Review by Blackjack4x

"Doom with an attitude"

We all remember Duke Nukem, the side scrolling action hero. Duke's first "3D" game was Duke Nukem 3D, and it followed in the footsteps of Doom and was also released around the same time as Quake, a rival first person shooter that created a healthy war between the two for the right to be called the best game of this type. They took two very different approaches. Quake used dark settings, grim atmospheres, really evil looking baddies and little humor or attitude, and it was pretty successful. Duke 3D was also pretty successful, but with a different approach: Duke was always cracking jokes and bragging, the huge assortment of weapons contained some comical ones, and the levels were mostly brighter than Quake and full of nice touches, like strippers and toilets that flushed. Duke blasts his way through many levels of first person action, and the concept is simple: destroy as many enemies along the way with your large arsenal of weapons, which include shrink guns to shrink your opponent and then step on them, a freeze gun that freezes them and then lets you shatter them and laser tripwires, that extend the length of the room and detonate on anyone who happens to touch them. A multiplayer deathmatch mode is available as well, and gets pretty frantic because of the large levels, variety of weapons and the ability to create your own MAPs, which basically means you make your own levels.

Graphics: 7/10

Lots of nice touches, and the backgrounds are full of detail. As well, you can interact with much of what you see. However, they seem dated today, and they are.

Sound: 7/10

Duke spews threats and brags about himself, and cracks the occassional joke, none of which are very funny, but are still a nice addition. The sound effects are pretty good.

Gameplay: 7/10

Duke runs, ducks, and shoots any one of his large variety of weapons. This is pulled off pretty easy and the controls respond well. There's a fair variety of enemies and levels also. All the graphical touches are a nice addition. For the one player mode, and especially in deathmatch mode, the weapons are the game's bright point. There's nothing better than watching someone walk into a room filled with laser tripwires all over the place. Freezing or shrinking people is also pretty fun. The ability to make your own levels, even though it's mandatory in first person shooters today, is still a welcome addition.

Replay: 8/10

Most of these points come from the weapons and the multiplayer. The one player mode isn't much to play again, but the ability to custom design your own levels is a huge addition.

Overall: 7/10

A decent first person shooter, with more attitude and flair than many out today. However, there are better first person shooters out there. Still, this game is pretty cheap now and still some fun, so take a look.


Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 11/01/99


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