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Fuse, chapters 1-3 impressions

Posted in Games with tags , , , , , , on 01/06/2013 by arthur1977

On Thursday night I had to stay up late to switch over to working midnights so I invited my friend Armitage over to play Fuse. We are both Insomniac fans and were looking forward to playing this game.

Fuse-Insomniac.jpgI purposely avoided playing to much of the game single player so we could both experience it new in split screen co-op. He selected Naya because of her cloaking ability and I chose Izzy for the shatter rifle and healing beacons.

We jumped right in and the first thing we noticed was the graphics are amazing, this is really noticeable in the outdoor sections of chapter 3. I found the controls smooth and easy to get use too. I love the way you can get your character to work their way around cover and power slide to the next cover area. The gunplay is fast, fun and the Fuse weapons are a blast to play with. The Shatter rifle is devastating and it’s so much fun freezing guys in crystals and seeing them shatter! (Great XP too)

I have so far found the story entertaining while far fetched. The banter between the four Overstrike team members is funny and not to over the top. Unlike some of the reviews I have read the characters controlled by AI while not very useful in a gun fight were quick to come and revive us when we needed it. The skill system is straight forward and the ability to add 1 team perk per character is nice. We decided to buy the XP bonus team perk to level up faster an buy new skills.

One minor dislikes about the game would be some of the times events I found a little frustrating and cannot see how you could do them single player.

By the end of the night I had Izzy at level 14 with her med beacon and some added firepower to her Shatter rifle. Armitage got Naya to level 12 with the stealth ability unlocked. After Naya gets her stealth ability her gameplay changes greatly it allows her to sneak up and silently kill guys before the massive gunfight begins.

Overall we had a blast getting through the first 3 chapters of the game. We played until two thirty in the morning before holstering our guns for the night and the time flew by.

Keep up the good work

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Is there any Love for Insomniac’s Fuse?

Posted in Games with tags , , , , , on 08/05/2013 by arthur1977

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I have following this game for a while since Insomniac Games are one of my favorite developers. I enjoyed their Ratchet and Clank series and love The Resistance Trilogy which I usually play split screen with friends.

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Since Fuse has been announced (as Overstrike) it has taken a barrage of criticism from every angle. The demo was released yesterday (May 7) and seems to be a nice introduction to the game and it’s 4 playable characters. The game also looks great and with the ability to freely switch between each character and their unique fused weapon offers up some strategy. The game offer some platforming stretches to go along with its cover based combat. You have different options on how you want to upgrade each character as well as the ability to play with friends online or split screen.

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I have had this game pre ordered for a few months now and the demo reinforced my belief in the game. Hopefully the demo will spark some positive conversations about this strong new IP.

Assassinate the Assassins

Posted in Games, PS3 with tags , , , , , on 04/10/2012 by arthur1977

I loved the quest I played this morning in Borderlands 2.

It was called “Assassinate the Assassins” and it involved you going into a different zone and killing 4 assassins. The interesting thing about the quest is you had to kill them with different weapons for bonus XP (ie pistol for the first, then sniper rifle, melee and last shotgun). I was lucky to have all three types in my backpack and got the kills without my turret taking them out.

Borderlands 2 game keeps on impressing me the more I play it. My friend lent me his copy last week since I am on vacation and I logged about 15 hours with the game. I started out as an assassin but changed to the commando class before to long and love it. It was the right switch for my play style and I just hit level 10.

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I also really enjoyed the split screen Coop that I tried last Friday and will be playing again tomorrow. It’s great to have another coop game to add to the library when you get together with good friends. Next step is to try it online with strangers and see how the community is.