Ion Fury Reviews

Ion Fury is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
PC Gamer
Top Critic
77 / 100
Aug 14, 2019

A retro FPS built with love by true enthusiasts of the genre.

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Eurogamer
Top Critic
Recommended
Aug 14, 2019

A thrillingly authentic take on the first-person shooter's 90s heyday, delivered with nerdish enthusiasm.

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IGN
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

Ion Fury is an authentic throwback to Duke Nukem 3D that certainly hails to the king but can't quite dethrone him.

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Metro GameCentral
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7 / 10
Aug 15, 2019

For better and worse, a near perfect replication of mid-90s first person shooters, that makes you wistful for the old days… and secretly glad things have moved on in the meantime.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

More than just a throwback to frenzied '90s shooters, Ion Fury is a fantastic game filled with creative weaponry, oodles of humor, and memorable levels.

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May 21, 2020

The Switch version of Ion Fury is worth a buy if that’s the only platform you own on which it’s available. The only advantage this edition has over others is that the Switch is portable. The lower framerate really works against this version of the game, and I feel like players will get more enjoyment by playing it on a platform with the horsepower to provide a steady 60fps.

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Aug 14, 2019

If you're a fan of any breed of first-person shooters, Ion Fury should be on your playlist. Even among its retro FPS peers, 3D Realms has put out a best-in-class experience that rivals anything released this year.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

Ion Fury not only recaptures what made retro shooters so memorable, but it improves on them in a number of ways. While not as excellent as some other recent entries in the same genre, this is a game that fans of the past should not miss. It's brutal, lightning-fast, and always putting fun before anything else.

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7 / 10
May 14, 2020

Ion Fury effortlessly channels the spirit of old school shooters like Duke Nukem 3D, but the action is slowed by dull backtracking and environmental puzzles. When it flows there's a good challenge to be had, but the level design can be too convoluted for its own good.

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Shacknews
Top Critic
8 / 10
Aug 15, 2019

There are not a lot of flaws in Ion Fury, but it is hard to not compare the game to its Build Engine predecessors. The game definitely succeeds in carrying the torch from the Duke series, and little details like ultrawide monitor support and a jazzy soundtrack will go a long way to winning players over.

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8 / 10.0
May 13, 2020

Ion Fury is clearly a love letter to 90s shooters. Lovingly crafted and blisteringly fast, it's well worth your time.

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Unscored
Aug 14, 2019

It’s a game where old-school decisions too often trump good ones. A blast from a past I never lived through, where puerile humour and “area complete” screens tease you about not being a “real player”. Ion’s tongue might be in its cheek, but I’ve got little interest in what it’s saying.

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Push Square
Top Critic
7 / 10
May 29, 2020

Ion Fury is a shooter that phenomenally emulates what made the early FPS so wonderful. A timeless gameplay loop that effortlessly coaxes fun out of a formula so old it stretches decades into gaming's past, the game is an incredible amount of fun. The technical problems we encountered muddy the waters, but even with those present (and a fix incoming for that game-breaking bug) we enjoyed our time with the game enough that we still recommend that anyone interested in playing it, do so.

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Ken McKown
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7 / 10.0
May 19, 2020

Ion Fury is a wonderful throwback to classic FPS games I grew up with.

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8 / 10.0
May 16, 2020

Ion Fury takes inspiration from the great retro shooters of the industry and runs with it. High-octane gunfights mixed with retro style and one-liners is a formula that never gets old. Ion Fury is a retro fix all its own, and it does it so well. Despite its setbacks, it's a blast to play and worthy of Build engine that it utilizes.

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GameMAG
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3 / 10
May 15, 2020

Ion Fury for Xbox One X is an example of worthy endeavors implemented through the bottom. The modern player is likely to be repelled by its specific appearance and problems with variety, and its current technical condition with impassable bugs and performance issues makes it possible to recommend only the PC version to old-school connoisseurs and fans of pixel experiences.

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90 / 100
Aug 22, 2019

Ion Fury was an absolute treat to play and truly felt like I was reliving my teenage years again.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

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.

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9.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

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.

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8.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

Ion Fury is a love letter to 90s shooters, especially addressed to Duke Nukem 3D. A well written love letter, although it could have been more varied in some parts.

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