• Hilarious in Hindsight: Three years after this game released, a certain new IP called Overwatch which was a cartoon-y shooter that was in pretty much in the same vein as this game during it's Overstrike days came out... and what do you know, it did great and was well received. Granted it was an FPS but that still didn't negate the fact that it's fun personality attracted audiences which is something this game could've gotten if EA didn't try to follow the treads of the time.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dalton, with his snarky personality and vitriolic friendship with Jacob, with many claiming that he was the only genuinely funny character in the game.
  • Internet Backdraft: Most people did not take the change from Overstrike to Fuse very well. Especially since the reason the developers gave was that their focus group of 12 year olds said that the original game looked too kiddy and demanded a more realistic style.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general reaction to the game, from reviewers and players alike. They say while it's competent, and the Xenotech weapons have that trademark Insomniac craziness, the rest of the game felt bland, and some aspects, like some of the more far-out bosses, clashed with the more realistic style and the lack of content didn't help either (only seven missions that can be completed in six hours and six Echelon arenas ripped straight from the campaign). Many who tracked the original game before the restyle said that had the game stuck to its guns, it would've, if not more enjoyable or better received, at least have stood out amongst its competitors.
  • The Scrappy: Izzy and Jacob, for their underdeveloped personalities, sparse interactions with their team members and having no stakes in the plot outside of just being part of Overstrike 9.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Most reactions to the game being changed from the stylized Overstrike to the more realistic Fuse was this.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: There are some lines in the game's collectible notes implying that the "Fuse" substance is actually alive. This has no actual bearing on the events of the game.