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  • Summary: From the creators of Rock Band and Dance Central. Welcome to FUSER, a non-stop digital music festival where YOU control the music and share it with the world!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Nov 18, 2020
    80
    Fuser is one of Harmonix's most impressive releases to date, crafting a unique experience that encourages and rewards creativity. It may lack the replay value that some players may be looking for – which might be addressed if the downloadable content for the game takes off – but that downside is outweighed by the euphoric highs from putting together mixes where everything somehow meshes together perfectly.
  2. Nov 11, 2020
    80
    Fuser is a game that, strangely, reminds me more of Occupy White Walls, than Rock Band. It’s a genre mashing experience that bursts out of the screen, borrowing ideas where ever it needs to but rarely confining itself to the preconceptions we might have from another rhythm game. Once you’ve pushed past the tutorials and evolved your own style, Fuser reveals it’s real intent, music. Fuser is the nearest Harmonix has come to present a title that is all about creating your own sound, stepping up on stage and discovering what works. As you master your art, Fuser rewards you with more than just cosmetics because it’s simply a joy to play. grab Fuser if you’re ready to fend off the dreary autumn blues with a burst of colour and a blast of bass to boot.
  3. Nov 6, 2020
    80
    Arguably and oddly enough, Fuser is at its best when it focuses more on creating music and less on being a traditional rhythm game. The campaign mode is fine, but suffers from pacing issues and too much hand-holding, while online battles are underwhelming. But the joy in crafting that perfect dance mix, even if it’s a short one, is satisfying.
  4. Nov 17, 2020
    80
    Fuser lets you become a DJ from the safety of your own home, without having to deal with a global pandemic or 24-year-olds with jaws swinging like saloon doors. Its pricy entry point may be a turn-off for some, but when you’re enthusiastically bopping your head to a mash-up of Amy Winehouse, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Pitbull, you can almost forget that it wants to charge you $1.99 for Evanescence. It’s a fun time with tons of replayability, that will deserve a wider audience than the niche crowd it’s poised to appeal to.
  5. Nov 10, 2020
    77
    Fuser feels like a natural evolution for Harmonix and, scoring system aside, lets players take control of the music more than ever before.
  6. Nov 17, 2020
    75
    Fuser is perfect when you can play freely with the console, creating sono exaggerate mashup. Unfortunately, the rhythm is broken by strange requests, by the point system and objectives.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Dec 3, 2020
    60
    A music game, like a DJ, is only as good as the contents of its record crate. Fuser hasn't done enough digging. [Issue#353, p.119]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Nov 19, 2020
    8
    I score this an 8 by not giving consideration to the price I paid for the VIP version (£89.99). The game itself is fairly decent, and I amI score this an 8 by not giving consideration to the price I paid for the VIP version (£89.99). The game itself is fairly decent, and I am most definitely looking at this as a casual player who is just a fan of all sorts of music. The campaign is fun and can be tough at times. I have still only scratched the surface having completed the first stage sets. I have also evaluated some others who have uploaded clips for competition, and listening to a lot of these gives me the confidence to know I am not as bad as I first thought I was! Technically I have had 1 crash in 5 hours of play time, and this was when listening to others, never in my own sets. The sound is great when you land everything well and graphically it is decent enough. Recommend if you don't mind sinking a few extra hard earned pennies to get it. If you are more concerning with your cash, wait for a sale, but don't pass it over completed. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2020
    8
    It is a good game, feels good to play, but it's not worth its price tag. Also, there are a few annoying bugs, but nothing gamebreaking.
  3. Nov 13, 2020
    4
    The actual mashup part of this works as advertised and is really cool. You get a simple to use mixing interface where you mix and matchThe actual mashup part of this works as advertised and is really cool. You get a simple to use mixing interface where you mix and match instrument parts from different songs, and can change the tempo and key, play around with effects or even use simple arppegiator synths to add some custom tunes. It's also fun to customize your character and stage show, and it's even fun to just watch someone else make mixes in it. This can all be done at your leisure in the free play mode, which is a fantastic home-DJ tool.

    However, it is still a video game, and the game part of it is terrible. You have to drop new records on the down beats, take crowd requests and fulfill objectives within a time limit to get a high score, and it just feels very disconnected from the act of making cool mixes. Whether it sounds good or not doesn't matter, it's just about following arbitrary rules such as having to drop on the down beat, and only being allowed to drop a new part on an upbeat when the game gives you special permission. Basically, it's just not fun to play when going for scores, and you have to play through the campaign to unlock venues, clothing items and even songs, which turns into tedium.

    This issue is turned from "not fun" to actively broken by a horrible bug I ran into, where audience song requests would somehow make it so I couldn't pick new song parts. It's a baffling bug that actively fights against the gameplay, and it's borderline unplayable in this state.

    There is also the issue with multiplayer. It claims to have a competitive mode and a freeplay co-op mode, but the co-op mode still acts like a battle mode with a short set for each player, and the game declaring a winner at the end. There doesn't seem to be any way to just keep a continuous back-and-forth co-op mix online, which is an absurd thing to overlook.

    I also just found out that when uploading custom mixes to the social tab, some of your arpeggiated custom parts seem to glitch out and just plays one note over and over, which completely ruins those performances. Effects also randomly decide to not work in both the in-game mix and in exported videos; for example the Distortion effect seem to just not be activated when exporting a video file but is present in the uploaded game mix.

    Other things to point out is the really unfunny writing, with "wacky" one-note characters talking your ear off while trying to play campaign mode, your crate loadout getting messed up when making weekly challenge mixes, random textures not loading properly in menus, and of course the incredibly steep price if you want the version of the game with all the best meme mashup potentials in it.

    All in all it is a fun, unique music tool, but this feels like an early access product where the core gameplay is undercooked and in dire need of some retooling to make it not only fun, but fully functional. Until the game breaking glitch is fixed and they add real freeplay online co-op I can't recommend this at this price. If the idea of making cool mashups on the fly sounds appealing, wait for a sale. If you want a new action rhythm game to obsess over, this ain't it.
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  4. Nov 27, 2020
    1
    What can say? Pretty "meh" in my opinion. I tried it and it was like "whatever"