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Duke Nukem 3D

Developer: 3D Realms Publisher: FormGen Corporation
29 January 1996
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696 Ratings / 3 Reviews
#503 All-time
#12 for 1996
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1996 3D Realms FormGen  
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Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition
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1997 3D Realms MacSoft  
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XEU 5 029988 002832 SLES-00703
1997 Lobotomy Sega  
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1997 3D Realms Eurocom  
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2008 3D Realms  
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Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition
2009 3D Realms  
Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition
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Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary World Tour
2016 3D Realms Gearbox  
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Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary World Tour
2016 3D Realms Nerve  
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Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary World Tour
2020 Gearbox 3D Realms  
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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.

9/10
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darkrecollections 2020-09-03T23:07:03Z
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Are you ready for the Duke?
Duke Nukem 3d for me has always been the epitome of 90's culture excess in videogame form. You play as Duke Nukem, a character whose primary interests revolve around breasts and shooting aliens. Its one of the most revered fps of its time, but there are certain aspects of it that certainly feel dated nowadays.

Visually the game looks pretty well for its time. Obviously the texture work as been much improved since them, but the wacky character designs and the way that enemies explode when they are blasted are well done and add to the gameplay. The music is just passable, and the sound design is mostly great, which again makes shooting very satisfying. The voice acting by Duke Nukem is spot on and helps establish his persona.

The plot of the game is extremely simplistic, and only there to give you some sort of motivation. The earth has been evaded by aliens and its up to you (or duke) to save the day. The concept of you playing as duke is an interesting one considering that it shies away from the silent protagonist at the time. Duke has a very unique persona that some people will like more than others. He's crass, juvenile and manly, but i find his one liners hilarious considering the setting of the game. I definitly find him entertaining, and his presence makes Duke Nukem 3d standout more from the other fps of the time.

Gameplaywise its 90's fps level design by the blueprint. You are given big levels to explore, and you must reach the next area by searching around for hidden keys or switches. The areas are filled with enemies to shoot, and there are plenty of secrets as well. Unfortunatly this is where the game falls flat for me, and so do most of the games of its era. The shooting mechanics are fine, there are some homming on the weapons (much like the original doom did), but the sheer amount of enemies on screen never makes this too much big of an issue. There are so many rewarding weapons and the combat feels so satisfying that its a chore to spend over half of the gametime searching for hidden keys to move forward. And its not like these keys are in plain view like in doom, some are hidden in areas that would be reserved for very hidden easter eggs in other games. Thats ultimatly what makes the game so frustrating to play for me. I never finished it, but i have beaten quite a few levels in it, particularly in the first episode. As the levels go on though, the level design gets more and more convoluted, and i stop having fun when im looking for a walkthrough in such short intervals.

Edit: Added 0.5 stars just because of the new episode found in the 20th anniversary edition. Definitly elevated the game for me.
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meadowforever Duke Nukem 3D 2022-12-02T00:45:14Z
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Aarseth Duke Nukem 3D 2022-11-30T21:44:14Z
2022-11-30T21:44:14Z
4.5
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ajbrbr Duke Nukem 3D 2022-11-30T12:32:18Z
DOS • XNA
2022-11-30T12:32:18Z
3.5
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knoise Duke Nukem 3D 2022-11-28T15:48:30Z
PS4
2022-11-28T15:48:30Z
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g0fff3r Duke Nukem 3D 2022-11-26T07:45:05Z
2022-11-26T07:45:05Z
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ChuckB Duke Nukem 3D 2022-11-26T01:51:25Z
2022-11-26T01:51:25Z
4.5
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DEEPSLEEP Duke Nukem 3D 2022-11-24T17:02:12Z
2022-11-24T17:02:12Z
4.0
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ricardobertolin Duke Nukem 3D 2022-11-20T02:02:40Z
2022-11-20T02:02:40Z
3.0
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sshd Duke Nukem 3D 2022-11-17T17:41:51Z
2022-11-17T17:41:51Z
3.5
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southead Duke Nukem 3D 2022-11-16T17:59:31Z
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4.0
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Stracchino Duke Nukem 3D 2022-11-15T15:33:16Z
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pivip Duke Nukem 3D 2022-11-12T22:38:42Z
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ESRB: M
Player modes
1-8 players
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1x CD-ROM
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Cooperative , Deathmatch / FFA
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LAN, Online
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  • Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown
  • Duke Nukem 64
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  • FarioMerreira 2021-10-04 11:44:30.216206+00
    it's time to kick gum and chew ass
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  • Pegarange 2021-11-05 20:16:49.676234+00
    Needs a modernized remake with Duke quoting Vines and dabbing after each kill
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    • Regal_Throes 2022-04-18 05:32:44.194308+00
      Play World Tour episode 5 it's pretty much the same thing
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  • Randomico 2021-12-01 17:34:48.354819+00
    the best boomer shooter
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  • slib 2022-03-08 07:41:19.235139+00
    It’s time to chew ass and kick bubble gum.

    And I’m all out of gum.
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  • Arinisonfire 2022-07-27 16:01:51.201188+00
    What do you mean you lost the baby?

    Go find it.
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  • Regal_Throes 2022-09-04 00:22:20.379527+00
    My Name Is Duke Nukem And I Love To Drink Filthy Septic Tank Water
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  • TheGrindingWheel 2022-09-12 11:43:47.841955+00
    Pleasantly surprised this has a positive rating, I was expecting like a 2.9 tops.
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  • hachedoso 2022-10-15 20:11:13.735668+00
    You can criticize this game for a lot of reasons imo, but something I never see brought up its how easy it is. Compare this to any other 90's classic shooter. Quake, Doom, Blood, Shadow Warrior etc, and this game is such a breeze its not even funny. It totally kills the replayability
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