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  • Summary: 3D Realms, creators of Duke Nukem 3D, Prey, and Max Payne, are excited to team up with Voidpoint to bring back the legendary Build Engine, famously known for classic first-person shooters like Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Aug 14, 2019
    95
    Ion Fury made me feel like a kid again and it's not just nostalgia that makes the game great. The is classic run and gun FPS action at it's purest and despite running on 20 year old tech, it's still a hell of a lot of fun and is one of my favorite games of 2019 so far.
  2. Aug 14, 2019
    90
    The pitch-perfect movement, the enemy variety, creative weaponry, and fantastic level design all add up to a superb shooter campaign. In a sea of retro shooters looking to channel the glory of the genre’s early days, Ion Fury emerges as the title that pushes those thrills into the present in an engaging way, deftly capturing their timelessness.
  3. Aug 14, 2019
    90
    Ion Fury may look like it plays it safe, but it delivers an exemplary first-person shooter that's better than many of the games that inspired it. Genre fans will be missing out if they choose to pass this one up.
  4. Aug 14, 2019
    80
    It's brutal, lightning-fast, and always putting fun before anything else.
  5. Aug 23, 2019
    80
    I went into Ion Fury not expecting much from it, but after finishing the game, I can easily say I bloody loved my time spent with Shelly. Voidpoint has managed to bring to life a retro shooter that takes a beloved style and rigorously craft something so spot-on, so perfectly 90s, but doing so without hampering the experience. The superb and frantic action, well-thought level design and brutal weaponry all play a part in coming together to offer a joyous single player campaign.
  6. Aug 23, 2019
    75
    Ion Fury is a faithful homage to the most popular arcade shooters presenting the same fun gunplay with some hidden secrets to discover.
  7. Aug 14, 2019
    60
    The issue is that it is trying to nail something that started to feel stale almost 20 years ago when a little game called Half-Life came out and changed everything.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 75
  2. Negative: 12 out of 75
  1. Aug 18, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A fantastic romp that serves as a reminder of when shooters had heart. In a world were generic military shooters give you the 'battle royale' over and over again, Ion Fury steps in and gives a fun and fresh experience with giant levels that have multiple paths and tons of secrets. Expand
  2. Aug 16, 2019
    10
    My personal game of the year. The combat is great, the visual design is lavish and striking, the music is eargasm and the level design isMy personal game of the year. The combat is great, the visual design is lavish and striking, the music is eargasm and the level design is choke-full of detail and style. Any old school shooter afficionado owes it to themself to play this one. The team at Voidpoint managed to make a true fourth Build engine classic. Ion Fury is what Duke Nukem Forever should've been. If you ever liked Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior '97 or Blood - well, you probably already own it. But if you don't, buy it. These guys get it when it comes to OG FPS and the work they put into this title is nothing short of astounding. Expand
  3. Aug 26, 2019
    10
    A duke nukem wannabe... that bends the knee.
    Buy it today and lose all content the next day.
    Edit: The game is not getting censored
    A duke nukem wannabe... that bends the knee.
    Buy it today and lose all content the next day.

    Edit: The game is not getting censored anymore, but people are most likely still going to remember the « betrayal » to some extent. The company needs to take this as a lesson and move forward. Nobody knows how they'll censor their future games after this, but this game is worth buying and playing if you like old school FPS.
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  4. Apr 7, 2020
    9
    Hello from the 90s. In the adventures of Shelly Harrison, you get everything that you love Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior and Blood for. HighHello from the 90s. In the adventures of Shelly Harrison, you get everything that you love Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior and Blood for. High speed. Hardcore gameplay without newfangled frills. Cool level design. The bonus is a beautifully designed cyberpunk world of the future. Of the shortcomings, only the modest combat arsenal of Shelly-Bombshelly can be noted. Expand
  5. Jul 9, 2020
    8
    There was some controversy about transphobic remarks hidden in this game, which upset some people (and quite rightly so) which prompted theThere was some controversy about transphobic remarks hidden in this game, which upset some people (and quite rightly so) which prompted the developers to try and censor it - which, in turn, offended some status quo warriors who hate the idea of basic human decency in a modern society.

    With that out of the way, and if the whiff of controversy about a game doesn't turn you off too much, Ion Fury (formerly Ion Maiden, until the band threw a hissy fit) is a solid first-person-shooter made in the 20-year-old build engine, by the original users of the build engine. Taking modern ideas - a likeable female protagonist, specific weapons as keys to interact with the environment, making said environments actually LOOK like a plce you would actually see in real life - and old-school gameplay, like more than two weapons (that all look and feel great to use,) open-ended levels that encourage and reward exploration, and a colourful variety of enemies with different weaknesses and tactics - and smashes it all together. It's a little messy, but then so is making a cake, and as long as you get all the right ingredients and set it to bake for the right length of time, you're more than likely to get something good.

    Ion Fury has some odd keybinding options, awkward hitboxes, and the inescapable feeling of nostalgia that hangs over the whole experience like a bad mood - but the build engine still works well, Shelly "Bombshell" Harrison is a fun hero to take control of with a magnificent arsenal of guns and quips, and the world is cyberpunk with a wry sense of irony that doesn't get in the way too much. Overall, I firmly recommend Ion Fury, though it will remain "Ion Maiden" in my heart.
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  6. Aug 27, 2019
    7
    Brought back some nice memories. C'mon guys the site is supposed to help other people to make a meaningful decision whether to buy this gameBrought back some nice memories. C'mon guys the site is supposed to help other people to make a meaningful decision whether to buy this game or not. All these 0s are completely ridiculous as well as all the 10s. Grow up. It's a decent game with some very good moments, it's not perfect but it's not garbage as well. Expand
  7. Apr 10, 2020
    0
    I love this game. But on high difficulty it doesn't make sense. It's just fighting millions of spiders. It loses all the fun

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