I’ve been really trying to give Fuse the benefit of the doubt. I really have, I promise, but Insomiac has just been making it so easy for me to dislike every fiber of this game.
Ever since the mixed reception of the graphical change from the game formerly known as Overstrike, Insomniac has been on the defensive, having a hard time winning people over to their more violent and mature artistic vision. After what seemed like a sure-fire hit with the original E3 2010 trailer, they have not delivered that knockout trailer which proves that this game is more than just a four person tactical shooter with a neat weapon or two and liberal uses of the color orange.
Gamers have complained about how the graphical change fails to distinguish it in any way from every other third person shooter on the market, and question where it will stand once EA releases Fuse, Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, Dead Space 3, and Crysis 3 all within two months of each other.
Now, Insomniac has this box art to tangle with. It certainly doesn’t look like it’s going to be doing them any favors. If complaints about generic graphics and gameplay aren’t enough, they are going to have to hear about the box art now.
I mean, if I saw this on the shelf without knowing anything about it, I would immediately overlook it and wait for a bargain bin price along with throwaway games like Inversion, Legendary, and Fracture.
It’s a little ridiculous that Insomniac has been hyping this game on the character’s personalities and unique weapons, and yet neither of these things appear on the cover at all. The weapons are blocked by yellow flashes, and the characters are too embarrassed to show their whole faces, each of their mouths stuck in a frown or totally covered by the NTSC label. They could be any four generic characters for all we know.
Who knows? Capcom has done a great job gaining ground on the naysayers with their DmC Devil May Cry reboot. Maybe Insomniac is sitting on a gold mine here, and they are just waiting to drop it on all of us. They better hurry up, because they have until next March to turn the momentum in their favor.
Fuse is Insomniac’s first multiplatform game, and it will be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 next March.
[via All Games Beta]