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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Duke Nukem is back in Duke Nukem Manhattan Project. New York City is being overrun by a mutant menace and it's time to de-worm the Big Apple. This 3-D action game features the politically incorrect action hero defending the city that never sleeps, and its babes, from the[Xbox Live Arcade] Duke Nukem is back in Duke Nukem Manhattan Project. New York City is being overrun by a mutant menace and it's time to de-worm the Big Apple. This 3-D action game features the politically incorrect action hero defending the city that never sleeps, and its babes, from the evil Mech Morphix across 24 levels from Chinatown to Space. A super-sized collection of weapons, enemies and bosses await. As Duke would say, “Babes, bullets, bombs. Man, I love this job!” Expand
  • Developer: 3D Realms
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, First-Person, Scrolling, Shoot-'Em-Up, Sci-Fi, Horizontal
  • # of players: 1 Player
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 8 out of 13
  1. 60
    A decent experience that really should only be played by fans of the franchise. If you jump into this expecting the next Shadow Complex you are going to be disappointed.
  2. Official Xbox Magazine
    60
    Dated gameplay and gags. [Sept 2010, p.81]
  3. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    50
    A sub-par game that hasn't aged well. [Sept 2010, p.103]
  4. Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project is going to appeal to a very niche market of gamers, mainly the ones who have found memories of playing the original Duke games, or even this 2D offshoot.
  5. 40
    Maybe if the price was halved I'd feel a little easier about the thought of people buying Manhattan Project, but at its release it's a rip-off compared what else is on the market.
  6. For it's time, Duke Nukem: Manhattan project was a pretty decent sidescroller. Eight years late, and we have a mess of mediocrity on our hands. Stay away. Very, very far away.
  7. The art style, character models and environments had the shonkiness of a shareware title at the time, so seeing them run in high definition is hardly going to help. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    10
    The Xbox Live port of Manhattan Project is exactly the same as the acclaimed PC version, it is simply a hell of a blast to play. Duke's LinesThe Xbox Live port of Manhattan Project is exactly the same as the acclaimed PC version, it is simply a hell of a blast to play. Duke's Lines will make you laugh and there's plenty of monster to slaughter. Expand
  2. Dec 31, 2011
    10
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  3. May 15, 2014
    9
    Duke Nukem makes the turn from a FPS into a 2D platformer/side-scrolling shooter surprisingly well. Don't let it's age fool you, this game canDuke Nukem makes the turn from a FPS into a 2D platformer/side-scrolling shooter surprisingly well. Don't let it's age fool you, this game can still bring plenty of enjoyment. Everything fans love about Duke's style is here. One-liners, babes, and plenty of great shooting mixed with some great platforming make this a game that any Duke Nukem fan should check out. Yeah it's got some age on it, but it is still one heck of a fun experience. It's also nice to see something different done with the series, as it proves that sometimes experimenting with a series already established gameplay style can work out if you don't sacrifice the style that made the series popular in the first place. So yes, this is indeed worth the asking price, and one that Duke Nukem fans should enjoy. Expand
  4. Aug 4, 2011
    9
    awsome and fun game for any duke fan or anyone else who thinks they would like the game a fun sidescroller with classic duke himself and allawsome and fun game for any duke fan or anyone else who thinks they would like the game a fun sidescroller with classic duke himself and all of his classic 1 liners are back dont listen to these reveiwers they dont know what there talking about Expand
  5. Jul 14, 2020
    6
    Most of the first half of the game is fun. I actually started to think this might be my favorite or one of my favorite Duke Nukem games. It'sMost of the first half of the game is fun. I actually started to think this might be my favorite or one of my favorite Duke Nukem games. It's got mostly decent controls, except sometimes not everything responds. It's not too confusing to get through the levels, which is one reason why I don't like DN3D as much, and the levels didn't take too long to get through. Then when approaching the 2nd half, it started going downhill. It started to get slightly more confusing, there started being more cheap deaths, and the levels started taking me 20+ minutes to complete. So after a while, I started getting burned out. I like that there's over 20 levels that do have some length to them, so you really get a lot of Bang for your $10, but it's not so good when it starts to feel repetitive. Also a lot of the levels start looking the same after awhile. So overall, it's okay. Expand
  6. Aug 17, 2010
    0
    It's hideous. It tears, it runs at somewhere around 10 FPS, it looks like an N64 game, the projectiles seem to appear from outside the screenIt's hideous. It tears, it runs at somewhere around 10 FPS, it looks like an N64 game, the projectiles seem to appear from outside the screen rather than from Duke, Duke controls like the Atari 2600's E.T., and the gameplay itself is completely unbearable. Even in 2002 this would have been a dud. Expand