Get ready to light it up.
The Pitch: When alien tech turns up on Earth, you don’t just sit around, you send an elite team to scoop it up and bring it in before some evil corporation can get their hands on it first.
What It Really Is: The long-awaited Fuse is an over-the-shoulder, third-person shooter that mixes in elements of an adventure game and puts a heavy emphasis on cooperative play. In most cases, that’d be a winning formula, but an overly long development cycle and some last-minute creative changes have infused the game (sorry) with a dated and generic feel. Outdated engine and muddy graphics aside, Fuse does offer a well laid-out campaign that’s just fine when playing solo, but is infinitely more enjoyable when you’re teamed up with friends. This is a game that pays you off for tactical teamwork and, even with the ability to switch through the four unique characters on the fly, you just can’t be as effective as a one-man army as you can with three friends. Outside of the campaign, Fuse doesn’t offer any competitive multiplayer, but it does offer a hoard mode where wave after wave of baddies try to take you down. Just like the campaign, Fuse’s hoard mode is good fun with two to four people, but can feel like an insurmountable grind otherwise. Which is why, if your friends start calling your mom “Hoard Mode,” it might be time to get new friends.
Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “If we could fuse a copy of Fuse to ourselves, we would; that way we’d never have to be without it.” -Maxim.com
Fun Fact: Originally called Overstrike (after the Overstrike 9 team you play as in the game), Fuse was announced back in 2010 and Insomniac fans rejoiced. The response to the change from Overstrike to Fuse, as well as a stylistic change to a more realistic (read: muddy) palette, has also been cause for gripes. But c’mon, who doesn’t like mud? After all, some of our favorite wrestling happens in it.
Who It’s For: Fuse’s high points all come in its co-op modes when you and your team work together as a highly organized unit. The well-executed system that allows for on-the-fly jumping in and out perfectly complements the cooperative dynamic found in the game. This is a game that’s most certainly meant for playing with a group of friends, so if your clan is looking to take a break from the endless onslaught of First Person Shooters but don’t want to give up their sidearms entirely, Fuse is a great addition to your summertime plans.