Sunset Overdrive’s insane co-op mode first impressions
Insomniac Games took to the stage at Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference to announce Sunset Overdrive would be coming exclusively to Xbox One on 28 October 2014. The studio also revealed that its mental open-world game would also feature an 8 player co-operative multiplayer mode.
The mode, called Chaos Squad, has plenty in common with Gears Of War’s Horde mode – in which waves of AI enemies rush the players in an attempt to deliver bloody murder. Surprising no-one, Sunset Overdrive’s take on this is just as ridiculous as the single-player campaign. We think we’re pretty okay with this.
Chaos Squad doesn’t take itself seriously but, then again, why would it? It’s a mode you access by taking your single-player character into a photo booth and taking a selfie. Just because Sunset City is overrun with deadly mutants doesn’t mean you can’t take a minute to have some Instagram themed fun.
You and 7 of your besties have claimed two full vats of Overcharge Delirium XT, the infected FizzCo energy drink that’s turning the Sunset City populous into freaky mutants, and guess what? You got it, the baddies want it. They want it real bad.
As with the single-player campaign, you’ll have a full arsenal of crazy weapons to fight off the baying hordes with. The action certainly gets hectic with eight players grinding and jumping around the city, though the framerate holds steady – even at this early stage in development.
Lone enemies won’t cause much trouble, you’re a super powered badass afterall, but groups of mutants will look to quickly overwhelm. Once special enemies, like the Hurker, get involved, the difficulty certainly begins to ramp up. The Hurker is a huge behemoth beast, that likes to charge through the front lines to meet you head on.
It’s pretty fun, then again, so is the single-player. Killing with style will grant you the most points, and acting with style will give you access to amps – the upgrades that send your weapons into overdrive and give you ridiculous ways to kill. The AKFU (a modified AK47 dubbed an AK F*** You Up, in case you were wondering) will begin firing nuclear powered bullets, for example.
It’s insane, but so is every other aspect of Sunset Overdrive.
Interestingly, any bonuses you earn in co-op (weapons, amps and items) will come back with you into single-player to use immediately. A co-op mode that’s fun and resourceful, then.
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