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Platform PS3, 360 Publisher Electronic Arts Developer Insomniac Games Release Date 2013-05-28

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Fuse review: energy crisis

Fuse doesn't have the most original premise Fuse is set in a nebulous near-future where private security teams conduct black operations outside of government oversight. The game opens as the Overstrike 9 team arrives at a secret research facility. The scientists there are experimenting with an alien material known as Fuse, which could prove to be a limitless energy source — or the most destructive power ever discovered. Overstrike 9 is forced on a world-spanning race to jam the genie back in the bottle before the latter result becomes a reality. It's not an especially inventive premise, and the world and characters don't stretch the basic setup much either. There are plenty of clichés sitting in every corner of Fuse, and none of it is especially memorable. The voice acting is...

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How Insomniac learned from Fuse and got its groove back with Sunset Overdrive

Insomniac Games, beloved for its Ratchet & Clank and Resistance games, hit a career low with Fuse, the 2013 cooperative shooter formerly known as Overstrike. It was a game that debuted with a positive reception, unveiled with a stylish, cheeky trailer at E3 2012. A year later, when Insomniac and publisher Electronic Arts re-introduced the game as Fuse, it was more serious, more grounded, but drained of the personality that attracted many potential players. Reaction to Insomniac's new direction was generally negative. Fuse was a commercial and critical letdown. It is, according to Metacritic, Insomniac's lowest rated game. Insomniac developers and executives look back on Fuse as a learning experience, an important step in the veteran studio recognizing what it does best. "Fuse was a...

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Saints Row 4 delayed in Australia, distributor confirms

Volition's upcoming open-world game, Saints Row 4, has been delayed in Australia from Aug. 22 to Sept. 12 for Windows PC and Xbox 360, and Sept. 19 for PlayStation 3, Australian distributor All Interactive Entertainment confirmed today. "Australian fans of Saints Row 4 will obviously be disappointed with this delay," stated Robert Kingston, director at All Interactive Entertainment. "We have used every means at our disposal to minimize the delay, but unfortunately it just was not possible to keep the same street date as the rest of the world." Australians who pre-order Saints Row 4 from Australian retailers and pick up the game within 48 hours of launch will receive a free Presidential Pack DLC code "as a thank you to fans for their patience." The pack, a GameStop and EB Games...

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Ratchet & Clank writer T.J. Fixman leaves Insomniac for screenwriting career

T.J. Fixman, writer of Ratchet & Clank current-gen series is leaving Insomniac to embrace a screenwriting career, he announced on his blog. "It's 4:43 AM and I can't sleep. It's a mixture of fear and excitement and now, since I've accepted my fate, a cup of French Vanilla coffee," Fixman wrote. "I haven't felt this way in seven years, so I guess it's only fitting I bookend this chapter of my life with insomnia. Anyway, by now you've read the title of this blog so let's get to it: After seven years and nine games, I'm leaving Insomniac." Fixman, who also contributed to Fuse's transition from campy humor to a "more sophisticated, dry wit," will stay around to help with the Ratchet & Clank movie script he wrote. "So why does the title say 'sort of'? Because my relationship with...

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Saints Row 4 'low violence' option appears on Steam

A "low violence" option for Volition's upcoming open-world game, Saints Row 4, is currently listed on Steam alongside the pre-purchase option for the normal version of the game. At the time of writing, the low violence version can not be selected for pre-purchase. The new listing follows shortly after the news that the Australian Classification Board denied Saints Row 4 classification under the "Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games," saying that the title "includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context" and features use of "illicit or proscribed drug use" as incentives in the game. According to the Classification Board's decision report, the game was refused classification specifically because of a weapon called an...

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Saints Row 4 refused classification in Australia due to 'alien narcotics' and an 'Alien Anal Probe'

Saints Row 4 was refused classification in Australia by the country's Classification Board because it featured a weapon called an "Alien Anal Probe" and an alien narcotic that gives players super powers when smoked, according to the Board's Decision Report obtained by Polygon. Last night, the Australian Classification Board announced that it denied Saints Row 4 classification under the "Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games," saying that the title "includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context" and features use of "illicit or proscribed drug use" as incentives in the game, which is prohibited by the board's guidelines. The "Alien Anal Probe" weapon, according to the report, can be "shoved into enemy's backsides," as...

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Curiosity, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Evil Within, Wargaming, Fuse, Xbox One: Speed Run

Curiosity — What's Inside the Cube? from 22 Cans came to an end over the weekend. We spent some time with MachineGames' Wolfenstein: The New Order and Tango Gameworks' The Evil Within. Wargaming will unveil its first console game at E3. We reviewed Insomniac Games' Fuse and decided it's not the kind of shooter you should play solo. We've got a bit more information on the Xbox One and its relationship with the internet. Curiosity: What's Inside the Cube? ends, makes one UK player a "god" Curiosity winner weighs in on "life changing" prize and the perks of being a god Wolfenstein: The New Order and finding balance between old and new The Evil Within's first 15 minutes sets a spooky and suspenseful tone Wargaming bringing its first console game to E3 2013 Fuse review: energy crisis ...

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Insomniac already 'expanding' on Fuse core concepts for brand new content

Insomniac Games, the developer behind four-player co-op action title Fuse, has "already begun to expand" on the game's core concepts and prototype new content that is a "new Fuse experience altogether," according to president and CEO Ted Price. Price posted a new blog entry on the developer's website. According to his post, the new content Insomniac is working on "leverages this bizarre alien substance which is at the heart of the game" and is not DLC. Addressing Fuse's aesthetic changes from its initial reveal, Price said that the game was not changed "because of a 12-year-old's focus test comments." "We did what we thought was right for the Fuse universe," Price wrote. "In particular we focused on creating co-op weapons and gameplay that we think work better than any other co-op...

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Get a quick rundown of the Overstrike 9 crew in Fuse character trailer

A character trailer for Insomniac's co-op shooter Fuse gives a short overview of the four members of the Overstrike 9 team and their past missions. The characters' backstories are related by a narrator as the camera pans over parts of a static image; each character has a comic panel illustrating their story. Dalton Brooks is shown returning fire against an attempted assassin sent by mercenary group Raven, Jacob Kimball draws his weapons on gangsters in a nightclub, and Naya Deveraux finds she can't assassinate a young girl. Fuse releases on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 28. The game's launch trailer is embedded below.

Fuse Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 05/28/2013
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Insomniac Games
    • Score 6.5
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 05/28/2013
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Insomniac Games
    • Score 6.5
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