IGN: "Fuse is an entertaining co-op action game, but its limited thrills are wasted if you can't play with four friends."
It is sad but Insomniac just didn't evolve in this console generation , Ted Price is a big personality in gaming but he doesn't have a compelling vision for games.
I know it sounds like a cliche by now, but I really think that EA is partly to blame for this one.
Did the EA vision force the single player part to suck? That is the main the the issue with the game
Anyone who has played the demo knew this game was a generic shooter, i think this will be a prefect game to pick up around black friday for under $10 EA is to be blamed for a lot of things but did they force Insomniac to make gameplay pretty generic and what about the story did EA wrote that too? how about the developer takes some of the blame too for all the bad EA's partners program lets you keep your IP so yeh let's blame EA Insomniac your true fanbase is with sony, sorry if i am sounding like a fanboys but some developers should stay where they had been all their existence playstation brand and insomniac games go hand in hand, also what's next for insomniac is the real question? are they big and money wise strong enough to survive as independent developers? or is it time for them to bought by sony? also should sony be interested to begin with? i would think QD and ready at dawn are the next 2 developers sony is looking at buying DOMination- original overstrike was trying too hard to be like jac&dexter/ratchet and clank IMO EA is to be blamed for a lot of wrong doings in gaming business but i don't think they deserve as bad of a rap when a game developers makes a generic game
This game is a victim of the heavily focus-tested... IG are best suited for quirky caricature/toon based act/adv... think outside of the box, being creative in both game play and art style, being fun, zany. It is there strong point, what they should go for, what they do better than most...Not generic run of the mill shooters... Failure was all over this once I saw (as did most) the transistion from Overstrike to Fuse... Lesson learned I am certain. Now IG get back to R&C, bring another new IP to go with it, something up your alley, where you strive, be the standout caricature/toon base studio you are,bring us fun and charming, appealing quirky fun platforming... They should have continued down the road of the jak&Daxter/Ratchet and Clank games.... They have a chance mow to evolve, bring much more to the table in all aspects with the new power the systems bring...
It's too bad, I like Ted Price and Insomniac. This review doesn't say much about when you do play with 4 people but it does sound terrible solo. Their other game All-4-One on the PS3 was also pretty much a co-op game and it wasn't very good either. Let's hope they can rebound and do something special on next-gen consoles.
Agreed. They had something going with the Overstrike look. And the "reasoning" for the change never really made sense. Hopefully in the end the truth is revealed.
They had their own vision in Overstrike, but EA got in the way and forced theirs...
I have to disagree because when Overstrike was announced, it still got a pretty mediocre reception from most people. I personally saw nobody hyping the game up and that original trailer just looked like it was a poor mans Borderlands. If people had cared about Overstrike at the time, maybe they wouldn't have felt the need to change it.
Just about anyone who's worked with EA will tell you that they do not invade on your creative process and force their vision on you. The problem is that they give developers a lot of money and resources, and thus enough rope to hang themselves. They start becoming over ambitious and hungry for the same wealth and success that other EA developers enjoy. The only things that EA "push" for are things like DLC, but even then that isn't a given as creative direction is left up to the development team.
Besides artstyle and name, Overstrike was the exact same game. The end result has more to do with Insomniac than it does EA.
It's a shame, but it's about what I expected. I think Sony should buy Insomniac and make them develop their platformers. I know developers like to try new things and be creative, but when you're really good at something no one else is really doing (outside of Nintendo) then you should stick with it. I'd like to see Insomniac focus on making Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, Sly Cooper, co-develop Knack, and if Sony can get these guys back a new Crash Bandicoot and Spyro. Those are the kind of games Insomniac are masters at. And to give them a bit more freedom Sony should also let them make Pixar-like films of each of those franchises (well maybe except Crash, I don't really see that being on par with a Disney film without some huge character development changes, and that's not always good (Sonic)). I think that's the direction Insomniac needs to go. While I did enjoy Resistance I always felt Killzone was the better game.
"I think Sony should buy Insomniac and MAKE them develop their platformers." I'd rather them crash and burn pursuing their own visions than kill themselves doing something THEY don't want to do. You sound like you'd make a GREAT boss...
@blue You'd rather hundreds of people lose their jobs, insurance, and not be able to support themselves or their families because you want them to blindly follow you, instead of working on projects that bring the company money and that you excel at, and worse become another pool of people that leech off of government assistance until they hopefully can find another job. You sound like you'd make a GREAT boss...correct a great politician......
just stop, as if selling their soul to sony and being forced to work on crap you didn't want to would ensure a future for them, maybe you'd like the number to Zipper? your just a fanboy who doesn't give a damn what the people who bring you joy go through to get where they want to be, in control of their own destiny, win or lose. who gives a damn if you can't play ratchet if it means they are killing themselves doing something THEY DON'T WANT TOO. what part of freedom and ownership escapes you? And I AM a great boss, thank you very much.
@blue You're an idiot. "just stop, as if selling their soul to sony and being forced to work on crap you didn't want to would ensure a future for them, maybe you'd like the number to Zipper? " Insomniac has been a 3rd party developer CHOOSING to work exclusively with Sony for over 10 years. Yet they're being "forced" to work and "selling their soul". Yeah /s "your just a fanboy who doesn't give a damn what the people who bring you joy " Insomniac brought joy with Ratchet and Clank, even Resistance. Who is joyous about Fuse? Some people are good a doing everything, and some people are great at doing a few things. If you're great at something stick with it, because that's a skill you have no one else does and no one can take that from you. “who gives a damn if you can't play ratchet if it means they are killing themselves doing something THEY DON'T WANT TOO.” Ratchet and Clank and all the other games I've listed are going to go on regardless of if Insomniac is making them or another developer looking to take their place. “what part of freedom and ownership escapes you?” Yet they go to partner with EA. /s I have no clue what they were thinking, but I guess it was either expansions by going multiplatform, or Sony didn’t want to support the vision of Overstrike / Fuse because their 1st party games were starting to be shooter heavy (Killzone, Resistance, SOCOM, MAG, Dust 514). But again Insomniac has been a 3rd party studio, they’ve always been free to do whatever they wanted, they chose to work with Sony. “And I AM a great boss, thank you very much.” As I said you're ignorant. And a quick glance at your comment section shows you're an ignorant extremist. Again boss material, No. Shady politician, Yes.
"Yet they go to partner with EA. /s" That's right forrest, they PARTNERED with EA, allowing them to OWN THEIR OWN WORK. This part seems to escape your tiny brain. It also doesn't register in that waste of flesh you call a mind that whether or not FUSE is successful or a complete flop IT'S THEIRS. I'm sure they enjoyed pumping out the same ol crap for sony so much that they just couldn't wait to become a part of the sony 1st party family, oh wait, they didn't. not going to respond to all the bs you've put out, just stop crying, sony owns ALL the IP's you want to play and I'm sure they'll force one of their "happy" 1st parties to make another silly game for a simpleton as yourself. my comment history is consistent, I don't blow sony or MS, unlike many on here...
@blue As you've proven once again you're an idiot, but now you've proven you're a COMPLETE IDIOT, who has no understanding of business whatsoever, and would rather die and go bankrupt taking everyone he can with him, than maintain a successful company in which over 100 people are dependent upon you. Again Great boss. No. Shady Politician. 100% Yes. "This part seems to escape your tiny brain. It also doesn't register in that waste of flesh you call a mind that whether or not FUSE is successful or a complete flop IT'S THEIRS." What's the point of owning the IP "Fuse" if it's not successful for the company, and a mediocre game for gamers. That's like congratulating someone for getting in debt. We're sorry you're having financial troubles, but congratulations on that Fuse it's a real Killer app. /s "I'm sure they enjoyed pumping out the same ol crap for sony so much that they just couldn't wait to become a part of the sony 1st party family, oh wait, they didn't." Once again Insomniac was second party, they could do whatever they wanted, but if they wanted funding from Sony then yes they had to either make what Sony wanted or presented Sony with something NEW, UNIQUE, and GOOD for PlayStation. Fuse is none of that. "not going to respond to all the bs you've put out, just stop crying, sony owns ALL the IP's you want to play and I'm sure they'll force one of their "happy" 1st parties to make another silly game for a simpleton as yourself." Because you can't, because it's the hard truth, and you're too ignorant to understand it. First Impressions are everything, and Fuse has failed. Thankfully you can't rely anymore spreading your ignorance on here potentially infecting others. "my comment history is consistent, I don't blow sony or MS, unlike many on here..." This is the only thing I agree with you on. Your comment history is consistent. Consistently Ignorant, but consistent.
Guess ill rent this or wait till fall/winter to pick this up out of the bargain bin for $15 or less.
I should get this by thursday according to Amazon. I'll see how it is then.
I'm glad Insomniac chose to make a new IP, but I wish it wouldn't have been another shooter! People are burnt out by shooters by now. Sucks to see it didn't get a great score =( Hopefully Insomniac will recover and pick up its momentum again!
not good score :(
I bet insomniac presented this mediocre idea to Sony first, but Sony decided it wasn't good enough so Insomniac shopped around til someone bit. Sony was right it seems.
sony also gave up the rights to LA:noire which sold well but the cost of the game was extremely high they gave up the rights to remember me which is now being published by Capcom which also looks very generic, every time i see it i become less interested i guess sony knows which game to take risk on and which to cut its ties and take its losses. they still taking big risks with heavy rain,beyond 2 souls and last guardian to name a few
I'll pick it up next week in da bomba bin lmao
Not sure what happened with Insomniac, I loved the Ratchet and Clank games, even the "future" series. But the last 2 haven't been that good. Hope they can pull the nose up, especially after what looks to be a pretty mediocre game in fuze.
Ironically, I'm currently having a blast with Far Cry 3's online 4 player co-op, and that game also happens to have an excellent single player campaign too.
Still waiting for a proper Ratchet and Clank game. I don't want tower defence, nor do I want a forced co-op experience. I want a game like FToD. First game I ever got on my PS3, and the best experience I had this generation.
Hate to say I called this long ago. The reason I hate it, is that I really like Insomnaic Games. They are the creators of some fantastic experiences that I have thoroughly enjoyed (Ratchet, Resistance etc). This title screamed generic ever since the name was changed. Overstrike looked compelling. It had great art direction, looked like a playable version of the Incredibles (talking about the teaser). Then it went full generic. Bland color palette. Gimped story, me too samey graphics, and worst of all crap gameplay. I am hopeful that this dose of reality does not destroy Insomniac. They should have stayed with Sony as it appears they are set to lead this next generation. I would not be surprised to see Ted step down.
R.I.P Insomnaic Games!!
Tried the demo..... Hated it.
Yeah...sooo... They took a huge s*** on Resistance 3's multiplayer and TWO Rachets just to make this garbage? This isn't EA doing this folks. This is the new Insomniac. 3 straight awful games and it has nothing to do with going multiplat...
Ok now i Blame EA ! theres no way a talented dev can produce a game like fuse after creating an excellent game like Resistance 3
I really wanted to like this game, but after playing the demo I'm just renting this. I'm not that into coop games and was hoping this would be worth it as a sp game too...
Hey can I ask a question? How does everyone know for sure that EA is actually forcing developers to make games the way they want by stealing creative freedom from developers? Is there any source to prove that EA wanted to make this a generic shooter? Please send me a link, I need to read it.
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