You know that feeling when you really want something to be better than it is, to the point that you're actively willing it to improve even as the sinking feeling in your gut tells you it's too late? That happens a lot in Fusion: Genesis.
Not, as the name would suggest, a revolution in shaving from Gillette, Fusion: Genesis is the first game from Starfire Studios, which already brings emotional baggage to the table. Starfire is made up of former Rare employees whose CVs encompass a whole host of classic games. It's a small indie startup, populated by alumni of a beloved developer, and they've got ambition to burn.
Too much ambition, if anything. It seems weird and wrong to criticise an indie developer for reaching too high, but there's no escaping the sense that while Fusion: Genesis offers a dazzling array of gameplay ideas, few of them have been given any real depth. It's a spacebound action RPG-slash-twin-stick shooter with MMO aspirations, a sprawling genre mashup that struggles to contain all its big ideas.
Fusion: Genesis, the debut game by ex-Rare staffers Starfire Studios, will be released on 9th November via Xbox Live Arcade. The sci-fi twin-stick shooter will cost 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80).
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Starfire Studios, the independent developer founded by former Rare staffers, has announced its first game: Xbox Live Arcade title Fusion: Genesis.
Fusion: Genesis, out later this year, is a Microsoft Studios' published sci-fi twin-stick shooter with MMORPG elements.
You control a space ship as you complete solo and co-op quests, level up and embark on raids.