Sunset Overdrive (2014)
On July 13, 2027, FizzCo releases their new hit energy drink, OverCharge Delirium XT, exclusive to Sunset City. FizzCo, in an attempt to sell OCD faster, skipped health regulation protocols. Unknown to FizzCo, the drink causes everyone who drinks it to turn into hungry, violent mutants known as OverCharge Drinkers, also known as the OD. FizzCo, in order to cover up their mistake, claims that a virus has broken out in Sunset City, and quarantines the whole city, preventing any entrance or exit. 17 days after the apocalypse began, a FizzCo employee who works in the sanitation division, is saved from an attacking OD by Walter, a fellow survivor.
Upon learning that Walter is creating a plane, the FizzCo employee obtains the aid of Sam and the Oxfords, a group of rich but lazy geniuses. After multiple errands, the Oxfords are forcibly convinced to build a propeller to complete the plane. The FizzCo employee joins Walter in his plane to escape the city and reveal the truth about the outbreak. At the last second, Walter notices an invisible wall preventing their escape and pushes the employee out of the plane, sacrificing himself.
Still planning to escape, the FizzCo employee aids Troop Bushido, a group of scouts living in a samurai museum, and the Fargarths, a group of larpers who now believe they're the medieval characters they played as. In thanks, the 2 groups, respectively, design and build a ship out of garbage which tricks the FizzCo sensors to allow them past. The employe and some of the Fargarths almost escape when the player learns that FizzCo robots are attacking the Oxfords and Troop Bushido to kill all witnesses. ..
Did You Know? Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price has said that "Sunset Overdrive's" irreverence and stylization reflects the personality of the company. He compared the game's humor to that of "Spyro" and "Ratchet & Clank." The style is driven by the game's story "theme of freedom and self-expression". According to Smith, "Sunset Overdrive" returns to Insomniac's "roots" and draws influence from Sega games like "Crazy Taxi" and "Jet Set Radio."