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Nuclear Throne

Dec 5, 2015 - PlayStation 4, PC, PlayStation 5

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90 / 100
9 / 10
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9 / 10
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7.5 / 10
8 / 10
Push Square
9 / 10
PlayStation Universe
9 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Nuclear Throne

Vlambeer's latest pocket of panicky delight is an intense arcade roguelike that rivals Spelunky and The Binding of Isaac.

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A crowning achievement for Vlambeer, and one of the finest action-roguelikes ever made.

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9 / 10.0

Nuclear Throne is an enjoyably tough run-and-gun with tons of energy and variety to justify hours and hours of replays.

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Another perfectly constructed neo-arcade game from the makers of Luftrausers, which perfectly marries twin stick shooters with roguelike punishment.

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While the core game can be completed by a skilled player in under an hour, plenty of roguelike randomness and challenges keep you coming back

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In the end, I have come to love and loathe Nuclear Throne. It's one of the hardest, most rewarding games I've ever played. But as satisfying as it can eventually become, I think it is far too demanding for its own good. With additional polish and balancing, this could be a masterpiece in the genre. It's not quite there yet, but it's close.

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Nuclear Throne is one of the greatest rogue-like games that we have ever played: the gunplay is very satisfying, the characters and their creative abilities are wonderfully wacky, and the entire experience has so much variety that it becomes very addictive. If you are a fan of rogue-likes or simply want an outstanding game to play, then we suggest that you let Vlambeer's latest rule over your PlayStation lands, 'cause it's definitely ruling over ours.

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Multi-layered in its sophistication while being drenched in aesthetic bombast and effortlessly entertaining, Nuclear Throne isn't just Vlambeer's finest work to date, it also happens to be the best twin-stick shooter since Helldivers; even in light of its relatively minor transgressions.

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