Sunset Overdrive is about to drop and the reviews are mostly stellar. I have to admit I was skeptical about this one but after the character redesign it was starting to look a bit better. The high scores are good news for the talented crew at Insomniac after their last game Fuse landed with a thud. It seems these guys are at their best when they go exclusive on hardware.

So now that they have a top notch exclusive on a Microsoft system instead of a Sony one I’m left wondering if the dev will find a better home for sales there.

When Playstation 3 arrived, with its own thud, the game to have was Resistance: Fall of Man. As such it sold quite well, definitely well enough to warrant the sequel Resistance 2. I maintain that the sequel had the better campaign and multiplayer but critics and gamers helped tamp the sales of that game down to about half of the numbers of its predecessor. Then the strangest thing happened, Resistance 3 was incredible, it won over all the critics, and remember? Thud. Halved again.

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Maybe gritty shooters just weren’t the way for them to go. Older school Insomniac fans attached to the Ratchet and Clank franchise may have been a better draw for Sunset Overdrive, but they may also still be loyal to PS hardware.

I’m seriously curious to find out how this new game does with a different sort of fan base. On the one hand Xbox One is the more casual console and commonly present in houses with younger gamers. On the other hand the hardcore base of Xbox that drives popularity tend to be into semi-serious shooters over everything else. How is a colorfully creative adventure like Sunset Overdrive going to perform in that climate?

Luckily it has the backing of Microsoft so even if the sales aren’t too stellar there’s still a chance for a franchise to start from it. Games that get such high praise should really have a shot at being a franchise since it’s hard to expect high sales out of anything that doesn’t have a number attached to the title.

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Given the factors at work I refuse to make a prediction. Yes I’m chickening out this time, what I will say is that there’s probably no way even a delightful romp like Sunset Overdrive will help sell Xbox Ones.

David D. Nelson
David D. Nelson is a polymath with a BA in English working as an independent writing and editing professional. He enjoys gaming, literature, and a good hat.

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  1. this article is full of assumptions and opinions. Games sell well on both systems, titanfall sold well for example. BUT every game would sell more when its on both systems. FYI sony has yet to have there HALO game that sets day one records and sell a megaton, nobody questions software sales on either system, this is just a fanboy article.

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