Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. Dec 5, 2020
    Once these tools are mastered, however, not only is it tremendous fun role-playing as a stadium-filling DJ, it’s also technically possible to stage a crowd-pleasing performance at an actual party – an opportunity that will, for now, have to wait for more communal times.
  2. Nov 13, 2020
    It seems fitting that after a long absence, it’s the original pioneers of the rhythm genre that are now bringing it back with full force into the 2020s. Much like Rock Band and Guitar Hero, Fuser seems simple enough at first, but while those past titles stopped short of actually teaching you how to play an instrument, Fuser goes that extra mile by giving you the tools that a professional DJ would have at their disposal...Harmonix has finally made good on the concept of music mixing offered up by its DropMix card game some years ago, creating a gameplay loop that’s immensely satisfying to play and incredibly addictive once you understand the mechanics. Time to get the sparklers out – the rhythm genre is back.
  3. 95
    With a huge variety of music, an amazing UI interface, and enough content to keep you happily bobbing your head for days, Fuser is one of the best music games ever made. Even those with no musical skill will enjoy learning how to create great sounding mixes in Fuser, and the game gives them plenty of leeway to practice. Fuser is a burst of happiness, light, and live music, all of which are sorely needed in the world right now. The highest recommendation.
  4. Nov 6, 2020
    Fuser is as exciting as it is creative, with plenty of options to make music through different genres. Harmonix has made a colourful and enjoyable game, and I can't recommend it enough.
  5. Nov 22, 2020
    Harmonix has always been a studio whose love for music infuses every title they’ve had a hand in. Fuser feels like the first time they’ve finally found a way to guide players towards engaging with said music on a deeper level than other rhythm titles, but in the process may turn away anybody who solely desires to recreate songs on plastic instruments or is hell-bent on chasing high scores while notes drop at blistering speeds.
  6. Dec 9, 2020
    After years of letting gamers simply play other people’s songs, Harmonix has now decided to let players create new music using those songs. It truly feels like a fully-realized vision of melding music and games in ways that haven’t been done before and feels like the next step in music games. Harmonix is back in fine form, and that’s a tune we can all dance to.
  7. 90
    FUSER is all about player creativity and freedom. It’s less focused on technical recitation of precise button presses and more on how in the groove you can get yourself. For decades, Harmonix has been harnessing the power of music and delivering a feeling of super stardom to players. FUSER puts that directly into the players’ hands more than any game before it. Even with a PS5 and next-gen games in hand, I can’t turn the music off. If you yearn for the days of the plastic instrument revolution, just without all that junk taking up space, FUSER will put you as close to the stage as any music game possibly can.
  8. Nov 9, 2020
    Fuser is, frankly, a staggering technological achievement. The game takes the act of making music, an incredibly challenging thing to accomplish, and practically trivialises it. You don’t need to have any kind of prior knowledge to make meaningful music with this title. The game walks you through everything with a perfect learning curve and near-limitless flexibility. It remains to be seen if it will court a large enough player base to confirm its existence, but as it currently stands, this title is yet another unexpected jolt of inspiration for the rhythm game genre, which even just a few years ago looked all but dead. Between the brilliance of rhythm titles in VR and now Fuser, the future is bright indeed.
  9. Nov 6, 2020
    Fuser brings back something that has been so sorely missed this generation, something that Harmonix does better than anyone else; connecting us to the music that defines us. This game is an absolute joy.
  10. Nov 6, 2020
    An absolutely barnstorming return to the main stage for Harmonix, who have seemingly taken everything they’ve learned from eighteen years in the genre to create a fantastically creative, inventive and hands-stuck-to-the-controller levels of addictive rhythm video game, the kind of which has been sorely missed.
  11. Nov 10, 2020
    If music and video games represent the perfect combination for you, Fuser is, in no uncertain terms, unmissable.
  12. Nov 24, 2020
    In conclusion, Fuser is more a musical toolbox than it is an actual game. While Harmonix's previous games were about playing songs that already existed, this title actually lets you create something unique. It almost feels like magic when you combine two songs that you know shouldn't work together, but Fuser somehow makes them sound incredible. While I am still enjoying booting it up and thinking about songs I would like to have added to the library, I worry that if new music is not released frequently, then interest in the title may wane.
  13. Nov 13, 2020
    Harmonix brings you a cool and surprisingly complex DJ simulation with more creative freedom than you can handle as well as neat online functions.
  14. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 14, 2020
    The most fun we’ve had with a music game in ages. Sophisticated yet approachable for those who belt out bangers and virtuosos alike – it’s got real potential. [Issue#183, p.64]
  15. Nov 23, 2020
    Tapping your feet along to a great mix was always going to be great, but Harmonix has developed the Dropmix idea into a game that’s deeper, more engaging, and a lot of fun.
  16. Nov 18, 2020
    Harmonix has a winner on its hands with Fuser. The ease of use and array of tools ensure that anyone can create a great-sounding track. While Fuser is a good game to bust out at parties, the ability to share small mixes online ensures that the creations will get some exposure until we can have local gatherings again. More so than the campaign and multiplayer modes, the online sharing functionality is what gives the game some legs. Assuming the DLC keeps coming in steadily, Fuser is a title that rhythm game fans should check out.
  17. Nov 9, 2020
    FUSER is to DJ games what Guitar Hero was to guitar games: an enjoyable experience with a good music selection. But here you'll find a way more rich, deeper gameplay, and a very exigent one. Start playing FUSER it's easy, but dominate it needs a lot of time. The good part is, whatever discs you throw to the mix, you're gonna love the sound...
  18. Nov 8, 2020
    Fuser makes you dizzy as the possibilities of musical creation are numerous.
  19. Nov 6, 2020
    I suspect only those who are really into sticking with practising the skills available, like with a real instrument, will carry on playing this long after the novelty wears off. But if you’re looking for something fun, colourful and different that you can share with pals at home during the dark lockdown weeks ahead, give it a go.
  20. Nov 8, 2020
    Fuser is a playfully very fun and valid title, able to stimulate the creativity of EDM festival fans.
  21. Nov 6, 2020
    In a year in which festivals have gone extinct, Fuser brings them back in a major, digital way. While the gameplay can be quite difficult to master, it is really fun to mix and match the many different music styles. It would've been nice if the progression system was better though.
  22. Nov 12, 2020
    Fuser is an amazingly accessible music mixing tool that will shine in the hands of aspiring DJs using the Freestyle mode. Sadly, many of its old-fashioned game design elements undermine the core of the experience.
  23. CD-Action
    Jun 9, 2021
    While I admire the technology that lets you mix two or more completely different tracks together to at least a decent effect, I must warn you that the gameplay is shallow and you’ll quickly get bored unless you’re a DJ at heart. [01/2021, p.80]
  24. Nov 18, 2020
    For a few brief moments Fuser reinvigorates the glory days of social music gaming and in the right hands can be effectively be an instrument of music creation, but outside of the campaign there's little for the rest of us to do.
  25. Nov 8, 2020
    Fuser may not garner the attention of the masses like some of Harmonix’s previous titles, but it has plenty to offer for those in need of a party - whether it be by yourself, with your COVID-19-approved circle of friends, or with the game’s potentially bustling online community.
  26. Nov 6, 2020
    If there's one thing Harmonix always gets right, it's the vibe. Whether it's Rock Band or Dance Central, Super Beat Sports or DropMix, the studio's games feel distinct and cool from the jump. Fuser, Harmonix's latest work, is no exception.
  27. Nov 6, 2020
    While there’s definitely fun to be had with Fuser, the not-particularly-musically-gifted people (like myself) may struggle. The budding Calvin Harris and Tiesto’s of the world, on the other hand, will surely find enjoyment in the game.
  28. Nov 9, 2020
    Fuser is a toy that wants to be a video game. The controls are not intuitive, the vision is limited, and the campaign is cringy to the core. I see that this game had its vision, but it fell through somewhere so they gave us a bunch of mixing options, some popular songs and slapped a steep price on it that is not worth the admission. I would much rather buy a real turntable than spend money on Fuser.
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  1. Nov 6, 2020
    There are also multiplayer and co-op online modes as well as weekly challenges where you can share your mixes online. Although you still use the same set of tracks and instruments they are scored quite differently, but as the game has not yet launched I could not find anyone to play against, hence this is a review in progress. We will update this review with a score once I’ve had a good stab at the online modes, but for the moment, despite my DJ diva heckles being raised to the highest point, I can say it’s pretty good.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. May 28, 2021
    In the time of covid i had little to do there were no new games that i played and there was fuser i had finaly my new favorite game now i canIn the time of covid i had little to do there were no new games that i played and there was fuser i had finaly my new favorite game now i can make my own mixes like a house mix and dubstep mixes. And i can even go in to co op Freestyle and play with people on all platforms. Or i go in just Freestyle to make new mixes and save them on my fuser profile so people who follow me on fuser can see it. And with a new update i can now show my mixes with alot people in the diamond stage and you can get the diamonds when you lvl up with the new live events it is a amazing game and i say this game is it worth to but if like this type of games btw the community of fuser is one of the best community ever they are not toxic community. Sorry if there is bad english it is becauce english is not my first language Full Review »
  2. Apr 1, 2021
    Before reading this review, you need to know where I am coming from.

    I started clubbing heavily in 99-2012ish? I love House, Techno,
    Before reading this review, you need to know where I am coming from.

    I started clubbing heavily in 99-2012ish? I love House, Techno, Trance, Dance Music in general, Euro music from the 90's, you name it, love it.

    I played DJ Hero 1 & 2 to death and still have both, along with 2 turntables.

    I got super excited to hear a new rhythm game was coming out from Harmonix. COVID took a toll on everyone in 2020. I haven't played a rhythm based game since DJ Hero 2, Rock Band 2. It's been a while.

    Be very careful; this is not a video game as much as it's a tool to create your own megamix/music.

    The Campaign acts as a long Tutorial to show you everything you're able to do with the game, which gave more direction and a drive to collect 5 stars on each set.

    Other than Campaign, there's a freestyle mode where you could play to your hearts content. However, once you beat Campaign, you've pretty much heard the same songs over and over and over again.

    Battle Mode is really iffy and I still don't full understand it. It's multiplayer so I can't really comment.

    Social is where Harmonix will implement weekly challenges and you have to try and reach a top 25 in the leaderboard to unlock new aesthetics, clothing, designs, etc.

    When this game works, it works REALLY well. For me, hearing Paul Van Dyk - For An Angel kick in during the end of a set reminds me of the wee hours of the morning, finally leaving a club after a rave. Part nostalgia but the other part is missing.

    The game falls flat to me when it comes to replay value. I was hoping for more modes, couch co-op, more challenges, more direction? I'm not sure, since I'm not a developer.

    I spent around $90 CAD and bought the VIP version when it was on sale, wish I didn't because you can easily pick the songs YOU want through a DLC.

    Am I playing this game everyday? No. I walk away and walk back in randomly here and there.
    Guilty as charged, I'll buy some DLC here and there when a song drops that I need in my crate like Tiesto, David Guetta or Darude.

    I wish there was a leaderboard of some sort to fight for? It's just missing something to keep wanting to play it other than just creating your own megamixes. I love my dance music and I love the fair share of 80's tunes too as those grew on me in my later years but this new hip hop and pop music is brutal to my ears. If you like the tracklist, it could be for you but for me, it's fun at times.
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  3. Nov 15, 2020
    This is the game that I’ve been hoping for. being a bedroom DJ who likes eclectic mixes and mashups, I can say that Fuser captures the sameThis is the game that I’ve been hoping for. being a bedroom DJ who likes eclectic mixes and mashups, I can say that Fuser captures the same vibe when you successfully pull off a beat lock mix in real life. As a bedroom DJ with my wife as my only fan, it also gives me the chance to reimagine myself as pre-pandemic, festival-caliber DJ. Yes, there are some DLC and unlocking songs too, and the library isn’t that expansive, but it still gives a challenge in the sense that you have do make do with some songs you like, fuse them with newly discovered ones, and create one, wild, eclectic mix. Full Review »