Fuser multiplayer hands-on, 12 new songs announced

Harmonix has brought us popular music-rhythm games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero and Dance Central. These games are easy to pick up and great for parties, but with the studio’s upcoming game, Fuser, it will be giving players a lot of options to become the top DJ in the virtual music festival. We had the opportunity to play the campaign and multiplayer mode, and there’s a lot of potential with mixing music with friends.

With Fuser, you can create your character, add and remove songs in your crates, and customize your stage. With your character and music at your disposal, you will have to entertain the crowd as you mix tracks. The genre of music includes pop, rap/hip-hop, R&B, dance, rock, country, Latin and Caribbean. Additionally, there will be over 100 songs to choose from, giving players plenty of ways to excite the crowd. All the songs won’t be available right away, so you’ll need to level up and get tokens.

Campaign mode will aid players to learn the ropes, and these will be helpful since there are a lot of mechanics and features that can be overwhelming. Harmonix’s goal is to not bombard players with everything right off the bat since there is a real skill curve. Fuser is a new IP, and the studio is very deliberate on how it wants to put people in the experience.

Players can drop instruments from a track including drums, keyboards, guitar, and vocals. You can also create music with its music creator and drop those into the turntable slots. The name of the game is to nail the drops and pay attention to the crowd requests, and that requires you to search quickly for songs and think fast on your feet.

Some of the DJ options include adjusting the BPM, changing the mode from major to minor, changing the keys (B to G, etc), activating risers to build that awesome drop, and adding effects like Loop, Distorted Stutterer, Low-Pass Filter, Pitch Stepper and more.

Once you are comfortable with playing Fuser, you can continue on with other modes like Freestyle and Multiplayer. Freestyle mode allows players to mix at their leisure without much pressure. Multiplayer will have you playing with up to 3 other creators and up to 8 spectators. You can be competitive or collaborative, and other players can make requests.

When we played multiplayer mode, there weren’t a lot of songs to choose from, so it felt very limited. There’s also the lack of extended time to really experiment with our mixes back and forth between friends, and it would end in rounds prematurely. With the songs, that will be remedied with over 100 songs to pick once the game comes out. As for the length of the multiplayer modes, we’re hoping that will be extended in the final game.

New songs have been announced today, and you can check out the list below:

  • Ava Max “Sweet But Psycho”
  • Bobby Brown “My Prerogative”
  • Donna Summer “Hot Stuff”
  • Eric B. & Rakim “Don’t Sweat The Technique”
  • Grouplove “Tongue Tied”
  • Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
  • Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj “Tusa”
  • Rage Against The Machine “Killing In The Name”
  • Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up”
  • RÜFÜS DU SOL “Eyes”
  • Shania Twain “Any Man Of Mine”
  • Young MC “Bust A Move”

Previously announced songs include:

  • 50 CentIn Da Club
  • a-haTake On Me
  • Ace of BaseThe Sign
  • Amy WinehouseRehab
  • Armin van BuurenBlah Blah Blah
  • Basement JaxxWhere’s Your Head At
  • Becky G & Natti NatashaSin Pijama
  • Benny Benassi presents The BizSatisfaction
  • Billie Eilishbad guy
  • Blue Öyster Cult(Don’t Fear) The Reaper
  • Brad PaisleyMud On The Tires
  • Cardi BBodak Yellow
  • Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe
  • The Chainsmokers ft. DayaDon’t Let Me Down
  • Childish GambinoSummertime Magic
  • The ClashRock the Casbah
  • ColdplayClocks
  • deadmau5 ft. Rob SwireGhosts ‘n’ Stuff
  • DMXX Gon’ Give It To Ya
  • Dua LipaDon’t Start Now
  • Fatboy SlimThe Rockafeller Skank
  • Flo Rida ft. Sage the Gemini & LookasG.D.F.R.
  • Grand Master Melle MelThe Message (2012)
  • Imagine DragonsThunder
  • J. Balvin & Willy WilliamMi Gente
  • Jonas BrothersSucker
  • The KillersThe Man
  • Lady GagaBorn This Way
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray CyrusOld Town Road (Remix)
  • LizzoGood As Hell
  • LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRockParty Rock Anthem
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. WanzThrift Shop
  • Meghan TrainorMe Too
  • MigosStir Fry
  • NellyHot In Herre
  • O-ZoneDragostea Din Tei
  • Panic! At The DiscoHigh Hopes
  • Paul van DykFor An Angel (PvD Remix ’09)
  • Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & NayerGive Me Everything
  • Post MaloneBetter Now
  • Sean PaulTemperature
  • Sia ft. Sean PaulCheap Thrills
  • Smash MouthAll Star
  • Tones & IDance Monkey
  • Twenty One PilotsStressed Out
  • Warren G & Nate DoggRegulate
  • The WeekndBlinding Lights
  • Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
  • Zedd, Maren Morris & GreyThe Middle

Fuser will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC on November 10, 2020.

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