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Submitted by PockyKing 1020d ago | opinion piece

Will FUSE be the Sleeper Hit of the Year?

OnlySP: Since the time that EA announced Overstrike way back when, I’ve constantly been asking myself what reason I have to pick up this game. Over the last few months though, it’s begun to pique my interest due to it’s cooperative gameplay and creative weaponry that Insomniac is so well known for. Sadly, I think FUSE will be one of those games that garners high review scores, but low sales due to EA’s lack of marketing of the game aside from a trailer every now and then and the fan feedback of the game due to EA’s partnership with Insomniac, leading many gamers to believe it will simply be another generic shooter under the EA brand. (Fuse, PS3, Xbox 360)

majiebeast  +   1020d ago
Have you seen the boxart? Casuals still buy games based on boxart.

The coregamer that visits sites like this, alot of them are still mad about Overstrike turning into this generic tps and the other half doesnt even know the game exists, because there is absolutely no marketing from EA. They should have never folded to EA's focus group and just say bleep you EA we will find another publisher for Overstrike.

Its what Naughty dog did after a marketing firm hired by Sony didnt want Ellie on the boxart or behind Joel.

Its what Ken Levine should have done. Even after a marketing firm did research in a frat house and most of those guys said they buy games based on their boxart and they have never heard of Bioshock. Elizabeth played a bigger role in the game to me then Booker, she shouldve been part of the boxart not shoved to the back.

Sorry for my long rant. But it pisses me off that these studios and publishers think that aiming for the dudebro crowd is gonna get them a massive fanbase.

Maybe after this games bombs we will get the details behind the Overstrike to Fuse change.
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PockyKing  +   1020d ago
Lol true that, but not everyone buys games based on the box-art, at least I don't haha.
US8F  +   1020d ago
That is the dumbest reason to buy a game for 60 bucks. Really because of the box art? TAKE A PICTURE AND MOVE ON, IT'S FREE
-Alpha  +   1019d ago
I dont even think casuals will buy the game based on the boxart.

Anyways, I hope Puppeteer is good, I'm guessing that will be a sleeper hit.
BattleAxe  +   1019d ago
Box art is part of marketing the game, so if someone is casually browsing video games in a store, their eyes will go more towards the attractive box art. Its partially why games like Sniper Ghost Warrior actually sell any descent amount of units.
JKelloggs  +   1019d ago

Don't give EA any ideas...
Statix  +   1020d ago
You're right. That was a long rant.

The problems with this game stretch way beyond something as minor as box art (Bioshock Infinite's box art was mildly annoying, but nothing I got my panties in a twist about). Granted, I haven't actually played the game, but none of the gameplay videos I've seen of FUSE (or Overstrike) have been particularly reassuring.
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from the beach  +   1020d ago
The box art makes me think of Lucozade, lol.

There are some very funny photoshops of it out there..
torchic  +   1020d ago
mind linking some?

I was a huge fan of the Bioshock Infinite cover man photoshopped on to other games' cover arts ahaha those were hilarious
from the beach  +   1019d ago
They were made by the NeoGaf community, check the thread over there. Well worth it!
ThatKanadianKid  +   1020d ago
I think the author is right in the fact that because of recent events at EA a good number of people will pass on the game simply because it's branded by EA.

Personally I don't really have an issue with EA, and have loved all of Insomniac's games so I'm interested in trying this one out. But EA has certainly done a horrendous job of marketing the game or even making it look that fun to begin with. I hope it does critically well, but on the financial side of things, maybe Insomniac will realize their true home is at Sony.
Majin-vegeta  +   1020d ago
Preferred overstrikes humor.This is just another generic pos shooter
@logic.Trailers pretty much show what its going to be from my point of view
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LOGICWINS  +   1020d ago
You haven't played the game yet. How can you already make that assessment?
Root  +   1020d ago
It's called first impressions

If a game looks generic, the publisher behind them has a history of ruining studios under them and the fact that it looked better with it's first trailer....well I think it's safe to judge. All your doing really is learning from history

I mean you'll hold it off "not to judge", hear what you'll want to hear and by that I mean listening to EA and Insomniac bulls*** you into thinking it will be good and not generic at all when all they are doing is trying to sell you the game and then you'll buy it......but then you'll see that people were right and now that you've bought it you can't do anything about it because you've already given your money to EA

If you know you can stop this cycle earlier by being a little more harsh and thinking about things logically then you won't waste your money and will stop funding greedy companies like EA and stop them ruining their studios by doing things like this.

Least then if it IS good (highly unlikely) then you can buy it one will be stopping you

I just want people to see that you can judge games before they come out.

If I was to judge the Last of Us multiplayer even though I haven't seen it despite there being a great studio behind it then fair enough I shouldn't be judging too soon, but if it was someone like EA behind it I would complain without seeing it after the tacked on multiplayer in Dead Space 2 for example. Get what I mean....learning from the past, since EA is behind it and after what they did to other studios, I think FUSE will be crap - average at best
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LOGICWINS  +   1020d ago
Just so I don't misunderstand. Are you guys referring to the art style?

Also, I EXPECT that EA will ruin this game with paid DLC and microtransactions. But the core game can still be very good.
sway_z  +   1020d ago
'Will FUSE be the Sleeper Hit of the Year?'

Root  +   1020d ago

EA butchered Insomniacs original game....yeah yeah yeah I know we didn't see that much it was just a CGI trailer but that trailer give many people our first impressions on this new game which made us think "Wow...finally fun looking shooter which isn't that serious, kind of like a Pixar game in a way. This has Insomniac written all over it"

However EA came along with their "game testers" and changed it. Now it's a generic third person shooter which looks terrible and dosen't look like a game Insomniac would make

The characters styles, the humour, the designs, the plot, the name of the game even....have all been changed for the worst.

I wouldn't be bothered about it that much but the problem was that Insomniac said themselves that they moved away from Sony and refused to be bought by them because they wanted freedom and didn't want to be restricted while making games...YET they've done just that, they go with the worst publisher this gen who doesn't allow such things. I mean look what they did to Bioware, Maxis with SimCity and Visceral Games, then you have some issues about what they've done to DICE.

Want to save Insomniac from sticking with EA in the future...don't buy the game. Insomniac will then go crawling back to Sony. I'd rather have an exclusive studio then a ruined one stuck with EA.
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jakmckratos  +   1020d ago
Im not even gonna buy it and there is nary an Insomniac game I have not purchased. Generic as hell. Sell outs. Please come back to Ratchet and show off an awesome new IP that has that Insmoniac touch!
fermcr  +   1020d ago
FUSE doesn't look that interesting... might be wrong.
attilayavuzer  +   1020d ago
Could have been a sleeper if it was still Overstrike
ame22  +   1020d ago
This game is gonna cause so many layoffs at Insomniac.
Prcko  +   1020d ago
i think so 2
sway_z  +   1020d ago
Insomniac were better off with Sony than they are now with EA.

Had Insomniac stuck with Sony, the PS4 launch could have been the ideal time to make their mark.

Insomniac almost did it with the Resistance series on PS3, but unfortunately for Insomniac, it would seem Sony had more confidence in Guerilla Games.

They need to work on another genre maybe?
Jek_Porkins  +   1020d ago
It's hard to say, I mean games, and especially new games tend to have a hard time breaking in on old consoles when new ones have been announced. Some really great games have been ignored at the end of a cycle because people are saving for the next console and games.

Has there been a hit this year? I don't even know if a game has met expectations yet, Tomb Raider was amazing, but didn't meet expectations, God Of War and Gears Of War undersold, it's tough going right now, and we're not sure what the expected sales are supposed to be.

It doesn't look like a game I'd buy full price, maybe if it went down to $30 or so in the future.
FarCryLover182  +   1020d ago
It may be Insomniac's death knell.

If so, that would suck. :(
kneon  +   1019d ago
Well there is a possible upside if that happens, it may make them more interested in letting Sony buy them, and it would end up costing Sony less than it otherwise would have.
BigStef71  +   1019d ago
I sure hope so.If this game is good maybe word of mouth will help it. On neogaf in a thread about the game going gold a couple of the employees were defending the game against people bashing the game for looking generic and that Overstrike was better. Insomniac switched it because the gameplay didn't work when it was overstrike and the game just wasn't fun. They also said people can't say Overstrike is better than FUSE because they never played it and I agree wih Insomniac on that. I for one plan on buying the game at launch just to support Insomniac. There will be a demo for the game so lets just wait and actually play it to see how it really is before dismissing this game as not being fun. So if the game doesn't end up being successful Insomniac can always go back to Sony
PockyKing  +   1019d ago
I would like to see the disagrees rebutle to that, and maybe a link from you to that NeoGaf forum if you could find it :)
BigStef71  +   1019d ago
No Problem:).
But yea it's a pretty long thread of just people bashing the game but I'm glad the Insomniac employees defended the game
Sevir  +   1019d ago
In before the generic pos comm... wait! nevermind, im too late :(
Before I judge it. I'll buy it and see what they've done. I read Game Informer and IGN's hands on and both enjoyed it. I've got a soft spot for insomniac, their last 2 good games were "A Crack In Time" and Resistance 3 made by the Burbank Ca, Studio. That North Carolina Studio that churned out those 2 pos ratchet games should be shut down.
BigStef71  +   1019d ago
Same here. I love Insomniac and its sad that people are not giving this game a chance. It could be really fun. I have complete in Insomnhac to deliver a great experience. Hopefully the demo that's coming our soon will change people's negative opinions
kwyjibo  +   1019d ago
Aside from Bioshock, have there been any hits this year?

I'd say that God of War, Gears of War, DMC, Revengeance have all underperformed. Tomb Raider actually did well, but SE have some crazy targets.

I think some of the crazy big games, like GTA 5 and COD will still perform well at the end of the year - but there's a definite end of generation lethargy settling in.

I've built up quite a backlog of games this gen that I'm still to go through, do I want to add Fuse to the list? I'm not sure that I do. It'll probably end up being good, but I just don't think I'll ever get round to it.
Surt  +   1019d ago
I don't have faith in EA.
But I do to some extent in Insomniac. I would wait for demo before I deem the game a failure. I find amusing tho, that many of the negative feedback comes from those that don't trust EA (rightfully so) or those hold a grudge against insomniac becouse them moving away from sony.

I know it's n4g. But put away the fangs cubs. Any way, I don't enjoy fairy tales on my FPS. I want it dark. But I'm surt, and too much fairy light hurts my eyes.
RuleofOne343  +   1019d ago
Box art ,no box art don't care if it comes in a plain box . I am purchasing it cause they will have all rights to the IP & their trying to be a multi-plat developer. For those reason alone is why I will buy their game.

@sway_z if they stayed at Sony they would be just plain developers with no IP of their own .
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Baka-akaB  +   1019d ago
So far it only makes me sleep , lame pun intended .

I'll still try the final game or at least a demo , but it didnt grab me when it was the colorful overstrike cgi , and certainly didnt interest me more as the "gray" generic looking but with crazy weapon tps it became .

Besides it releases with a bad timing . No way i'll pick it this close to Last of us or Remember me . And there is still persona 4 arena in may for EU .
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PockyKing  +   1019d ago
If you read the article, not saying you didn't ha, but people made that worry known to Insomniac about the drab environments and they went back and added tons of color and made it a unique looking world.
BitbyDeath  +   1019d ago
More sleeper, less hit.
GhettoBlasStarr  +   1019d ago
Maybe this will help some people on this website. Because I notice that alot of people just goes off of hear say.

When there's a game that interests you, Look on youtbe for gameplay and judge for yourself. Not every game is for everyone.
With that said, I was one that was more into the Overstrike idea than the Fuse idea. But I still had faith in Insomniac and I think they did a great job with Fuse. It looks great but I don't think the masses will flock to this, but It will be a great game to pick up after the price drops.

Here's some footage I've found on YouTube
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MikeyDucati1  +   1019d ago
I think FUSE will be a sleeper...without the hit

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