[PlayStation 5] Phantom Fury Review

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Phantom Fury from 3D Realms and Slipgate Ironworks is a road movie-inspired first-person shooter on PlayStation 5. Check out our Phantom Fury review!

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Phantom Fury from 3D Realms and Slipgate Ironworks is a road movie-inspired first-person shooter on PlayStation 5. It stars Ion Fury’s Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a game that is very much inspired by old-school FPS of ages past. For this new game, the story takes place several years after she took on the evil Jadus Heskel. Why has so much time passed? Because up until this new journey began, Shelly was actually in a coma!

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She is now back in action and will be sporting a new bionic arm that will help her take care of business. Her new mission involves securing a highly dangerous artifact known as the Demon Core. Where is the Demon Core? She’ll have to go on a journey around the US to find out! Unfortunately, she’s not the only one searching for the Demon Core, and those who might have an idea of where she should search for it might need to be… persuaded by way of brute force.

While the previous game – which started its life as Ion Maiden before the similarities with the name of metal legends Iron Maiden made it very clear that name would be a no-go – was certainly inspired by classics in the genre such as, say, the Duke Nukem series, Phantom Fury at times feels like it’s jumped ahead a bit in the genre’s timeline. It has an air to games such as Quake, maybe with a dash of Half-Life.

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Phantom Fury has three difficulty options for you to choose from: Easy, Normal, and Hard. When playing on easy, you’ll have a better chance of making it to the end of the game since enemy health is set at 75%, enemy damage is set to 66%, and enemies will act slower. Normal offers the standard experience, with enemies acting at their intended speed. If you jump into Hard, then enemies will deal 150% damage, and their accuracy will also be at 150%, making it a more challenging experience.

Once you jump into action, you’ll control Shelley with the left analog stick as you look around and aim with the right one. The R2 button is for attacking, and the L2 button will be for alternate fire. You can interact with the Triangle button as needed. The X button will be for jumping, and the Circle button will allow you to crouch. You can sprint by pressing in on the left analog stick for when you need an extra boost. Pressing in on the Touchpad on the DualSense will show you your objectives.

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You’ll have a flashlight to brighten up your path, which you can trigger by pressing up on the D-Pad. You can open up the weapon wheel by pressing the L1 button so that you can quickly choose the best weapon to get the job done. Your magnetic shield can be activated with the R1 button, which can help to protect you when the going gets tough. As for the bionic arm, it can be used by pressing in on the right analog stick.

As you progress through each area, you’ll start to collect Nanite Cores. These can be used to upgrade and boost Shelley’s abilities, which will be a must if you want to have a chance. You can upgrade Shelley’s bionic arm punch to lower its cooldown period. You could also unlock a reload charge so that after a clip is emptied, a small area of attack effect takes place. Upgrade your shotgun so that it emits a flash of light that can end up stunning nearby enemies.

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Trophy-wise, this one features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to aim for. The list has 3 Bronze trophies, 14 Silver trophies, and 6 Gold trophies for you to work on. The objectives to complete include destroying a helicopter, getting a prize from the claw machine, consuming the whole ammo capacity of a heavy weapon, beating all bosses, starting a game on the highest difficulty setting, beating the game, doing so on normal or higher, and defeating a grunt with a barbell.

Phantom Fury is a road movie-inspired first-person shooter. After Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison – who you might know from Ion Fury – wakes up from a coma, she is sent on a journey across the US in search of the powerful Demon Core. As expected, it will be an adventure packed with violence as she must make the most of her weapons and her new bionic arm to succeed. Phantom Fury is out on PlayStation 5.

This Phantom Fury review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by 3D Realms.

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