Fuse Brings Superpowers To Co-op Shooting
Fuse is game about 4 unique characters that have their own unique powers that they can do unique things with. The word unique has been thrown around quite a bit, but is it really the case? We, as gamers, are not unfamiliar with 4 player games that offer characters with their own powers that are exclusive to them. When this mechanic comes to mind, everyone instantly thinks Borderlands because of how well it implemented it. It’s a great way to play with friends and have everyone cooperating to achieve the goal as efficiently as possible. Fuse tries to implement the same mechanics with its rag tag bunch of characters with their own special powers and abilities.
Genre: Third person shooter
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Developers: Insomniac Games
Release Date: 31 May 2013
Price: R559 (PS3, Xbox 360), R379 (PC)
Fuse is being developed by Insomniac Games. You may know them from their franchises, Resistance and Ratchet and Clank. Most of their games have received positive reviews and good feedback from the gaming community, so at least they have a good pedigree and a habit of making good games. You may know Fuse from its previous name, Overstrike, that received moderate attention in the past. Insomniac are breaking away from their established genres and going to the fields of third person shooters which might be an odd choice because it’s something they haven’t done much of in their previous titles. Will it pay off for them? We have to wait and see.
In Fuse the main focus is on an alien technology with the name of, you guessed it, Fuse. It’s an alien energy source with massive destructive potential and tons of uses. An organization emerges that aims to eradicate the whole of humanity with the help of the Fuse compound and it’s up to a team with the name of Overstrike 9 to wipe out this organization before any harm is done. Overstrike 9 are a team of misfits with various personalities and motivations and is the epitome of unorthodox partnerships.
At first glance Fuse might look like it’s borrowing a lot from Borderlands with its specialized characters and experience based skill trees. They aim to provide every character with special abilities that can benefit the team as a whole and make combat much simpler with coordinated teamwork. There are 4 characters available that you can use with their own special equipment or specialization. Their names are: Dalton Brooks, Isabelle “Izzy” Sinclair, Jacob Kimble and Naya Deveraux. Each of them offer their own tactical advantage and function with their own unique weapons. Here’s a closer look at each of the characters and what they are capable of:
Dalton can be seen as the unofficial “leader” of Overstrike 9. He is a “shoot first and ask questions later” type and would rather rush into combat than formulate any kind of strategy. He is a sarcastic man that makes snarky remarks whenever he can. He has a weapon called the Magshield that deploys a huge shield that can catch and redirect enemy fire. This makes him the defender of the group that can take enemy fire and allow the rest of the team to get behind him for better cover. The team can also fire through the shield which opens up a lot of tactical options.
Isabelle “Izzy” Sinclair
Izzy is the brains of the operation and using her vast intelligence, she can analyse situations and formulate a solid plan. She is a former intelligence broker and is mainly a support class. Her weapon is a Scattergun that lifts enemies out of cover and provides a clean shot for the rest of the team. She is also the healer of the group and can deploy a Med Beacon that revives allies in a specific radius.
Jacob is a former LAPD homicide detective that knows his way around the block when it comes to violence. He has a pretty short temper and a low tolerance for insubordination. His weapon of choice is a crossbow with the name of Arcshot that’s essentially a sniper. It has the ability to create molten hot mercury traps that set enemies on fire the instant they touch it.
Naya is the close-quarters specialist of the group. As a former assassin, she is trained in the art of stealth and can effectively pick targets off without being spotted. Her weapon, Warp Rifle, is able to cloak her and give her a significant advantage in stealth sections. The weapon can also create singularities that rip enemies to pieces.
Fuse also offers platforming elements that you can utilize to flank your enemies and gain higher ground. There are also stealth elements, but they are not a focused part of gameplay and can be used to pick off a few enemies before initiating a fight. Fuse uses basic skill trees that you can upgrade using experience points and special upgrades that you can buy using the game’s currency. You earn experience by killing enemies, but you get higher experience if you use combos and creative kills almost in the same fashion as Bulletstorm. It has been mentioned that the game encourages multiple playthroughs to fully upgrade a character.
Suspected Selling Points
- The 4-player co-op focus can be really fun if pulled off well
- Unique weapons to each character can open a lot of fun strategic opportunities
- Experience gaining can be a fun experience and combos can be worthwhile to pull off
- Because of the rag tag nature of Overstrike 9, there can be massive potential for good character chemistry
- Can potentially be a 4-player co-op experience that rivals Borderlands
- It’s published by EA so you can almost expect shoddy servers and Online Passes
- Insomniac Games don’t have much experience with the genre
- Singleplayer might be lacklustre if the co-op AI are a bunch of idiots
- Has the risk of potentially having a very short campaign
- Skill trees and unique weapons might not be as deep as anticipated
- Might just be another generic third person shooter with a bunch of RPG elements thrown in
Fuse has the potential to be a great game even with its stupid name and all. Because of the diverse characters we can possibly see great dialogue and an enjoyable experience that goes along with that. Not much is known about the game and it runs a great risk at being another generic shooter that we have seen a thousand times already, but time will tell if it’s something great or something you would find in a bargain bin.