Fuse has been a game flying under the radar leading up to its release, with several obvious reasons coming to mind, but rest assured, Insomniac did not miss with this extremely fun co-op experience.
The newest IP to come out of Insomniac Games places gamers in control of the highly deadly Overstrike 9 team that is comprised of four of the best agents in the world.
Each of these characters have plenty to separate themselves apart from the rest and make choosing which character to play with extremely difficult to pick.
Thankfully though, Insomniac did gamers a solid with placing in the ability to allow gamers to go from one character to the next in the middle of a mission.
People journey through the game to try and stop the company known as Raven, who is trying to gain the alien energy source known as “Fuse.”
Gamers are welcomed into the game in a big way as Insomniac Games wasted no time getting straight to the action. Contrary to some other titles that have been released lately, this game gets you into the action as soon as you pick up your controller.
People are able to choose from four very different, unique characters when they begin each mission, and then again, they can switch their choice if they want to sample another character.
The four agents are Isabelle Sinclair who sports the shattergun, Naya Deveraux who wields the warp rifle, Jacob Kimble who shoots with the arcshot and Dalton Brooks who has the magshield.
Each of the special abilities the four have are very unique and are a heck of a lot of fun to play with.
The four characters also have different skill trees that people can move through as they level-up. And if you want to change up your character in the middle of a round, all of your experience transfers over to the new character you are playing as.
This feature is brilliant because most people don’t have the time to go through the game four times just to get four characters up to an even level.
For those looking for a personal favorite to recommend, the character that was a ton of fun to mow down enemies with was Naya. What makes her so appealing to play with is her warp rifle. This bad boy explodes enemies that have been killed, and the debris ends up damaging surrounding enemies, which all opens up the gameplay to addicting possibilities.
Cutscenes in Fuse are very well done and do a nice job of setting up each scene that people are about to take on. The voice acting was done well with each character having their own tone and feel whenever they spoke up.
Dialogue in the game serves as a nice topping to the overall product, with a subtle and continuous humor being implemented throughout the entire game. Some people said this game lacked humor, but there is plenty in here to hold your attention and then some.
The animations and graphics engine in Fuse is very good and makes the world that people will fight through very appealing.
The cutscenes did a nice job of flowing well with the gameplay, which again, with some other titles that have hit retailers this year, have failed to do. All of the cinematics work great with the gameplay and do not leave the player waiting long at all.
Another great aspect of the world of Fuse is the variety in locations that gamers get to travel to. Insomniac did not just repeat the same environments and did a very nice job of varying up the interactive elements that are in place at each location.
Now regardless of what people think about this next statement, Fuse has a lot of recognizable traits in its gameplay that Borderlands has established with its franchise.
Fuse does a fantastic job of providing plenty of customizing and variation, especially when people play co-op.
This game is absolutely the best when it is played with friends or other people online. You will miss out on some of the great experience if you are a single player only kind of person.
The upgradeable aspect to Fuse is deep and does a great job of providing players with plenty of ways to change up their experience. Customizing in this game also adds a lot of replay-value for people who are worried about being one and done with Fuse.
To help progress a player’s leveling in Fuse, the team all shares experience points as they go through the game. Other games have implemented this aspect before and Insomniac did so here.
Having shared points places more of an emphasis on teamwork, versus one player trying to dominate everyone and leaving no experience points for the rest of the team. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be competitive with those you play online with.
Fuse brings plenty of ammo, so people do not have to worry about preserving bullets for long periods of time, unless you run through ammo like Scarface.
All of the xeno-weapons have their own unique ability that helps the team in it’s own way. One can be used as a shield, while another can send enemies into a million pieces.
As variety has been a major theme here, it did not go away with the range of weapons people can choose from. There is something for every type of player and people will enjoy this experience no matter what weapons they choose.
Climbing is instituted into the game, but it is not a make or break feature at all. It’s just another vessel for getting players from one part of a mission to another.
Overall, Fuse is an extremely enjoyable experience, especially when it is done with other people online. The single player does miss a bit, but that should just inspire people to play with others more often.
Fuse is a fun, new IP that provides an addicting amount of variety and fun. Gamers should be hoping for more from this series during the next-generation of gaming.
usedview.com gives Fuse four stars out of five.
(Copies of Fuse were provided to usedview.com for review purposes)