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If you're into driving simulators or first person shooters, you can't go wrong with Interstate '76: Arsenal. Now if only I can find out how to mount a chaingun on my car for when rush-hour hits...
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
One hell of a good trip. This compilation is the industry’s very best in regards to established play atmosphere, character, and soundtrack. And then, it stylishly follows all that quality up with exhilarating gameplay. Detailed car and weapon libraries serve to increase replayability, and new multiplayer options will have net-duelists ripping up highways for months. The crisp 3D accelerated graphics increase the beauty of the original title and the Nitro Pack, and while a few bugs become sources of frustration, they cannot begin to detract from the fun. This is a keeper, friends. I’ll see you on the road.
Many options are available to acquire the various versions of the game. If you already own Interstate 76, you can download the Gold edition patch from Activision's web site for free, although it is an 80 megabyte download. I-76 owners can get a rebate from Activision when they purchase the Arsenal, or you may order just the Nitro Pack directly from Activision. A nice addition to what was a great game to begin with. The accelerated graphics look good, but certain objects and smoke could have looked better. Hardware acceleration actually speeds up the framerate. The Nitro Pack contains 20 new missions - you may choose any car configuration you like, but there is no underlying storyline. Difficulty levels are a welcome addition, but you STILL can't save during a mission.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
If you've resisted INTERSTATE '76 until now, this new package is the perfect entry point, and you won't be disappointed. If you are a longtime fan looking for more, you may be satisfied, but it won't blow you away, and you should take this as a holding pattern while waiting for the real sequel later this year.
All in all, Interstate '76 Arsenal seems like a missed opportunity. So here comes a very complex recommendation: If you've never played I76, the Arsenal is a good bet; the excellent single-player campaign from the original combined with the new multiplayer options make for some really solid playing. If you're a fanatical I76 fan, you may want to pick up the Nitro Pack just to play through the eyes of some new characters, even if the lack of a campaign is a bit disappointing. But if you're somewhere in between, you should probably just keep your engine idling until a real sequel is released.
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
The I'76 Arsenal is definitely worth picking up if the game's subject matter interests you. Activision started off with an already successful game, and added in lots of the recommendations fans submitted, so how could they go wrong? No question about it, the I'76 Arsenal is a must buy this Spring, and if you didn't get enough of a taste of the funk the first time the game was available, rush out and grab a copy as soon as possible.