- System: Microsoft Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: 3D Realms
- Developer: Voidpoint, LLC
- Release Date: Aug. 15, 2019
- Rating: E10+
- Genre: FPS, Action, Retro
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.ionfury.com/
Who it Caters to
Ion Fury looks like an old game, but with modern upgrades to make it more enjoyable. It doesn’t play much like a modern shooter though and has a distinctly classic feel to it - all the way from the fast pace to the graphics to the gore. That makes the game cater very specifically to a market of fans that miss these old shooters and enjoyed them in the past. Younger gamers may not have the same nostalgic feeling when playing the game, and while they can certainly enjoy it, Ion Fury wasn’t necessarily made for them.
What to Expect
Ion Fury is a new game using an old-style and an old game engine, so you can expect to see features of modern games brought to you in a classic way. The graphics may not be the same as a modern-day, hyper-realistic shooter, but that’s done intentionally using the BUILD engine. Don’t worry, you can still expect newer game features that affect the quality of life, like autosaving and clean level transitions. And you can also enjoy headshots and interactivity with your environment. But Ion Fury stays true to an old-school shooter style in the way it presents itself and progresses, so you can expect the best of both worlds.
Luckily, Shelly has a huge arsenal of weapons that she is skilled at using, and she can use whatever means necessary to take down Heskel and his army. With her trusty three-barrelled revolver at her side, you take control of Shelly as she rains down carnage and destruction through the streets. You can choose how to progress through the seven levels in the game, running and gunning your way to victory and leaving destruction in your path. How you defeat the enemies is entirely up to you; from buckshot loaded shotguns to bowling bombs, unlimited destruction is at your fingertips.
A big feature of the gameplay in Ion Fury is that it isn’t a rail shooter and it doesn’t have linear levels. While there are seven stages that you need to clear in the game, how you go through them is up to you. There are multiple paths and choices, and lots of secrets to discover through exploring the whole map. It gives you a lot more freedom as a gamer than other classic FPS games did in the past, and adds more replay value to Ion Fury. Plus the game features achievements to unlock and share with your friends to show off your progress.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Ion Fury has found an incredible balance between old-school and modern shooting games. It has the quality of life advancements that modern games have made in the last twenty years while still looking like a classic shooting game. You get the feeling of playing an old game without the associated frustrations and headaches.
- While the seven stages of Ion Fury are set levels, they are not linear paths. You can choose how you want to progress through them, shooting up everything along the way.
- Nothing in Ion Fury was procedurally generated by a computer, and it shows with the amount of details done by actual human beings in every level.
- There’s a lot of secrets to discover so it’s fun to explore and remember to check behind you and around every corner!
- If you’re expecting cutting edge, super-realistic graphics a la Call of Duty, look somewhere else. Ion Fury stays true to its roots and has a very classic style that may be off-putting for some modern gamers.
- The amount of gore in Ion Fury can be over the top sometimes. Seeing enemies ripped apart by buckshot may be awesome for some players but is likely to make others’ stomachs turn.
- The amount of crude humour is overdone and can get old after a while. There’s a whole lot of it throughout the entire game.
- Ion Fury will be overly challenging to players that aren’t used to BUILD engine games or the fast pace of these kinds of shooters, as well as the difficulty of the bosses.
- Ion Fury very much caters to fans of this very specific type of game and can alienate those who aren’t already interested in them.
Honey's Final Verdict:
Have you played Ion Fury yet? What did you think? Do you agree with our verdict or what would you have said differently? Are you going to buy it now? What about the game is most appealing to you? Let us know in the comments!