Ion Fury on Nintendo Switch laughs at the idea of mandatory checkpoints and straight paths through shooting galleries. But, just because this is a true old-school first-person shooter doesn’t mean we’ve ignored all the good new stuff the last two decades have brought. Headshots? Hell yeah. More physics and interactivity? You betcha. 3DRealms, Voidpoint and 1C Entertainment have taken the best of both worlds and cooked it all into a bloody stew.
Ion Fury feels like playing Duke Nukem for the first time. This is due to Ion Fury running on a modified version of Ken Silverman’s Build engine, which Duke Nukem itself ran off. The 3D world is littered with 2D enemies, and the sounds of the gun blasts have a 90’s soundcard feel to them. The voice of the baddies is even done by Duke Nukem himself.
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This throws you into the action, with all the 80’s handicaps. You have no recharging health bar, no cover system and no hints and tips to help you play through the game.
The campaign is difficult, with it taking around 20 hours for me to complete. The game does help though with secondary weapon functions such as homing bullets or grenade launchers.
Ion Fury follows the Doom guide to gameplay, with there being lots of enemies and not a lot of ammo. So you have to be careful and plan your attacks.
There are moments in the game, where the difficulty spikes. This is normally during boss battles, where you not only have to shoot and avoid the big bad, you also have to shoot and avoid the waves of enemies trying to take you down at the same time. There were times when I got very annoyed with these parts. But don’t worry as there are cheat codes if you need a little help.
The lack of a map or objective indicator did mean I had to spend a lot of time retracing steps to get to the next stage. Though there are loads of hidden sections so you are rewarded when exploring. I did get a tad bored of the rigid level design, as they did all tend to be a set of interconnected rooms. Though this was broken up with the occasional train level.
Overall, Ion Fury on Nintendo Switch is a perfect homage to the games of the 90s. It’s a classic run and gun game, with wisecracks and a rocking soundtrack.