Here is the sentence:

Blast your way through 90's nostalgia and into the 21st century with Mr. X, who is the latest hero to join the list of our game's celebrities.

None of the following meanings given on the Free Dictionary fits the context here:

v.tr. 1. To knock down or shatter by explosion; smash. 2. To play or sound loudly: The amplifiers blasted the music. 3. a. To cause to move with great force; hurl: The volcanic eruption blasted rock far and wide. b. To make or open by explosion: blast a tunnel through the mountains. 4. a. To shoot or destroy by shooting: fighter jets trying to blast each other out of the sky. b. Sports To hit, kick, or shoot (a ball or puck) with great force. 5. To have a harmful or destructive effect on: a loss that blasted our hopes of making the playoffs. 6. To criticize or attack vigorously: blasted the mayor for hypocrisy. 7. To cause to shrivel, wither, or mature imperfectly by blast or blight: crops that were blasted by frost.

v.intr. 1. To use or detonate explosives. 2. To emit a loud, intense sound; blare: speakers blasting at full volume. 3. To discharge a weapon. especially repeatedly; shoot: blasted away at the target. 4. To attack someone or something verbally; criticize. 5. To move with great speed or power: a motorcycle blasting down the road. 6. Electronics To distort sound recording or transmission by overloading a microphone or loudspeaker. 7. To wither or shrivel or mature imperfectly.

I am wondering if the above-mentioned phrase refers to the gameplay of the app in which the player drives fast and fearlessly on roads while shooting on enemies and drones. However, I am confused as to how would it relate to nostalgia and the 21st century.

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    It's being used figuratively. As per the definitions you quoted, the nostalgia of the 90s is the target of your destruction so that you can clear a path to the 21st century. Just like you would blast your way through a bank vault door to get to the money inside. How that relates to the game itself is speculation. – Jason Bassford Nov 23 '18 at 4:13
  • The image usually being promoted is that you should grab an AR15 or AK47 and attack the object of your disdain like you were a guerilla fighter on a mission. – Hot Licks Nov 23 '18 at 4:52
  • I'd advise you to concentrate on v.tr. definition #3, specifically 3a, bearing in mind that the verb "blast" is being used with a direct object of "your way". And, yes, it's being used figuratively. – Scott Nov 27 '18 at 2:06

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