Blast Corps (Nintendo 64) review
How's this for a narrative hook: an automated carrier equipped with nuclear missiles have malfunctioned. Because trusting a machine to transport extremely dangerous, volatile weapons on its own makes perfect sense. Now the defective carrier is on the shortest path to the disposal site, meaning it's willing to drive through buildings; a single collision is all it takes for the missiles to go off, potentially spiraling the planet into an apocalyptic future. That's where the Blast Corps crew comes into play. A team whose original purpose was to tear down buildings and have cities reconstructed due to, as the manual puts it, "urban decay," and now they're tasked with destroying all structures in the path of this doomsday mechanism.
Nuclear winter and gentrification. Not the first two things you think of when discussing a 1990s-era Nintendo-backed title...
But make it past the bizarre story set-up and you get what its premise promises in gameplay form: an excuse to cause destructive mayhem. Get plopped into a stage and start wreaking havoc before the carrier has a chance to collide with anything, be it city landscapes or other solid structures. The first stage alone does a great job introducing the main flow and overall tone of the game, where you're placed in a bulldozer, endearingly called the RAMDOZER in-game. The moment you navigate this vehicle, you notice Blast Corps playing into its chaotic concept by letting it immediately drive around at top speeds, plowing through farm houses and other structures like it's nothing. Better yet, the Ramdozer effortlessly drifts. It's the perfect vehicle for this opening stage, because it lets you know the game, ideally, just wants you to pick up, play, and get right into the madness.
Community review by dementedhut (May 12, 2022)
Alternative header: Rock and a Hard Place
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