What is Nitro Family? More precisely – who is it? – since we all now know that in the real world this is such a single-disc game on our shelves (now it seems to be available as a licensed one as well) 🙂 Nitro Family is such a comic book family. Like the Addams family – just simpler, smaller, more cowboyly. They have a completely different style – as if Duke Nyukem was from the backwoods and married a robber stripper and had a son – not quite a young cannibal, of course, but something like that.
And necessarily everything happens in Texas or somewhere else where there are farms, ranches, open rural expanses and gullible consumers. Because Nitro Family, it is also a contrast to the so-called new ideal Healthy Family – the joy and harmony in which is supported by Golden Bell Corporation with the help of narcotic substances, the consumption of which by a mass citizen, has become the norm in this alternative world. But in the “bright future” … there are still hot American guys who live in the old fashioned way, with a normal human life. But among other things, American life includes a mandatory love for weapons, as a means of asserting and maintaining freedom. And in this aspect, the life of an “amazing couple plus child” literally reached the most extreme manifestations, which they will successfully demonstrate to us.
Nitro Family – and this is a quick and even fairly skilled first-person shooter – is not only a direct heir in the spirit of “humorous meat shooters” involved in comic book characters: Duke Nyukem, Serious Sam, Will Rock. In this case, it is also made simply on the engine from Serious Sam. That, as you know, cannot please in the days of today, and is the main obstacle to the fact that the game was received with a bang. Although who knows – maybe this is a deliberate decision, just designed to ensure that there are enough retro fans in the world to ensure success of the product with just these properties, where the gameplay is at the forefront and its visual design is secondary. If you can still come to terms with the quality of the models somehow – in the end, you rarely see them close by, and your “moving targets” do their job well — then with angularly square desert expanses, box-dull structures, with absolutely flat ground and extremely flat soil it’s more difficult to agree with a limited range of special effects, gaming feelings in the soul constantly push the silent question to the surface of consciousness: “why is everything so sad”? Fighting this kind of snobbery can only be achieved by an overwhelming gameplay that is truly addictive – the developers clearly liked shooters, understood what was in them, what was in the player’s feelings. Weapons also help to slightly compensate for the graphic mowing – about the essence of it a little lower, but the models are very pleasant (as, incidentally, is the play of illumination on them). The trunks are made in a kind of “all-metal” brutal style – “industrial” weapons. With a good, very natural animation. In addition to the illumination of weapons, there is such a trick as the general illumination of the room and destructible sources – to get the battle in the corridor in the dark, breaking all the flashlights, very much in your power.
But in essence … in essence, the authors managed to make a really interesting combat scheme. It is decomposed into three main components: classic weapons, combo weapons and additional weapons. At the same time, the main thing is just combo weapons – everything else must be mainly bought or very rarely found. The combo weapon is two barrels, one in each hand of the “hero”. At the same time, they shoot independently from each other – the left trunk, respectively, by pressing the left mouse button, and the right barrel – on the right. Agree, a rather original solution, but that’s not all, the left and right components also have separate reload and switch buttons. Manual reloading is important: it’s completely unpleasant in the heat of battle, and in Nitro Family it can be very, very intense, completely incapable of firing, and even though reloading one side can be covered with the other. Although, on the other hand, the “combo fire” is just the most effective in the attack, of the two barrels at once (they are even rewarded higher), with it, as you know, the cartridges end quickly and at the same time 🙂 When defending, the same as in general, in “non-hot” combat conditions, as well as in small rooms, it is advantageous not only to use separate fire, but also different for each of the hands, because, as you remember, switching weapons is also divided. Some situations are best solved with a very powerful, but short-range shotgun, others are not so lethal, but with continuous fire, and others are powerful, but with a low projectile speed. Only three weapon options for combos allow you to switch between them very accurately, quickly and intuitively – and at the same time give considerable freedom of combination.