It might be the kick-off week of the new console generation, but one current-gen game is making a bit of a social splash today. Harmonix's new DJ rhythm game, Fuser, is already resulting in some pretty wild mash-ups.
Fuser is out now for current-gen consoles and PC, and it's also backward compatible for at least the Xbox Series X|S. It's kind of an evolution of DropMix, the physical card game that simulated DJ battles using various samples from popular songs. You have four slots where you can drop the drums, bass, guitar, synth, vocals, and more from each record in your DJ crate; drop the record down, and the engine does the rest, matching elements like key and tempo to create a somewhat-homogeneous mix.
The lack of proprietary plastic is already a positive for this new Harmonix game. It's also got a pretty solid setlist, spanning several decades of pop, dance, rap, R&B, country, and more, and all of them can be combined. The results? Folks, they're pretty strange.
The video above is a good example of just how adaptive Fuser's systems are—Billie Eilish's "bad guy," Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life," and Usher's "DJ Got Us Falling in Love" all blending together into one slightly spooky vibe is pretty fun. Others have been veering into the more experimental, akin to Neil Cicierega's "Mouth Moods" and subsequent mash-up albums.
Here's Fanbyte's Nicholas Grayson turning "Starships," "Bring Me to Life," "Mi Gente," and Smash Mouth's "All Star" into one stunningly compelling mash-up bash. Writer Andy Kelly also concocted something similarly nefarious using "Never Gonna Give You Up," which then uh, starts to go places. (As of writing this, he has posted a follow-up involving Whitney Houston and Nelly, which I am currently furious about.) Anything can, theoretically, mash up into anything. "Lady Marmalade" and "Killing in the Name Of," sure, why not?
It's all pretty goofy, but that's a bit of the fun with Fuser in my experience so far. Finding the ways that songs from across the entire swathe of published popular music can manage to click together with the right nudges is pretty dang entertaining. Did I want to know that Dolly Parton's classic "Jolene" can easily synch up with Dua Lipa? Yes, actually, I did. And Fuser made that happen.
Fuser is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.