Microsoft is really starting to make true on the promises of connectivity between Xbox 360 and Windows Phone titles. This week’s Xbox Live release, Kinectimals allows gamers to transfer their personalized kitties to the console version and vice-versa. Next week we’re getting another ‘connected’ title in the form of Fusion: Sentient from developer Wahoo Studios (opens in new tab) (aka NinjaBee) and Microsoft Studios.
Fusion: Sentient is the portable companion to Xbox 360 title Fusion: Genesis (developed by Starfire Studios). Both titles release on the same day, but unlike Full House Poker, the Fusion games are much more distinct from each other. Sentient is a third-person strategy game. Visually, it closely resembles The Harvest but the gameplay is closer to BioWare RPGs like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (opens in new tab) thanks to the turn-based nature of the combat.
Head past the break for more details on connectivity between Fusion: Sentient and Fusion: Genesis, screenshots, a trailer, and a free MP3 soundtrack.
The official Fusion: Sentient description:
How about the console version? Sentient’s big brother, Fusion: Genesis (opens in new tab) comes to Xbox Live Arcade next week. Genesis is a science fiction-themed twin-stick shooter. The futuristic scenario involves multiple factions: humans, aliens, pirates, and filthy neutrals, all interacting and battling in space. At least with enemies you know where they stand, but with Neutrals, who knows? It sickens me.
Anyway, while Genesis is definitely a shooter, it borrows many elements from MMOs (trade system, mission structure, etc.) to create a lengthy and deep gameplay experience. Players can take on missions cooperatively in teams of four (online only), though any given ‘instance’ (level) will automatically be populated with up to 8 players, all doing their own thing. With over 100 different kinds of customizable ships and numerous types of missions to take on, the game shouldn’t be short on variety.
In Fusion: Genesis, Sentients are pet-like robots that follow players’ ships, not unlike the Mags in Phantasy Star Online (opens in new tab). They fight alongside their owners and provide various helpful bonuses. Developing a Sentient in the Windows Phone game and then transferring it to Genesis is akin to the old Chao-raising minigames in the Sonic Adventure games (another Sega Dreamcast reference!). But Fusion: Sentient stands as its own full game with Xbox Live Achievements to boot, providing a much richer experience. Sentient is also the first mobile Xbox Live title to allow players to trade items with each other. Gotta love progress.
Both Fusion: Sentient and Fusion: Genesis debut on Wednesday, November 9. The Windows Phone title will cost $2.99 while the XBLA game is 800 Microsoft Points ($10). While you’re waiting, you can download the full Fusion: Genesis soundtrack for free in MP3 format right now!
So looking forward to both of these titles. Will be getting next week. :D
Only heard about these games in passing but just reading this post I am very tempted to pick them both up! I'm all for getting to do stuff on my phone that will then effect a game on my console!
yeah I totally agree, shame it has taken this long to do :-P
Very nice Futurama reference. :)
Glad somebody caught that. :D
damn dirty neutrals, lol
Very nice! Too bad I'm on the fence of switching carriers so unfortunately I'll have to hold off on buying this until it's confirmed if I'm able to switch or not.
So is Sentient turn-based or real-time? I'm confused. Or is it real-time with turn-based combat?
Real-time with turn-based combat, as I understand it.
Looks very nice and glad to hear it is a stand-alone game. I see Microsoft has gotten the message as more and more games are $2.99.
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