simbadoozle's Ion Assault (Xbox 360 Games Store) review

Ion Assault Review

What’s Hot:

  • Great visuals and particle effects, making it pleasing to look at.
  • A diverse selection of power-ups to mix up the gameplay.
  • Each sector has different enemy types, which also gives it some variety.
  • Fast-paced music, which fits in well with the gameplay.
  • The boss battles can be quite strategic, depending on how you approach it.
  • The game has a fine balance between tricky and fun.
  • Very simple controls, makes it easy for anyone to pick up and play.
  • Reminiscent of the Asteroids era.    
 
What’s Not:

  • Voice acting can get quite repetitive and irritating.
  • Although the particle effects are stunning to look at, they often get in the way of the action.
  • It’s often too hectic on screen to have enough time to look at the on-screen tips.
  • All of the stages look very similar which is quite boring.
  • Short story which can be completed in an afternoon.    
 
Verdict – Wait until it’s cheaper.
Ion Assault is a beautiful game, the visuals are stunning and the in-game sounds fit in very well with the gameplay. The game is very short but the simple controls and fast-paced gameplay make it fun and engaging. Each stage increase in difficulty but it’s never too hard that makes you frustrated. Any fan of Asteroids or Geometry Wars will love this. The achievement list is very good, they aren’t the easiest of achievements but for people who actually try they will be slightly tricky but enjoyable to get. Although it’s a good list, it will only take around 4 hours to get the full 200 achievement points.There are a few bad points, which let the game down, at the climax of a battle, it can get very hectic and often confusing on as to what is going on. The stages all look the same, which can get quite tedious to look at. But overall, if you are looking to buy this game, I would recommend you wait until the price has dropped to 400 msp.
   
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