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IGN Video Review - FUSER

From the creators of Rock Band™ & Dance Central™ comes FUSER™ - a nonstop virtual music festival where you control the music! Combine elements of the world’s most popular songs to create your own sound or partner with friends on epic collaborations, then share your amazing mixes and headlining performances with the world!

FUSER 2020 Backstage Pass and new weekly DLC detailed

InFUSED with new content

While FUSER offers a lot of content right out of the gate, Harmonix has plans to add even more as the weeks and months roll on. The first round of DLC has already been revealed, which you can see in the trailer above. You can scoop up this DLC on its own, or grab everything that comes to the game via the Backstage Pass. Read full details on what's available and what's ahead below.

This week’s musical DLC comes from Deee-Lite, Harry Styles, and Zedd & Griff.

“Groove Is In the Heart” from Deee-Lite is a perfect representation of some of the signature sounds of the 1990s. This song offers playful lyrics and a groovy bassline, atop a drum beat overflowing with amusing sounds like hand drums and the tambourine. C’mon. Who doesn’t want a slide whistle feature in their mix?!

Keeping the joy alive, we’re thrilled to add the 2020 chart-topper, “Adore You” by Harry Styles, to the FUSER festival lineup. His instantly recognizable vocals provide the quintessential Pop sound that perfectly blends with tracks from juxtaposing genres. The song was originally recorded at 99 beats per minute (BPM) but sounds amazing when worked into a high energy, high tempo mix.

Coming right in time for the Past vs. Future FUSER Event, “Inside Out,” a brand-new track from Zedd & Griff, is now available. Released October 23, 2020, and sitting at 146 BPM, it’s the upbeat Dance track you’re looking for to get the crowd moving. The song opens with a powerful four in the floor kick drum pattern that blossoms into a cinematically dramatic and hi-hat centric rhythm. These drums are a brilliant foundation for any mix, and the euphoric vocals are perfect for experimenting with Audio Effects.

These energetic songs offer distinct musical textures that provide a deep toolbox for this week's Past vs Future event. Get familiar with your favorite loops from this week’s DLC in Freestyle and use them to make your mixes stand out from the crowd!

In addition to new music, bust a move with some friends in the Co-op Freestyle lobby and use the Emote Pack: Dance Party during your DJ sets!

Want it all? The FUSER 2020 Backstage Pass includes all DLC released between November 19 to December 31, 2020. Players will receive a total of 21 new playable songs and 9 cosmetic packs, offered at a discounted price through the Backstage Pass bundle.

On November 19 you’ll be able to purchase the FUSER 2020 Backstage Pass for $49.99 (USD), and the Emote Pack: Dance Party and musical DLC—Deee-Lite “Groove Is In The Heart,” Harry Styles “Adore You,” Zedd & Griff “Inside Out”—individually for $1.99 (USD) each.

The FUSER 2020 Backstage Pass may not be immediately available in all regions or platforms. Please check the in-game store for availability.

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

FUSER - more footage

From the creators of Rock Band™ & Dance Central™ comes FUSER™ - a nonstop virtual music festival where you control the music! Combine elements of the world’s most popular songs to create your own sound or partner with friends on epic collaborations, then share your amazing mixes and headlining performances with the world!

Master Your DJ Dreams in FUSER, Now Available

InFUSing Switch with musical fun

Have dreams of becoming a big-time DJ? Why not start practicing in FUSER, the latest music game from Harmonix. See if you have the digital skills to pay the bills, and read all about FUSER in the press release below.

FUSER™, the next evolution of interactive music games that puts players in control of the music, is now available to download for the PC, PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. Developed by Harmonix, the creators of Rock Band™ and Dance Central™, and published by NCSOFT, FUSER challenges players to combine elements from songs by some of the world’s top artists. For more information about the game, including the full base soundtrack of over 100 songs and the first 25 DLC songs, visit the game’s official website.

FUSER Features:

Opening Acts – Learn to master the decks in the Single Player Campaign: A series of challenges designed to teach players the skills to make the hottest mixes and unlock new tracks.

Work on Your Vibe - Perfect the ultimate DJ performance in Freestyle mode - no time limits, no challenges, just you, the music, and hundreds of thousands of screaming fans.

Sense of Style – The key to headlining any festival is individuality. Unlock and customize new looks from new threads, to outlandish helmets, tattoos and bodypaint. But it doesn’t stop there, the stage is customizable too, with visual effects, pyrotechnics, fireworks, and more.

Make a Name for Yourself – FUSER has online collaborative and competitive multiplayer. Work together to make killer mixes or stand your ground to see who can put on the hottest DJ performance.

Go Global – The best part of making a new mix? Sharing it with the world. FUSER lets players share video of their gameplay and mix in-game and to popular social media channels.

FUSER is the ultimate celebration of music festival culture, putting players on stage at the world’s largest digital music festival and allowing them to create custom music mixes from the beats, instrumentals, vocals, and electronic elements of 100+ songs.

GoNintendo Review - FUSER (written by Kolma)

Available on Switch(reviewed), Xbox One, PS4, PC
Developer Harmonix
Publisher NCSoft
Price: $60 base $100 VIP

Harmonix is back again with another experiment in the music/rhythm genre. This time, no instruments or expensive peripherals are required. Fuser is the spiritual sequel to Dropmix, which was an earlier attempt by Harmonix to create a game centered around mixing various parts of a song to create a new one. 90% of the time this works shockingly well, but there are other times where you are disgusted at the atrocity you have brought upon the world.

Controls:

As stated before, Fuser requires nothing but the controller that you already own. Left analog is treated as a mouse cursor, and the face buttons are your 4 clicks/tracks. Highlighting a song and pressing a button will drop its track in its designated slot on your deck. Holding a button will let you drag the track to any location where it would not necessarily belong. This allows you to break the tradition of having Beat, Bass, Lead and Vocals and do something like having multiple vocals from different songs compete for attention (this sounds terrible and I do not suggest it). I would also like to note that while in portable mode, the touchscreen is not at all utilized.

The premise of Fuser is living out your fantasy of being a DJ in the most user-friendly way possible. Each song in the game is isolated into 3 or 4 parts between beat, bass, lead and vocals. This usually leads to drums, bass guitar, lead guitar and vocals, however we all know not every song follows this format, and will generally have synths, violins, samples, trumpets and whatever other instruments an artist may have used. That's not to say things are this simple. While the game will generally take the key and BPM of the first track dropped, you are free to change it manually, or let the game smartly choose a key and BPM that would match the 4 tracks already placed. Fuser also has a very varied and large soundtrack of over 100 songs ranging from the ‘60s to 2020, covering all sorts of genres. While you might not be a fan of a certain genre (looking at your Country) that one guitar just sounds too good not to mix with your favorite song.

Fuser comes with 2 single player modes; Campaign and Freestyle, and 2 multiplayer modes; Co-op Freestyle and Battle. While all modes are there at the start, you absolutely want to head into Campaign first as most of the features of Fuser are locked. While stated earlier that you can mix around tracks and change key and bpm to your fancy, this is only scratching the surface on the true power of what can be done within Fuser. Campaign takes you through your growth as a DJ headlining for different acts, but really this is a massive tutorial in design. Every act will unlock a new feature that can then be used at your discretion. While this is an absolute drag to go through and brings back flashbacks of Final Fantasy 13, it is an absolute necessity if you are to begin to understand how to use all the features within the game. It starts off slow, allowing you to insert your own instruments where you can record a measure of a length of your choosing to play alongside the other tracks you have in the game. Don’t worry if you aren’t an artist, as the game will make it sound great. Eventually you will unlock various filters to distort your song in different ways, or make certain parts of a song repeat indefinitely. An example that I found particularly hilarious was a mix made by a Harmonix employee that played Smash Mouth’s All Star and went on “The years start coming and they don’t stop coming and they don’t stop coming and they don’t stop coming”.

Campaign introduces the request system which is also used in Freestyle co-op and battle. At its most basic, your tasks will ask you to play certain discs to fill various criteria. It might be as simple as play a blue disc or as complex as play Vocals from High Hopes. It is in your best interest to fill these out in a timely manner, as well as keep your crowd meter full for maximum points; even if it makes your music sound a little messy with the constant changes.

Freestyle is where you can absolutely let loose and use the tools you have learned to sit back, have fun, and let your creation play in the background while you write a review. There really isn’t much to this mode other than picking the songs, instruments and tools you want to bring to the party. You can also set the stage you want to party on, and the time of day.

Freestyle co-op is almost exactly what you think it is. It's your place to hold a show with up to 3 players and 8 viewers. DJ’s will take a turn playing their best combos and earning rhythmoji from the other potential 11 partiers. Viewers can tap along with the beat to give out rhythmoji to show their support to the DJ, as well as throw in requests that the DJ can fulfil to earn points. At the end of a show, the DJ with the most requests filled and rhythmoji receive will earn the title of hottest mix. Personally, I wasn’t terribly keen on this mode having a limited time to actually DJ, but this is great for just joining in as a viewer on a random group to let someone else take the reins.

Battle mode is the last option, but despite only being able to find one match in time for this review, it’s clearly where I want to spend most of my time. While fighting with another DJ over control of the deck, you are going back and forth filling as many requests as possible to get your discs to be worth a higher value than your opponent’s. This will knock them off and have your mix played. While your discs are playing, a number ticks down based on your opponent's power slowly whittling away. These battles play out in a best out of 3 duel.

Closing out, Fuser is a great game for anyone that is a fan of music and mashups, even if they have no prior background or musical talent. Harmonix has made it insanely simple to mix things up in amazing and unique ways, even without ever touching the more complex tools that were a tad beyond me. It is a great tool for creating music and has no barrier of entry, unlike most Harmonix games that require expensive and practically extinct instruments. I also feel it important to add that the Switch version is a much smaller file size than that on other platforms, and some sacrifices have been made. While the game seems to be 100% intact and gameplay looks on par, there's a lower resolution, and cutscenes do run at a lower framerate while also being quite blurry. This was very noticeable even without viewing it side by side. Gameplay itself does not suffer from this at all. I also found myself trying to navigate the menu in portable mode by touching the screen on multiple occasions, which cannot be done. Finally, it's also important to mention that the more songs you have, the more opportunities you get to make beautiful creations. Unlike Rock Band, where you would generally only buy DLC for specific songs you like, your Fuser library will benefit from nearly any song you add, whether it is something you normally listen to or not.

This review is based on version 1.1.0

FUSER Full Launch Day Soundtrack Revealed

Definitely on track

What's a music game without good music? Harmonix certainly knows a thing or two about putting together great soundtracks, and they're hoping they've done that again with FUSER. Get the full details on FUSER's soundtrack via the press release below.

FUSER™, the next evolution of interactive music games from Harmonix, has revealed the final batch of songs appearing on its licensed soundtrack. Representing a span of decades and genres from some of the world’s top artists, these are included in FUSER’s 100+ song soundtrack players can use to create and share unique mixes when the game launches on Nov. 10 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4, PC, and Xbox One.

FUSER’s soundtrack includes:
50 Cent "In Da Club"
A Tribe Called Quest "Can I Kick It?"
a-ha "Take On Me"
Ace of Base "The Sign"
Agent 001 "Daniel Wiggy"
Amy Winehouse "Rehab"
Armin van Buuren "Blah Blah Blah"
Ava Max "Sweet But Psycho"
Bad Bunny "Yo Perreo Sola"
Basement Jaxx "Where's Your Head At"
Becky G ft. Natti Natasha "Sin Pijama"
Benny Benassi presents The Biz "Satisfaction"
Billie Eilish "bad guy"
Black Light Odyssey "Sequence Her"
Blue Öyster Cult "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
Bobby Brown "My Prerogative"
Brad Paisley "Mud On The Tires"
Cade7 "Dot Calm"
Cardi B "Bodak Yellow"
Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya "Don't Let Me Down"
Childish Gambino "Summertime Magic"
The Clash "Rock the Casbah"
Coldplay "Clocks"
deadmau5 ft. Rob Swire "Ghosts 'n' Stuff"
DMX "X Gon' Give It To Ya"
Dolly Parton "Jolene"
Donna Summer "Hot Stuff"
Dua Lipa "Don't Start Now"
Eddie Japan "Summer Hair"
Eric B. & Rakim "Don't Sweat The Technique"
Fatboy Slim "The Rockafeller Skank"
Flo Rida ft. Sage The Gemini & Lookas "G.D.F.R."
Grand Master Melle Mel "The Message (2012)"
Greg LeBeau "This Isn't Enough"
Grouplove "Tongue Tied"
Imagine Dragons "Thunder"
J. Balvin & Willy William "Mi Gente"
Jonas Brothers "Sucker"
Justin Timberlake "Can't Stop The Feeling!"
Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj "Tusa"
Kendrick Lamar ft. SZA "All The Stars"
The Killers “The Man”
LaBelle "Lady Marmalade"
Lady Gaga "Born This Way"
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus "Old Town Road (Remix)"
Lizzo "Good As Hell"
LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"
Lord Felix "Studio 54"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz "Thrift Shop"
Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger"
Megadeth "Symphony Of Destruction"
Meghan Trainor "Me Too"
Migos "Stir Fry"
Naughty By Nature "O.P.P."
Nelly "Hot In Herre"
O-Zone "Dragostea Din Tei"
ORION "Time For Crime"
Otis Redding "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay"
Panic! At The Disco "High Hopes"
Pattern Drama ft. Aquarius Heaven & Hezza Fezza "Wait For Me"
Paul van Dyk "For An Angel (PvD Remix '09)"
Pharrell Williams "Happy"
Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer "Give Me Everything"
Pixies "Here Comes Your Man"
Post Malone "Better Now"
Rage Against The Machine "Killing In The Name"
Rick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up"
RÜFÜS DU SOL "Eyes"
Salt-N-Pepa "Push It"
Sam Hunt "Body Like A Back Road"
Sean Paul "Temperature"
Shania Twain "Any Man Of Mine"
Sia ft. Sean Paul "Cheap Thrills"
Smash Mouth "All Star"
Steve Porter "Espresso"
STL GLD ft. Latrell James "Chaka Zulu"
T.I. ft. JAY-Z "Bring Em Out"
Tones and I "Dance Monkey"
Twenty One Pilots "Stressed Out"
The Unicorn Princess "Back To Boston"
Warren G & Nate Dogg "Regulate"
The Weeknd "Blinding Lights"
Whitney Houston "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
Young MC "Bust A Move"
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey "The Middle"
… and more!

FUSER "Mood Mixes – Spooky" promo video released

Hope you can handle the scares!

The ghouls and goblins are happy haunting this Halloween, so we crafted this Spooky Mood Mix to get the party started! Use Freestyle Mode to create your own bone-chilling mixes when FUSER™ arrives on November 10 for console and PC digital.

Pre-Orders for FUSER are Now Live for Switch

Infusing the Switch

FUSER is making its way to Switch on November 10th, which means we're just a week out from launch. Are you already sure you want to get in on the musical experience? You can pre-order the game on the Switch eShop starting today. Check out full details in the press release below.

FUSER™, the next evolution of interactive music games that puts players in control of the music, is now available for pre-order on the Nintendo eShop in both standard and VIP editions, alongside Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and PC. FUSER will launch on November 10 for $59.99 with more than 100 songs as part of the base game, featuring top artists from across the globe.

A hand holding a cellphoneDescription automatically generatedThe FUSER VIP Edition includes 25 DLC tracks players can use to enhance their custom mixes and use in online collaborative and competitive multiplayer. Pre-orders of both the standard edition and VIP edition will include three bonus tracks: Dua Lipa “New Rules,” Khalid “Young Dumb & Broke” and The Killers “Mr. Brightside.”

FUSER is the ultimate celebration of music festival culture, putting players on stage at the world’s largest digital music festival and allowing them to create their own custom music mixes from the beats, instrumentals, vocals, and electronic elements of over 100+ songs.

Harmonix shares more FUSER gameplay with DJ Z.O.E.

Harmonix has run another live-stream event for FUSER, which shows more of the game in action. This time around, DJ Z.O.E. gets in on the fun.

FUSER "4 Songs 4 Ways" promo video #5 released

Can you make a hit?

Harmonix has released yet another promo video for FUSER to showcase the many different ways you can mix songs together. With all the different options available, you should be able to create a mix that not only makes you happy, but also gets the crowd going as well!

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