Shacknews Most Overlooked Game of 2020 - Fuser

For those who haven't been feeling the beat, Shacknews presents our Most Overlooked Game of 2020, Harmonix's Fuser.

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What's the general gaming audience going to remember the month of November for? They'll largely remember it for two things, especially since Cyberpunk got bumped to December. They'll remember it for the PlayStation 5 and for the Xbox Series X. It was the dawn of the next-gen console wars, so woe to anyone who attempted to release anything for the current console generation. Anything that released in these few weeks was bound to be overlooked.

Harmonix had the unfortunate timing of releasing their latest effort, Fuser, right in the middle of the next-gen hoopla. As everyone was either opening their new console boxes or frantically hitting "Refresh" in an effort to find the new hotness, there was a great music game sitting right under their noses.

Fuser is the DJ simulator for everyone. It's easy and accessible enough for people with no semblance of turntable skills. There's a full campaign dedicated to teaching players the ins-and-out of what it means to mix music. On the other side, there are enough features and details that seasoned mixers can appreciate it. Players can change beats, tempos, make their own instrument loops, and so much more. That it tries to embrace outdoor music festival culture and emulate shows like Coachella or Lollapalooza is a bonus.

We're hopeful that as the initial rush of excitement over the new consoles starts to subside, more people will look into what they've been missing with Fuser. Like Rock Band and Dance Central before it, Harmonix is making a concerted effort to add new DLC tracks on a regular basis, meaning there's even more to play it. Get on the turntables and make your own masterpiece! Or make your own nightmare fuel. Really, it's all up to you!


Check out the other winners from The Shacknews Awards 2020 in our Year of the Games: 2020 article.

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    December 21, 2020 2:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Shacknews Most Overlooked Game of 2020 - Fuser

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      December 21, 2020 2:15 PM

      Best Strand Game? ok then.

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      December 21, 2020 2:48 PM

      As a additional bonus, Fuser appears to be helping HMX get their hands on some great songs to add to Rock Band. A couple weeks ago they added "Rebel Rebel", last week was "Stacy's Mom", and this week we're getting "Come and Get Your Love", and soon we will be getting "Country Road" (the J. Denver version) (was to be this week but had a last minute problem)

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      December 21, 2020 4:45 PM

      IMO, Fuser is a better party game than Rock Band. Sure, it’s only 1 player (unless a bunch of people want to bring their switches and take turns doing a set in the co-op mode that I haven’t tried) but it demands less attention from a room. One person can basically be DJing and people can choose to watch or not. It doesn’t monopolize all conversation, but people can still tune in and say “that’s a nice mix” or “you should throw this song in there”, much like the AI challenges you to do in single player mode. Is basically a nice way to have some interactive background music at a party more than it’s a “party game” in the sense that the party is playing the game.

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