Throughout its Realms Deep presentation as we speak, 3D Realms has introduced Phantom Fury — a brand new sport and chapter within the Ion Fury legacy. In case you’re questioning if it’s a prequel or a sequel, the reply is sure. Phantom Fury takes place after the occasions of Ion Fury, however earlier than Bombshell — a sport that didn’t fairly hit the mark like its prequel. Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison does certainly return to blast extra baddies. And this time, she has her upgradable bionic arm to assist tear by means of extra retro-inspired ranges.
I acquired to take a look at Phantom Fury in a hands-off preview weeks forward of as we speak’s present. As talked about, its story is snuggled between Ion Fury and Bombshell, happening years after the previous. It’s Shelly’s first mission along with her bionic arm, which she dubs Amiga in Bombshell. It takes an necessary position right here in Phantom Fury, and fortunately doesn’t appear like an obnoxious piece of development tools. Not less than, not but.
Sitting between two video games set in Shelly’s previous and future, it’s becoming that the aesthetic matches up. Graphically, Phantom Fury appears to be like like a wedding between the ’90s and early 2000s eras of first-person shooters. It makes use of polygons for its world and characters, however shut up you possibly can clearly see the pixels that make up the myriad textures. The sport will not be constructed utilizing the Construct Engine, which powered its predecessor. Phantom Fury is as a substitute being created with Unreal Engine 4.
Right here there and in all places
The sport will function many new and numerous worlds, starting from deserts. Shelly begins off within the desert area of Albuquerque, however makes her solution to different locations like Chicago. As seen in a brand new trailer, at the very least one degree has an underwater part, and others will comprise driving or flying segments.
Ranges, as I used to be informed, are available in two flavors. There are exploration ranges, that are extra unfold out, permitting you to go looking for technique of progress. These greater maps additionally comprise lots of secrets and techniques to seek out, they usually’ll reward you on your curiosity. Linear ranges, alternatively, funnel you alongside from starting to finish with minimal exploration.
I acquired to see a whole degree for my preview of Phantom Fury, which came about on a transferring prepare between two missions. The prepare, falling beneath the “linear degree” class, had been taken over by enemy forces, and getting off safely required us to seek out a car, gasoline it up, and get the hell out.
Somewhat outdated, slightly new
Phantom Fury‘s gameplay loop shouldn’t shock most shooter followers. Fight remains to be as fast-paced as ever. Enemies stream in and fireplace away, provide the excellent excuse to heat up your arsenal. There are greater than 20 weapons coming to Phantom Fury, together with some fan favorites from Ion Fury — equivalent to Bowling Bombs. There are additionally keys to seek out for locked doorways, explosive barrels to shoot, and secrets and techniques to seek out.
Nonetheless, Phantom Fury does function some notable modifications. Shelly is ready to vault over obstacles, in addition to slide towards enemies whereas hammering away on the set off. She will be able to use “kiosks” to improve her go well with and bionic arm, providing you with choices on how to boost the gameplay. Within the demo, Shelly had upgraded her arm to be sturdy sufficient to tear a turret off its stand and use it as a cell weapon. We additionally noticed a capability within the trailer the place the arm can create a protect to dam bullets. I didn’t get to see how the improve system works, nonetheless.
There’s additionally extra interactivity inside the ranges. Merchandising machines dispense cans of soda, which supply a small replenishment to well being. There’s additionally a jukebox, in addition to arcade machines the place you possibly can play simplistic mini-games. Within the demo, it was an lovable gentle gun shooter.
The interactivity isn’t centered on smaller distractions, nonetheless. In a single a part of the prepare degree, Shelly had to make use of a crane to choose up a crate to swing like a wrecking ball and destroy a container of gasoline, opening up development. Close to the top of the extent, a crate containing a mandatory key was locked. Loading up an e-mail on a close-by laptop terminal gave us the code for the crate, which contained additional ammo and the important thing.
Again within the swing of issues
As talked about, there are greater than 20 weapons to seek out in Phantom Fury. You’ll have your typical picks, equivalent to a pistol, machine gun, SMG, shotgun, an electrical baton, and a revolver that may shoot six occasions though there are much more bullets within the cylinder. The prepare degree, nonetheless, introduces a brand new gun that belched out electrical foam. Enemies hit by this new unhealthy boy would get zapped and sputter in place till they died. It appears to be like enjoyable.
Up to now, Phantom Fury is trying like an incredible follow-up sport to Ion Fury — which nonetheless has DLC on the way in which. The sport remains to be in improvement, however I like what I’ve seen thus far. There are nonetheless some unknowns, equivalent to how the improve system works. And the enemy AI is bit lackluster at this level. However as an outdated and grizzled shooter fan who lower his enamel on Construct Engine video games, I’m lookin’ ahead to seeing extra. Phantom Fury is coming to PC in 2023.