Reviews for Insomniac's Fuse have started to appear online ahead of the game's release today in North America.
The co-operative, third-person shooter is the first multiplatform title from the studio, which has until now produced Ratchet & Clank and Resistance titles exclusively for Sony's consoles.
So how does Fuse fare with critics? We've gathered up all the scores, along with excerpts from each review, and compiled them in a list below.
Publisher EA has confirmed a European Fuse release date of this Friday, May 31.
- PlayStation Lifestyle: 7.0 - Fuse is by almost every aspect, a solid title. Anyone who decides to pick it up should not have any major complaints, as long as they understand what they are picking up in the first place. Fuse is a standard cooperative third person shooter developed by a top tier developer, but it is not a life altering experience or a game that will stand the test of time for years to come.
- GameSpot: 7.0 - Fuse is calibrated for people to play together, designed in such a way as to be merely serviceable for solo players, but solid fun for groups of gung-ho mercs.
- Destructoid: 4/10 - Fuse does feel every bit like another victim of the heavily focus-tested, leader following, perpetually terrified mainstream game industry. It's every cloying and desperate element of the retail console market, brought together -- fused, if you will -- to create a factory standard example of a game that tries to be everything the hypothetical mainstream consumer drools over, and ends up as nothing remarkable.
- GameFocus: 8.6/10 - Fuse is a welcome surprise and a nice break from the story-heavy and highly cinematic games that have come out in the past few months. This game is the definition of gameplay over presentation, and it's all the better for it. After playing this game, I'm happy to report that this is definitely Insomniac's best outing since Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time, and probably some of the most fun I've had playing a third-person shooter since Platinum Games' Vanquish. It's that fun!
- The Escapist: 4/5 - Some of Fuse's flaws, like the grindy boss fights and a storyline that takes itself a little too seriously at times,
- GameInformer: 7.75 - I left Fuse with several frustrations sticking in my head. I was bothered by the cutscene situation, the basic AI (both friendly and enemy), a couple of glitches that forced restarts, and the dramatic change in fun factor when playing solo. That said, I can't deny that I spent a lot of time laughing while playing with three others. If chaotic, over-the-top shootouts are your thing, there's plenty to like in Fuse amongst the frustrations. Just be sure to bring some friends along for the ride.
- EGM Now: 7.5 - It's a technically solid game, but Fuse lacks a soul; the story and character development are bland beyond belief. The gameplay is a saving grace, though, and the experience can get quite addictive when working with a few friends-but it can also become a tiresome grind when playing solo.
- IGN: 6.5 - Fuse is an entertaining co-op action game, but its limited thrills are wasted if you can't play with four friends.
- Polygon: 6.5 - The core of a great third-person shooter is present in Fuse. The team-based insanity offers a unique take on the genre, and Insomniac's reputation for inventive weapons and creative combat helps too. But Fuse only comes together with three or four players, and even then, the late game combat design and boring-to-fight enemies stand in its way.
- OXM Online: 6.0 - You'll have some fun in what amounts to a dated poor man's Gears of War. But from its unspectacular graphics to its utterly predictable, objective-based spin on Horde mode's wave-based skirmishes, Fuse never fully comes together. Thankfully, the eight-hour campaign does pick up some steam along the way, as different characters eventually gain access to bonus powers like cloaking, remotely triggered incendiary ammunition, and temporary invulnerability. Setting guys on fire while singularities blink into existence and crystallized thugs disintegrate is certainly good for some laughs.
- GiantBomb: 3/5 - Insomniac's trademark creative weaponry gives a little extra oomph to Fuse's otherwise by-the-numbers third-person shooting.
- Co-Optimus: 4.5/5 - Fuse is a great cooperative shooter. A few shortcomings keep if from being something special, but it's very nice addition to Insomniac's stellar stable of titles. It might be lacking for solo players, but co-op duos will have a lot of fun here. If you're part of a four man co-op team you need to pick this up.
- GamesBeat: 78/100 - Fuse is fun. I'll even say it's really fun. Today's big-budget-shooter culture tends to suppress uniqueness in favor of it's-what-the-people-want convention. And in this maelstrom, many publishers have forgotten that we all play video games to have a good time. Even though nefarious forces have noticeably tainted other parts of the title, Fuse's spirit shines through its unabashedly likable gameplay.