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Not sold on it yet? Ion Assault is easily one of the top arcade titles on Xbox Live Arcade this year. The fresh idea of the ion particle system is great and the variety of such a small game is second to none. It’s a challenge but not so hard as to make you give up in frustration. The fun that can be had from this title is addictive so make sure you have nowhere important to be when you give it a shot.
Xbox 360Game Shark
If you can forgive the control weirdness – which, in fairness, only took a few tries to get used to – then Ion Assault is a very solid bet. It offers a relatively fresh take on a well-established genre, with polished graphics and all the asteroid-blasting pleasure you can find this side of 1979.
Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
Ion Assault is tricky and fun. Rife with pleasant colors and sounds, the game was an enjoyable shoot ‘em up experience with diversity in the form of enemies and power-ups. Stages can at times feel repetitive, and only amount to about 20+ levels. At playtime under 3 hours the game might not feel worth it, but there is the added pleasure of a co-op experience.
In definitiva Ion Assault si dimostra un titolo di grande spessore, il cui gameplay, unito a una cura per i dettagli quasi maniacale, è in grado di assicurare un’esperienza di gioco all’insegna del divertimento e del relax. Che siate o meno appassionati del genere, non vi pentirete di certo di aver sborsato 800 Microsoft Points per l'acquisto.
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
Ion Assault is an extremely polished and well-executed twist on a very pure gaming genre. At 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80 / €9.60), it's perhaps a little bit pricey for those who'll only play it once, but get a few mates involved in some friendly leaderboard rivalry and the replay value goes right up. Moments of grace indeed.
There is still a whole lot to like about Ion Assault, though. It’s a unique game, both visually and in terms of gameplay, which is impressive considering how derivative it seems at first glance. It doesn’t quite hook you the same way that Geometry Wars did, but I think fans of that game will probably take to Ion Assault quite easily. It’s definitely a game worth downloading.
Ion Assault is a well presented package that is a blast for short plays. It doesn't have as much meat as some other XBLA games, but I do see myself firing it up every now and again to kill some precious minutes (and asteroids). If you are a sucker for arcade gameplay and/or shoot 'em ups Ion Assault is definitely worth checking out.
All things considered, Ion Assault is a well put together arcade shooter. It pays homage to classic titles, both new and old, but also creates its own identity in the process. Thanks to the frustrating controls, short campaign and the slightly problematic chaos that comes with the action, only fans of the genre should fork over the ten dollar asking price. Still, that doesn’t mean that Ion Assault doesn’t provide colorful thrills by the truckload.
If you're looking for an alternative to Geometry Wars and the rest of the clones residing on XBLA, Ion Assault is a decent choice given its slick presentation, clean graphics, and interesting take on the genre. That lady has got to go, though.
Xbox 360Game Over Online
For the most part Ion Assault is a great game, though not without its flaws. My major problem with the game is that it gets a little repetitive. When you’re not slaying the giant bosses your sole goal is to survive long enough to destroy all the asteroids scattered about the arena. It would’ve been nice to see a new element get introduced into the gameplay like defending an important object or something along those lines because destroying asteroids for sixteen levels gets a little tedious. If you’re looking for an energetic shmup or just an entertaining game to invest a couple hours into you can’t go wrong with Ion Assault, but if you want something with a little more depth I suggest you look elsewhere.
Xbox 360Strategy Informer
Ion Assault is a superb addition to the Xbox Live Arcade library that is full of shoot ‘em ups. It’s a smart purchase for any Geometry Wars fan that is dying to fill their time with a similar title. The controls could’ve been tightened up and the single-player campaign could’ve been longer, but in the long run, Ion Assault is a surprisingly great title for 800 MS Points.
Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
The game consists of four five-stage levels, each of which ends in a boss fight. The boss fights are a bit disappointing in terms of challenge considering what it takes to reach them, but if you're just a casual gamer you'll have trouble reaching most of them in the first place. Ion Assault can be fun for fans of the genre, especially if they're looking for something a little different. For everyone else it's probably too different and too difficult to be of much interest.
Xbox 360Digital Chumps
Personally, I found Ion Assault to be very tough, but I did appreciate the ability to continue as many times on a stage or boss fight as I wanted to. If you choose not to continue, you have to restart the entire sector. I've not been able to complete the single player campaign at this point, and as much as I'm struggling I doubt I will alone, so thank goodness for local co-op play.
Xbox 360Vandal Online
Aunque el género de los matamarcianos es uno de los más poblados en el bazar de Xbox hay que reconocer que este es uno de los más originales y con mejor acabado, y que palia su corto modo campaña con uno completos modos multijugador tanto en local como en línea. Una propuesta distinta la de tener que ir absorbiendo partículas para luego dispararlas y que a nosotros nos ha convencido y sobre todo divertido. Si merece la pena su compra como siempre es una decisión única e intransferible pero de fácil solución ya que como con en todos los juegos del bazar se puede descargar una demostración para probarlo. Al menos merece la pena catarlo y así poder comprobar sí os convence como a nosotros, y en un futuro seguir atentos a nuevos proyectos de los chicos alemanes de Coreplay que con este trabajo han demostrado su buen hacer en un género en el que siempre es difícil innovar.
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
Ion Assault will probably be overlooked among the better known, flashier shooters out there, but if you’re a fan of the genre you owe it a spin. Its unique controls and charged shot mechanic might be an acquired taste but it’s always good to try something different once in a while. Although it isn’t without its flaws, Ion Assault is one twin-stick shooter worth getting sucked into.
Xbox 360Games Radar
Ion Assault's gameplay is tremendously fun, though it has a dark side that won't sit well with some players. The aiming controls are awful. It's possible to accept this and still get lost in the excellent arcade-style particle anarchy, but that doesn't make them any less irritating. A firing scheme like the one found in Geometry Wars and other fast-paced shooters would have been perfect here. Oddly, the developers instead opted to force players to slowly rotate the aiming reticule around rather than letting them just aim wherever they point the right thumb stick. The only other issue to speak of is the brevity of the solo campaign. The four unique worlds each only have a handful of stages, and it doesn't take long to push through them. As such, the multiplayer modes are a welcome addition that extend play slightly. With a little patience, Ion Assault is still a solid choice for giving your thumbs a workout.
The single-player game takes two to three hours to complete, depending on your ability level and how often you get stuck on the tougher sections. Replayability is helped by some difficult achievements and a decent leaderboard setup, though unfortunately you can't see your friends' scores while you play, so competition isn't encouraged. Nevertheless, at 800 Microsoft Points ($10), Ion Assault represents good value for the money. It has its share of shortcomings, but the core experience is compelling enough that if you enjoy the shooter genre, you'll have a good time. However, if you're looking to try the genre for the first time, then you ought to look elsewhere, because the learning curve and controls in Ion Assault can take a lot of getting used to.
Xbox 360Gamer Limit
Ion Assault is an enjoyable game, but it's way too short to warrant the $10 price tag.
Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
While Ion Assault’s gameplay is interesting and fairly unique with some depth to how you can approach each level, but it’s the overall lack of modes or features that makes this worth its 800 points price ($10 in US dollars). There’s no replay value once you’ve beaten the 24 single-player levels by yourself or with a friend, which can be completed in a few hours if you’re persistent. The multiplayer leaderboards say that only about 10% of the 1,500 people that have played the single-player mode have played in the online multiplayer mode, so to say that you won’t have anybody to play with is quite the understatement. If this were a 400 point title, this could have been a more attractive option, but for what is offered, you should look elsewhere for your shooter action on Xbox Live Arcade.
Xbox 360GamePro (US)
Overall, however, there is a sense of powerlessness that exists during gameplay. Charged shots never seem strong enough and when things get truly clustered, there's not a shot in hell you'll survive. It's imperative to spread everything action across the length of the map, taking out as much as you can as quickly as you can. Ion Assault is a decent download, but don't expect to be very hooked after a few days of playing it. It doesn't boast a "Wow!" factor whatsoever.
I hate to put my final comment in such a blunt manner but I do not want anyone to be confused of my overall view of Ion Assault. So my bottom line is, skip this game at its current price and pick it up when it is 5 dollars or so.