Insomniac Games has taken a leap with their newest tactical third-person shooter FUSE; does the game in-FUSE players with power or is its fuel cells on empty? Find out inside!
Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Genre: Third-Person Shooter, RPG, Action
ESRB Rating: M for Mature
FUSE marks a new standalone IP from Insomniac Games, the esteemed developers behind such acclaimed titles as the Resistance franchise, the best-selling PlayStation-exclusive Ratchet & Clank series, and the Spyro games.
With FUSE, the devs at Insomniac have incorporated a variety of mechanics to fashion a tech-infused action-packed third-person shooter with memorable gameplay and impressive dynamism that is reflected prominently throughout the campaign.
Players embark on critical missions as a member of Overstrike 9, an elite team of four agents that battle the nefarious Raven Corporation in a series of skirmishes that ultimately escalate to a new evolution of global warfare. As part of Overstrike 9, gamers can build up their team with a variety of upgrades with a series of character-specific skill trees that unlock lethal abilities, and use tactical strategy to even out the playing field against RavenCorp’s fierce resistance.
The agents of Overstrike 9 unleash mayhem in one of the countless firefight skirmishes that are featured prominently throughout FUSE.
The introduction of RPG mechanics with action-infused third-person shooter combat that permeate throughout a surprisingly complex story arc. Insomniac’s venture into new realms–while keeping their signature stylish flair along the way–is a welcomed change, and with FUSE the devs have created a fresh new franchise that’s a hybrid of tried and true genres to provide hours of entertaining gameplay.
With an emphasis on teamwork, players must work together via online co-op and use their specialized Xenotech weaponry in strategic combinations in order to survive, adding considerable tactical mastery to the game’s frenetic shoot-em-up action.
Players will face a plethora of enemy forces in frenetic shoot-em-up combat, including powerful vehicles such as Meilin’s Whistler aircraft.
For those players who prefer a more lone wolf approach, FUSE can be enjoyed offline and in singleplayer as well, affording gamers the chance to control each of the four agents of Overstrike 9 and chart their respective skill trees along the way.
Insomniac has ushered in a new evolution of shooter with this release that successfully captures the mayhem and magic of the genre, seamlessly blending RPG mechanics with co-op strategy to bring a game that’s stylish and addicting.
Combat is executed quite well, with plenty of firefights, skirmishes and epic boss battles that punctuate the layered geo-political storyline that’s centered on a new age of warfare.