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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Sunset Overdrive (2014) is an action shooting game set in 2077 with your city under siege from toxic zombies. You traverse the open world on foot and on rails to find and fight the zombies through a series of missions. It stands out for its freedom of play and tongue-in-cheek take on the zombie apocalypse.

It all started with a contaminated energy drink that turned the transformed population into toxic mutants. For many, it's the end of the world, but for you, it’s a chance to escape your dead-end job and be the hero. You turn the world into your tactical playground by grinding, vaulting and wall-running across the city while taking down mutants with an array of unconventional weapons.

As you progress on your own or with other players you learn how to make the most of the city to outmanoeuvre enemies and quickly get around. Leap off buildings, run along walls, and grind power lines and rails to destroy your foes from every angle. You slowly build up an arsenal of weapons that combine found items like dynamite, fireworks, harpoons, and acid to destroy your enemies.

The result is a game as much about movement and fun as it is about zombies and survival. Your hyper-agility, unique weapons, and customizable abilities turn Sunset Overdrive into a big playground to explore. As you do the game embraces the silliness with its explosive and irreverent adventures.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Sunset Overdrive 18 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 15 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Traversal game with Adventure, Collecting, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. You can play co-operatively online on Xbox only. The PC version is just a single-player. Players work together in Chaos Squad - you'll team up, choose missions, and then defend vats of overcharge.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Bad Language, Online Game, and Violence. Violence is non-realistic and consists of you using a wide variety of weapons to mangle and destroy your human and fantasy enemies. Blood is shown and bodies remain. Language includes the word ‘*!@?*’. The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need to have good navigation and exploration skills as well as react quickly to jumps and special moves. Fights are intense and also require quick reactions.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Sunset Overdrive usually costs £14.99.

Sunset Overdrive

Steam Store PC £14.99
XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
On Xbox you can purcahse additional content (included in PC game):
  • Sunset Overdrive Season Pass: New campaigns, weapons and outfits.
  • Sunset Overdrive Weapon Pack: New weapons.
  • Sunset Overdrive and the Mystery of the Mooil Rig: New campaigns, weapons and outfits.
  • Sunset Overdrive and Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines: New campaigns, weapons and outfits. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/10/2014, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (8 online)

Genres: Action, Traversal (Adventure, Collecting, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World

Developer: Insomniac Games (@InsomniacGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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