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FUSE review round-up

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FUSE, the first multi-platform offering from once PlayStation-centric developer Insomniac Games is out this week. I’ve been pretty vocal in my distaste for its change in direction from the once stylised Overstrike to the much more generic FUSE, but I have to admit, its weaponry does seem really fun to use. Insomniac is a master at making fun weapons – but can they translate that weapon agency in to an entire game?

Frankly, it’s looking like a resounding “NO.” Consensus among critics seems to be that there’s little to the game beyond its weapons – though it’s good for some 4 player co-operative fun.

Here’re the scores:

IGN – 6.5
Destructoid – 4/10
EGM – 7.5/10
Game Informer – 7.75/10
Gamespot – 7/10
GamingBolt – 7/10
Giantbomb – 6/10 
Polygon – 6.5/10
VentureBeat – 78/100

Seems like some mindless fun, and good for a an evening or two with mates – but I still lament what Overstrike could have been, chocked full of snark, with a distinctive character and charm that’s largely absent from the final product. It really is a pity that EA and Insomniac caved in to the wishes of pre-pubescents – because I remain convinced that Overstrike could have been something special. Instead, it’s now something that most people will be happy to ignore.

Last Updated: May 28, 2013


  1. Zubayr Bhyat

    May 28, 2013 at 14:20

    Definitely looks interesting. TBH I’d love to see greater depth in most games these days but popular culture seems to want to hate my view 🙁


  2. James Brawn

    May 28, 2013 at 14:29

    Mindless fun = wait till it’s R200.


    • matthurstrsa

      May 28, 2013 at 15:00

      Steam sales to the rescue for sure!


    • Admiral Chief Commander

      May 28, 2013 at 15:14

      r40 for me, then i’ll pick it up


  3. Skyblue

    May 28, 2013 at 14:55



  4. Admiral Chief Commander

    May 28, 2013 at 15:22

    if you want 4 player co-op fun, try sanctum or left for dead 🙂


    • ThatManVan

      May 28, 2013 at 16:55

      Or Warframe, it may be beta and still growing, but its free and its fun!


      • Admiral Chief Commander

        May 29, 2013 at 08:00

        i played it, but found it a bit tedious to be honest


  5. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    May 28, 2013 at 17:22

    I’m going to ignore the gaming media on this one, and get my copy in the next few weeks. I have a feeling community reviews will come out and say “Oh wait this is actually pretty good”.


    • Andre116

      May 28, 2013 at 19:56

      Well, hoping to hear what your opinion is then. I was hoping that this game would be good game for me and my brodudes.


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