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Author: spinach8puff

Fusion Fall - First Look

Posted by spinach8puff Saturday January 17 2009 at 4:31AM
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Personal feelings about Fusion Fall are at the very bottom. Everything else is a factual stating of what the game offers.

 

 

Controls
The WASD keys are the only way you are able to move around. There is an auto run feature which is the Home key (thank you rhinok). You can change your movement, weapon swap, and Nano summon keys in the game binding area. To look in a different direction you can either move your mouse around or use the Q and E keys. All of the other functions are explained in the beginning tutorial. You can look them up at any time in the Game Guide section of your user interface if you want to skip the tutorial.

Audio
You hear a little cartoon tune while walking around sometimes and the rest of the time you hear environmental effects like birds chirping or owls hooting.

Graphics
Cell shaded for your character and other NPCs, but the environmental graphics are more realistically detailed.

User Interface
It can not be shrunk so if you don't play in the maximized screen setting it will take up the majority of your browser window.

Character Creation and Customization
There are four character slots, but two are only for people who pay. Upon creating your character you can either randomly generate a name or do your own. After choosing your name you are taken to the physical creation of your character. There are 5 different body heights, 3 body types, 12 realistic skin colors, about 24 hair styles, 18 hair colors, four faces, and five eye colors. There are also around 30 different starter shirts, pants, and shoes which are replaced as you level.

 

Game Play

Chat System
Pre-generated words and phrases are your only form of communication if you don't pay. If you pay you have to activate it in the My Account section on their website. There are also 14 different emotes.

Leveling
You only level when you complete a Nano quest. To get new Nano quests you have to earn a certain amount of Fusion Matter points. To get Fusion Matter points you either have to quest grind, which is the fastest way, or you have to mob grind. You can see how much Fusion Matter you need for your next Nano by hitting the Enter key -> going to My Stuff -> going to the Nano tab -> and clicking on the cell that shows a small shaded figure.

Staying on for long periods of time is discouraged by lowered money and Fusion Matter experience gain. Everything I have experienced is soloable, but they do have a group options.

Traveling
There are flight and warp paths, but you have to find and click on the NPC when finding a new one so you can use it. Warp paths instantly port you to a different major area. A major area being similar to the capital of a state. Flight paths fly you to different smaller areas within the major area.

Quests
Quests consist of kill a certain amount of Mob_01 and Fed-Ex. Quests send you all over the place and while it may take you awhile the first time there is generally a flight path between distant areas. Quest goals are highlighted on your map with a red dot and some quests are timed.

You gain money, Fusion Matter points, and sometimes a box with an item upon turning in a quest. Generally the times you get from quests are going to be the best for you at the time.

Instances/Zoning
There are instances, but the majority of the world is open. You do notice a slight pause whenever you zone into a new area, but besides enclosed regions and warping between major areas you don't see an actual loading screen.

Instances are called Fusion areas, can be found anywhere, and are easily identifiable by tall wiggly green tentacles. The blue circle pads are ports to an enclosed region that are not instanced. Inside of the enclosed regions are timed races where you collect green bloby things. If you finish in time you get some money and Fusion Matter points. If you're good enough in the race you will get to see your rank in the top 10. These enclosed regions are also where you will find platform jumping which makes the timed races difficult. If you fall you do not take damage.

Items
Your head, back, and face are statless cosmetic items. The rest of your armor only has a defense stat and a specific sex requirement. Weapons tell you how much damage you can do to a single target and a group of mobs. For weapons there are guns, swords, and the more rare grenade type items. There is no durability on any item.

Nanos
Nanos define your players abilities since your character has none. Your Nano's have passive or activated abilities. Each Nano has three different powers that you are able to choose from upon obtaining it. If you choose an activated ability for your Nano you use the X key to use it. Their abilities also have a cool down so no spamming is possible.

You are allowed three Nanos at a time and the rest of them stay in your separate Nano tab until you go to a Nano Station to switch them. At a Nano Station you are able to change your Nano's power with specific reagents called power items. When using a Nano it takes damage over time so you can not keep them out constantly or you will be wasting a lot of money on potions for them. If your Nano runs out of health they go back into your pocket to regenerate health. When they have about 25% health you are able to summon them again.

Combat
You aim by moving your mouse in whichever direction the mob is in, similar to an FPS, and you hold down your left mouse button to continually attack. Mobs can either stun you, summon a burst damage area under your feet, like a void zone in WoW, or just smack you. You are normally able to take one burst of damage from the area they summon on the ground, but if you don't move in time you are likely to die on the second burst of damage if you don't heal yourself via Nano ability.

Loot
Money, Nano potions, and boxes drop from monsters. In these boxes are either weapons, armor, power items, or gumballs. The gumballs and power items are rare, but can be bought from merchants.

Environmental Freedom
You are able to swim, go over hills, and climb mountains that don't go straight up.

Other Stuff Worth Mentioning
I haven't found any PvP, crafting or professions, guild, or global chat features. There are also no auction houses or a stall setup to sell your items to other players, but you can trade. You can play the game for free until you have to go to the past and then you have to upgrade if you want to continue. The price is $5.95 per account or $9.95 for four accounts per month.

 


Personal Feelings
I am 25 years old and I love cartoons so seeing some of my favorite characters in game is amusing. I am only level 12 at the moment, loving the game, and plan to make it my primary game for now. There is a ton of environmental content to explore and I love that some items are only for cosmetic purposes as I like to customize my character in noticeable ways. The combat is boring until you get groups or mobs or mobs that spawn a burst damage area under your feet. The platform jumping and races in the enclosed regions are definitely challenging when they move and turn at varying speeds. I read the first areas quest text and found it to be nothing special so I stopped fully reading them after I went to the "past" part of the game. I still browse them now and then to see if it's part of the primary story line.

There are still a few things I dislike about the game. One being that there's also hardly any people around in the pay area, not like that is totally surprising, and the game locks up and crashes quite often with everything on highest quality. My computer is a Newegg Link and I thought it was fairly good, but I honestly don't know hardware that well. The game looks absolutely horrid on its best performance settings so I will deal with the crashes and what not.

 

Edit Add Jan. 17th 7PM EST: I hit my first brick wall with questing. It turns out the amount of Fusion Matter points you don't gain when you are under the penalty for playing many hours is quite significant. I have looked everywhere for more quests and there are none. It seems I am going to have to mob and/or race grind until I can get the next Nano quest. Extremely disappointing.

Edit Add Jan 17th 9PM EST: The fun was short lived. I can not stand solo grinding mobs for hours on end. I'll come back when and if they reduce the penalty on paying customers, but for now R.I.P. Fusion Fall.

rhinok writes:

 FYI - there is an auto-run feature.  If you look in settings, you'll see it's the <Home> key.

Sat Jan 17 2009 10:01AM Report
Ciano writes:

Looks like a simplistic game targeted at the cartoon network crowd. No pvp and no real expectations for a complicated game. I'm sure that it will be perfect for the 10-14 crowd that has little experiance with MMO's but anyone who has played one before will probably be sorely disappointed.

Sat Jan 17 2009 2:26PM Report
spinach8puff writes:

I love you rhinok. :)

Sat Jan 17 2009 3:54PM Report
neowolf30 writes:

actually fusion fall is now free to play

Wed Jun 02 2010 6:28AM Report
spinach8puff writes:

Indeed it is F2P now, but this blog entry was made when it wasn't. I've actually started playing Fusion Fall again very recently since it has gone F2P. :)

Wed Jul 21 2010 2:19PM Report

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