Summary: With a release date smack in the middle of the biggest gaming season of the year and a name like Fusion: Genesis , there's a slight chance you may have overlooked this Xbox Live Arcade title. Which is a shame, since the project by several former Rare employees ( Killer Instinct , Perfect Dark ) tries to marry two great aspects that can make genre fans drool: the twin-stick shooter and the formula of the fan-favorite space combat sims of old.
Excerpt: Fusion: Genesis is not your average twin stick shooter, not even close. This game features a masterpiece of a tutorial that kicks off a smart, insanely fun experience. While most games in this genre just let you blow stuff up without much exposition, Fusion: Genesis crafts quite a cool yarn to back up the action. The writing is humorous and is sure to delight sci/fi fans to no end, letting us be the space pirates we always wanted to be.
Summary: " Fusion Genesis " presents a staggering sized and scoped game, with some very innovative features for a compact price. However, even the simple yet compelling gameplay can struggle under the dreadful menu and upgrade system, whilst some parts of the game look cobbled together when compared to others. With more time and money, there is an amazing sequel to be had here. Even as it stands, this is a deep featured, excellent little title you shouldn’t hesitate to pick up.
Excerpt: Fusion: Genesis is the first game developed by Starfire Studios, a new independent developer created by former members of Rare. It's an ambitious dual stick space shooter; it's slow, complex, and creates a wide open universe to explore. It’s a curious blend of action, RPG, and MMO - hard to classify or categorize. It’s the kind of game that you will either love or hate, but it'll never leave you indifferent.
Summary: Fusion Genesis is definitely one of the more complex games on Xbox Live Arcade. At 800 MS Points, you definitely get your bang for your buck. Hundreds of missions will guarantee you to put hours into this game. On top of that, there are a ton of options for upgrading your ship and Sentinels. The graphics are very nice looking and the soundtrack and voice acting are done very well.
Excerpt: Unless youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve got an enormous marketing budget and a popular franchise, releasing a game in the thick of the fall rush can be a tricky proposition. A lot of games that have something to offer simply get lost and...
Pros: + Fluid, intuitive controls, + Deep customization and content, + MMO-style connectivity
Cons: Story elements a little too familiar, Many key elements unexplained
Excerpt: In the 23rd century, humanity has expanded into space, but five bitter factions constantly jockey for leverage. When a mysterious discovery threatens to up-end the status quo, simmering tensions give way to dual-stick-shooter combat. Want some variety? Change between those five groups any time you like. You can scout minefields as a Consortium trader for one side quest, then chase down smugglers as a Praetorian cop in another.
Pros: + Responsive dual-stick shooting; lots of ship designs, weapons, and side quests., + Diverse faction skills; “Sentient” helpers; fun multiplayer modes.
Cons: ? What’s with the occasionally lengthy load times?
My god, Fusion: Genesis is full of stuff you won’t understand
Quarter to Three
15 November 2011
Excerpt: I started playing this game on a dare. “Hey, Tom,” I said to myself, “I dare you to play whatever this Fusion: Genesis thing is that Microsoft just sent you. If only to see what kind of game it is. With a name like that, it’s got to be awful, right?” Since I’m such an insufferable pest, I finally relented just to shut myself up.
Conclusion: XBLA's finest surprise of the year, Starfire Studios has - as you'd expect from a bunch of ex-Rare guys - managed to deliver an experience bustling with ambition, scope, and depth. A must have for fans of non-linear space simulators.