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  • Summary: Frag like it’s 1996 – this time with even more asses to kick! Join the world’s greatest action hero in Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour as he saves Earth once again, kicking alien ass and saving babes across the globe along the way.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 90
    Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour is a fantastic remaster of a true FPS classic. Doing exactly what a good remaster should, this re-release improves in many areas that needed it, while leaving in others; warts and all. The new graphics, sound, commentary, and other features are all cherries on top of what is easily the definitive version of this seminal title.
  2. Oct 11, 2016
    80
    Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour is a polished trip down memory lane of one gaming's most impactful creations. It's true to the spirit of the original while also layering in a few goodies to improve quality of life. It can be rather emotionless at times due to its age, but it serves its purpose well. Welcome back, Duke.
  3. 80
    The "charms" of Duke Nukem might not be as potent as they were in 1996, but the frenetic gameplay and clever level design make Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition a worthy celebration.
  4. Dec 16, 2016
    80
    Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour ultimately is a tweaked version of the original game with a touch of new content, though it neglects the content included in its expansion packs. It’s a bit easier to play, and the sound is vastly improved, but beyond what was already great, there isn’t too much else to offer outside of a new episode and developer commentary. The game is still fantastic and holds up very well thanks to this version of the game, which can be a hard thing to do with classic games in the same genre. It’s unfortunate that World Tour doesn’t stand on its own, but it would be a big lie to say that I didn’t enjoy playing through it.
  5. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2017
    80
    It’s not just a game. It’s a wonderful journey to the past that revives beautiful memories. [13/2016, p.57]
  6. Oct 22, 2016
    70
    The real saving grace, however, is the developer commentary and the new maps, which despite some inconsistent design bring some rather well designed levels in to the mix, and the new lick of paint doesn’t hurt either. It reminds me of the recent new maps by John Romero and how old veterans coming back to their work is a good thing. Despite some minor issues, and some rather low blows by Gearbox, I’d say this is a fine new outing for old man Duke.
  7. Oct 12, 2016
    50
    Even though I wanted to love Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour, if even just to dig into the nostalgia evoked by replaying a game that absorbed a lot of my spare time in 1996, the only emotion aroused was a sense of amazement at just how far shooters have come in terms of graphics, immersion, and level design in 20 years. The Duke may forever be the king, but he's the king of 1996, and his game is so set in a particular time and place that it should probably be left there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Oct 12, 2016
    10
    Glorious return of the king! World Tour is a groovy game all around, the new episode Alien World Order is incredibly well done. Blum andGlorious return of the king! World Tour is a groovy game all around, the new episode Alien World Order is incredibly well done. Blum and Levelord are better than ever, these maps are what gaming is all about. Fun, immersive, like a playground to kill aliens in. Great variety from the famous city maps style to larger more elaborate ones like Egypt or a Greek Arena.

    Gunplay is fun as ever, doing the shotgun shimmy, the new Incinerator is fun too (if messy, leaves lava everywhere)! The new music by legend Lee Jackson is very cool by the way, has a John Carpenter vibe to it. Duke Match is great as ever, and the Workshop is starting to get going. Countless great user maps out there.

    On the remastering, I really dig the new renderer, the lighting adds a new sheen of quality (lighting done by Blum and Levelord), ambient occlusion is cool too. Framerate is butter smooth, Jon St. John's new Dukeisms are superb, some of the sounds like the pistol are a bit muffled but not distractingly so. In general this port looks great, plays great, could patch in a few more options, no complaints here. All around a great game here.

    Duke is back! New episode is the best thing going, every FPS dev should study these masters showing how it's done. Let's rock!
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  2. Aug 1, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Duke Nukem Anniversary World Tour, thanks the remake game. The best game ever. Expand
  3. Jul 12, 2022
    8
    A classic from the 1990's with fast, explosive action, lots of silly one-liners, and hidden Easter eggs referring to pop culture. The newA classic from the 1990's with fast, explosive action, lots of silly one-liners, and hidden Easter eggs referring to pop culture. The new episode is quite good as well, despite being created with circa-1996 technology. Nevertheless, Duke 3D could have been better if the enemies were faster and if it weren't so easy to accidentally blow yourself up or occasionally get yourself squashed in a doorway or elevator. If you play it nowadays, you can try the EDUKE32 source port plus the HRP (high resolution pack) for a more 3D experience with sharper image quality. Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2016
    4
    Really sad about this product. The online Multiplayer is just not working. For lots of friends, other players an myself included it's notReally sad about this product. The online Multiplayer is just not working. For lots of friends, other players an myself included it's not possible to Play Coop/DukeMatch for more than a Minute or even start a Game. You get kicked out of any Game or Enemies an other Players just lose any connection to Duke Nukem Online service.
    Another big problem is that you immediately Run, when you go (slow) forward and look around. Can't unterstand that issue. Do the Producers have even play that Game before selling it ???
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  5. Mar 31, 2017
    3
    Well this is very disappointing for certain. Duke 3D original was a masterpiece, but this here totally feeds off it without adding anythingWell this is very disappointing for certain. Duke 3D original was a masterpiece, but this here totally feeds off it without adding anything new that's worthy. The one new gun, is way, way too powerful and totally uninspired. The new enemy is a bizarre idea, that uses the same sound as previous enemies, and is incredibly confusing and frustrating to fight against. The levels are too spacious and often feel totally vacant and fake, nothing like the soul that inhabited every level of the original.

    On the plus side, there's a bit more "professional" Duke to be played, soundtrack is pretty good, I like the mini boss idea, and the chronological play-history thing is very efficient and practical (no more save-load redundant reflex).
    They basically milked it big time and counted on the brilliance of the original to sell this one easy.
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  6. Aug 15, 2019
    0
    absolutely hacky remake of duke nukem 3D practically didn’t add anything new except for the 5 episode, well, even a little chew pulled up theabsolutely hacky remake of duke nukem 3D practically didn’t add anything new except for the 5 episode, well, even a little chew pulled up the schedule and so I put the hack 0/10 Expand
  7. Jun 21, 2020
    0
    bring back megaton, randy, no one wants to play your crappy port with missing campaigns

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