Myself, along with a lot of you would have spent a decent chunk of both time and spare change on First Person Shooters like Call of Duty, Battlefront and Halo ( Just to name a few). So, imagine my surprise when I hadn’t even done one single review on an FPS. Time to start my premier voyage into the FPS review world with a game that has been described as Call of Duty but free! Ironsight.
Straight off the bat, a free version of COD is high praise, especially with the amount of money spent every year on the new COD release. So, if Ironsight can hold a candle to any of the big games of the genre then expect this game to get a big score in my books.
When researching the new game from Wiple games I found a lot of content mentioning that Ironsight was no longer available in the US. This was because games on the North American server were run by a different company then their European counterpart. The US version had less features, limited patching and degraded performance which made the game very unpopular in that area of the world. Since then Wiple games have addressed the problem and make the versions identical internationally and run by a single provider. Beyond this the community for Ironsight is vast and heaps praise on the game however they seem pretty fed up of the comparisons with COD.
With the game free to play, launch issues resolved and a large community lets see how the gameplay fairs. The campaign places you in 2025 where the Armed Forces battle against the Private Military for control of the last available natural resources on earth. Think of the initial rush for all the toilet paper during the Covid-19 pandemic but give all those ‘Karens’ a gun. The story throws you right into the action and will take you about 8 hours to complete however don’t expect much character development as most characters are very bland in comparison. Although it’s clear that Ironsights main focus is on multiplayer I can’t help but think they have missed the opportunity to make lasting characters that you can build a franchise around. Captain Price, Victor Resnov and Soap are all well beloved in the COD community and feel like a serious effort has been made to make them convincing companions.
Now, for the multiplayer aspect Ironsight have done very well. They have made sure to keep current FPS features which are essential but still have found some unique features to make the game their own.
Let’s start with the good – Graphics are amazing, especially for a free to play. Most gaming computers will be able to handle the best graphic settings without compromising on gameplay. Frames are consistent and even downgraded settings still look good.
Maps are very unique (Which is very hard to do with the amount of maps we have had over the years for the genre) . My personal favourite is Tower which has players battling onto a skyscraper overlooking a vast cityscape, definitely a view I would kill for. But the big one is Station where as per the name suggest, you battle in a train station ……. WHIST THE TRAINS ARE STILL RUNNING! Fall on the track? Splat! Get knocked off the walkway? Splat! However if you time it right you can ride the train whilst obliterating your enemies and finish with a dismount before clipping the gameplay for your FaZe montage. Beyond the overly dramatic, every map has its own interactable feature, if it’s not a train it will be an elevator ext.
In game currency is easy to acquire. There is a lot of stigma towards free games being ‘pay to win’ however currency generation is very frequent and will allow you to purchase the end game weapons without an immense amount of grinding.
Ironsight has 6 game modes in total. Capture the Flag, Secure point, Frontline, Team DeathMatch, Search and Destroy and Resource takeover. Whilst most of these game modes will be known stables of modern FPS games, Resource Takeover is unique. Two teams must race against the clock to kill as many neutral AI bots as possible. The team with the most kills wins.
Now onto the negatives – with any online FPS there will be some issue from time to time with performance and Ironsight is no different. Since playing I have experienced my player being slow to respond when under fire (A big deal when it comes to FPS games). This was especially the case when going prone. I will admit I am one of those people that like to drop shots constantly, so with the prone function could be interpreted as a good glitch to have, as a veteran drop shot cheeser I have to put this as a negative. Recently commenced games will also have environment glitches where textures won’t load or outright disappear making them invisible walls. Games late at night can also be hard to come by however less noticeable over the weekend period.
No Free for All! I never thought this was going to be such a big issue until I started playing. All of the game modes are team based. If you get some terrible teammates in multiple games you have no choice but to join another game and try to carry some deadweight players for the 5th time in a row. I have a newfound appreciation for FFA after playing Ironsight so I hope this is a game mode they will add in the future.
Beyond this there are some features that could have been added like Killcams however for the most part Wiple Games have been able to grab the essence of an online FPS whilst still being able to add their own unique style.
Ironsight is quite closely related to CoD Black Ops 2, however introduces some new features to the genre. Well worth a try.
- Unique maps
- Action packed
- No pay-to-win dynamic
- Lacklustre campaign
- Performance issues during gameplay
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