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.
Conclusion: I just couldn’t see any of Insomniac in this title, at all. It could have been made by any old developer with a competent ability to design what is arguably the most average shooter of the past few years. You won’t care about the characters or their motivations, because there aren’t any. You won’t care about where you’re fighting, who’s fighting you or where you are doing it either.
Pros: The Xenotech weaponry helps to mix things up a little, Co-op with actual friends is mindless fun, for a while
Cons: The friendly AI is atrociously bad, Combat is a long, repetitive and pointless stream of brain dead enemies, The story is full of forgettable, bad-guy-doing-bad-things cliches, There is not a lick of inventive or innovative thought nor risk or humour in the entire experience