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Nitronic Rush is an indie racing game. It is totally free to download and is truly a new landmark in game programming. Being programmed and designed from scratch, this game has won the attention of a great amount of gamers and companies all around the world. You can download it for free on the Digipen website. Let's start reviewing this game!
When I first opened Nitronic Rush, I was welcome with some text mentioning that the game was programmed with C++ and not using any game engines. This is truly great, maybe the most amazing thing about this game because only A++ games are built with C++. Using game engines will greatly reduce performance of whatever game you will try to create. On the other hand, all greatest game titles are built with C++, but the advancement of computers have already made possible to create very interesting and advanced games using game engines. One of the clear examples is Slender. If you try to differentiate the difference between Slender and Nitronic Rush, it will be huge. Of course a lot of people with complain that it is not the same game, but this racing game is amazingly optimized.
The developers behind this game, are making a new game. From what I could see from their video explaining the new game, they were using a game engine, so it is clear that not all the developers in creating Nitronic Rush will be included in this new game. This will mean great performance slowdown and we will see when it will come out. For all of you who don't know why this happens, I will explain as easy as possible. When you create a game in C++, first of all the amount of effort will be much more than using a game engine. The engine, makes it possible to create games faster, even though you will have a ton of stuff you won't need after building the game, or better saying garbage. Meanwhile that in C++, will have all stuff created specifically for this game. Depending on which game engine being used, you won't be using C++ or pure C++, being a higher level than needed, thus greatly reducing final performance. The higher the level a programming language is, the worse the result will be.
Ok, enough history, now let's review this game! In the welcome screen, you see a Tron-like environment and a car. The developers wanted to add about the game that it is actually a racing-survival game, so you will have to die a lot during the entire stage! You have an options screen in case you want to change stuff. When starting the game you will see a flashy movement of some little polygons building up the car itself. There is all a car game could have, like movements, accelerometer, time and much more. Talking about the fantasy stuff, this is the coolest thing ever made before. The car can jump, rotate, dodge, use nitro or even fly! This is amazing and the idea was very attractive. There are also some cars to unlock, but if you play the game, you will see for yourself.
The visuals where amazing but I would not be greedy and ask why there are no real life cities because that would be dump for three guys as the entire team. Also, there is a lot to work for in creating this game and I am somewhat envious because of being created with C++, but I can tell you that this is really good. The car nitro, camera movements when dodging and flying ability, made this one of the best racing games of all times. This is one of the most anticipated games ever if you ask me because it got all features in it.
When it comes to optimization, it was amazing. I didn't see a single bug and the amount of work behind the game was huge. It is a clear winner here and I wouldn't even dare to say something bad about it! Everything worked as it should, with the exception of the update, which is not their fault after all. I don't know how they came up with such a game, seriously, it was a real piece of art and the one thing that made this game win my attention for the review, was the C++ programming which is really hard to master. The only thing I can come up with, is the collision which sometimes is a headache if you bump a lot, but this is the players fault in a way, so pay attention where you are going.
The idea was exceptional. When I first saw the video of the game I said, alright very cool game with some neat graphics, but when I saw the car fly, that was a big punch into the brain! Thinking of how much time and effort this game would need to do, is outstanding. You won't be learning stuff though, but after all, this is a racing game, where have you seen to learn new stuff in a racing game with the exception of racing gears a car is using?
Sound was interesting and it showed how awesome this game is. On top of it, the new game has already raised the funds to develop it so get prepared for the new one. I am convinced though that it won't be as huge as this one, but with some major improvements as seen on their video. For more info search distance on the internet and I am not providing a link because there is a great amount of info on numerous sites.
Overall I would ask: "Why must not have? It's free!". Well, you got the idea, so go and download this game right now. Have fun!
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