Insomniac Games’ Fuse needed a strong showing after the graphical change from its original inception, Overstrike, turned off a lot of potential buyers. They are answering the call with an 18 minute clip that reintroduces us to a world they’d like us to “take more seriously” than what they had originally showed off.
Gotta say that this trailer feels like only a small step in the right direction to convincing gamers that this was the right choice, but Insomniac’s vision of a “mature” experience is rife with ridiculous angsty character backgrounds hopefully not determined by the 12 year old test groups they said they had been using. A rebellious criminal who disobeys her leader and yet still has a spot on the team? A cop who strives to always do the right thing and yet roasts a man alive in his car? An assassin with Daddy issues?
Characterization aside, we also get a look into the crazy weapons and dark violence that Insomniac claimed was being held back by the cartoony graphics, and I’ll agree with them here. There is no way Insomniac could have used that original style and expect us to take humans melting in molten mercury, exploding into crystallized splinters, or ripped apart by singularities very seriously.
The weapons themselves don’t break too far from conventional assault rifles and sniper rifles in their functionality, but their alternate firing capabilities do provide some interesting options for combat. Weapon design has always been Insomiac’s specialty, and these guns and fusion attacks are now the strength of this game.
I just hope Fuse doesn’t go a little too overboard with all these angry mercenaries to the point where it become intolerable. If Insomniac wants me to take these guys seriously, they’ll have to realize I stopped reading angry teenage fan fiction back in high school.
I’m still waiting for that sophisticated humor they promised to pop up as well, because I don’t think I cracked a smile at a single line of dialogue.
Fuse is Insomniac Games’ first original IP to be published on multiple consoles with the help of EA. They are aiming for a March 2013 release for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.