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Duke Nukem 3D

Developer: 3D Realms Publisher: FormGen Corporation
29 January 1996
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#611 All-time
#14 for 1996
Those alien bastards ruined Duke Nukem's vacation, and now they're gonna pay!
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2016 3D Realms Gearbox  
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2020 Gearbox 3D Realms  
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Talk about a video game relic. Understanding Duke Nukem’s rampant popularity in the brief window of time where he was a bonafide video game celebrity was kind of a “you had to be there” type of scenario. Along with Pogs and Pauly Shore, Duke Nukem is now stamped into the era-defining pop culture staples of the mid/late 1990s that could not escape beyond the years of their initial relevance. For those who were sentient at that momentary period or are scholarly video game historians, we know that Duke Nukem’s legacy is synonymous with the vestigial early period of the burgeoning first-person shooter genre.
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With all of the different fps games coming out of shareware, this game does an amazing job at standing out from the competition thanks to its quirky sense of humour as well as the unique ideas it has with its enemies and weapons.

If there was a bad quality to this game, it's that you can tell it was made in the 90s due to its reliance on pop culture references of the day, well that and the premise of this super machismo action hero being the only hope for the female population maybe rubbing certain people the wrong way. The latter is so tongue in cheek that I struggle how any rational person could find it offensive, however there are irrational people in this world, so I do feel obligated in pointing this out. Moving onto the gameplay, it's top notch as there are a ton of mechanics to spice up the fps formula of the day from the ability to shrink in order to reach different areas to the ability to fly on a jet pack which encourages creative level design. Said level design is great as we have duke exploring L.A as it's overrun by the alien invasion who of course turn the lapd into pigs as a social commentary of how useless they've always been. The weapons are all awesome as in addition to the usual barrage of pistols and shotguns we have a shrink ray, a flame thrower and a freeze ray among our arsenals. As this is a shareware game, the power ups are also creative as they include a jet pack, a hologram (which is admittedly useless) and scuba gear to encourage underwater level design. Oh yeah, this game has underwater segments similar to quake, these are quite good thanks to the scuba gear. The aliens are that combination of scary and hilarious thanks to their design, one final touch the game has in its flawless experience.

It's remained a classic for a reason, even with the bad reputation it's 2011 reboot gas given the franchise, it’s a game that's stood the test of time.
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Duke Nukem 3D - Nintendo Switch
If Duke was real, he'd always bring the really shitty weed that smells like cat piss to the party. Yeah, as a fan of classic shooters, this didn't really do it for me. It's just filled with kind of bullshit beginners traps.
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One of my all-time favourite wastes of time. From beginning to end, it's a maniac hoot of an experience, politically incorrect, fast and loose and most importantly, fun. Played it solo, and played it co-operatively over a modem (remember them?) with other people I knew from a BBS (remember them?). Running through this game with another person is probably the better way to play this, but I imagine most folks who delve into this 90's gem will be flying solo. Wisecracks, challenging boss fights, in-jokes, disses at competing products (that's one Doomed space marine!) abound.

And it's a Build engine game. Level design-wise, Blood had DN3 beat, but this game tops that one for sheer visceral enjoyment. No, they do not make them like this any more.
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It's censored and the controls make it brutally hard at times, even on the easiest difficulty setting, but at least we got Duke on the N64. It is, in fact, a great port; it runs and plays well and comes complete with a campaign co-op mode and four-player deathmatch. The design and interactive detail in every level is still impressive, and the game remains one of the most character- and personality-packed shooters of all-time.
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the base game is pretty much god tier, all 4 episodes with almost every single level being memorable and really exciting to explore. tons of funny easter eggs and secrets, really impactful unique weapons, awesome oldschool detailed graphics, great FPS mechanics / inventory system, keycard hunting, amazing SFX and music. the game is just a legend. my only small gripe is episode 2 is my least favorite because of the space setting, but its still cool.

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ESRB: M
Player modes
1-8 players
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1x CD-ROM
Multiplayer modes
Cooperative , Deathmatch / FFA
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LAN, Online
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  • Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown
  • Duke Nukem 64
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  • Kittyhat 2023-11-30 23:41:53.781435+00
    this is fun at a core level and aesthetically iconic and all but most of these levels fucking suck
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  • cryospelledwrong 2023-12-06 17:04:23.831695+00
    It's time to kick gum and chew ass
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  • zeroneightwone 2023-12-23 11:03:32.271964+00
    not sure if it's my poor map navigation skills but this game has some of the most confusing level design i've seen in a while
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    • RyanTheDrummer1 2024-04-20 08:36:10.983817+00
      I agree it's a bit confusing. I've already had to look up a guide multiple times and I'm only through the first episode
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  • alunet 2023-12-30 00:53:24.805984+00
    those alien bastards are gonna pay for blowing my ass
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  • wheelchair_balls 2024-03-06 13:53:59.130051+00
    damn I'm shit
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  • kendricco 2024-05-08 01:40:48.939775+00
    greatest himbo in gaming
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  • Dustz 2024-05-25 10:37:46.02188+00
    It's me or the game gets better as you keep playing? It feels like the developers were learning about level design on the march. The first episode is full of confusing layouts and campers, but I've found myself checking guides less and less the more I played it. By episode 3 I've only needed help once.
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  • Erockthestrange 2024-05-27 03:15:03.587443+00
    This game is exactly one day older than me
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