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

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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