Insomniac's Greatest Failure Yet

My Love for Insomniac Games has done much more than slowly fade away and at this point is free falling into a pit void of any originality. After Ratchet and Clank: A Crank in Time released, none of their games have shown us anything that has reached that level of quality. The only excuse I could think of for all of these mediocre games releasing was that Insomniac was focusing all the resources they could on Fuse.

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pr0t0typeknuckles1802d ago

ITS sad but i felt the same,after playing the demo fuse feels like a generic tps devoid of any personality.

j-blaze1802d ago

i think Resistance was more generic compared to this, fps, aliens, soldiers defending their land...but this look more fun especially in gameplay, MP and characters are awesome too, add to all that ITS NOT A FREAKING FPS and that's a big plus! wish insomniac the best of luck with this game

pr0t0typeknuckles1802d ago

to tell you the truth i cant really put my 2 cents in on resistance since i only played a demo of the first 1,but i chose not to buy it because i felt the same exact way,it was an fps with aliens an soldiers trying to defend the world.

Typical-Guy1801d ago

Resistance was the best FPS experience I've had on PS3. Especially the first one, oh boy! I hope Insomniac games make another one on PS4....

LarVanian1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

Did you even play Resistance? The Fuse demo had quite a number of elements from Resistance. The 8 player co-op in Resistance 2 was a hell of a lot more fun than what I played in the Fuse demo.

abzdine1801d ago

i agree with this article except when they say that A Crack in Time is the last great IG game because R3 is a very good game.

i love IG for the Spyro and Ratchet games, but Fuse is really not enjoyable at all. Fuse will obviously fail and IG have to step their game up by giving their fans what they deserve.

Ted Price was saying basically that they were tired of offering sequels and they wanted to give sth new to their fans, but why make an underdog TPS and not keep doing the unique things we have all been used to?

DevilishSix1801d ago

I am interested in this survival mode called Eschelon it sounds interesting. Wonder how it will play in co-op.

rpd1231801d ago

True that about Resistance. I just traded the Resistance Collection in. Didn't even get past the first game. I played 3's multiplayer. It was not bad but not enough to keep the game.

ginsunuva1801d ago

The first resistance was one of the best fps games EVER. No game had a seriously suspenseful campaign with great storytelling the way it did, and the MP was pure extremely fun, addicting, skill-based 40-player awesomeness.

Then the other 2 were decent but not as good.

BattleAxe1801d ago


If you had the Resistance Collection, why would you skip to the multiplayer on R3? It was terrible compared to R1 and R2. And with regards to you not being able to finish the first game I just just don't understand that at all. What are some of the other FPS games that you like?

Army_of_Darkness1801d ago

Resistance 3 is awesome. By far the best resistance game and tops most fps out.

kparks1801d ago

I loved resistance 1 and 2 they were awesome some of the best games on the ps3.. R3 was ok at best.. But this game looks whack and this RE5 chris Redfield looking guy with 34inch biceps looks ridiculous.

badz1491801d ago

Not saying that the demo is crap but it lacks identity and feel too generic. Overstrike promised something unique with "Insomniac" written all over it but Fuse has none of that!

rpd1231801d ago


I'm not really a huge fan of FPS's in general. I did play the multiplayer in 2, but I had trouble finding a game. 1 I was never able to play because I could never get into a game. I think the reason I couldn't get past the first campaign was the controls. They were so awkward compared to other FPS's.

joab7771800d ago

R2's co op is one of my all time fav experiences...and it hasn't been done again. I was sad when r3 omitted it. I was looking forward to a more evolved version. I played r2 co op and competitive for months and months. When I saw fuse I was hoping that this was it...what I had been waiting for. The early team fortress look had me really excited. Then, its as if they went the path so many have before...make it look and play like some other triple A game that sold well. What they didn't count on was that we hav grown tired even of those great games. Originality is the name of the game now. Its why so many are playing games like dark souls, indie games, or mobile games.

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brich2331801d ago

I couldnt even finish the demo, gameplay was lacking and boring, I will be getting the game to play coop with friends though.

JP13691801d ago

I couldn't be bothered to finish the demo either, but I don't think playing with friends will make it much better. To me it isn't even worth renting, much less a purchase.

TheRacingX1801d ago

I couldn't finish it either...I really wanted to like this one, being a fan of IG, but it just looks generic and like it wants to be too many other games

AngelicIceDiamond1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

Its funny because because the demo turned out not to be that bad.

Its a simple demo. People complained about DMC. Oh what the game sold over million copies!? It has a metacritic rating of 86!?

Despite it being a reboot DMC still stayed true to what it does best. And people were crying and moaning all the way until its released.

This game is a brand new Ip. A complete cop op experience that revolves around four characters.

Though I highly enjoyed borderlands with 2 maxed characters and spent like 50 hours on it.

The game seriously lacked character depth, progression and build. BL2 story from the first one was "better", but the four characters were just staples of "choosing your class" and "how you wanted to play"

That was it. Fuse seems have characters with life and not just simple meat suits of character classes with very little personality and almost meaningless to exist in the game with one liners to remind the player that "your playing a character."

The enemies, situations and over all outlook of the story do seem generic and done over and over again in fuse I will say that.

But again, the simple fact that its story four player online that simply gives you a background story with each character is win imo.

001801d ago

"People complained about DMC. Oh what the game sold over million copies!"

That's actually bad when the previous game sold Around 4 million.

Tontus1801d ago

lol, what? Yes DmC averaged a respectable 85% on reviews aggregates, it didn't sell over a million though, it shipped over a million. After 4 months it has only sold around 700K and its sales have slowed to a crawl, it performed horribly despite a good critical reception, the last game in the series (DMC4) sold 2.7 million (not close to 4 million 00).

Fuse is mediocre, it will average in the low 70s on reviews aggregates and be lucky to sell 500K copies on all platforms combined this year. It will be a critical and commercial flop, everyone can see that.

I feel sorry for Insomniac, I've loved some of their games and I hope Fuse bombing doesn't have too bad an effect on them.

Root1801d ago

dmc was crap though...the sales prove that

The big reviewers who give out there scores first were obviously paid off someway with either exlclusive info on their next games or somehting else because theres no way that games a 8,9 or even 10 out of 10.

It's inferior to past DMC titles and a back step for the franchise...overall it's worse then other games (least DMC2 despite how bad it was, was still a DMC game)...

fsfsxii1801d ago

I think DMC2 is the best DMC game

sjaakiejj1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )


Sales numbers prove if a game is good or bad? Just Dance must be an incredible game then, and Psychonauts and Shenmue must be terrible games.

I bet Zero Punctuation and TotalBiscuit sold out to Capcom. In fact, I agree with you that Capcom spent millions to pay reviewers to give high scores. That's far more likely than, you know, it actually being a good game that you just happen to dislike.

Statix1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

Obviously you're playing Borderlands 2 for a different reason than any other people. Nobody I know plays Borderlands for the story or characters.

With that said, the story isn't actually that bad in Borderlands 2. It's at least semi-interesting, in my opinion. Sure, the player characters are lifeless and don't have much personality, but that's like saying the player character in Skyrim doesn't have much personality.

Baka-akaB1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )


Sales numbers prove if a game is good or bad? Just Dance must be an incredible game then, and Psychonauts and Shenmue must be terrible games. "

Of course not . but it this instance everything was lining up .

DmC was badly received (and i'm talking about the only critical that matters , gamers , not pseudo journalists ) and sold like crap .

It truly have nothing going on for it , unlike low selling gems you mentioned , wich are still loved and fondly remembered .

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TwistedMetal1801d ago

yep this game looked cool when the art style was different. now it looks lame. also resistance 2 coop and mp is something really awesome that you cant get anywhere else on consoles. the coop was just beast as well as 30 vs 3o online mp with crazy weapons shooting through walls and force fields and shields and stuff.

Blaze9291801d ago

i dont know WHAT you all are moaning about - i thought the Fuse demo was amazing and i cant wait for the full game. Generic? lol you all

darx1801d ago

I am guessing that they are a bunch os PS fans who are upset that IG went multiplat.

showtimefolks1801d ago

Spyro was great

ratchet and clank is excellent series

resistance 1 was very good, 2 had more COD effects but the 8 player co-op alone was worth the asking price and 3rd felt a lot like half-life, It had very stable MP and excellent story

Fuse now this is where this doesn't seem or play like an insomniac game, its time insomniac to admit the failure and crawl back to your fans who have been with you since day on on playstation brand

sony needs to BUY QD next but if insomniac is willing than they should be after that.

you want to become a 3rd party developer and have a huge reputation on playstation than make sure your 1st game isn't just average

i mean who the heck was the creative director of Fuse? ted price we need answers

OmegaSlayer1801d ago

The Resistance series is bad.
The last R&C are bad.
This Fuse here is bad.

Irishguy951801d ago

Insomniac got free passes because they were exclusive to Sony. They are a empty shell of their former selves and haven't made a good game in a long long time. Resistance 1 was the best they've created in years and even that was only 'good'(Even though I loved it, it gets overrated quite a lot)

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Kalowest1802d ago

I feel bad for Insomniac!!! :(

raiden-491801d ago

They were trying to create an at least somewhat interesting game from the first trailer but EA saw that no one gave a f*ck so they "improved" it by making it MORE generic and now this is what we get....

Also we know insomniacs did screw up before but I have always tried to make something different.

Heavenly King1801d ago

actually according to Insomniac they did not had any pressure from EA. They changed it because they wanted to change it.

raiden-491801d ago

@Heavenly King

Come-on do you think EA would let them say they changed the game and its EA's fault... But tbh EA has never had lied to us about this stuff and/ twisted the truth../s

Statix1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )


Even if EA did pressure Insomniac to change the art style of the game, it's still partly Insomniac's fault for giving in to the pressure. The studio has the final say on whether or not to change a game's direction.

In all likelihood, Insomniac probably agreed with whatever market analysis EA put together, so long as they thought a change would boost sales and hype for the game.

Root1802d ago

"The best result to come from Fuse releasing is that it will sell so bad that the developers get bought by Sony just to survive"

Well at least then Sony might get the cheaper but at the end of the day it will be Insomniacs fault...they wanted more freedom with their games and they decide to go with EA, I bet Sony offered them more freedom then any other company out there.

If they get bought I hope they don't continue with the Ratchet games though....they need to create something new for next gen. Oh and they need to start working on one thing at a time, not trying to juggle projects

TechnicianTed1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

The wisdom of Root. Thank you Root. Maybe other developers could benefit from your pearls of wisdom.

I leave you with the opening of the first lines of this article, a sure sign that journalism is at its peak from websites like this -

'My Love for Insomniac Games has done much more than slowly fade away and at this point is free falling into a pit void of any originality.'

elhebbo161801d ago

what some people dont know is that insomniac left for a reason (w.e the reason may be) and if they get bought by sony some of the game designers might leave the studio. similar situations like this happened in the past. but its too early to speculate.

JP13691801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

I love how you speculate and then say it's too early for such a thing.

Heavenly King1801d ago

they always wanted to remain independent. Sony tried to buy them but Ted always refused.

Retroman1801d ago

say what'd!!!!! without Ratchet i would not play video games. sometimes you need side games to break the crowed FPS games.

Root1801d ago

The let there new IP for the PS4 be a platforming game

Who says it has to be another FPS or shooter in general.

We've had way too many Ratchet games to the point where it's getting old and stale....getting worse scores as it goes along.

mt1801d ago

maybe it is only me but i liked playing the demo with my brother.

PepperjackJig1801d ago

Same i played with my cousin it was pretty fun, but that might just be because it wasn't just single player

arbitor3651801d ago

insomniac is my favorite developer of all time. and I have to say they have gone way, way downhill.

Fuse is a massive disappointment. when we saw that pre rendered trailer for overstrike, it looks like "the incredibles" meets team fortress 2. it was brimming with personality.

now it is a generic, mundane TPS game, that doesnt even feel like an insomniac game. im not sure if EA is to blame for this. they probably are. just look at what they did to dead space.

DigitalRaptor1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

Agreed. I couldn't be sure if EA is to blame either, but I think Insomniac is just as much to blame, when they conducted focus groups with 12 year olds who wanted something more mature. That just isn't right kids wanting something more mature, what does that tell you about the kids of this generation?

For me it's OVERSTRIKE or bust. You're right, that game had real personality. I just can't get excited about what is now FUSE. What a shame.