After Hi-Fi Rush I’ve returned to Sunset Overdrive… And what a great game it still is! – Xbox
You know? Sometimes there are games that for whatever reason don’t go well at first and when you let them rest, you end up loving them. That happened to me the first time I tried Sunset Overdrive. I was hyped by my partner Adrián’s review (we’re talking about 2014), and when I played it he didn’t tell me anything. It wasn’t until the following year that I tried it again and BOOM! he was inside in a few minutes. I couldn’t explain the reasons, but it was just as I tell it.
The thing is that although it has rained since the last time I completed the game, it made me want to play it again after finishing Hi-Fi Rush. I don’t know, its aesthetics and casual tone It reminds me a lot of the Insomniac Games proposal. The game features a color palette that is inevitably reminiscent of Sunset Overdrive, and there are quite a few elements that make you think of similarities.
We are in 2023 and Sunset Overdrive continues to look and play great
Anyway, I reinstalled it on my Xbox, I wanted to go back to Sunset City and see how the game had aged. And to my surprise, it still looks great. Obviously, multiplayer is dead, but the main game, which is the main course, feels very current, is very playable and could easily pass through a current game. Perhaps some details in the resolution are noticeable, but they are overshadowed by the great art of the game.
I didn’t remember that the city was so alive, that the enemies were so fucked up and looked for your turns so well, or that the displacement was so well implemented throughout the mapping, which is not small, by the way. The missions are still fun and the badass tone of the game is something that is missing in more games. While Hi-Fi Rush does very well on this point, the story that laughs at itself it took it to another level, well above almost any similar attempt I’ve ever played.
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No one did the game justice and it deserved much more support
If you haven’t tried Sunset Overdrive, it’s time to do it… Despite the fact that the IP is now Sony’s, Microsoft still has the rights to exploit the first game and thanks to that it’s on Xbox and PC Game Pass. It doesn’t cost you anything, and you’re missing out on a great game, the kind you won’t forget for a long time.
I think that nobody was fair with this game, neither the press nor users. It came at a difficult time in the Xbox situation, and I think they didn’t know how to sell it. You look at the general ratings by the media about the game and it seems that they have played a completely different game. The users are not that they behaved well with him either. While it’s true that everyone who played it speaks highly of it, early support was poor and it was not uncommon to meet people who had the console and had not even considered playing it. They had to give it away with the Gold for many to give it a chance. It’s either that, or I’m getting old and the nostalgia factor is playing tricks on me.
Of course, Microsoft was not fine there either. At first they bet on a lot of promo, but once it was released and did not meet initial sales expectations, it was somewhat forgotten. We are not even talking about the community’s attempts for a sequel that never came and that in case it ever does, Microsoft consoles will not smell it.
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