E3 2011: Overstrike Preview Impressions

We get our first look at Insomniac's stylized co-op shooter.

For years, Insomniac has been so close to Sony that many people just assumed it was a first-party studio. Such misconceptions will be banished forevermore now that the studio that Spyro built has gone multiplatform. At Electronic Arts' press conference today, it was announced that Insomniac's next game will arrive on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as part of their Partners program. Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price took the stage to talk a little bit about their upcoming project and show the first footage, albeit it in a series of prerendered cutscenes.

First, every game needs a name. Overstrike is the company's latest IP, and it looks to be a combination of Team Fortress 2 and Brute Force. Price said that Insomniac's games contain three core elements: exotic weapons, immersive storytelling, and humor. At least two of those elements were shown in the debut trailer in Overstrike. This is a four-player co-op adventure that centers around crazy weapons in a stylized world, looking much closer to Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank franchise than the serious tone it established in Resistance.

The trailer served as an introduction to the four main characters rather than a proper gameplay demonstration. The leader is Mr. Brooks, who describes himself as a people person. Of course, that translates to hurting people, and you see him punching foes and then summoning a translucent shield to deflect incoming bullets. Jacob is a "pacifist," though his electrical bullets sure look painful.

Maya doesn't like to create a scene. You see her leap from a building and then turn invisible when she lands. She dispatches foes with melee strikes. Finally, Isabel has a gun that shoots liquid metal balls. Like the T-1000 from Terminator 2, the balls can melt and expand to be even deadlier, and you see those contraptions hold a man to the wall so he can't retaliate.

From what we've seen, the game looks to be really fun. But at this point, that's based more on Insomniac's track record than the actual trailer. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to see gameplay in the coming days. Stay tuned to GameSpot to see how Overstrike turns out.

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TREAL_Since
TREAL_Since

@SolidTy YES! This may be the best insomniac game this gen.

nelshrig
nelshrig

man good graphics+outstanding weapons+dude asking for cofee while being interrigated=coolness and happy me :)

Gunathar
Gunathar

Funny trailer. Will it be funny enough to set this shooter apart from all the others? *crosses fingers*

chyng85
chyng85

Another action game~

BatosiManslayer
BatosiManslayer

Looks fun, reminded me a little of borderlands with different graphics which wouldnt be a bad thing in my opinion

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Sounds like a fun game. And good that Xbox 360 owners will now be able to join in the fun.

palmakoy
palmakoy

looked like final fantasy from the pic

Barighm
Barighm

Sounds cool. Looking forward to a shooter that avoids the usual machinegune/shotgun/sniper rifle combo.

Arcadia_Roxas
Arcadia_Roxas

My favorite E3 game so far. Really looking forward to this.

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

Insomniac is a great studio and the trailer is great, I'll be sure to keep OverStrike on my list.

Charliesix
Charliesix

This was my fav game of the conferences thus far.