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  • Summary: Tear through cyborg infantry, giant robots and even wendigos with eight retro-inspired weapons. Dual-wield Penetrator SMGs with incendiary ammunition to scorch foes, wreak havoc with the Disperser with either shotgun shells or swap in grenade rounds, or chuck a Clusterpuck into a room andTear through cyborg infantry, giant robots and even wendigos with eight retro-inspired weapons. Dual-wield Penetrator SMGs with incendiary ammunition to scorch foes, wreak havoc with the Disperser with either shotgun shells or swap in grenade rounds, or chuck a Clusterpuck into a room and delete everyone. Utilizing the same Build engine behind the original Duke Nukem 3D, Ion Fury offers the beloved feel of ‘90s shooters. Seamlessly integrated modern features include headshots, environmental interaction, improved physics, auto-saves, and widescreen functionality. Ion Fury’s marriage of both styles provides both a genuine introduction to classic FPS games and a worthy addition to the genre as a whole, as evidenced by winning IndieDB’s game of the year award. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 85
    Ion Fury is not only an incredible love letter to ‘90s first-person shooters; it’s a great first-person shooter in its own right. It leverages a classic engine in new and exciting ways and is only very rarely hampered by it. While the humor may rub some players the wrong way, it’s arguably worth suffering through for a game that is in many ways better than its source material. This is a ‘90s shooter the way you remember them, rather than perhaps how they actually were.
  2. 85
    Ion Fury is nothing short of a giant love letter to the classic shooters of the 1990s. From the cheesy one-liners to the secret-filled stages, the game oozes style in spades. Though it doesn't improve much over its predecessors, Ion Fury really doesn't need to. Fans of classic shooters will definitely not want to miss this, while fans of modern shooters looking for a change will find an experience not too far outside of their comfort zone.
  3. May 21, 2020
    80
    However, if you’re unbothered by framerate, the Switch version of Ion Fury is just as complete content-wise as it is on any other platform. You won’t miss out on or gain any content on the Switch, and this is the only way to take the game on the go. If you’re set on picking up Ion Fury, your choice of platform really comes down to portability vs. framerate. If a handheld version of the game is essential, the Switch is the only console that can offer that feature. Otherwise, you’re best off picking the game up elsewhere.
  4. Jun 1, 2020
    80
    Ion Fury is a must play experience for anybody who wants a challenge and misses the aesthetic of a ’90s first person shooter.
  5. May 13, 2020
    75
    Ion Fury on Switch is a great version, it suffers a little from too small text in hand-held mode and has some frame-rate tear during auto-save moments, but otherwise it is a retro fan's dream.
  6. Jun 10, 2020
    70
    After the relative failure that was Duke Nukem Forever, it is great to see a game which rekindles that old classic Duke feel with a new (if not overly similar) IP. It has a number of stumbles, but if you want to take a 25-year blast-to-the-past, Ion Fury doesn’t surpass the FPS games of the age, but it does stand well against them, making it a good choice both for veterans of the age and for those new to the classic shooter style.
  7. Jun 8, 2020
    60
    Ion Fury blows the Build Engine's dust off, and manages to offer something that seems to hit all the right - nostalgic - notes, but it sort of misses the most crucial ones. Gunfights feel awesome, but the level design is anything but, leading to the many quitter moments being dull as hell. Plus, Voidpoint's creation lacks character, and plays its "comedic" card a bit too safe for something that's meant to be a return to the days of Duke Nukem's political incorrectness. As for the Switch port, while currently the only way to enjoy this on the go, this is definitely something that plays a lot better on the PC.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. May 15, 2020
    10
    Great game. Switch version is amazing with smooth framerate, crisp graphics, and looks BEAUTIFUL on handheld mode. If you love oldschool DukeGreat game. Switch version is amazing with smooth framerate, crisp graphics, and looks BEAUTIFUL on handheld mode. If you love oldschool Duke Nukem 3D, you'll love this game. Expand
  2. May 18, 2020
    10
    Absolutely great game! was a hit on PC and now im glad its out on all consoles, bought all 3 versions. highly recommend it!
  3. Jul 11, 2020
    9
    Ion Fury is an amazing throw back shooter for both fans who remember playing 90's era FPS's and new fans alike. If you did grow up in theIon Fury is an amazing throw back shooter for both fans who remember playing 90's era FPS's and new fans alike. If you did grow up in the time DOOM, Duke Nukem, and Shadow Warrior, you'll feel right at home blasting your way through this game. Conversely, if you never played the older games, this is a great place to dip your toes into retro shooters. You can adjust the difficulty to really dial in your experience, and the levels are open enough to let you choose how in-depth you want to get. There are tons of secrets that range from looking behind some crates to blowing through walls and platforming your way through the buildings air ducts. The levels mostly consist of key-card gated mazes, but a lot of the frustrations new players might have with the original games are smoothed over here. You don't have to deal with switches that affect some distant part of the map, leaving you backtracking for extended periods of time trying to figure out where that next nugget of progression is. For the most part, the levels are logically linked together and progress feel incredibly natural. The guns and enemies slowly increase in intensity throughout the game, with bosses thrown in every few levels to spice things up. Overall, Ion Fury is a lovingly crafted homage to its 90's era predecessors and will give old fans an enjoyable nostalgia trip and new fans a guided tour of old-school shooters. Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2020
    4
    on YouTube and reviews of this game it appears for your all high-octane action packed bullet hell fun. But in reality is not that at all 90%on YouTube and reviews of this game it appears for your all high-octane action packed bullet hell fun. But in reality is not that at all 90% of the time is wandering around trying to figure out where to go being forced to look for secrets. When the action does kickoff it feels cumbersome and awkward on console due to lack of effort to adapt from the mouse controls. Expand
  5. May 14, 2020
    4
    The Switch port is awful. Unstable 30fps in a game that has graphics from 1996, which heavily impacts the fast-paced, hardcore gameplay. TheThe Switch port is awful. Unstable 30fps in a game that has graphics from 1996, which heavily impacts the fast-paced, hardcore gameplay. The aiming controls are completely messed up and need to be fixed in a patch. Big disappointment after having played the excellent PC early access build. Expand
  6. Mar 24, 2021
    3
    Gyro controls were jittery when i first played this, now it only works for the vertical axis. I'm sure this is fine on PC but fps games onGyro controls were jittery when i first played this, now it only works for the vertical axis. I'm sure this is fine on PC but fps games on switch just dont function well. Expand
  7. Jun 4, 2020
    1
    Extremely disappointed.
    No inverted controls? Really?
    It's probably fine for those who use non-inverted, but for me. It's unplayable. I bought
    Extremely disappointed.
    No inverted controls? Really?
    It's probably fine for those who use non-inverted, but for me. It's unplayable. I bought this on the switch, and can't get a refund because Nintendo's refund policy is nonexistent.

    The devs said it was something they overlooked because the invert controls option was in the dev kit but not in the final game. I hope someone in their QA team got fired.

    I've been waiting for nearly a month for the 1.05 patch on Switch. But I've completely given up on this game and 3D Realms in general. Their last good game was Duke Nukem 3D over 20 years ago.
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