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POSTED 10/6/13


FUSE

EA

PS3 (also on Xbox 360)

TINK! SCRRRT! FOOF! FWWWWW-CLACK! PSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...

Your mission, should you choose to blahblahblah, is to stop the Raven Corporation who, via numerous boffinistic types soon to realise their workplace is a crappy environment in which to be sciencematific, are using alien shit melded with human shit against the latter. That being humans, not faeces, as we’re using “shit” in the general “stuff” sense, rather than the actual smelly defecationary one.

As such you become any of four mercenaries comprising Overbit- erm, Overstrike 9, between which you can switch at whim. Each has individual weaponical charms, be it big mofo shield, general “torch the fuckers” fer-twang arrangements, crystallising-then-shattering-anonymous-henchmen mojo or ability to wrangle black holes for savage amusement.

Anyway, yep, the weapons in this here Fuse thang are majestic, which makes sense when you twig that the whole enchilada has blorped forth from the brainboxes of Insomniac, who plopped the Ratchet & Clank and Resistance series’ worldwards.

Ah, if only the rest were as agglutinatedly fluxtacular.

For sadly this third-person shooty-shooty-bang-bang affair tapers off generic-wards when looking beyond that fabtacular weaponry. Sure, there’s only so much that you can do with the maniacal mega-corporation versus world plotty-plot, but – single playeredly at least - as competent as Fuse is you speedily realise it’s a case of shoot times lots, ride lifts (in desperate need of some ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ action) and do it again. With the odd helicopter or robot to take down after expending enough armament to blow up your average mid-sized planetoidical entity-like thingy, natch.

Grab three mates for various co-op shenanigans and things improve, because – usually at least - they won’t have noggins with pointy crayons jabbed deeply within, unlike the regularly ludicrous “AI”. Or take your chances with randoms online – see crayon comment a dozen or so words back.

Fuse just doesn’t quite come together... PAF!

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