Blond, buff, and brazen Duke Nukem moves from side-scroller to first-person shooter with Duke Nukem 3D. The action begins in a futuristic Los Angeles, which has been decimated by an alien invasion. To save his cherished planet, Duke vows to kick some posterior and chew gum -- and he's all out of gum. What follows is a tongue-in-cheek shooter filled with offbeat weapons, cheesy one-liners, and numerous pop culture references. Over the course of three chapters and 28 levels, Duke will battle aliens and mutants on city streets, in outer space, and everywhere in between.
Belying its title, the game does not feature a true 3D graphics engine. Instead, Duke Nukem is populated with sprite-based enemies lurking throughout 2D environments designed in a way to resemble three-dimensional space. Notable features include bullet holes appearing in walls, destructible furniture, and interactive objects such as phone booths, toilets, pool tables, security cameras, and arcade games. Each level also contains secret rooms and passages waiting to be discovered.
Duke Nukem can attack enemies with one of ten weapons, or if he runs out of ammo, perform a swift kick with his mighty foot. Among the more noteworthy armaments are pipe bombs, laser-activated trip bombs, plasma cannons, shrinkers, and expanders. Shrinkers reduce enemies to a fraction of their size, while expanders inflate enemies until they explode. In addition to the single-player campaign, Duke Nukem 3D offers cooperative as well as competitive action for up to eight players. Also included with the game is a built-in editor for designing custom levels.
Aliens have landed in futuristic Los Angeles and it's up to the Duke to bring the pain and show them the door. After the initial entries of side-scrolling platform games, Duke Nukem 3D introduces a first-person perspective to the series and turns the game into a full-fledged shooter with 2.5D graphics.
Duke's arsenal includes pistols, pipe bombs, laser trip mines, Nordenfelt guns, a chain gun and various rocket launchers, but also his mighty foot to kick enemies. The game sports a high level of interactivity. Many objects in the environment can be broken or interacted with, such as pool tables, arcade machines, glass, light switches and security cameras. The protagonist is also able to hand strippers a dollars to have them remove their top.
The main character regularly delivers commentary on the events through one-liners. There are twenty-eight levels, divided over three episodes, set in locations such as streets, a church, a space station, a Japanese villa, a football field and many modern environments. Enemies mainly include aliens, mutated humans and members of the police force that have been turned into Pig Cops. Next to weapons, Duke also has access to medikits, steroids to enhance his speed, night vision, protective boots, a hologram known as the "holoduke", and a jetpack to reach higher areas. Most of the gameplay is action-oriented, but there is also an amount of puzzles needed to progress or access secret areas.
The game includes network play through the IPX protocol, for deathmatch and cooperative games.
Games like Duke Nukem 3D laid the foundations for the 3D shooter genre, eventually spawning incredible gaming experiences like the outstanding Tomb Raider, which has become so popular it's been used to promote everything from cereal to gambling in the form of online pokies - a kind of Australian slot machine based on poker. Check it out, I'm not joking! It's actually pretty good... Even though implied by it's name, Duke Nukem 3D is not really a 3D game. It's actually a 2D game, first FPS in the Duke Nukem series.
The story line implies that aliens have taken over futuristic Los Angeles, and there's only one man who can take care of them - Duke!
One of the best things about this game, which contributed to the mass success of this title, besides the variety and originality of weapons (such as the Shrinker, a piece which shrunk your enemies, and you could then step on them like they were small bugs), is the humoristic details throughout the game. Some of them are remarks made by Duke himslef (such as 'Damn, I'm looking GOOD!' when looking at a mirror), or even with monster behaviour. For example, in the first episode, when you enter the bathroom and open the door, you will encounter a monster in the middle of... taking.. hmm.. A CRAP.
Indeed an amusing contribution to the FPS genre.
Graphics and sounds are excellent, making the Duke theme a classic!
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