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Sunset Overdrive Review

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It’s hard to describe this game as a whole, it’s as if Insomniac Games decided to mix several awesome games together and make an even ‘awesomer’ game. Welcome to the Awesomepocalypse, where we make up words and life isn’t nearly as boring. Sunset City has been taken over by some of the weirdest mutants of all time and the culprit behind it all? An energy drink. Sunset Overdrive combines some awesome gameplay mechanics, with an entertaining story, interesting art, and some awesome customization. It’s a game that takes away from other games, but still manages to hold it’s own and it stands tall.

The gameplay is such an odd mix, at first it looked as if Sunset Overdrive might get old after a while, but during my stay in Sunset City I am surprised to say that I have not been bored once. I some times just grind around and about for fun, because it’s awesome. The gameplay throws hordes and hordes of enemies at you and the more diverse your play-style, the better you become. As your style level unlocks some interesting perks and you unlock more by doing this. The game sets you up with a variety of interesting weapons, amps for those weapons, and traps.

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Its alternate modes, challenges, and story set up an interesting game that doesn’t have a dull moment. One of the most interesting things you won’t see mentioned elsewhere is the respawn system. As it kicks you back in with style. I’ve seen my guy come out of a coffin all Dracula style, come down from a rope (assuming it’s from a helicopter or something), some futuristic portal type deal, Star Trek teleportation style, Portal, and a couple of others. The online during E3 was rather basic, but during it’s final release they improved upon it drastically. Originally it was only the defense, but now you build up the Chaos meter by completing multiple missions. The Chaos meter determines the difficulty of the defense.

For example, my first run was about 90%, we had meh hordes rushing towards us, 3 Herkers, and it wasn’t exactly difficult. Our 2nd run however, was much different with the Chaos running at 160%. We were introduced to about 6-10 Herkers, overwhelming Hordes, and a more intense experience. The mode wasn’t difficult, but we were in the first district and even then it’s rather rewarding, as my level 1 gun jumped to level 3 in round.

The story is something to be interested in as well. It feels somewhat like Borderlands, with some ridiculously hilarious moments, but there are also some serious moments as well. It’s the type of story that reels you in to the characters through comedy and then gives you a deeper understanding of them by switching out to a more serious tone.

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While the serious tone doesn’t happen often, it’s still present in the game and it gives you that deeper look and connection. The story can’t help but be ridiculous and it’s truthfully a relief. As games go for the more serious tone it’s always refreshing to see one that doesn’t want to follow the crowd. While Borderlands has done this, it’s a genre that has plenty of room to grow. The game is always breaking the 4th wall and is doing or saying something ridiculous. Even the tutorials are rather ridiculous as they break the 4th wall throughout. The game’s story is also complimented by it’s ridiculous customization and awesome art style though. It has a ridiculously satisfying ending as well, it’s awesome from start to finish.

The art is similar to the story really, as games are always attempting to tackle more realistic visuals. These aren’t the most realistic, they aren’t the most detailed, but they do the job and they do it right. The art in the game is something else refreshing though and I love it. It fits the story and compliments the game in every way. It’s really the perfect style for the game. The graphics for this style are the best I’ve seen, but they aren’t used very often. The character models are very well done and the OD look extremely interesting.

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The variants of the OD are always creepy and interesting to look at as well. The game offers 3 factions for you to get murdered by the OD, Fizzco, and Dicksmokes (Actually Scabs, but Insomniac’s Senior Community Manager has an interesting nickname for them). The game just has this beautiful look to it with the art style done oh so perfectly. It’s ridiculous art is only furthered by it’s ridiculous customization.

What naturally makes Sunset Overdrive a much more enjoyable experience is it’s customization. During my stay I played as a big man with a lumberjack beard, track shorts, a cape, goggles, and elf ears. While he didn’t look normal, he was the perfect video game version of me that ever was. While you can’t do much in terms of your body type you can do a ton of things for your clothing.

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They give you a wide variety of things to choose from. You can be serious, whacky, or seriously whacky. What’s fun is that no matter what you decide, you will always be insulted by the shop keeper! While you can only select from presets on your face and body type, it does rather well with the clothing. The odd thing is that they decided to preset the voice actors as well, I would have loved to choose a different one, while mine does his work, it would have been nice to have the option.

While Sunset Overdrive isn’t awesome it does manage to be something completely different, in the spirit of making up words, Sunset Overdrive is FUAWESOME, F*cking Awesome. It’s legitimately the best IP this generation. It has a whacky story, great customization options, and it basically sets up a rather high expectation for new IPs to come. While most games won’t follow Sunset Overdrive’s footsteps, it’s a rather impressive step forward and it remains enjoyable throughout the entire game.

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The only complaints I have are the story, while fun & awesome, is seemingly all over the place and it’s music doesn’t fit at times. It’s online at times can be rather easy and chaotic as well, but with the right group I can see it being rather enjoyable. It’s a game I can grind on for hours and have.

Final Verdict:

To the people calling it Sunset Overhype, I implore you to give the game an actual chance, as it turns out to be Funset Over… drive. Anyway, what Sunset Overdrive has done is given the Xbox One an interesting and unique game in the AAA season. While it is a blend of some other games, it still manages to hold it’s own and it does it properly. From the looks of it, Sunset Overdrive could spawn one of the more interesting series in recent years.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9.5 / 10

RGN Rating: Platinum Game

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Available On: Xbox ONE Exclusively

Review Copy Info: The author of this article received a digital copy of this game from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

Epic The Witcher 3 Opening Cinematic Released

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CD Projekt Red has released the opening cinematic for their upcoming RPG The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. In the video you will get to see Geralt of Rivera with his mentor Vesemir, searching for Geralt’s lost love Yennefer.  You can see the gorgeous cinematic below and trust me when I say it is epic and will make the wait till February 24th unbearable.

 

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Genre(s): Third Person RPG
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Warner Bros Games
Developer(s): CD Projekt Red
Release Date (NA): February 24, 2015

Far Cry 4 – Open World Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Open World Trailer of Far Cry 4.

Genre(s): First-person shooter, action-adventure
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Ubisoft
Developer(s): Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date (NA): November 18th, 2014

Dragon Ball: Xenoverse’s New Mystery Fighter Might actually be…

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Some screenshots were recently released for Bandai Namco and Dimps’ Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, the first Next-gen fighting game set in the DBZ universe.

The screenshots below introduces a brand new fighter (Or is he?) as he a fights through key moments from the show/manga. It seems as though the developers are adding a twist to the DBZ story canon. But just who is this new mystery fighter? For now info is being kept under wraps on who he is and his exact motive.

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A scene from the Namek Saga, now with a red haired twist.

Personally I speculate that this new fighter is in fact an Adult Gohan from the future, or an alternate universe. Or maybe he is from the future in an alternate reality. Whatever the case may be time travel has to be involved, just take a look at the Capsule Corporations logo on the fighter’s jacket sleeve above. This warrior is clearly of Saiyan descent, with his spiky Super Saiyan style hair and he looks an awful lot like Adult Gohan to me.

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Super Saiyan 2 Adult Gohan. See the resemblance?

The screenshot below also shows our mystery protagonist having a friendly chat with Future Trunks. Fans will notice that the young sword wielding hero isn’t wearing the Capsule Corp. getup he wore, when travelling back to the past to save the Z fighters and correct his horrible future. The mystery hero’s outfit with the exception of his cape (Which is similar to Piccolo’s), looks pretty similar.

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Future Trunks and our Mystery Hero.

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Future Trunks in his original outfit.

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Our mystery hero in a similar getup.

More screens show the fighter charging up the Kamehameha wave and firing the special beam cannon. Gohan knows how to use the kamehameha as he learned it from his Father Goku, while the special beam cannon is Piccolo’s signature technique. Seeing as Piccolo was once Gohan’s mentor, it is highly plausible that the young Saiyan went on to master this move adding it to his repertoire.

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Kamehame…

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Special Beam Cannon in action.

So far in my eyes, all signs point to this new mystery fighter being an Adult version of Gohan from the future. This story probably takes place in an alternate universe (Xenoverse maybe?), where Gohan is still alive and travels back in time to try to prevent whatever terrible future he lives in from ever happening. It seems he also managed to achieve Super Saiyan God status much like his Father did in the new Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie and that’s why his hair and pupils are red.

Who knows, maybe it isn’t Gohan and all-new character who just happens to look like him (Laziness?). Another possibility could be that this new fighter is just a generic create-a-fighter and players will be able to make him look however they see fit. This wouldn’t be the first Dragon Ball title to allow that feature, as Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi did with its ‘Hero Mode’.

Whatever the case may be, we won’t know until Dimps and Namco decides that we are. So stay tuned to RGN for more Xenoverse coverage leading up to the game’s release on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Until then check out the rest of the screenshots and the E3 announcement video ICYMI.

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What do you guys think, Super Saiyan God Adult Gohan from the future or someone else? Sound off!

Here’s Almost 30 Minutes of New Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain PS4 Gameplay

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Konami has released brand new gameplay footage today for MGSV: The Phantom Pain running on Sony’s PlayStation 4. Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, the video shows Big Boss taking on  a rescue mission in Afghanistan. It is an impressive looking game to say the least. Check it out below.

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Game Info: Will be updated as synopsis is revealed

Genre(s): Action | Adventure | Stealth

Rated: RP for Rated Pending, No doubt Targeting M for Mature – Blood and Gore, Nudity, Suggestive Themes and Violence

Player(s): 1

Developer: Kojima Productions, Kojima Productions LA Studio

Publisher: Konami

Platform(s): PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Release Date: TBA

Price: $59.99

Arch City Gaming Company – Killzown Interviews

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Today on this edition of Killzown Interviews I got a chance to visit one of the coolest independently owned and operated video game stores in the Saint Louis Area, Arch City Gaming Company. I got the chance to talk with the owner Mike about his gaming background, the history of Arch City Gaming Company and more, as well as take a tour of the store. Check out the interview below and be sure to check back to RGN for more Killzown Interviews.

Grand Theft Auto V – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC – E3 2014 Announcement Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Next Gen and PC E3 2014 Announcement Trailer Grand Theft Auto V.

Genre(s): Action-adventure
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Rockstar Games
Developer(s): Rockstar North
Release Date (NA): September 17th, 2013 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360), Fall 2014 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

 

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Editions and Gameplay Footage Revealed During CD Projekt Red’s Conference

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Release Date and Length:

At the start of the Press Conference, CD Projekt Red confirmed the release date for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Those looking forward to the game will be able to get their hands on it February 24th, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. The game was confirmed to be over 100 hours in length.

Pre-Order Details:

Pre-order details were announced for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for GOG.com. If you pre-order the game from GOG.com you will receive:

  1. 100% DRM free version of the game.
  2. The Witcher Adventure Game multiplayer closed beta access… for two!
  3. A copy of Neverwinter Nights available for immediate download upon purchasing the game.
  4. The Witcher: House of Glass digital comic book available for FREE.
  5. Extended soundtrack with 4 exclusive tracks and these 4 exclusive tracks are available immediately after you purchase the game.
  6. High quality digital art book with over 200 pages of original art.

Standard Edition:

The Standard Edition was shown today and it will include the following in all copies:

  1. A copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
  2. A manual
  3. A map of the game’s world.
  4. An exclusive CD with the official soundtrack for the game.
  5. A set of three unique The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Stickers.
  6. A stylish, protective sleeve.

Collector’s Edition:

The collector’s edition contains many items and the following trailer below was revealed to show them off. Go ahead and take a peek at all of the awesome goodies that can be found within the collector’s edition.

 As shown in the trailer, the collector’s edition will include the following:

  1. A copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
  2. A collector’s edition exclusive box.
  3. An exclusive statue of Geralt battling a Griffin.
  4. A 250 page art book that contains concept art for The Witcher 3.
  5. An exclusive CD with the official soundtrack for the game.
  6. A steel book case to store the game in.
  7. Two medallion stickers.
  8. A physical Witcher medallion.
  9. A manual
  10. A map of the game’s world.

Digital Copy of the game:

If you decide to purchase a digital copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it will include the following:

  1. A Copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  2. A digital art book
  3. Bonus videos.
  4. A detailed Map of the game world.
  5. Artworks (GOG exclusive)
  6. HD Wallpapers (GOG Exclusive)
  7. Avatars (GOG Exclusive)

Gameplay Footage:

Finally the conference ended with very impressive, never before seen gameplay footage. Take a look below and feast your eyes on the next chapter of The Witcher Saga and the final chapter of Geralt of Rivia’s story.

That concludes all the announcements that were made at today’s CD Projekt Red’s press conference. Stay tuned to RealGamerNewz for all things The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, especially with more announcements and gameplay surely to be revealed at E3 next week.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Gets Impressive E3 Cinematic Trailer

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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, has received a brand new cinematic trailer for E3 and has been revealed a few days early. The trailer, which you can see below, provides more information into Talion’s quest for vengeance against the  evil being that destroyed his family. The trailer also shows off some of Talion’s wraith powers that he will have at his disposal during the game. The trailer takes place in the aftermath of a battle; Uruks slain, and a message left. A Captain of Sauron’s army soon finds out that the mayhem around him was caused by Talion, the Gravewalker, as the lone surviving Uruk tells of what he saw — and who’s next. Take a look at the impressive trailer now and get hyped for a return to the land of Middle Earth.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Morder is set to hit retail on October 7, 2014 and will be released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows PC.

Watch Dogs Sells 4 million Copies In One Week

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Ubisoft has confirmed that Watch Dogs has sold more than 4 million copies in its first week of release. This news makes Watch Dogs the best selling new franchise launch in history. In addition, this news also confirms that Watch Dogs is the best first week sales of any Ubisoft game in the companies history, a pretty impressive feat given the current lineup of games Ubisoft currently has. The 4 million copies sold includes the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC versions.  The Wii U version has yet to be released and will only add to the financial success that Watch Dogs is currently enjoying.

As a minor side note, The ctOS mobile companion app which allows players to become the police and challenge people playing the actual Watch Dogs game, has been downloaded by more than one million people.

Ubisoft has pointed out in the past that if a Watch Dogs 2 were to be made that the devlopement time would be much shorter than it was for the original Watch Dogs. When factoring in these sales and overall popularity of Watch Dogs, it would not be surprising if a Watch Dogs 2 was not in Ubisoft’s plans for the near future.

 

New Lego Batman Game Announced

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A new Lego Batman game has just been announced and will be titled Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Lego Batman 3 will be released on all major consoles, handhelds, and on PC. Lego Batman 3 will continue on from the events of Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.  In this new adventure, Batman will have to travel into space in order to prevent the villain known as Braniac from destroying the world. Braniac is using the power of the Lantern Rings to miniaturize cities from across the cosmos. In this brand new intergalactic adventure, Batman will team up with over 150 unlockable characters from the DC universe and they will visit different lantern worlds to collect these Rings in order to put an end to Braniac’s diabolic plan.

The 150 characters that will be incorporated into the game, much like previous Lego games in the series, will each have their own set of unique gadgets and abilities. Another interesting component is that the announcement also states that “the power of the Lantern rigs bring unexpected twists to the classic characters’ personalities.” It seems that Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, will have many twists and turns within the story and also change the way we may view many of the DC heroes and villains that we have all grown accustomed to. As always, stay tuned to RealGamerNewz for future updates on Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

Here is the Announcement trailer for your viewing pleasure: