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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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8.2 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2019

Ion Fury is one blazing fast paced experience that brings classic shooter action with many modern upgrades.

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77 / 100
Aug 14, 2019

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

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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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Recommended
Aug 14, 2019

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

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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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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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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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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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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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9 / 10
Aug 14, 2019

A nostalgic '90s throwback that's challenging, funny, cleverly designed, and shockingly attractive both despite and because of its ancient engine, which enables gigantic levels packed with detail. Chris J Capel

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

Ion Fury knows what it wants to be: A satisfying romp through the past, emboldened by the future and metal to the max.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

Ion Fury is a high-energy, action-packed retro ride with great gameplay, level design, visuals and audio. It's a reminder that great old-school design is forever.

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

Solid successor of Duke Nukem with just common weapons. There should be more kinds of enemies and more interesting bosses.

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Aug 14, 2019

Ion Fury mixes old and new in a throwback FPS that deftly builds its own enduring identity.

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6 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

Ion Fury is flawed, but there’s plenty of gruesome fun to be had here, more so if you’ve got fond memories of 90s shooters. If Voidpoint/3D Realms can tighten up the game for an expansion pack or a sequel, I’d definitely be up for more Bombshell. Just don’t expect this outing to blow you away all the time.

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8.5 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

Ion Fury is remarkably smooth, much like you would expect from a traditional Build game, or nearly any first-person shooter from the mid-90s.

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