Some of us remember the days when good old 3D shooters were all the players talked about. Games like Doom II, Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, etc., decorated the covers of all game magazines, and for good reason. These games popularized the 3D shooting genre, and now, more than two decades later, we were surprised by a game that took everything we love from them, mixed it with a good dose of nostalgia and spiced it with retro-3D graphics to create something extraordinary . That is Ion Fury, and if you enjoyed playing the pioneers of 3D shooting games, or even if you just heard some stories about them, you'll love it!
Development and reception
Ion Fury was developed by Voidpoint, LLC and published by 3D Realms . Yes, the same 3D Realms that brought us gems like Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior. Now, about two decades later, they decided to use the old and old Build Engine once again to create a game that will make all those 3D shooting games that we remember and love feel proud. Initially, the game was supposed to be called Ion Maiden, but British Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden threatened to sue 3D Realms, so in the end, the name of the game was changed to Ion Fury.
The game was released on August 15, 2019 on Steam and GoG, and so far, it had a great reception. On his Steam page, Ion Fury currently (August 17) has an extremely positive 96% score with over 1400 comments. In GoG, Ion Fury currently has an overall rating of 4.5 / 5 . The publishers also stated that they plan to launch the game on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch at a later date.
The story of Ion Fury follows explosive expert Shelly "Bombshell" Harrison, who earned her nickname by defusing bombs for the Global Defense Force. She has to use her "bombastic" skill set to eliminate the members of the evil cyber cult, unleashed on the streets of Neo DC by the evil brain named Dr. Jadus Heskel. It is worth noting that Heskel is voiced by Jon St. John, the voice actor known for expressing the legendary Duke Nukem.
Ion Fury is a direct sequel to Bombshell, 3D Realms game released in 2016 . However, that game was not very well received by the public and was met with a mixed reception. Still, you won't need to play it to familiarize yourself with the story and the environment, since Ion Fury is good enough as an independent title.
Now, for the interesting part. In addition to the Campaign, Ion Fury offers several different bonus missions, such as the Preview Campaign called Crisis in Columbia; Queen of the Hill: a way in which you must survive waves of enemies as long as possible; and a Bombardier Test: a way in which you play with infinite bowling bombs. Even so, the Campaign is practically the main focus of Ion Fury and is definitely its most entertaining part.
Shelly can use a wide variety of weapons to eliminate her opponents. Each of them has two shooting modes. She starts with a quick-fire revolver called Loverboy that you will use to do a quick job of basic enemies. You can also use Electrifryer, a short-range weapon used to surprise your enemies. Disperser is a shotgun type weapon that can also be used as a grenade launcher with its alternative firing mode. Penetrator is an SMG weapon that can set fire to enemies with its rounds, and its alternative shooting mode will allow you to wield two of these babies. You can also find many other interesting weapons, such as Chaingun, Ion Bow, Bowling Bombs, etc.
The game itself is very reminiscent of Duke Nukem 3D. It has a pretty similar feeling, and from the first moment, you will feel that you are playing a 3D shooting game directly from the 90s. Still, the developers took the core of the old 3D shooters and added some nice and modern features, like Enhanced controls, head shots, automatic saves, etc. The main campaign of Ion Fury presents a content of approximately ten hours, which taking into account the price. of 24.99 USD, it is a pretty decent investment for your money. And make no mistake, those ten hours are only for the first play. Ion Fury presents four different difficulty levels, and has tons of secrets scattered around the maps, realistically, you will get many more hours of fun and excitement.
While the old-school retro style isn't appealing to everyone, if you enjoyed games like Duke Nukem 3D, Blood or Shadow Warrior, you'll love this game. It seems that Ion Fury was developed in the 90s and buried in a time capsule for twenty years. All low resolution textures give Ion Fury a unique feeling, and there is something really special that cannot be described in words. Also, if you dim the settings and resolution, you will definitely have the feeling that you are playing a lost cousin of Duke Nukem 3D.
The levels are beautifully designed. There is no generation of procedures, which means that each level is handmade, which is honestly something incredible, and we congratulate the developers for doing so. All in all, Ion Fury was designed to resemble 90s games without sophisticated effects and realistic graphics, and frankly, it's perfect as it is.
This is perhaps the best part of the game. Ion Fury's bloody, exciting and exaggerated action will hook you from the beginning. Every time you shoot a bullet, drop a bomb or electrocute an enemy, you will feel the exciting sensation creeping through your body. He managed to replicate all the incredible excitement of Duke Nukem 3D and gave it to us with a modern twist.
What also adds to the general atmosphere is music and sound effects. Simply said, these are fantastic and will immerse you in the game world incredibly well. Every sound of gunshots fired or the screams of evil cultists shattered by their deadly weapon will give you an exciting sense of satisfaction. Also, the music that plays in the background is the icing on the cake, and it will really bring back that 90s feeling.
Occasionally, Shelly will throw some cheesy phrases into the mix, and this will further increase that retro aspect of the game. Also, while you play, you'll find tons of Easter eggs that refer to some of the game titles that Ion Fury is inspired by.
After all, Ion Fury is a must for all lovers of the shooting genre. , both old school and modern. The developers took a bit of every good 90s shooter, mixed it and added a modern twist to create this gem. Try it, you will not regret it!