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Lighting the 'Fuse' on Co-op Fun

Jun 4, 2013

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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FuseIt is time to get the band back together. It is time to round up all of your buddies who are always in the mood for a good, old fashioned, co-op firefight.

‘Fuse’ is here.

As members of the covert mercenary strike team known as Overstrike 9, you are hired to thwart the sinister Raven Corporation from using alien energy (the “Fuse” of the title) to power up weapons and fashion monstrous supersoliders. The team consists of Dalton Brooks, Naya Deveraux, Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair and Jacob Kimble; who each carry one specialized weapon to use in the field along with their standard issue weaponry. Along with machine gun toting grunts, Raven also has assorted mechanized warriors and some James Bond worthy henchmen in their employ. To toss wrenches in their plans, Overstrike 9 must travel across the globe from mountainous jungle bases to frozen Arctic wastelands.

Fuse ‘Fuse’ is meant to be a co-operative experience but you can have just as much fun playing solo with the AI. As true teammates, you will have to do more than just open heavy doors or input entry codes into twin security consoles though. Scattered throughout ‘Fuse’ are entire missions or solitary tasks which require Overstrike 9 to work together to succeed. You will have to defend teammates as they carry and then install explosive energy pods. Overstrike will split up to take the high and low roads in order to make it through a tech complex. To defend a cable car from flanking enemies, the team must divide their firepower and attention. All of these scenarios are tricky and gratifying; we just wish there were more of them.

For its cover-based shooter gameplay, ‘Fuse’ borrows from other such established titles as ‘Gears of War’. While you can run and gun to your heart’s content, you are more likely to be blown to bits than clear out that room full of baddies as the hand-to-hand combat is very limited. The enemy firepower is meant to cut you down if you barrel around like a madman instead of strategically taking out your targets. Just like ‘Gears’, death requires you to fully “bleed out”. If a teammate can get to you in time, they can heal and revive you.

Fuse Along with your standard near future weapons, your team is also individually equipped with four unique armaments. Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair’s assault rifle fires orbs encasing targets in hard crystal that can be easily shattered into a million pieces. Dalton Brooks’ force field generator can also drop mobile shields and fire walls of force which disintegrate entire squadrons. Naya Deveraux’s gun can ignite and explode multiple adjacent targets and Jacob Kimble’s crossbow can do the same. All of these are crucial to overcoming the waves of foes that will engage you wherever you end up. The good thing is that even the AI characters will switch to these specialty weapons to give you the upper hand.

Fuse Once your team gains enough experience and levels up, they unlock other abilities such as cloaking themselves and increasing the damage of their teammates through the use of their devices; like Dalton’s force field generator.

Accompanying the campaign is Fuse’s rendition of Horde Mode, although in order not to get eviscerated every 20 seconds, you had better enter the firefight with a fairly high level character. If not, you are in for an aggravating battle.

Sometimes simple is truly best. You don’t have to reinvent a genre to produce something that is entertaining. Insominac’s ‘Fuse’ is not a gaming revolution. Thing is, it doesn’t need to be. ‘Fuse’ is familiar fun either solo or better yet, with a bunch of your trigger-happy friends.

 

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Format: Xbox 360
Publisher: EA Games
Developer: Insomniac
ESRB Rating: M for Mature
Official Site: http://www.insomniacgames.com/games/fuse/#/home

Rating: 8 / 10

 
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