Fuse Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Fuse Box Art
System: PS3*, Xbox 360
Dev: Insomniac Games
Pub: Electronic Arts
Release: May 28, 2013
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

The problem with this is that it turns Echelon Mode into an experience farm for the campaign. Anyone who spends a few hours leveling their character in Echelon will have no problem flying through the eight-hour campaign without many checkpoint restarts. Obviously, this isn't really necessary. The campaign is doable without farming skill points in Echelon. But it is far easier if you just bite the bullet and play a few waves.

Fuse Screenshot

For as much as I complain, though, I genuinely enjoyed my time with Fuse. However, it never transcended into the brilliant game that I was hoping for. Its storyline is a fairly bland romp and there are several moments throughout the game when you'll swear that Insomniac is blatantly ripping off titles like Mass Effect 3 and Borderlands 2. But even most of that would be forgivable if the title did something genuinely new.

At the end of the day, though, I think that Fuse suffers from one of the worst diseases in gaming: blandness. It's definitely worth the price of admission, and you'll probably get 20 or 30 hours of gameplay before you move on, but it's also not going to make your list of top ten favorite games, which is a shame, because it has so much potential.

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I don't know about you, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel. Insomniac has definitely proven that they can make a rock-solid, third-person shooter, but all of the testosterone that was injected into the weaponry may have neutered the overall experience.

By
Josh Engen
News Director
Date: May 28, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Not impressive, but well suited.
4.0
Control
Intricate and refined.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Nothing special, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing
3.0
Play Value
It’s never quite as good as I’d like it to be.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Coordinate and combine abilities for extraordinary results in this frenetic four-player tactical co-op. Work together as you take down enemies, upgrade weapons, and unlock abilities faster through the Fuse-based progression system.
  • The volatile alien energy source known as Fuse can transform natural earth-based materials in potent and catastrophic ways. Whoever controls it will have unlimited power at their disposal.
  • Overstrike 9 agents each wield upgradeable Fuse-powered weapons - combine them to trigger Fusion for greatly increased damage.
  • Develop each Overstrike 9 agent along a deep upgrade path. Discover all the possibilities for unique gameplay combinations and lethal teamwork as you play as the unstoppable Dalton Brooks, stealth master Naya Deveraux, expert sniper Jacob Kimble, and powerful healer Isabelle Sinclair.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Fuse - Demo Trailer - click to enlarge
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    Screenshots / Images
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