A different kind of 4X game: explore, trade, mine, combat
There is nothing not to like about this game. I'm a Freelancer/Privateer/Wing Commander (etc) gamer who bought her consoles to play space adventure games. (Guess I could have saved my money bc there aren't many!) Seriously, however, this genre is is so underrepresented that you need to have one of EACH system (PC, Mac, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS1, PS2, PS3) in order to have a decent game collection. You quickly learn how to sniff out rare titles.
I tried the Fusion demo presuming it would be yet one more strategy game I'd be deleting. (Strategy games are not my thing!). I was highly skeptical about the 'sentient' thing... My heart sank as I figured it would end up being some kind of mech game. I am SO GLAD they didn't do something stupid like make the sentient talk or crack jokes.
Fusion is hard to pigeon hole: it's nothing like the games I have played up until now but, at the same time, it's everything I have enjoyed in space adventures.
I have no idea when it was that I became so hooked - but this game, even played strictly as single player, is indeed loaded with enough depth to keep me interested, and that's saying something. Everyone has commented that even after playing for a while there are still new things to learn.
Snagging it for 800 points is almost unreal. Let's be honest - most of the stuff on the marketplace is crap. Each holiday game e-tailers from gog to Steam and in between bend over backwards to lure in customers with f***ing awesome deals. The ONE & ONLY holiday sale that can ALWAYS been counted on to be UNDERWHELMING is XBox Marketplace. The prices are not only nothing to write home about, but the discounts are on games no one wants anyway. (Great example: they chose to exclude the ONE Skyrim expansion I wanted!) I mean, it is not as if Microsoft is hurting for money! Would it put them in the red to shave off a few points from the games people don't already own?
The POINT is that Fusion was a hidden gem. If you like 4X space adventure games (exploration. trade, mining & combat) - this one's a MUST!
My hope for the future is that Starfire made enough money to create an expansion and/or sequel for this game. I hope that the folks at Starfire Studios realize what a neglected bunch are space gamers and generously decide to give us more time exploring Fusion space!!