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  • Summary: Prepare yourself for the ultimate 3D Slugfest. Murderous aliens have landed in futuristic Los Angeles, and the humans suddenly find themselves atop the endangered species list. The odds are a million-to-one. Just the way Duke likes it. Dive into realistic 3D scenarios, with 28 totallyPrepare yourself for the ultimate 3D Slugfest. Murderous aliens have landed in futuristic Los Angeles, and the humans suddenly find themselves atop the endangered species list. The odds are a million-to-one. Just the way Duke likes it. Dive into realistic 3D scenarios, with 28 totally realistic levels, as you drive the sinister aliens through the streets of LA, out to an orbiting station, and onto the surface of the moon itself! An you'll be armed to the teeth with 10 hi-tech weapons. Clear crowds with the pump action Assault Shotgun, blast through enemies and walls with the Rocket Propelled Grenade, splat enemies under foot after blasting them with the Shrinker, cut through trouble with the 3-barel Ripper machine gun, set DukeMatch traps with the wall-mounted Laser Mine, watch enemies shatter after cooling them off with the Freeze Cannon, and 4 more! [FormGen] Expand
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  1. It's the ultimate game for unleashing all your pent-up aggression. It is the most astonishing game we've laid our eyes on for ages! In fact, it makes pretty much every PC game we've ever seen - "Doom" included - like slightly dull. Honestly! [July 1996, p.78]
  2. It's more inventive, and more entertaining, than "Doom." I know they've had long enough to get it right (but so have many others, who've tried and failed). [PC Zone]
  3. Where Duke really excels is it's beautiful backgrounds. The game settings are magnificently rendered. They have all kinds of animated objects built into them, and the attention to detail is terrific. Hopefully, with Duke Nukem on the scene, the days of endless identical looking corridors and rooms are finally gone for good!
  4. Alien scum in the final version of DN3D are still tricky devils ducking for cover, teleporting in and out, lying in ambush, and even laying traps in later episodes. However, the monsters are still stupid enough to walk into a tripbomb so overall intelligence isn't perfect.
  5. I couldn't stop laughing while playing this extremely enjoyable trip through what unfolds like a 1950's science fiction B-movie: Space Aliens Invade Earth for Women!...Duke Nukem has what most first-person shooters don't - character!
  6. It's rare when a game comes along that really kicks your ass. 3D Realm's full version of Duke Nukem 3D is just that kind of posterior pummeler. With its free-flowing 3D action, over-the-top weapons, and ruthlessly attitudinal protagonist, Duke Nukem will have PC gamers worldwide rubbing their rumps with spine-tingling glee.
  7. Gameplay is ultimately what we're interested in, and in this area, Duke is the king. But so what? If 3D Realms really wants to impress us, they can move beyond this type of gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. ShawnH.
    Nov 21, 2005
    10
    A classic. I can still remember some of the dialogue years later. "Shake it baby", or "Do you wanna dance?", and the classic "That's A classic. I can still remember some of the dialogue years later. "Shake it baby", or "Do you wanna dance?", and the classic "That's gotta hurt". The game featured 28 levels, and an extra 11 levels were added later. The wide open levels kept me playing for hours, especially since I was obsessed with finding every hidden area in the game. Duke Nukem and Lo Wang (from Shadow Warrier) were my two favorite characters from the 90's era. "You want to wash Wang, or you want to watch Wang wash wang?" Expand
  2. Philter137
    May 17, 2005
    10
    It's almost a decade old now, but marking Duke Nukem 3D down for it's age would be unfair. Duke Nukem 3D is a real ADVENTURE It's almost a decade old now, but marking Duke Nukem 3D down for it's age would be unfair. Duke Nukem 3D is a real ADVENTURE shooter! A huge variety of maps with a sense of contunity missing from previous First-Person Shooters. From inside a sinking submarine, to the surface of the moon, to the depths of the city sewers and - At last - a 3D game in which you could blast through walls (some) swim underwater, strap on a jetpack and fly, shrink your enemies and crush them like bugs, play pool and flush toilets. Almost everything you saw could be blown up, kicked apart or interacted with in some way - and there was always so much for you to see! Visual gags and references from movies, other computer games (Doom and Quake) and the news at the time (the "Innocent?" and "Guilty!" billboards and the TV screens with OJ simpsons bronco - all references to his trial) There were many verbal tributes to "Evil Dead" and "Aliens" and who can forget the lack of political correctness - the strippers and Pipe bombs for a start. The humour in this game set it apart from it's contemporaries. Quake had the edge in technology and multiplayer, but Duke had real humour, depth and heart. I loved every second of it. Expand
  3. May 21, 2012
    10
    The first FPS, that is "doom-like" as they used to be called, to feature such an extensive interactivity! Turn lights on or off, shrink to theThe first FPS, that is "doom-like" as they used to be called, to feature such an extensive interactivity! Turn lights on or off, shrink to the size of a mouse to go through pipes, freeze your enemies and blow them to pieces, or kick ass (you can actually high kick your enemies anytime through a hotkey) ! Expand
  4. Mar 21, 2013
    10
    Now let me tell you what's wrong with this game: It packs too much fun compare to the low standards of EA games and you get trapped for hoursNow let me tell you what's wrong with this game: It packs too much fun compare to the low standards of EA games and you get trapped for hours once you start playing. Expand
  5. Jun 19, 2012
    9
    A great old school FPS game, just as fun to play today as it was back in the 90's. Hunting for keycards, tapping walls for secret areas andA great old school FPS game, just as fun to play today as it was back in the 90's. Hunting for keycards, tapping walls for secret areas and shooting sprite-enemies with an arsenal of fancy toys is a very refreshing break from all those "realistic" modern shooters. But what really "makes" this game is the protagonist - his quips just never cease to entertain. And if the archaic controls put you off, there's an excellent mod called DukePlus, which implements keyboard and mouse controls, along with a bunch of other modernizations and fixes. So, if you ever feel like knocking some alien heads good ole 90's style, look no further. Duke 3D has what you need. Expand
  6. Dec 28, 2014
    9
    Duke Nukem 3D is a prime example, how modern FPS should be designed. The game has really nice none linear levels, there are multiple pathsDuke Nukem 3D is a prime example, how modern FPS should be designed. The game has really nice none linear levels, there are multiple paths that leads to the end. There are tons of secret places too, really worthy to find them because of the items mostly. The game has a really fun humor and it's full of adult content. The graphics are obsolete of course, but it was good for its age and there are Windows and Linux ports that allows to use HD textures and 3D models instead of sprites, also new lighting system can be added. Sounds are OK, the voice acting is great! Jon St. John did a great job to vocalize Duke. The music is good too. What about the gameplay? You run, you shoot, you kick, you collect keycards, you womanize, you kick some a$$! The gameplay is fast paced and fun. It's still fun in both single and multiplayer. There are fan-made programs that makes easier to host rooms for multiplayer and they work most of the ports.

    The difficulty level can be pretty easy and very hard. Fortunately, Duke 3D has enough options for this, so both hardcore gamers and casuals can enjoy the challenge.

    The game is highly recommended, and it's way better than many modern first person shooters. No other games are like DN3D.
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  7. Mar 15, 2015
    0
    This game would have been my already new favorite FPS if it "weren't" for the fact that it has been made FILTHY because of the strippers. It'sThis game would have been my already new favorite FPS if it "weren't" for the fact that it has been made FILTHY because of the strippers. It's a great game, but not with strippers. The ratings did not lie about its having "strong[,] sexual content". Expand

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