Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. It's nice to see Duke again, and even nicer to have a great modern platform game. [Sept 2002, p.84]
  2. Sunstorm has done a great job in varying the environments (from city rooftop to sewers to subways to space) to provide fresh visuals and interesting battlefields, and successfully integrated different styles of game play to make it more than a simple run and gun where you just plow down wave after wave of enemy.
  3. 83
    A staple of Duke 3D was the game's humor, and it often made references to other games or movies. Manhattan Project does well continuing this tradition.
  4. An entertaining (yet short-lived) experience... a fun throwback to platform games. [21 June 2002, p.87]
  5. The final battle isn’t a huge deal, and the ending isn’t spectacular, but it’s one hell of a ride to get there.
  6. Every visual facet about the game is brimming with life, textures are crisp and colorful, shadows reflect accurately, weapons look very cool, and of course Duke himself has never looked better.
  7. It's a short ride but as Duke himself says, "it's all bullets, babes and bombs," and no self-respecting Duke Nukem fan could say no to that.
  8. The story is the usual… bad guy taking over world and you have to save the planet... blah blah. Lucky there are plenty of scantily clad girls with disproportionate chests waiting for you to "unlock them".
  9. What can be more satisfying than moving around through perilous levels, rescuing big-boobed babes in distress? I'm sorry to say though, that the whole Duke-visiting-the-Big-Apple experience looses its charm because the game's not very long.
  10. A great game with cool visuals and sound, terrifically fun action and classic Duke Nukem attitude blazing from the gun barrels.
  11. Given the type of game they set out to make, it's hard to see how they could have made it any better.
  12. A surprisingly solid game. The richly detailed, unique level design will surprise you if you have preconceived notions of side-scrollers. [Sept 2002, p.90]
  13. And it's gorgeous too; no, it's f-----g beautiful. With everything cranked on (1024x768, 32-bit textures, and trillinear filtering), it's downright sinful. [Aug 2002, p.66]
  14. Occasionally frustrating, but when it's good, it's very, very good.
  15. With a level editor included in addition to a long, challenging single player story line this game is definitely one to check out.
  16. 77
    In being extremely straightforward, simple, and without complex underlying gameplay mechanisms or engrossing plot developments (aside from masculine quips that might as well say, "I like boobies"), Duke still appeals.
  17. The designers did a good job of capturing Duke's persona, and he makes his way through the game with his signature one-liners. However, the biggest question is the game's staying power.
  18. A slap of pain tand an extra dimension can't hide the threadbare plot and archaic gameplay mechanics lurking beneath the surface. [July 2002, p.68]
  19. It’s fun but, existing in the half-world between dimensions, it fails to satisfy either the lust for old fashioned action or the flexibility of the modern gamer.
  20. Occasional monotony aside, however, Duke Nukem: MP is still a very fun game while it lasts - and the price absolutely cannot be beat.
  21. 62
    Even with antiquated graphics and poor audio, the game was really a blast to play.
  22. Sadly, the ego is about the only somewhat original idea present in Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project. The stages reek of incredibly generic design. Is there an icy stage? Check! A level in a sewer? Plenty of them! A level in space, an abandoned factory and some underground lairs? Check, check and check.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. LolaL.
    Jul 10, 2007
    9
    This game is awesome! i love how its so interesting and exciting. However there has been games that were much beter. Especialy the Secret of This game is awesome! i love how its so interesting and exciting. However there has been games that were much beter. Especialy the Secret of the old clock and the mask one. tHey had more interesting puzzles and story line. Full Review »
  2. ZiggyStardust
    Aug 13, 2002
    7
    It's basically the original duke games except with good graphics and sound. anyone who's a fan of those old games would likely beIt's basically the original duke games except with good graphics and sound. anyone who's a fan of those old games would likely be quite happy with this one. it's fairly classic gameplay. my favorite thing is how duke nukem talks smack every time he does something. it's quite varied and pretty funny. Full Review »
  3. Mar 9, 2012
    7
    Another good Duke Nukem game. This is more like a remastered version of Duke Nukem 1 and 2, but this isn't a bad thing. This really fun,Another good Duke Nukem game. This is more like a remastered version of Duke Nukem 1 and 2, but this isn't a bad thing. This really fun, although not as good as the originals. It deserves a play, so get off XBLA if you have some MS points to spare. Full Review »