EA and Insomniac games today released a demo for their upcoming 3rd person shooter, FUSE. To say that this game is going under the radar would be an overstatement of epic proportions, I don’t think anyone even knows this game exists let alone will be available by the end of the month.
There’s nothing special about these demo impressions, I’m playing the same demo everyone else can download right now. If you’re looking for exclusive impressions, this isn’t it. If you can’t be bothered to download the demo and just feel like reading some impressions then feel free to continue reading.
What Did You Think Of The Demo?
The FUSE demo starts off pretty badly, weird looking menus only serve to confuse and seeing the “Connecting to EA Origin” message is never a good thing. Before starting up the demo you’re given a choice of which character you’d like to play as, I went with Naya Deveraux because she was the hottest. You can switch between four different characters in real time so it really didn’t matter in the end anyway.
You start off in a snowy environment that had a little “Lost Planet” feel to it, from there onwards you climb up the side of the mountain and it all feels very “Uncharted” both controls and animation. It’s at this point that you notice FUSE will certainly have some verticality to it which is nice as I had gone in thinking it would be Gears of War with some cool weapons thrown in.
It takes a little while to get used to the controls but you’ll get used to them before the demo is done, most importantly the gunplay in FUSE feels tight and responsive. I can’t even begin to tell you how many games utterly screw this up but FUSE handles well and character’s will react exactly as you’d want, none of that sticking to the wrong bits of scenery that happens in other games.
What ultimately makes FUSE different from other 3rd person shooters on the market is a number of things, most importantly your squad. Yes you will be running around with a team of four but FUSE allows you to switch between character at anytime by holding BACK/SELECT and pressing one of the face buttons. I’d be lying if I said I checked out everyone’s ability but here’s what I basically got from it.
- The big guy can create a massive shield to cover his squad.
- The black guy is the sniper dude.
- Naya can cloak herself to flank enemies.
- The other chick has red hair.
To me this will ultimately be FUSE’s saving grace, by playing this game online with three other players and having each player bring something new to the table, it makes FUSE unique. This isn’t just some third person shooter where extra players means more firepower, you have the opportunity to work together with each player serving a different role. If I’m playing as the sniper, I sure as hell wouldn’t mind having the other guy giving me real time cover with his shield instead of running around looking for the perfect sniping spot.
There’s also an XP systems where you can attain extra skills, personally I’m a sucker for these things and I love select which areas of my character I’d like to power up. It’s only a demo so it’s impossible to get a grasp as to how useful this will be in the final game but it’s promising stuff.
Coming from the FUSE demo I walked away fairly happy, I can’t imagine this being a £40 day one purchase but it does feel like the game is sadly destined for the bargain bin a month after it launches. Wait for a price drop, grab some friends to join you online and FUSE should be a good time for everyone involved.
To Honest, Will It Suck?
The developer behind FUSE is Insomniac Games, they’re responsible for games such as Rachet & Clank and Resistance, even Spyro the Dragon if your first console wasn’t a PlayStation 2. They’re a proven developer with a good track record so FUSE was never going to flat out suck. From what I’ve seen in the demo, it looks like a fun 3rd person shooter that will be boring playing it alone but should be pretty cool if you co-op with some buddies online.
Is It Worth A Download?
The Xbox 360 demo weighs in at 1.5Gb so it’s a pretty big download for what amounts to about 15 minutes of play. FUSE is definitely a try before you buy game, make sure you try you play with some friends otherwise you may overlook what appears to be a pretty solid title.
When Is It out?
It’s out on May 28th in North America and May 31st in Europe. You can pick it up for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 and yes, seeing the Insomniac logo on an Xbox felt a little weird.