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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Duke Nukem, the politically incorrect action hero and ultimate alien ass kicker, defends Earth and its babes from alien invasion in Duke Nukem 3D. This is the award winning game that helped define the FPS genre, introducing unparalleled interactivity, and a main character[Xbox Live Arcade] Duke Nukem, the politically incorrect action hero and ultimate alien ass kicker, defends Earth and its babes from alien invasion in Duke Nukem 3D. This is the award winning game that helped define the FPS genre, introducing unparalleled interactivity, and a main character that spoke. Take the fight to the aliens across 39 levels featuring Hollywood, Los Angeles, a moon base, and alien spacecraft. Innovative items like the Jetpack, HoloDuke, Shrink Ray, or Pipe Bombs allow you to fight the aliens in any style you want. Defeat the aliens, so Duke can get back to some R&R with a stogie, a warm belly, and a bottle of Jack. [3D Realms] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 91
    It's not for the kiddies, but if you've got 800 Marketplace points lying around, you oughta come get some.
  2. 90
    After 12 years, Duke still kicks ass. He may not be as good looking as he used to be but he continues to prove that the adage - its not the graphics that make a game great, its the gameplay - will always be true.
  3. Greatness. The one-liners and parodies are still funny, the level design is outstanding. [Nov 2008, p.64]
  4. There’s no getting away from the fact that Duke Nukem has gotten on a bit, and he’s already been around the block a few times on several other systems. Still, as a trip down memory lane or an insight into a key period of FPS development, the Live Arcade version is just about worth the admission price.
  5. Gamers that played, and liked, the original know what to do: start downloading! Duke Nukem 3D on Xbox Live Arcade is the perfect port, with no expense spared. The extra multiplayer options and the replay function even make up for the high difficulty setting.
  6. But more importantly, the developers at 3D Realms (yes, the original devs did this port instead of working on something else, ahem) added a few features to bring the experience up to date without severely affecting the core gameplay.
  7. It's a bridge between loon-o-shooters and interactive modern FPS'. That's it, though. [Christmas 2008, p.60]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    A 15 year old game that exceeds the fun that modern games provide? YES! 3D Realms shooter is absolutely fantastic in both single player andA 15 year old game that exceeds the fun that modern games provide? YES! 3D Realms shooter is absolutely fantastic in both single player and multiplayer. The single player campaign features 4 episodes with over 24 levels of intense action. Expand
  2. Feb 18, 2014
    10
    cool one liners, fun weapons and some of the best level design in FPS history, that's all a game needs to be good to me, also with the newcool one liners, fun weapons and some of the best level design in FPS history, that's all a game needs to be good to me, also with the new multiplayer game modes, its a lot of fun with friends, and its cheap. Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2011
    10
    This is everything that low brow humor stands for. Everything I could want in a first person humor as dated as it is, it's still worth everyThis is everything that low brow humor stands for. Everything I could want in a first person humor as dated as it is, it's still worth every dang penny you pay for it! Expand
  4. SamuelL
    Nov 14, 2008
    9
    As it turns out, FPS Master is the only one who believes that this is a cheesy Doom clone/rip off. Duke Nukem 3D revolutionized the FPS genre As it turns out, FPS Master is the only one who believes that this is a cheesy Doom clone/rip off. Duke Nukem 3D revolutionized the FPS genre and provided a stepladder for future FPS games. Only Quake would surpass DN3D years later. Yet, this game seems as ground-breaking on the XBOX360 as it did when it was released for the PC. Expand
  5. Jan 25, 2015
    8
    Often regarded more for it's controversial themes and sense of humor rather than for it's actual gameplay, this old-school FPS holds up veryOften regarded more for it's controversial themes and sense of humor rather than for it's actual gameplay, this old-school FPS holds up very well after all these years. It's one of the fathers of the genre and is still worth a look. There might not be anyone online in this version anymore, but that's not a problem because it's the single-player that has the real appeal here.

    Navigating the smut-filled levels is still a blast. Especially with so many great references, parodies, and one-liners. Levels often take on some goofy theme. There's always something to laugh at here. There are also some things that might offend people and I'm not talking about violence.

    Things like the game having half-naked women in it and having player go through areas like a porn shop caused a lot of controversy when the game first released. This is definitely not one for the kids. However if you can handle a little mature content then don't worry about it.

    Combat, while obviously a touch dated, still feels really good. The weapons are awesome and it's got that retro punch in the difficulty department to give it some teeth. Even playing through it with up to 8 friends (online co-op only) it can still provide a challenge on the harder difficulties. There's enough enemy variety to lead to many diverse encounters.

    There isn't much in the way of new content in this re-release. You get the 11 level (12 if you count the secret level) 4th episode from the "Atomic Edition" of the game, but the real bonus comes in the form of a system that lets you rewind upon death to any previous part of the level. It's a real life-saver. Being able to rewind just before dying at a challenging part means that there's no fear of losing progress and you can quickly test out a new strategy. It's a modern touch that makes the game all the better.

    Duke Nukem is one of the fathers to the FPS genre and his most successful adventure can still provide plenty of thrills even after all these years. The graphics might not have aged well, but the majority of the gameplay has. There are still plenty of reasons to "Hail to the King, Baby!"
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  6. Mar 2, 2013
    8
    I used to play this on 64 with a friend and thought this game was a piece of cuz I never knew how to complete a level and the graphics wereI used to play this on 64 with a friend and thought this game was a piece of cuz I never knew how to complete a level and the graphics were pretty ****ty. Now playing this game 10 years later, I realize how awesome this game is. I never knew the game was satire and supposed to be cheesy on purpose. Now I know why this game is a classic. I'm having more fun with this game than most games I do nowadays. Figuring out where to go and finding secrets is both very challenging and rewarding. I like how the levels are relatively short compared to modern games. It keeps the game fun and the feeling of progression. Expand
  7. FPSMaster
    Sep 30, 2008
    5
    By looking at these over-inflated reviews, it looks like I'm the only one that always thought this series was nothing more than a cheesy By looking at these over-inflated reviews, it looks like I'm the only one that always thought this series was nothing more than a cheesy Doom clone / rip-off. Expand

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