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Overview

The Interstate '76: Nitro Pack is a mission pack for Interstate '76 that does not require the original game in order to play. With an extended oil crisis as setup and the mid-1970s American Southwest as a backdrop, the story is a prelude of sorts to Groove Champion's quest for revenge in Interstate '76, and it follows a series of loosely related missions taking place in the years before he becomes a crime fighter, telling the stories of Jade Champion and her vigilante compatriots. The contents of these missions are very similar to that of its predecessor, mainly consisting of vehicular combat between a wide variety of highly customizable automobiles. Several new cars, weapons, and paint jobs have been added to allow further options when preparing for missions.
 

Gameplay

Though the T.R.I.P. mode does not return in the Nitro Pack, it is replaced by a significantly expanded Scenario mode, with this mode comprising the majority of the expansion's new content. Similar to Scenario mode in Interstate '76, missions can be undertaken in any order, and any vehicle and weapon load-out may be chosen beforehand. The initially available missions are split into three sets, each in the perspective of one of the game's protagonists, Taurus, Jade, or Skeeter. Once these are completed, a fourth set from the perspective of the villainous Natty Dread is unlocked. 
 
Though Interstate '76 placed a heavy emphasis on narrative, with numerous pre-rendered cutscenes before, after, and sometimes during missions, this tradition is not carried over in the expansion, with most expository information conveyed in-engine as missions begin. Furthermore, the Scenario campaign of the Nitro Pack does not contain a single cohesive narrative, opting instead for more self-contained "episodic" missions that often have very little connection to missions preceding or following them. 
 
Melee mode also returns in Interstate '76: Nitro Pack, consisting of Multi Melee (multiplayer) and Instant Melee (skirmish) modes.

Vehicles

The Nitro Pack adds fourteen new vehicles to the mix, bringing the total number of automobiles to thirty-seven. Some of these are altered versions of cars from Interstate '76, though for the most part they are entirely new. As with the original game, they are fictionalized versions of real-world cars, with their names often alluding to the cars that inspired them. 

See Interstate '76 for information regarding vehicles also featured in Interstate '76.
VehicleReal-World InspirationForward MountsRear Mounts
ABX Grappler
  • Ford M151 MUTT / Willys MB US Army Jeep
  • 1 Top
  • 1 Rear
Courcheval Hacienda
  • Chevrolet El Camino / GMC Caballero
  • 1 Front
  • 2 Top
  • 1 Rear
Dover Rampage
  • Dodge Charger
  • 1 Front
  • 1 Top
  • 2 Drop
Jefferson Limo
  • Lincoln Continental Limousine
  • 3 Front
  • 1 Top
  • None
Leopard XLC
  • Jaguar XK-E
  • 2 Front
  • 1 Drop
Moth Cargo Truck
  • International Harvester Cargostar
  • 2 Front
  • 1 Top
  • 1 Rear
Moth Loadmaster
  • International Harvester Cargostar
  • 2 Top
  • 1 Rear
  • 1 Drop
Moth Tanker Truck
  • Dodge Big Horn
  • 2 Front
  • 1 Top
  • 2 Rear
Ransom Marshal
  • Pontiac GTO
  • 1 Front
  • 1 Top
  • 2 Rear
Skeeter's Van
  • Dodge Ram Van
  • 2 Front
  • 1 Rear
  • 1 Drop
Clown Car
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • 2 Front
  • 1 Rear
Warendorf FV
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • 1 Front
  • 1 Top
  • None
Ambulance
  • Cadillac Superior Crown Royale Ambulance
  • 1 Front
  • 2 Top
  • 2 Drop
Hearse
  • Cadillac Superior Crown Royale Hearse
  • 1 Front
  • 2 Top
  • 2 Rear

Weaponry

Only a handful of new weapons are introduced in the Nitro Pack, but each one represents new combat options not offered by any of the established armaments. The Chemical Mortar, for instance, kills drivers rather than damaging their car, while equipping Caltops allows players to puncture the tires of any vehicle pursuing them.
 
See Interstate '76 for information regarding weapons also featured in Interstate '76.
WeaponClassTurret CapabilityWeight in lbs.Ammo Capacity
4Get-U-Not Missile
  • SPP Pod
  • No
  • 212
  • 8
Ball O'Flame
  • Flamethrower
  • Yes
  • 80
  • 18
Chemical Mortar
  • Mortar
  • No
  • 125
  • 3
Caltrops
  • Dropper
  • N/A
  • 21
  • 230

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