Fusion: Genesis (XBLA)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Fusion: Genesis is not your average twin stick shooter, not even close. This game features a masterpiece of a tutorial that kicks off a smart, insanely fun experience. While most games in this genre just let you blow stuff up without much exposition, Fusion: Genesis crafts quite a cool yarn to back up the action. The writing is humorous and is sure to delight sci/fi fans to no end, letting us be the space pirates we always wanted to be. The game is anchored in on-line play, as you can join other players’ worlds or they can jump into yours. This can lead to intense battles, heartwarming co-op, or just a bunch of players going about their business, with minimal interaction. So you can decide how you want to approach the situations, which helps create a kind of wild west feel to the whole experience. Want to be a helpful stranger? You can. Want to be the mean pirate? You can. I love being able to play however I want and Fusion: Genesis encourages that at all times.

So what are we supposed to do out in space? A lot, as it turns out. Fusion: Genesis is a deep game that rewards players for all aspects of play. The main content is various missions, most of which help you gain reputation with assorted factions. The usual kind of modes are here, with escort missions, item collection quests, gunning down the faction’s enemies, and of course, rampant destruction of property. You can earn all kinds of rewards from missions, including faction specific goodies, which allow you to bolster the armada under your control. Make ships for all kinds of missions, like a tank to absorb damage or a blazing fast courier ship, whatever kind of awesome craft you want at your disposal. All of these missions can be tackled alone, but are much more fun with friends and you can recruit up three others to join your group. And if you want even a fraction of the kick ass rewards, be prepared to chase that carrot for a long, long while.

But those missions aren’t the only content in Fusion: Genesis. A survival mode allows up to four players to outlast wave after wave of enemies. This has become a popular inclusion, so those of us who love co-op can tackle the survival mode and see how long our squad can hold out. If you’re more of a competitive type, thrust yourself into some wild player vs. player matches. These games allow you to demolish those who oppose you of course, but also feature side objectives to keep things fresh. So kill some people, complete some objectives, you know how it is. The point is, Fusion: Genesis has a ton of content and you’ll never get bored since you can switch modes and the fun kicks right in. I can honestly tell you that Fusion: Genesis is like nothing else on the Live Arcade, an intelligent twin stick shooter with more content than you can shake a stick at. So if you like space combat, sci/fi, or twin stick shooters, Fusion: Genesis is highly recommended.

Video: How does it look?

The visuals look good, but won’t have you stunned in silence. As happens in a lot of twin stick shooters, things can get hard to track when the screen is active, but that is to be expected. The design choices are great, with cool looking ships and detailed backgrounds. So there is eye candy here, make no mistake about that.

Audio: How does it sound?

The sound design is all about the sound of your weapons and things exploding from said weapons. This is fine though, since the bulk of the game centers on combat. The music is quite good at times, but tends to be pushed aside by the bombastic sound effects. Even so, the music provides a solid backdrop for the action and helps keep the proper mood intact. So overall, quite a rock solid soundtrack.

Supplements: What are the extras?


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