BOSTON – Fuser will probably be a good game. That, in and of itself, isn’t so surprising. It comes from Harmonix, which is the studio that basically pioneered the rhythm game genre, with titles like Amplitude, Guitar Hero and Rock Band. But Fuser may also be the game that reignites the rhythm genre as a whole – and that would be rather remarkable. Not only is Fuser easy to learn and fun to play, but it also doesn’t require any special peripherals, making it Harmonix’s most accessible game in years.

I got to go hands-on with Fuser at PAX East 2020, and I honestly did not expect to like it as much as I did. After all, what I liked about Harmonix games was the fantasy of being a rock star. Fuser, on the other hand, is all about being a DJ – and that means you’re going to be dealing with a lot of pop and hip-hop. (There’s a little rock, for good measure, but not enough to sustain the whole game.) I have no interest in those two genres; what on Earth could Fuser offer me?

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Fuser gameplay

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