
    This is the sort of game that people buy a new console for. It’s just that good. Sunset Overdrive celebrates the things that set us apart as gamers, and it draws strength from those differences. It never loses sight of the fact that fun trumps all in this sort of escapist fantasy.
  2. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive doesn’t take itself seriously, making the action and character of the game stand-out about as much as its vibrant color scheme. Sequences that slightly alter gameplay or offer up a big boss manage to delight beyond most of what’s available on the latest consoles today.
  3. Oct 27, 2014
    The bottom line is that regardless of whether we're talking about character appearance, weapons, special abilities or buffs, Sunset Overdrive piles the number of options you can choose from sky-high. No matter who you choose to be, what weapons you equip, what playstyle you choose, or how you deck out your secondary abilities, everything feels valid and worthwhile.
  4. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is the most fun I've had in a game so far this year. A brilliant combination of all the best parts of other open world games, complimented with really enjoyable traversal mechanics and a unique sense of style and humor.
  5. Oct 27, 2014
    There’s no question Sunset Overdrive lives up to the hype. It takes a while to adjust to the style of play it demands but once you do, you discover the pure joy that comes from playing a brilliant game. Flitting about the tippy-top of Sunset City, alternating between grinds and wall-runs to blow away hordes of hilarious enemies is a thrill you won’t soon forget.
  6. Oct 27, 2014
    Outside of the mission monotony, Sunset Overdrive is an immensely rewarding experience that has a look and style all its own and a great gameplay package to complement it.
  7. Oct 27, 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.
  8. Oct 27, 2014
    Fact is, I had more unadulterated fun playing Sunset Overdrive than nearly any other game this year. You can tell that Insomniac had a blast making this game, and that joy transferred directly into me as I bounced on balloons in an amusement park, on to the rails of a rollercoaster, and then rained down explosive hairspray bombs to result in a brilliant orange explosion of goo.
  9. Oct 27, 2014
    Outside of a sluggish opening hour, wherein you might struggle a bit getting used to the controls and traveling mechanics, this is one hell of a console exclusive. It’s bright, loud, and occasionally funny, but more importantly Sunset Overdrive is a ton of fun to play.
  10. Dec 19, 2014
    Insomniac's brilliant sense of humour and superb gameplay design is present here as it was in the Ratchet & Clank series. Sunset Overdrive is probably the best Xbox One exclusive game for 2014.
  11. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 25, 2014
    Mercilessly colorful futuristic city where virtually every element can be used for high-speed movement is likely to leave a newcomer more than a little confused. But once you become accustomed to it, mundane walking becomes almost physically painful: you’ll want to jump on the wires, bounce off the roof of some car, slide down the rails and never touch the sinful earth again. [Dec 2014, p.82]
  12. Nov 13, 2014
    Insomniac Games have just given a masterclass in taking a tried and tested game genre and making it feel fresh and fun.
  13. Nov 7, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is the definition of the word “fun.” Insomniac has created something special here. The hilarious plot, unique gameplay, stunning art style and massive, explorable world translate to an unforgettable journey into Insomniac’s not-so-serious apocalypse.
  14. Nov 5, 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.
  15. 90
    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.
  16. Oct 28, 2014
    If you own an Xbox One, this is a must-have game.
  17. Oct 27, 2014
    I don’t think I’ve had this much fun with any other game so far this year, it’s been a true highlight. I can’t wait to jump back in and replay my favourite sections, compete for higher scores and have some fun in the Chaos Squad mode.
  18. Oct 27, 2014
    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.
  19. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive’s blend of shooting, grinding, parkour, fetch quests, and tower defense makes for a complicated soup, but it still delivers a satisfying meal at the end of the day.
  20. Oct 27, 2014
    For action fans, Sunset Overdrive is a must-have title.
  21. Oct 27, 2014
    I can’t stress enough how much I love the look and feel of Sunset Overdrive. The style alone was worth the price of admission. Everything about it feels fresh. It isn’t derivative of other games, even though it borrows heavily from several.
  22. 90
    Insomniac Games is back with more madness and more insane weapons in a sandbox game that is sure to entertain.
  23. Oct 27, 2014
    This is currently the best exclusive the Xbox One has to offer.
  24. Oct 27, 2014
    With its action spectacle, Insomniac’s new game is ridiculously entertaining. Sunset Overdrive is just plain amazing, and hopefully it gives rise to a new franchise.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Oct 27, 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.
  28. Oct 27, 2014
    I went into Sunset Overdrive thinking that it’d be a fun, interesting smaller adventure in between the big blockbuster releases; now, it’s probably the most enjoyable game I’ve played so far this generation.
  29. Oct 27, 2014
    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.
  30. Oct 27, 2014
    The best thing about Sunset Overdrive is how it's unabashedly enthusiastic about what it is, in just about every way. That enthusiasm, and the freedom behind it, is contagious.
  31. Oct 27, 2014
    Big, gorgeous, and a hell of a lot of fun. Never has getting from point A to point B in an open-world game provided so much enjoyment. It provides some of the most fun, frantic, and fantastic gaming I've had on the Xbox One.
  32. Pelit (Finland)
    Nov 15, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive’s supercharged hyper parkour has a bit steep learning curve, but once you master it, this sandbox shooter shows its true colors. It's totally over the top, always on the move and absolutely hilarious. [Nov 2014]
  33. Oct 29, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive may not be the deepest experience, but it’s a game that shows evidence of immaculate craft.
  34. Oct 27, 2014
    It is loud, it is silly and wonderfully weird. The mixture of skate action reminiscent of Jet Set Radio, the ludicrous weaponry Insomniac is known for and open world rail shooting delivers an arcade action overkill I haven’t seen in quite a while.
  35. Oct 27, 2014
    A very different game from anything else Xbox One has to offer; colorful, hyper-frenzied, spectacular and packed full of hilarious pop culture references. With slightly less repetitive gameplay and maybe a higher challenge level, it would have been perfect.
  36. 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.
  37. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive may have a few flaws inherent to many open-world games and lack 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.
  38. Oct 27, 2014
    The look, feel, and sound won me over. Forgiving the mission structure and forgetting the tower-defense junk, this is pretty much what I would expect from an action shooter for this console generation.
  39. Oct 30, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is, without a doubt, a refreshing experience thanks to its fun mechanics and accessible gameplay. Breaking the fourth wall to address the player directly almost the whole time is its backbone and even when comparisons won't be in short supply, the incredible presentation, humor and addictive parkour will establish Sunset Overdrive as a must have game for every Xbox One owner.
  40. Oct 28, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is creative and unique, especially in presentation and gameplay. It is too bad the mission structure is conventional, but we cannot be bothered as we have missed raging through a city Crackdown-style and Sunset Overdrive brings back that same grin on our faces.
  41. Nov 6, 2014
    That's pretty much all there is to Sunset Overdrive. You've got a skateboarding meets shooter game taking place in an irreverent Day-Glo punk rock world. And if that description appeals to you, you're going to love the game.
  42. Oct 27, 2014
    Quotation forthcoming.
  43. Oct 27, 2014
    Crazy, fun and original. Insomniac brings a fresh mix for those looking for action in a way they've probably never seen before.
  44. Oct 27, 2014
    Ironically, Sunset Overdrive resembles a lot the weird energy drink the game revolves around: refreshing, crazy-cool and full of bubbles (yet with a not fully convincing aftertaste). In the end, it's a solid and pleasing exclusive, but far from a killer application.
  45. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is a fun and well crafted free roaming. Insomniac played it a bit too safe and their game isn't able to deliver on all of its excellent promises.
  46. Hyper Magazine
    Feb 9, 2015
    Probably the best next gen exclusive we've seen so far. It's not perfect but a great return to form for Insomniac. [Issue#257, p.56]
  47. CD-Action
    Jan 9, 2015
    A game that would be even cooler if it didn’t try so hard to be cool. To love it you need to switch off the part of the brain responsible for good taste, but in return Sunset Overdrive relentlessly strokes the part responsible for pleasure. [13/2014, p.76]
  48. Nov 21, 2014
    Excellent fun, occasionally hilarious, very American and worth your time.
  49. Nov 13, 2014
    I can't blame anyone for being initially put off by the somewhat obnoxious sense of humor, but anyone passing on Sunset Overdrive will be missing one of the freshest and most exhilarating games the genre has seen in years.
  50. Nov 7, 2014
    It sometimes loses itself in its own parody, but Sunset Overdrive is one of the funniest games you can play right now on Xbox One.
  51. Oct 31, 2014
    Insomniac gets back to what it does best with this smirking, fast-moving romp through a gleefully silly open world.
  52. Oct 28, 2014
    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.
  53. Had Sunset Overdrive come out late August, there’s a good chance it would have gotten a lot more time to embed itself into people’s consciousnesses. Now, I hope that some of the interesting things the game does are enough to get it noticed in the deluge of big fall games.
  54. 80
    The wackiness never clicks, but the relentless combat momentum certainly does. It won't change the world, but does a very good job of splattering it with mutant blood.
  55. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is fresh air through the open world genre. Skating, bouncing, wall-running; it does not just look awesome, it feels awesome. Most of the missions are a one-trick pony, but changing the guns you use makes that repetitiveness fade away.
  56. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is a very nervous game with colorful graphics, which offers a mix between Jet Set radio and Crackdown. In spite of very repetitive sequences, the length of the game makes it quite a good investment.
  57. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive made us laugh and smile, revealing a unique value for Xbox One. The colorful world, many of the jokes and the original gameplay wowed us, accompanied by satisfactory graphics and lots of fun.
  58. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is an easily recommendable game for anyone who has an Xbox One. It offers diverse gameplay thanks to the customization options; it gives immense enjoyment to slide quickly through the city to the sound of an electrifying Punk Rock soundtrack, and graphically is irresistible.
  59. Oct 27, 2014
    Easygoing, addictive fun wrapped in beautiful graphics.
  60. Oct 27, 2014
    A breath of fresh air in a stagnant, overpopulated marketplace of gritty shooters.
  61. Oct 27, 2014
    The gameplay mechanics are just so spot on that you can't help but enjoy yourself even if you are just cruising around the city. Luckily, between the hundreds of collectibles, tons of challenges with leaderboards, and enjoyable multiplayer, you will always have more to do than just that. This is the most fun that I have had on the Xbox One to date.
  62. Oct 27, 2014
    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.
  63. Oct 27, 2014
    Fans will recognize its knack for inventive weaponry and nicely-designed traversal, but the two haven't been joined in this way before. Those elements make this rebellious teen something special that even its sometimes overwrought attitude can't dampen.
  64. Oct 27, 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.
  65. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is a great game, and with unrivaled freedom of movement, extremely fun dialogue and chaotic combat, it’s never boring. It might, on the other hand, be a bit too crazy, and the mix of traversal and shooting never quite matches up.
  66. Oct 27, 2014
    It’s a real breath of fresh air to travel around an open world with such wild abandon, and the variety of enemies combines with the general movement to make fun the most important aspect of the whole package.
  67. Oct 27, 2014
    Insomniac Games has crafted an excellent game in Sunset Overdrive. It's not without a few niggling issues, but you'll be too busy enjoying yourself to care. You can compare it to games like Crackdown, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and Ratchet and Clank, but by combining the best elements of those games into a single package and injecting it with an anything goes, rock and roll attitude, you'll never think of it as anything but a singular achievement that stands tall on its own merits.
  68. Oct 27, 2014
    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.
  69. Oct 27, 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.
  70. Oct 27, 2014
    When the "grind&gun" works at its best, Sunset Overdrive is a joy to play, and the time needed to master the controls is well spent. On the other hand, the screenplay can't keep up the pace, offering boring characters and anticlimax, and the characters' growth in strength is slow and weak. Hundreds of collectibles and copycat secondary missions don't add much to the short main story mode: a true shame, since a more balanced offer in terms of gameplay and missions could have made a great exclusive out of Sunset Overdrive.
  71. Oct 29, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is a fun romp through a unique world that mostly succeeds in despite of it’s overbearing attitude.
  72. Oct 27, 2014
    An awesome character and a big open world to play in, that's what you get in Sunset Overdrive. Lots of weapons, power-ups, mutants and a great way to travel, making it an unique experience for every player.
  73. Games Master UK
    Dec 21, 2014
    An energetic and different shooter that can occasionally be too loud for its own good. [Christmas 2014, p.54]
  74. Edge Magazine
    Dec 6, 2014
    Best approached as you would any caffeinated energy drink. In small gulps, it offers an exhilarating sugar rush, but too much will leave you with a headache. As such, it's best consumed in moderation. [Christmas 2014, p.104]
  75. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Dec 1, 2014
    Its best elements are subdued by a repetitious structure. [Issue#118, p.52]
  76. Nov 12, 2014
    A colourful urban action game that will torment you at first but eventually reward you with its loopy freestyle riding. The game has a bit dull and drab content, and our fellow country gamers will probably get annoyed experiencing humour of the American teenagers. However, as a smaller crazy alternative to GTA it works great.
  77. Oct 29, 2014
    It doesn’t lack for content, then, but those looking for something filling and nutritious may feel short-changed by the game’s adolescence and humdrum tasks. But sometimes you simply need a sugary, cathartic snack. Taken under these circumstances, at least, Sunset Overdrive’s giddy blasting often hits the spot.
  78. Oct 29, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is a colorful adventure that offers great and fun combat against a crazy amount of enemies. Unfortunately many of the missions feel like a chore, and both the city and especially the survivors are uninteresting. Despite the flaws Sunset Overdrive is still a good game that entertains while it lasts, but it isn’t a very memorable experience.
  79. Oct 28, 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.
  80. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is a cool and very fun game for all arcade and open-world fans, but it's not really the must-have Xbox Owners were waiting for.
  81. Oct 27, 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.
  82. Oct 27, 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.
  83. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is a fun shooter with a couple of interesting mechanics and a strong style, but the lack of variety is a major issue for the latest game from Insomniac.
  84. Nov 4, 2014
    What Sunset Overdrive was shooting for was punk. Where it landed was mallternative.
  85. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 5, 2015
    Fast, playful and colorful game that does have style and dynamic action, but also a pretty dull story that soon becomes boring. [Issue#248]
  86. Dec 8, 2014
    It seems like it was made for an audience of gamers over a decade ago, brimming with try-hard references and cringe-worthy jokes. Penetrate the skin, and you’ve got a serviceable game at the core. But a ten-hour journey to the centre of what makes Sunset Overdrive good feels more like a voyage to the centre of the earth.
  87. 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. In the end its hero escapes the purgatory of a boring job and successfully wreaks revenge on the judgmental consumers he once served. But the game itself does little to undermine the increasingly over-familiar, open-world establishment, instead quietly celebrating the status quo.
  88. Oct 27, 2014
    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.
  89. Oct 27, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive has some excellent ideas, but its triumphs are sadly suffocated beneath ultra-repetitive mission design and unsatisfying enemy encounters.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1496 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Oct 28, 2014
    Don't listen to the negative reviews, odds are they are Sony fan boys who wanna hate because this game isn't on their system. I have playedDon't listen to the negative reviews, odds are they are Sony fan boys who wanna hate because this game isn't on their system. I have played about 11 hours so far and have had a blast! This is truly the first real next gen game to come out, and a fun one at that. The multiplayer could use more modes and be more linear, but the story and main mode that is offered. There is so much to do and see and also collect that this should keep you entertained for weeks and months, I highly recommend this game to anyone that is looking to have fun and blow stuff up. Full Review »
  2. Oct 28, 2014
    Sunset Overdrive is beautiful, fast and frantic.

    I've been zipping and bouncing all over the map, just checking out the scenery and this
    Sunset Overdrive is beautiful, fast and frantic.

    I've been zipping and bouncing all over the map, just checking out the scenery and this game delivers!

    Chaos Mode is definitely chaotic and ridiculously fun.

    I need to get better at grinding and jumping!

    Can't wait to really dig into this tomorrow, my one glorious day out of the kitchen.

    It's every bit as fun as ratchet n clank mixed with Tony Hawk and jet set radio sounds. BUY this game!!!
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  3. Oct 28, 2014
    This game is pretty fun! Definitely a nice change after the disaster that Destiny ended up being.

    It's exactly what I expected; fun, laid
    This game is pretty fun! Definitely a nice change after the disaster that Destiny ended up being.

    It's exactly what I expected; fun, laid back, and just a chill story. It doesn't try to turn the story into something it isn't, which I think is nice. I personally didn't buy this game to find some massive epic tale. I noticed other people complaining about the story not being detailed enough but I think some people just need to chill out and enjoy what this game is about - having fun.

    In terms of controls, they're good...but the lack of options for different layouts is annoying. I expected killing enemies to be difficult with all of the moving and jumping but the game's aim assist helps out a lot in that regard so it's never frustrating when using non-AOE weapons.

    The atmosphere, environment, and graphics are all eye candy. This game is really gorgeous to look at, but you end up missing out on some of the scenery just because of the amount of action that can be going on sometime.

    The sound track in the game is a punk rock loop that picks up the pace with the gameplay. I like it right now, but I was a huge punk rock fan when I was in high school. I also have some minor concerns of it getting repetitive after a while of playing. The nice thing is that you can turn off the music in the menu if it bothers you and just snap some music of your own.

    Gameplay is fast paced but easy on single player. I rarely die, and if I do it's because I was messing around and not killing enemies. It would be cool to see a no enemy free running mode added in. But I'm not sure what the chances of that happening are. Overall it's a blast to just run around blowing stuff up though. As I mentioned before, the game doesn't take itself seriously and it always seems to have that fun feel to it even when you're just messing around. You can choose to do wall running, grinding, bouncing, and combine them together with a nice variety of weapons to continue finding new ways to kill hordes. Adding these aspects with a style meter that increases your damage output in special ways ends up making for a nice change of pace from killing cops and doing car chases in GTA.

    In terms of character customization, you have two categories; ascetics and abilities. They've done an awesome job allowing you to make your character the way you want. From different clothes, to tattoos, and even funny hats. As for abilities, you have Amps, and Overdrives.

    The Amps allow you to modify your weapons to gain additional abilities like lightning and extra explosions. The other type of Amps allow you to change your melee speciality, use a defensive roll, cause explosions from things you bounce on, along with various other bonuses you receive as your style meter increases.

    The Overdrives allow you to tailor your character to your particular playing style. Whether it's increasing damage to specific enemies, gaining additional ammo for weapons, or modifying how easily you generate style. The downside to the overdrives, is the only way to know what weapon class each weapon falls into is to pay attention when they level up, and when you're fighting giant hordes this tends to be the last thing on your mind. Hopefully this is fixed in an update down the road, but it's a fairly minor issue so it's not life changing if it isn't addressed.

    Overall this game is very good, it's balanced very nicely and combines existing game mechanics from other awesome games over the year into something that is cohesive and fun. On top of that, the game knows it's a game, so the light hearted story is fun to play through while not delving into anything too serious.
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