Duke Nukem 3D

  • Developer: 3D Realms
  • Genre: Arcade/Action
  • Originally on: Sega Genesis (1996)
  • Also known as: Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
  • Runs on PC, Windows
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Listen up punk today we are talking about Duke Nukem 3D and you better be ok with that! Sorry about that intro there, but when you are talking about Duke, you cannot help but get a little aggressive and macho. It is crazy to think that this was released on PC all the way back in 1996. It by many is regarded as the last hurrah for the sprites based first person shooter.

He Is The Duke

We kind of take Duke for granted these days, but this icon of video games got his start here. Duke is the ultimate macho dude. He is clearly inspired by all those awesome 80s action heroes and that is part of what makes him so great. The story of the game is pretty simple. There is an alien invasion and only Duke can stop it. Duke's motivations though are also scoring with chicks and pounding some beers! Duke's one-liners are a major highlight of the game for me. It really does make you laugh. The pop culture references through the game are also a ton of fun. Duke Nukem 3D is one of those games that you can clearly tell the developers were having a great time with it when they were making it.

Straight To The Point

The gameplay of Duke Nukem 3D is rather linear by today's standards, but I do not hold that against the game. Each level is kind of the same thing. You need to collect a bunch of keys and kill a ton of enemies. You would think that this would make the game get very old quite quickly. The game though is so much fun that you do not mind how linear it is. The level design is fantastic. You will visit some of Dukes favorite locations such as the XXX movie theatre and the strip club. You will also have to go to more insane places like an alien spacecraft. So, while the actual game is linear, there is so much variety and craziness to the game that you tend to not notice it as much as you would think so.

Guns, Girls, And Aliens!

Duke Nukem 3D is one of the most over the top first-person shooters of its time. Sure, the core gameplay is similar to games like Doom. Doom though does not mate the over the topness that Duke Nukem offers. The weapons are a lot of fun and all feel fantastic. While you get your standard weapons like shotguns and pistols, Duke also is able to get his hands on some pretty cool and crazy alien tech which is a lot of fun to use as well. My personal favorite weapon is the shrink ray. With this gun, you can shrink down one of those butt ugly aliens and then just stop on them. The variety of the weapons is another thing that helps make up for the more linear approach of the overall game.

Play With Friends & Make It All Up!

While this is regarded as a pretty big game for the Nintendo 64, the PC version is where it is really at. You can still play Duke Nukem 3D online with people if you are on PC and that is great! The modes may be a little limited in comparison to what a Call of Duty offers, but there is still a lot of fun to be had. While it may be more work than some of you are willing to do, Duke Nukem 3D also has a pretty dedicated modded community. So, if you are into that kind of thing and enjoy player created content. Be sure to dive into it as there are some pretty crazy Duke fans out there.

I freaking love Duke Nukem 3D! I really do think that the game is still a lot of fun to play. I do think that it is a product of its time and it clearly is not offering the same kind of experience that a 2019 first person shooter is. However, Duke Nukem 3D is an awesome time and him being so over the top, crude and just generally awesome is a reason why so many people love him to this day.

8/10

Pros:

  • This is where the Duke got his start!
  • There is a lot of variety to the levels
  • The weapons are pretty crazy
  • You can still play this online
  • The game is really over the top and fun

Cons:

  • The humor is a bit dated, but some may love that
  • The things you do are pretty much the same on every level

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System Requirements

PC compatible, SystemP-200

Systems: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game features:Duke Nukem 3D supports single modeSingle game mode

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Game Reviews

The game allows full 3D movement. You can swim and jetpack your way through levels. Levels also contain earthquakes, collapsing buildings, and subways. When you shoot aliens, blood will splat on the walls. If you shoot them with gernade launchers, their body parts will come flying off. Duke can also shoot bottles, break vending machienes.

Duke Nukem is a berk. Never invite him to a party. He'll drink all the booze, shag all the tot and blow away everyone else with his cliched jne-liners and cigar smoke. The nan is undoubtedly an arse. On the other hand, this game (based on his legendary exploits) is peachy, and now that it's on budget there is absolutely no reason not to own it.

The question is (or was): is Duke better than Quake? Well, it's certainly different. The many levels are varied and colourful, populated as they are by pigcops and go-go dancers. Original weapons, such as the shrink ray, make Quake's weapons look like the dullards they are. For the discerning multiplayer, the game, while not as satisfying as Quake, is spiced up by CCTV cameras and other objects d'art.

Bad points? Well, it's those alien scum - they're more comical than scary. OK, they're sprite based, but that's no excuse. So is this better than Quake? Nah. Just better value, especially for single players.

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