nuclear-throne
Metacritic: 90/100
Release: Dec 2015
Reviewed on: PC

Nuclear Throne

Site Score
9.0
Good: Variety and random elements – Tough but mostly fair
Bad: Small number of imbalances – A few big bugs still in the system
User Score
8.4
(8 votes)
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Nuclear Throne is an intense top down shooter that uses roguelike elements to deliver a fast paced game that offers plenty of difficulty.

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The game takes place in a dark world in which humanity has been obliterated by nuclear events which heavily altered the life on the planet. The reasons behind the apocalypse have long been lost but the new inhabitants that find themselves calling this home do know about an ancient legend based on the Nuclear Throne which is said to be able to restore the world to order.

In Nuclear Throne your objective is to advance through the randomised levels to reach the final throne. This requires players to make use of the weapons they can find, unlock unique mutations and also combat a wide array of enemies. While this sounds like a simple goal players will have to adventure into this randomised world many times to succeed.

Your first step in each Nuclear Throne adventure is to choose your character from the dozen options which offer their own unique playstyles and designs. This array of options include fast moving, durable, multi-weapons and loot based modifiers to ensure all styles are accounted for while also offering great variety for those that want to try them all.

With your character selected you’ll jump into your first random world which will contain different enemies and loot. Enemies have vastly different attack patterns while weapons are equally vast. Weapons do require significant management though thanks to unlimited ammo and the ability to only hold two weapons at a single time. Players control their selected character using a WASD control scheme while the mouse is used to aim and fire your selected weapon.

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Levels are only finished once all enemies are dead which will then automatically push players to the next level at which point any character levels obtained can be spent on mutations to improve your strength. With each level you’ll be given the choice of four mutations which range from ways to gain back lost HP, improve damage with certain weapon types, slow down enemy projectiles and countless others. As these mutations are randomised you’ll have to alter your plan each game.

Nuclear Throne is impressively designed also extremely challenging, those that opt to take up this challenge will be well rewarded with a quality roguelike adventure.

Summary:

  • Large number of characters with unique abilities and playstyles.
  • Great range of weaponry which players need to manage carefully.
  • Use mutations to add powers to your character.
  • Advance through randomised levels to reach the Nuclear Throne.
  • High difficultly level means plenty of gameplay for the price.

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Nuclear Throne, 8.4 out of 10 based on 8 ratings

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