Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Ion Assault is one of the most enjoyable Xbox Live Arcade games that you can find. With impressive and completely original particle-based game play, there is never a dull moment. A must have for anybody who owns an Xbox 360.
  2. It offers a relatively fresh take on a well-established genre, with polished graphics and all the asteroid-blasting pleasure you can find this side of 1979.
  3. Ion Assault is tricky and fun. Rife with pleasant colors and sounds, the game was an enjoyable shoot ‘em up experience with diversity in the form of enemies and power-ups.
  4. Ion Assault is an extremely polished and well-executed twist on a very pure gaming genre.
  5. Ion Assault is a great multidirectional shooter that, thanks to its gameplay and visuals, will surely be able to excite and entertain any kind of gamer. Whether or not you're fond of this kind of games, you won’t regret the purchase.
  6. It’s a unique game, both visually and in terms of gameplay, which is impressive considering how derivative it seems at first glance.
  7. Nowhere near as much fun or as addictive as the competition. [Issue#52, p.104]
  8. 80
    Ion Assault is a well presented package that is a blast for short plays. It doesn't have as much meat as some other XBLA games, but I do see myself firing it up every now and again to kill some precious minutes (and asteroids).
  9. 78
    Thanks to the frustrating controls, short campaign and the slightly problematic chaos that comes with the action, only fans of the genre should fork over the ten dollar asking price. Still, that doesn’t mean that Ion Assault doesn’t provide colorful thrills by the truckload.
  10. For the most part Ion Assault is a great game, though not without its flaws.
  11. If you're looking for an alternative to Geometry Wars and the rest of the clones residing on XBLA, Ion Assault is a decent choice given its slick presentation, clean graphics, and interesting take on the genre.
  12. A superb addition to the Xbox Live Arcade library that is full of shoot ‘em ups. It’s a smart purchase for any Geometry Wars fan that is dying to fill their time with a similar title. The controls could’ve been tightened up and the single-player campaign could’ve been longer, but in the long run, Ion Assault is a surprisingly great title for 800 MS Points.
  13. Ion Assault can be fun for fans of the genre, especially if they're looking for something a little different. For everyone else it's probably too different and too difficult to be of much interest.
  14. Ion Assault is worth a look if you are a fan of the genre or space arcade shooters in general. It combines two well established formulas and adds some extra mechanics to make a rather interesting game. It's fun, challenging, and often frustrating.
  15. Although it isn’t without its flaws, Ion Assault is one twin-stick shooter worth getting sucked into.
  16. The multiplayer modes are a welcome addition that extend play slightly. With a little patience, Ion Assault is still a solid choice for giving your thumbs a workout.
  17. Ion Assault is an engaging addition to the dual-stick shooter genre, but first-time players might want to look elsewhere.
  18. Ion Assault occasionally feels insubstantial and rarely replicates the big, tense moments of other thrill-a-second shooters, but it works well as a slightly more strategic alternative. [Nov 2009, p.72]
  19. Although the shoot'em up genre is one of the most populated in the Xbox Marketplace, we have to reckon this as one of the most original and best polished, compensating its short campaign mode with comprehensive multiplayer modes, both local and online.
  20. Ion Assault is an enjoyable game, but it's way too short to warrant the $10 price tag.
  21. While Ion Assault’s gameplay is interesting and fairly unique with some depth to how you can approach each level, but it’s the overall lack of modes or features that makes this worth its 800 points price ($10 in US dollars).
  22. 60
    Ion Assault is a decent download, but don't expect to be very hooked after a few days of playing it. It doesn't boast a "Wow!" factor whatsoever.
  23. I hate to put my final comment in such a blunt manner but I do not want anyone to be confused of my overall view of Ion Assault. So my bottom line is, skip this game at its current price and pick it up when it is 5 dollars or so.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JohnnyToe
    Sep 24, 2009
    9
    I like the strategic twist that comes with the collect-shoot-collect mechanic. It's a fresh take on the modern shooter genre! Also I do not mind the controls that the first reviews complain about. After 10 to 15 minutes max. you know what you are doing. Overall I'm having more fun with it so far than I had with the other more "generic" twin stick shooters out there since Geometry Wars. For me its one of those games that are fun to play over and over again since you notice how your performance improves every time. Haven't had that in quite a while! Full Review »