The New Fuse Trailer Has Made A Believer Out of Me

…not that I ever wasn’t. Insomniac is a great studio, and they’ve kicked out several great games that have gobbled away hours of my life time and time again.

But they’ve said before that they’re done with the Resistance series, and with the recent release of Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, they’re now devoting time to their next big project set to release next year: Fuse.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, Fuse is a cooperative cover-based shooter that details the mission of Overstrike 9, a group of highly specialized agents. The story itself is rather cliche; a secret alien energy source called Fuse is discovered and stolen by a “paramilitary  group” intent on using it to create some seriously dangerous nuclear weapons. Cue our heroes, sent in to recover this “Fuse” before said enemies have a chance to harness its power.

Overstrike 9 is made up of four different heroes, each with their own unique abilities that lend themselves well to different play styles. The newest trailer for the game released today and gives us a better look at what we can expect from the game:

Now, my initial impression of the game was that it was cover-based Borderlands. It has the same heavy emphasis on action and gunplay, four individual heroes not unlike the four vault hunters, similar writing filled with jests between characters, and while it’s not cel-shaded, something about its aesthetic is strangely reminiscent of Borderlands.

Of course, there’s much more to Fuse that makes it something all its own. First of, the cooperative play is tactics-based. It’s not necessarily every man for him/herself, like so many of my online friends thought the game was whenever I played the original Borderlands. Rather, you’ll have to work together and use everyone’s unique abilities to take out enemies and achieve your objectives to get through the game.

And it’s no lootfest, either; it’s a cover-based third person shooter heavy on the tactics and light on the weapon drops. Your character has their own weapons for a reason; weapons are a big part of who they are, be they built for stealth or more intense melee attacks.

From what we see in this new Dalton’s Rules trailer, it looks like the team will be a bit more militaristic in their demeanor and in the way they interact with each other and the world around them. Of course, you’ve got the standard cliche build of any operative team; the hardened tank-like character, the stealth expert, the healer, and the sniper. But again, even though we’ve seen a team build like this a thousand times before, it still offers different players an option to pick a character more suited to one’s individual play style. And widepsread accessibility like that can only be a good thing when you’re trying to convince people to come in and play alongside you.

Overall, I’ve been mildly interested in this game from the first time it was announced. It looks interesting, promises a new take on the cooperative shooter genre, and has made me a bit more confident that Insomniac will make lightning strike again when this game releases next year.

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