Insomniac Games is one of those companies who know how to make good games, filled with action and good storyline. Their notable games and franchises like Spyro, Ratchet and Clank and finally their last made franchise Resistance were all exclusives to Sony and their Platforms. But now IG made their new IP for both consoles, and to say frankly it is quite alright.
Fuse is a 3rd Person-shooter set in the near future. The task is set before a team of four individuals to find an alien substance called Fuse and make sure it will not get into evil hands. Everything turns bad for them, and an evil PMC organization called Raven takes this substance and plans to use it against the planet to achieve world domination, thus these 4 individuals have to stop them and save the world. While the plot may feel overused and very familiar it still holds all right. The protagonists of Fuse are the team called Overstrike 9 (the original title for the game; the title was changed into Fuse later). They must work together to fight off different types of enemies, like grunt soldiers, big mechs armed with chainguns or flamethrowers or even stealth commando guys who like to grab you by neck and shoot you point black if you fail to press the button on your controller. It is a coop game obviously and really wants you to have three other friends to play, so it will be more fun. There are six levels to play and worry not they are quite long so you will probably finish the game in approximately 7-8 hours depending on your skill. Talking about skills there are actually skill trees for all the four characters. Though they are all quite the same but each character has its own special ability and special weapon each generated by Fuse. Dalton Brooks (voiced by Brian Bloom) is a reformed and sarcastic mercenary, equipped with a Mag Shield, which is an energy shield. Naya Deveraux (voiced by Jennifer Hale) – she is equipped with a cloak device and has a gun that creates tiny black holes called the Warp Rifle. Isabelle “Izzy” Sinclair (voiced by Ali Hillis) is a gifted, but rebellious young scientist, equipped with a crystallization gun called the Shattergun. Jacob Kimble (voiced by Khary Payton), a decorated detective with a bit of a temper, equipped with a fire crossbow called the Arcshot. There are skills that help to enhance the power of Fuse, others help to be better with the other firearms. There are Team Perks, which you can buy for game currency called Fuse credits. Team Perks can give additional boost to your team members like boost to achieving experience or additional health. All that makes the team more lethal and unstoppable. Finally after the main campaign you can try out Echelon missions, they play like Gears of War horde mode, but still quite interesting. Through 12 waves of enemies you will be given different tasks like clearing the area of enemies, or protecting fuse cells from being destroyed. And of course you will be attacked from all sides and in times you will have to fight off big bosses. You can also look for collectible items during the campaign to get to know this universe better, like audio logs or even dossiers of all the four characters. The whole gameplay is a blast considering you have four different characters and four different special weapons, which can turn the tide of any firefight. Dalton can use his magshield or even drop one so the other team members can use it for cover. Naya can use her Warp Rifle, which can make little warp holes that suck everybody and make a big blast. All in all every single member of the team is amazing and has very decent abilities. Another thing that is great even if you play alone is that your allies AI are not that stupid. They actually can save you if you are pinned or bleeding out. You can also change character during the game anytime you want.
The graphics looks ok. It is true that it is outdated but still holds quite fine. You will visit different places like snowy mountains of Pakistan, nice looking island near South China Sea and finishing it with space station like in good old James Bond movies. It will be actually very frustrating to walk through endless corridors of different facilities because they almost look the same way, but still fighting in the open areas is quite fascinating.
The voice acting is very well done here. They gave emotions to the characters and you actually care for them and their backstory. They put a lot of force to bring these characters to life and it is really fun to see them argue with each other like they are best friends on a suicide mission. A big let down here is the soundtrack. There is no way to describe it as only one word comes to mind: dull. It is very dull and boring. It is always build up for something big to come but nothing happens. Yes in times it sounds quite alright as ambient music but still can get on nerves. You hear particular music during the film trailers.
In the end, yes it feels like generic shooter we have seen many times, yes the story is overused and we know it by heart, yes there are clichés and stuff but still it is fun. The very strong point of the whole game is to play it with friends and the four players coop is very satisfying here. Who knows, maybe we will see a sequel to it. 8/10.