Summary: Insomniac turned a lot of heads when it first revealed Overstrike -- a colorful, cartoony, over-the-top cooperative shooter that looked promisingly hilarious. Even more heads turned, but for entirely the wrong reasons, when Overstrike mutated into Fuse -- a new and toned down version that took itself more seriously and, to be quite fair, looked considerably less interesting.
Excerpt: You’re going to want to love Fuse. It’s characters are action figures waiting to happen and it’s guns are just waiting to be made into hip replicas and hung on the wall. You’re going to want to look more into the universe, and understand the why. You’re going to want to love Fuse so much that you can’t wait for more.
Summary: In Fuse , you shoot things. What’s that? That description a little lacking for you? Try playing the game! Fuse is a bland, uninspired blob of a game. While it controls well, looks fine, sounds solid, and offers four player online action, it does so with vanilla characters, lazy level design, and downright boring action. It’s lazy is what it is. I never thought I’d say that of an Insomniac game.
Excerpt: Despite those issues, Fuse is a mostly satisfying experience that, when leaning heavily on its strengths, shows just how creative the team at Insomniac can be. Strip away the amazing weapons and character abilities and you’re left with a somewhat-hollow experience, but with the right group of people, there is plenty of fun to be had.
Excerpt: In 2011 EA showed off a game called Over Strike, it looked like they had made a Stallone movie into a game with all the B grade action to tag along with it. Cocky dudes, big robots, fun weapons over the top action galore. For some reason between then and now EA decided to change major aspects of Overstrike and add an alien theme to it. Now we have the retitled Fuse. An uninspired piece of boredom packed into a 6 hour game that most will trade in after one play through.
Conclusion: Fuse seems like it took the template for a co-op shooter and forgot to take the time to modify that template to give the game a soul. Much like the title of the game, Fuse is generic and easily forgotten.