This Week In Games: Blow Your FUSE

This week? Um... yeah. I guess there are video games being released. Zero massive hitters, but a couple of potential sleepers. FUSE? Remember that? Believe it or not that game is actually being released this week. Strange how it's just slipped under the radar.

Also — GRID 2. I also find it weird how this game is being released without any real fanfare. The original was a very well received racer. Ah well, I guess they both just got lost in Xbox One hype.

What's for you this week — anyone buying anything? Let us know in the comments below.

Arcania: The Complete Tale (360/PS3)

What is it? It's essentially Arcania: Gothic 4 with an expansion pack. So basically on 'Game of the Year' edition. Should you care? This game reviewed pretty averagely — but this is the first time we're seeing Arcania Gothic 4 on the PS3, so that may interest some of you.

FUSE (360/PS3/PC)

What is it? It's a third person shooter by Insomniac that uses co-op mechanics in unique ways. Should you care? Personally, I have found it very difficult to get enthusiastic about this, but it's hardly the game's fault. It's how it's being sold: it's a third person shooter with co-op. How do you convince people to buy another one of those in this day and age? I feel as though this game has been marketed terribly.

GRID 2 (360/PS3/PC)

What is it? It's the sequel to Race Driver: GRID, a racing title that was very good indeed. Should you care? I say yes. Codesmasters knows racing. The last game was great.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation (PS3)

What is it? A sequel to Painkiller, this was released on PC late last year and is now finally making it to consoles. Should you care? I really don't think so. Another mediocre shooter that was released on PC over six months ago? Nope.

The Swapper (PC)

What is it? An innovative, award-winning platformer that I really want to play. Head here to watch this trailer. It looks immense! Should you care? Personally, I care. I'm really keen to check this one out. But it does cater to my tastes: simple, off-kilter. I think it look fantastic.

Wargame: Airland Battle

What is it? The sequel to Wargame: European Escalation, a really well-made RTS set during The Cold War. Should you care? I think so. If this is your kind of thing. I've never been much into RTS games, but it looks great, and I love that it focuses on a different historical era.


    Awesome, I didn't even know about a PS3 release for Painkiller, loved the original on PC so will probably pick that up along with Arcania. :)

    Arcania and GRID for me this week :D

    Of course Fuse is marketed terribly. They changed the art style in a desperate attempt to sell the game to CoD kids.

    I have a few friends who loved the crap out of Wargame: European Escalation so they'll probably drag me into the new one. Not that I'm complaining. :D

    Remember when FUSE was shown at E3 as a quirky co-op shooter with a sense of humour and exaggeration?
    That looked fun.

      The music in the first trailer back when it was called Overstrike really made me want to play it. That and the oodles of sarcasm and humour it served. Now it's just kind of meh.

    I might get FUSE. The demo was surprisingly enjoyable, the co-op was interesting and the force field gun was interesting. However it did feel like 'just another shooter' and the RPG element was just another linear skill tree. Lets hope that the story and co-op saves it as I really do enjoy playing a campaign with friends :)

    Hey Mark, not a big deal but Fuse isn't coming to PC :(

      I can't get my head around this. Metacritic has a placeholder date for a PC release, but I can't work out what that's based on.

    I have Gears, I have Vanquish, I have the Transformers games, Fuse just looks like yet another trip to an already dry well.

    Well I'm partly tempted by FUSE but I have a feeling it'll be one of the ones where I wait till ozgameshop has it for $30 or so. The demo was ok but just ok, less of a 'shut up and take my money' and more of a 'yeah one of these days'

    Next week should have Remember Me though

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    Ill be picking up wargame air land battle, really enjoyed the first one even though I had no clue how to play it..should be fun.

    Seriously disappointed by Fuse. Overstrike would have been a day-1 purchase, but this... eh.

    It's a shame that Insomniac's first new IP (apart from that Facebook game) has been met with such apathy. First cross-platform title too! You'd think they'd put a bit more effort into selling it.

    Before they totally redesigned Overstrike into Fuse, the game looked SO interesting. Would have bought day 1. Such a shame they took an interesting and innovative game and turned it into Generic FPS #LOTS. Who thought, WHO thought that this would be a good idea. Perhaps the decision was made by algorythm, like the disasterous share-trading algorythms that lost hundreds of millions of dollars in half hour periods...

    massive massive issues with grid 2, just like f1 2011 and f1 2012.
    the SAME issues.
    codemasters have locked their forums so nobody can post or sign up
    be careful guys ifyou buy this...

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