How do you play retro games?

Duke Nukem 3D

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox 360
81
3.6
PlayStation
74
3.3
DOS
89
4.1

User Reviews

Shake it, baby!! DOS אולג 小奥 (168715)
The Most Original and Fun FPS Yet DOS Halmanator (584)
The first game that can be legitimately called a Doom killer DOS Maw (849)
Parallel to Quake - and pretty much the last good 2.5D game. DOS Quackbal (47)
I want to be like Duke when I grow up. DOS Zovni (9360)
The best damned 2.5D shooter out there. DOS Andy Voss (1636)
Memorable and innovative: the second great FPS DOS Chris Wright (99)
The last great 2.5D game. DOS Smackmud (5)
Possibly the only 2.5D classic to nearly overtake Doom DOS Brandon Lade (4)
The most fun FPS game to play DOS Medicine Man (367)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Android 2 4.2
BlackBerry Awaiting 1 votes...
DOS 220 4.1
iPad 1 5.0
iPhone 3 3.9
PlayStation 28 3.3
SEGA Saturn 17 3.6
Xbox 360 13 3.6
Combined MobyScore 284 4.0


The Press Says

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
100
DOSThe DOS Spirit
Jeg kan nesten ikke signere denne omtalen før jeg har gitt mitt eget subjektive synspunkt på spillet. Da jeg var 14, var det mange av sleivsparkene og referansene i spillet som gikk meg hus forbi da. I dag, 15 år senere, er det mye mer som gir mening, og jeg må nesten erkjenne at spillet gir meg en enda bedre ettersmak i dag enn det gav meg som kvisete fjortiss. Det er sjelden at jeg finner spill som virkelig ikke slutter å overraske og gi meg feelingen av å sitte med et av tidenes mest misforståtte dataspill. Jeg kan på det varmeste anbefale spillet til folk av alle aldre, men jeg tror at aller mest vil dere som vokste opp på 70- og 80-tallet ha mest utbytte av de skjulte referansene og harseleringen med samtidskultur. Som 14-åring ville jeg sagt at spillet kvalifiserer til terningkast 6. I dag må jeg dessverre vedgå med stor skuffelse at det er synd at vi ikke har funnet opp den 7de siden på terningen, for dette spillet fortjener virkelig 7 av 6 mulige poeng.
100
DOSTechtite
Indeed, the title character Duke Nukem --an amalgam of the typical invincible, deep voiced, action film tough guy-- seemed too sexist at times, as did the whole game. However, fans of similarly macho action movies found a lot to like here. As long as you didn't take the game too seriously, the whole game truly was a lot of fun. In fact, this is one of many late 1990's games which would have made it onto Techtite's list of Top 50 Game Classics, if not for 1995 being the cut off date chosen for the term "classic" in gaming. This is a game that even exceeded the original game it "cloned"...and that is hardly easy!
100
DOSJust Games Retro
It’s quite a legacy, and Duke as a game is certainly good enough to live up to it. I’m sure plenty of modern gamers aren’t going to be able to get over the 2D sprites and very wonky view warping when looking up or down (hell, even the industry abandoned all this when Quake came out just six months later – as evidenced by Shadow Warrior’s poor commercial performance). I say they’re missing out on a fun time and a creative campaign. There still aren’t many shooters, even today, that put this level of interaction, detail, and care into their levels. When Duke came out, the cover of PC Gamer proclaimed that Duke was finally a “Doom killer.” Over a decade later, we can look back and agree definitively that yes, yes it was. Hail to the King, baby.
100
DOSElectric Playground
With solid support on the TEN network, the level editor (a fantastic feature which Roger will cover) and an already strong following the debate will rage for some time as to which title (Duke or Quake) will grab the highest honours this year. My early bet is on Duke as it is just too much fun in one package to beat. I simply have not had this much digital fun in all my years of gaming and may not for some time. But then again Tie Fighter vs. X-Wing hasn't been released yet. Duke Nukem 3D is and should be considered an all time classic in the world of video gaming. It certainly hasn't broken any new ground but it has pulled from the best aspects of Doom, Descent, Marathon and Dark Forces to become the very best of its kind. Not bad for a guy who started his career as a rather pathetic 2D platformer.
100
SEGA SaturnDigital Extremes
It just doesn't get a whole lot better than this. I've been told that Saturn Duke is actually superior to the upcoming PSX and N64 versions. I can't say if this is true or not, but I will say that it is believable - as Saturn Duke really is that good. If you have a Netlink - you would have to be a complete idiot not to get this game. If you don't have a Netlink - this is the best reason to get one. Duke Nukem 3D is simply an essential Saturn purchase. (It also has me hungry for Quake, Lobotomy's next Saturn title).
100
DOSGamePro (US)
Replete with everything parents and congressmen love to hate, Duke Nukem 3D is first-person gaming at its ultimate. Violence, sex, humor, originality and more long-term fun that you can shake a double-barreled shotgun at.
100
DOSHigh Score
Duke Nukem 3D kräver en snabb dator, en 486 66:a är ett absolut minimum, men på rätt maskin är det här ett suveränt spel.
98
DOSElectric Games
The gameplay is a lot of fun. Most games of this genre have simply been the run around and shoot things type, and Duke is no exception. However, this game has an exceptional quality - fun! It's just more fun than most others of it's kind. It's the little things, like seeing yourself in a mirror, finding an alien on the toilet, or tipping the strippers, that sort of thing. It all comes together seamlessly to make a superb game. Bottom Line: 3D action with an edge. Humour, weapons, and lots of little extras make this more than worthwhile. Highest recommendation.
94
PlayStationPlayer One
Moins beau que la version Saturn, Duke Nukem sur PlayStation se rattrape avec son mode Deux joueurs en réseau.
94
DOSPC Player (Denmark)
Længe har id Software med DOOM været den overlegne enehersker, men nu er en ny stjerne født! 3D Realms har med Duke Nukem 3D vundet den lange kamp med et pletskud, og har dermed også markeret ægtheden af et rigtigt 3D-spil! Fra nu vil man ikke længere sammenligne denne type spil med DOOM, men med Duke Nukem 3D — køb det nu!
94
DOSPelit
Duke Nukem 3D:n shareware-versio onnistui todella yllättämään. Paitsi, että se tiristi jotain uutta kuoliaaksi kopioidusta Doom-genrestä, se myös tyrkkäsi itse herra Doomin valtaistuimeltaan.
93
DOSPC Zone
I honestly think Duke is more than value for money. It's more inventive, and more entertaining, than Doom. I know they've had long enough to get it right (but so have many others, who've tried and failed), and I know that with Quake about to hit us, things have moved on in the meantime. Someone in the office said that this looks like a cartoon, and Quake looks real. This is also true, but that doesn't mean that this isn't a great game in its own right. We like it a lot. If Apogee don't make much money on it, they'll only have themselves to blame. They've timed its release really badly: it should have been out six months ago. But it's still good.
92
SEGA SaturnHobby Consolas
El grado de interacción y realismo conseguido en este juego y la inacabable acción lo convierten en el mejor "shoot 'em up" subjetivo del momento. No obstante, la pixelación de objetos y escenarios lo coloca en este aspecto algo por debajo de su más directo competidor, «Exhumed», al que sin embargo supera en acción y realización. En «Duke Nukem 3D» podemos, además, explorar hasta el último rincón del mapeado en busca de nuevas sorpresas y resolviendo los numerosos puzzles que nos cierran el camino a otros niveles. La contundencia de algunas armas y la inclusión de escenas eróticas lo hace, por otra parte, merecedor del calificativo de "juego para adultos".
91
SEGA SaturnJoypad
Duke représente le Doom-like le plus achevé sur console autant que sur micro (le récent Shadow Warrior ne peut rivaliser). Tous les ingrédients d'un bon jeu s'y trouvent. Avec une excellente réalisation, Duke s'en tire avec tous les honneurs sur Saturn.
91
Xbox 3601UP
If there's a weakness here, it's that the game doesn't fill up your whole TV screen -- it's sized within two static "border" graphics. This is probably a holdover from the computer monitor aspect ratio the game was originally designed for, and it sucks that 360 players need to sacrifice a considerable amount of their screen real estate to wallpaper. Other than that, there's not much to dislike about Duke. It's not for the kiddies, but if you've got 800 Marketplace points lying around, you oughta come get some.
91
DOSGame Revolution
Duke Nukem is not really revolutionary, but it is very good game. The well known (by now) first-person format lends itself well to Duke, and the game sucks you right in. Even more fun are networked games where you get to blow away your friends. The thing that bothers me most about this game is the inevitable 'Duke Nukem Movie'. All this publicity is bound to become more personally irritating to me than anything since 'The Dukes of Hazzard'.
90
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
But, having said all that, DUKE is absolute fun. It's great deconstructing the alien aggressors into component eyeballs, teeth and limbs while listening to Duke's throaty bon mots. DUKE'S environment isn't the most compelling 3D world I've seen, but it is the most fully realized: densely populated with things to discover, things to interact with and things to blow to hell. Yeah, the juvenile humor gets thin after awhile, but it gives the game attitude and personality. There certainly is room for improvement in DUKE, but the environment is right and the gameplay is fun. So maybe next time, we'll get a game that aims a little higher. Until then, I'll be shattering some aliens with my boot and the trusty ol' Freezethrower.
90
SEGA SaturnAll Game Guide
Packed full of action, violence, and snappy one-liners, Duke Nukem 3D is a brilliant addition to any Saturn gamer's library, and is probably one of the best console ports ever released.
90
SEGA SaturnElectric Playground
Duke Nukem has quite a history on the PC, it was only this past fall that console gamers got a taste of this wisecracking, alien toasting, bundle of machismo. I think this may be the best of the console conversions. The SFX are familiar as well (although he doesn't pee when he's in the bathrooms anymore). Control is where Duke really shines; the analog control is most excellent, far above the PSX version's. The levels are still large, well designed and plentiful. No need to go to split screen to experience multiplayer, although you need a Net Link to engage in battle.It's not a perfect conversion, however it's Duke Nukem the way it was created with a certain corrupt morality.
90
DOSFileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Political incorrectness aside (chicks), Duke Nukem 3D has to rank in the top echelon of first-person shooters due to its overwhelming fun factor. Duke is riding high in the saddle and deservedly so. Now where did I put that rocket launcher - it's time to rock and roll, baby!
90
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
What Duke Nukem 3D lacks in relevance it makes up for with the same solid, reliable formula that converted so many first person shooter fans, in the early nineties. How well this game has aged is truly a testament to the series. It’s only regrettable that we may never get a true sequel to one of the most iconic entries in gaming history. Hail to the king, baby.
90
Xbox 360FZ
Duke Nukem 3D är bland de mest actionpackade, hysteriskt intensiva och roligaste FPS som går att uppleva från den gamla skolans skjutaspel. Jag spelade aldrig mot kompisar på PC, utan mina minnen från att sprätta vänner med RPG är med linkade Playstations och fyra kontroller till Nintendo 64. Det är förvånande roligt att bara spela en mot en på grund av Jetpacks och fällor. Det är kanske inte lika revolutionerande som Doom, inte lika snyggt eller lika bra i multiplayer som Quake, men det är originellt nog för att man utan vidare kan vänta tio år på en uppföljare. Visst är det nostalgi, men nostalgin räcker bara tillräckligt långt för att få dig att börja spela. Det är Duke Nukem 3D:s råa, otämjda energi som får dig att fortsätta.
90
Xbox 360GamePro (US)
Still, after 12 years, Duke still kicks ass. He may not be as good looking as he used to be but he continues to prove that the adage - its not the graphics that make a game great, its the gameplay - will always be true.
90
DOSFZ
Duke Nukem 3D är bland de mest actionpackade, hysteriskt intensiva och roligaste FPS som går att uppleva från den gamla skolans skjutaspel. Jag spelade aldrig mot kompisar på PC, utan mina minnen från att sprätta vänner med RPG är med linkade Playstations och fyra kontroller till Nintendo 64. Det är förvånande roligt att bara spela en mot en på grund av Jetpacks och fällor. Det är kanske inte lika revolutionerande som Doom, inte lika snyggt eller lika bra i multiplayer som Quake, men det är originellt nog för att man utan vidare kan vänta tio år på en uppföljare. Visst är det nostalgi, men nostalgin räcker bara tillräckligt långt för att få dig att börja spela. Det är Duke Nukem 3D:s råa, otämjda energi som får dig att fortsätta.
90
DOSAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Duke Nukem 3D is worth the download time to try at the very least and worth buying when you find you like it. Duke Nukem 3D's only major weakness is that there are only about 9 different alien creatures in it but you'll hardly notice with the various locations and vast maps you have to explore. If you've played the shareware game then I strongly urge you to buy the full game, you won't be disappointed!
89
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
Aside from the graphical disappointment Duke Nukem plays very well. There are ample levels of which some are huge sprawling areas. I haven't completed the entire game as yet but I'm sure that I will. However, I cannot see myself returning to discover all of the secret areas (which I did with Doom). The inclusion of link-up mode will ensure the games lastability.
89
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Duke Nukem 3D ist ein Muß für jeden eingefleischten Actionfan. Die fast schon revolutionäre Grafik und die vielen kleinen Gimmicks fesseln stundenlang an den Bildschirm. Lediglich die etwas komplizierte Steuerung und die nur latent vorhandene Story lassen sich als Kritikpunkte anführen. Wer sich bislang mit diesem Genre nur wenig anfreunden konnte, sollte trotzdem einen Blick riskieren.
88
DOSGameSpot
It's rare when a game comes along that really kicks your ass. 3D Realm's full version of Duke Nukem 3D is just that kind of posterior pummeler. With its free-flowing 3D action, over-the-top weapons, and ruthlessly attitudinal protagonist, Duke Nukem will have PC gamers worldwide rubbing their rumps with spine-tingling glee. Prepare to take off your thinking cap and immerse yourself in a world of violent bliss. The ballots have been cast and the verdict has arrived: The Duke is A-#1.
86
DOSPower Play
Hail to the King: „Duke Nukem“ spielt sich in der Vollversion so genial wie die erste Shareware-Episode. Speziell das Leveldesign überzeugt: Jede Map sieht anders aus, ohne daß der rote Faden verloren geht, ständig gibt es „Aha“-Erlebnisse, Überraschungen und Gags. Die sind zwar schamlos aus verschiedenen Spielen und Filmen geklaut, aber was soll's: Das Programm ist keine Innovationskanone, sondern mixt geschickt das Beste aus allen Action-Welten. DN3D ist der erst 3D-Titel seit längerem, der mit alleine vor dem Rechner wesentlich mehr Spaß macht als im Netzwerk, denn vom Multiplayer-Modus bin ich leicht enttäuscht.
85
Xbox 360XboxFrance
Avec l'intégralité des niveaux de jeu du Duke Nukem 3D originel plus encore une poignée d'inédits et un mode multi en ligne développé rien que pour l'occasion, la durée de vie de ce DN 3D version Xbox Live Arcade dépasse largement nos espérances. Avec des graphismes, une bande son et un personnage aussi charismatique, le soft immerge le joueur dans une atmosphère unique et particulière. A posséder pour tout fan du genre, et à acquérir pour tout nouvel arrivant qui s'intéresse de près ou de loin à l'univers Duke Nukem !
85
DOSJeuxvideo.com
« Come get some ! ». Depuis sa sortie en 1995, Duke Nukem 3D siège fièrement au panthéon des jeux vidéo. Et on comprend pourquoi. Brillant mélange d'humour noir, d'action et d'horreur, il reste incontestablement le plus beau bijou créé par 3DRealms. Un titre que tous les amateurs de jeux de tir subjectif se doivent de posséder.
85
Xbox 360IGN
Duke Nukem 3D is yet another classic release that makes a wonderful conversion onto Xbox Live Arcade. Some might be put off by its convoluted, old school level design and predictably unattractive appearance, but there’s no doubt that it’s one of the fathers of the most popular genre in our industry. Toss in the new age additions like online co-op and a replay editor and most will find this to be more than a simple trip down memory lane.
85
Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
Nevertheless, these niggles don’t keep Duke from greatness. The one-liners and parodies are still funny, the level design is outstanding (including secrets-aplenty on each map), the inventory items are genius (here’s looking at you, jetpack and HoloDuke), and the weapon stash — notably the pipebombs and Shrinker — remains one of the genre’s most unique and fun to wield…
85
Xbox 360Meristation
Duke Nukem 3D es un revival en toda regla, un relanzamiento en Xbox 360 de uno de los clásicos del género y además uno de los FPS más divertidos que existen. Su cuidado diseño de niveles y el hecho de que haya que explorarlos al 100% para avanzar le da además bastante frescura, algo que se ve arropado por el carisma de Duke Nukem. Las novedades están bien implementadas, por otra parte: modo multijugador, cooperativo y la posibilidad de revivir en cualquier momento, convierten el juego en algo más accesible para iniciados. Todo un clásico que además llega a un precio de lo más razonable: 800 MP.
82
DOSShooterplanet
Duke Nukem 3d's Stärken liegen ganz klar in den Waffen, den ersten Levels und v.a den coolen Sprüchen. Aus heutiger Sicht ist es komplett veraltet - es stören v.a. die Sprites und die Tatsache, dass man es ohne Port nicht unter Windows XP spielen kann. Wer allerdings das Spiel mit dem High. Res. Pack spielt, kann auch heute noch Spaß daran haben. Mit diesem Spiel landete 3D Realms Entertainment seinezeit einen der größten Hits.
81
Xbox 360GameFocus
Its Duke, he is still a bad ass and in the end this version rivals the original with its 8 player Co-op and we finally get a FPS with some cool weapons again. So buy this game… now… and GET SOME!
80
iPhone148apps
Duke Nukem 3D is definitely the port classic fans of the game were looking for. The controls are little bit shoddy but I would guess that fans of the original game wouldn’t mind this for a chance to play one of the greatest PC games of all time, on the go. For newcomers to the series, if you can pick up a game with great gameplay but lacking controls and get around it then it will absolutely be worth your 3 bucks (which is a bargain for a big name franchise like this.) If dealing with frustrating controls could ruin your gaming experience then you may want to think twice about this purchase, but I would highly reccomend that you give it a chance.
80
Xbox 360Xboxygen
En attendant la sortie hypothétique de Duke Nukem Forever c’est avec joie que les fans et que les autres joueurs pourront (re)découvrir ce monument du FPS, qui a certes vieilli techniquement mais dont les qualités demeurent. Duke Nukem 3D se retrouve avec bonheur et se laisse jouer avec le même plaisir coupable. On retrouve avec délectation le level design transgressif, cet humour potache et ce héros attachant. Pour 800pts seulement, les joueurs qui sauront faire fi de son décalage technique y trouveront une petite perle de FPS, un jeu culte par excellence. Pour les anciens sachez que l’obtention des succès débloquera toute une série de croquis conceptuels qui réservent à eux seuls une sorte de musée virtuel irremplaçable (en HD qui plus est !).
80
Xbox 360UltraNinjas
At 800 points (approx £7 for those who like their prices in actual factual cash) you can’t say fairer than that, really. Much in the way that Doom scratched a particular itch, Duke 3D scratches that itch further, giving us a simple, fun piece of gaming history that stands up to latter, much more complex and sprawling examples in the genre remarkably well. It’s hard to fathom why, some 13 years after release, I can be reviewing a retro re-release of this before the sequel has even seen the light of day, but until Duke Forever comes out (er, if it ever comes out) Duke 3D serves as a great reminder of times gone by.
80
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Le Xbox Live Arcade n'en finit plus d'accueillir les petites perles, qu'elles soient inédites et extirpées d'un passé vidéoludique heureux. Duke Nukem a très bien vécu son adaptation sur ce support moderne. Il conserve une grande part de ses qualités en nous permettant en plus de profiter de fonctionnalités nouvelles, comme un multi enfin jouable. Les fans de la première heure seront comblés, et les petits jeunes trouveront là un titre qui mérite le détour et qui aura sans doute plus de chance de leur plaire que Doom.
80
Xbox 360Jolt (UK)
There’s no getting away from the fact that Duke Nukem has gotten on a bit, and he’s already been around the block a few times on several other systems. Still, as a trip down memory lane or an insight into a key period of FPS development, the Live Arcade version is just about worth the admission price. Tellingly, it’s still a better bargain than some of the other games currently asking for 800 of your MS Points, and it will probably last you longer, too.
80
Xbox 360Gamer.nl
Fans van het origineel weten wat ze te doen staat: binnenhalen die handel! Duke Nukem 3D is een uitstekende overzetting naar Xbox Live Arcade waarbij nergens op beknibbeld is. De multiplayer is een leuk extraatje en de mogelijkheid om terug te spoelen, maakt de hoge moeilijkheidsgraad wat draaglijker.
80
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
Duke Nukem 3D was one of my favourite games of the '90s, and it was with some trepidation that I returned to it in 2008. Thankfully, while some of its design decisions are more than a little frustrating, it remains a brilliantly entertaining first-person shooter and probably deserves more credit for helping to shape the genre than it has been given. It's a shame the online modes aren't more compelling, but having spent two blissfully nostalgic days battling through the single player campaign, I'm happy to consider it 800 Points well spent. Now just give us Duke Nukem Forever. Please...
80
Xbox 360Game Over Online
Duke Nukem hasn't aged terrifically well, but the gameplay is very much still there. It's much more challenging than I remember it being, and a lot less funny, but it's a nice snapshot of first-person shooter history. You could do a lot worse with your Microsoft Points than to pick it up.
80
Xbox 360NZGamer
If, however, you remember Duke fondly and are still following Duke Nukem Forever's development under the mistaken impression it's ever going to get released, you'd be hard pressed to come up with a good enough reason to let this one go past - it's an excellent version of the game, translates very well to the console and there's no need to muck around on your PC trying to get it to go properly. If you get all 200 achievement points you'll unlock two screenshots of the (allegedly still in development) sequel to this game, Duke Nukem Forever, which was first announced in 1997 (!). Just don't play it for extended periods on a big telly - I'm not predisposed to game-induced motion sickness (I've never gotten it before) and Duke makes me want to hurl if I play it too long.
80
Xbox 360GameSpot
Duke Nukem 3D is a pleasing yet sadistic walk down memory lane. The graphics, sound, gameplay, and characters are all faithful to the 1996 standards that made the game famous. A few new features augment an already complete package, both online and offline. If you've passed through these ruined streets before, the new features and familiar content warrant another visit to this grim and bloody version of Los Angeles. If you are new to the franchise, this game is definitely worth a look, and you can experience exactly what made Duke Nukem, for better or for worse, a household name.
80
Xbox 360TeamXbox
Duke Nukem 3D is a great treat for the die hard fans of the series, and hopefully some small solace to hold them over until Duke Nukem Forever comes out. Maybe that should be “if” it comes out. The continuing delays in that game’s development are the biggest running joke in video games. But maybe 3D Realms is serious this time about putting that game out, and they offered this up as a little appetizer to get people interested in the franchise again. Duke fans, keep your fingers crossed and go shrink some monsters with seven of your friends online.
80
SEGA SaturnSEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Duke Nukem 3D est un jeu à ne pas mettre entre toutes les mains, mais les adeptes d'humour gras et d'explosions bien gores devraient apprécier le ton complètement décalé du titre. On notera aussi la présence de très bonnes musiques, avec notamment le thème principal que l'on doit à Megadeth. La difficulté relativement élevée du titre permettra d'offrir aux joueurs chevronnés le challenge qu'ils attendent. Duke Nukem 3D est une référence du fps sur Saturn, avec notamment Alien Trilogy.
80
PlayStationPSX Extreme
In the end, whether or not you'll like the Playstation version of Duke Nukem depends on how high you set your standards. It's an adequate part of the PC version that is lacking in a few key areas as the aforementioned quality of the graphics and the sometimes hideously slow frame rate (which, in my opinion, really affects the gameplay). If, on the other hand, you're a big Duke fan or have a passion for 3-D corridor shooters, Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown has plenty to offer. For me, it ends up being just a poor part and consequently, an average game.
80
DOSGameSurge
Again, why bother? Because just when you think that you're done with this silly, boring game, and are just about to exit and erase the whole bloody thing, something happens. A floor collapses, something blows up, or Duke may say a funny line - and trust me, the lines are very funny. And that is what makes DN3D fun. Passable action, intense gore, and a genuinely twisted sense of humor. If you're looking for the next big thing in computer gaming, try Quake or something, but if you're in the mood for big guns, big bangs, and big fun than try out Duke Nukem 3D.
80
DOSComputer Games Magazine
Gameplay is ultimately what we're interested in, and in this area, Duke is the king. But so what? If 3D Realms really wants to impress us, they can move beyond this type of gameplay. Because as good as Duke is (and make no mistake, it's really good), you just can't help but think that someone needs to take this genre to another level, kind of like those guys called id did back in '92. Have any of these games really changed from Wolfenstein 3D? Perhaps that's part of their appeal - their familiarity. Kind of like the buddy flick and the romance novel, nothing really changes, but that doesn't stop people from spending their money on them. If you really messed with the formula, would everyone rejoice over your innovation or would they merely say they liked the old way better? Who knows, certainly not 3D Realms, who are milking the genre for all its worth.
80
DOSJeuxVideoPC.com
La Terre, quelques années dans le futur. Alors que les Etats-Unis dominent le monde et que tout va donc pour le mieux, de vilains extra-terrestres décident de s’en prendre à la suprématie de la bannière étoilée. C’est alors qu’un héros se lève. Cent kilos de muscles, des cheveux blonds décolorés à faire pâlir d’envie un GI, des lunettes de soleil et tout un arsenal de gros flingues, de munitions, de gadgets et de vannes à deux balles. Le héros des héros est né. J’ai nomme : Duke Nukem. Pour les archéologues, ce n’est pas un inconnu, puisque ce personnage était déjà présent dans les deux premiers volets de la série, des jeux de plates-formes somme toute assez classiques.
80
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Unter den Computerspielen gehört Duke Nukem 3D eindeutig zu den geschmacklosesten. Seien es nun die arroganten Sprüche, die vergossenen Pixelblut-Liter, das Eliminieren von Frauen-Sprites oder Töten ganzer Monsterhorden - Gewalt pur steht auf dem Programm. Das Geschehen wirkt aber derart übertrieben, daß man es eigentlich nicht ernst nehmen kann - stellen Sie sich den mit zehn schweren Waffen und zahlreichen Munitionskanistern bepackten Blondschopf einmal bildlich vor... Nichtsdestotrotz ist die Action vom feinsten, mit stumpfsinnigen Ballern läst man keine einzige Mission.
79
iPhoneIGN
Duke Nukem 3D is definitely of the old-school FPS mold, so Halo fans will likely wonder what all the fuss is about. But gamers that grew up with corridor shooters and the fine art of clearing room after room of aliens and monsters will enjoy the pacing of Duke Nukem 3D. The control schemes offered here are not for everybody -- they take some getting used to and even then, all of the buttons can be somewhat overwhelming. (I know that some players will never like the control bars set-up MachineWorks has devised here, but right now, they work better than any other iPhone FPS.) However, this is an extremely well-produced port of the classic Duke shooter for PC that fans of the series should celebrate and definitely use to fill the time between now and the eventual release of Duke Nukem Forever... whenever that is.
79
PlayStationNowGamer
Duke Nukem is a truly first rate shoot- ’em-up, and that it runs too fast is a testament to the programming prowess on offer. As Duke himself will tell the competition “Come get some!” More fun than pulling the legs off a daddylong- legs, especially in the two player link-up mode. Buy it now.
78
Xbox 360Worth Playing
I'd be lying if I said that Duke Nukem 3D is as good today as it ever was, but it hasn't aged at all badly, and it can teach modern first-person shooters a thing or two about level design and plain fun. On a console where first-person shooters are typically brown and grey, Duke is a colorful lesson in silliness and playability that is well worth the 800 Microsoft points. Indeed, with 39 levels (the game includes the add-on pack bundled with the PC Atomic Edition), it's actually a very good value indeed. Now hurry up and finish Duke Nukem Forever — though please, no more hunting for the multicolored keys!
76
Xbox 3603D Juegos
Duke Nukem 3D demuestra que los shooters apenas han cambiado desde los 90. Su apartado gráfico ha envejecido tan mal como indica su edad, pero su propuesta jugable es tan desmadrada y divertida que sigue siendo un gran título. Al fin y al cabo es un clásico, y todos los clásicos deberían tener un sitio en la colección de cualquier jugador que se precie.
75
Xbox 360JeuxVideoPC.com
Oui, Duke Nukem 3D est un des plus importants FPS de ces quinze dernières années. Le titre de 3D Realms mixe brillamment gameplay nerveux mais plus subtil qu’il n’y parait et ambiance délicieusement décalée. De ce point de vue, le titre n’a pas pris une ride en 12 ans, pour qui ferme les yeux sur une technique de 12 ans d’âge, justement. Mais tous les joueurs parviendront t-il à prendre du plaisir avec un FPS techniquement dépassé, aussi brillant soit il ? Rien n’est moins sûr.
70
AndroidSoftonic
Duke Nukem sur Android laisse une impression mitigée. D'une part, c'est un réel plaisir de retrouver le jeu original de 1996 sur DOS, Mac OS et Saturn. D'autre part, on a juste l'impression que l'on nous ressert la même soupe sans faire aucun effort d'adaptation aux technologies qui s'améliorent sur smartphone. Chacun est juge.
70
DOSRetroguiden
Duke Nukem 3D är ett fjorton år gammalt spel som stundtals imponerar därför att man nästan helt slutat göra den här typen av spel. Det som inledningsvis verkar vara en pinsam sörja av dålig satir och en massa hjärndött pang-pang blir längre in i spelet till en utmanande upplevelse där ens intellekt testas mot spelmakarnas diton, och i ett sådant koncept saknar man inte ständiga avbrott för att föra handlingen framåt. Med moderna förbättringar som Eduke32 kan man dessutom spela spelet med full mus/tangentbordsstyrning samt i högre upplösningar med klara grafikförbättringar tack vare OpenGL-stöd. Så även de som normalt sett inte klarar av allt för pixlig grafik har allt att vinna på att införskaffa Duke Nukem 3D.
70
PlayStationIGN
If you like first person shooters, and you want to blast some L.A.P.D. piglets, pick up Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown. It's old, but it's fun.
70
DOSHonestGamers
I still pop Duke Nukem 3D in my computer from time to time, though. It’ll never replace the Doom games in my heart, but it’s still a pretty fun kill-a-thon that, at times, does show some nice innovation. Unfortunately, it’s just a bit TOO much like its predecessor for it to stand out in my mind as a particularly noteworthy game.
60
AndroidKnowYourMobile.com
Duke Nukem still has some appeal, but compared with modern FPS titles this feels stale and boring. The terrible Android controls don't help, either.
60
iPhoneApp Spy
Having a portable port of Duke Nukem 3D should be a great addition to the iPhone games library. Unfortunately the problematic controls ruin the experience. Fans of Duke might be able to overlook this, but for everyone else, it's probably best to wait till the developers can work these issues out.
60
PlayStationAll Game Guide
Duke is Duke and any Duke is good Duke. And if you're a fan of Duke or never got to play the PC version, then you may want to pick up Duke Nukem Total Meltdown. Some people who have played the PC version may be a little disappointed, since it's basically the same game with a few new levels. These people should probably rent this game to play through some of the newer levels. But those who never got to experience Duke Nukem's zany world first hand should definitely check this one out. "Hail to the king, baby!"
60
Xbox 360PlayDevil
If you can overlook the poor graphics and how the game looks you could be in for a bit of a treat with this game but having said this there are just a few too many niggles to be able to consider this an essential download. However thanks to the humour involved and a solid multiplayer addition the game represents fairly good value for it’s 800ms point cost.
50
AndroidPocket Gamer UK
A fairly loyal translation of an FPS classic hampered by rubbish controls.
50
iPhoneSlide to Play
Duke Nukem 3D is a port that has been beaten and bruised to the point that it no longer functions correctly. We highly recommend staying away from it until some serious updates are released.
48
PlayStationGameSpot
Duke Nukem remains a classic game for the PC. Running on a PlayStation, the game suffers from sketchy graphics and limited control. If nothing else, this PlayStation version will give non-PC owners a chance to sample 3D Realms' ridiculous world of blood and lace.
40
iPhoneAppGamer.net
Duke Nukem 3D is a wonderful game, it’s a shame therefore that you won’t get to enjoy it because the control schemes stand between you and the fun like an impenetrable wall. This coupled with the lack of multiplayer should be more than enough to turn away old school fans while newcomers to the series won’t even feel compelled to give the controls a chance. Until 3D Realms can come up with a control scheme that actually works (fingers crossed for Modern Combat by Gameloft) we simply cannot recommend this game to anyone, which as an old school fan of the Duke, is a crying shame.
30
iPhoneThunderbolt Games
This is a poor port of a brilliant ‘90s FPS. If you’re willing to dedicate your time to fine tuning the control setup to something bearable then you may get a few levels of fun out of this. But when iPhone titles should be easy to pick up and play, this conversion fails on many levels. This is for the die-hard fans only, those that’ll look past any and all faults to spend more time in the rough and ready arms of Mr. Nukem.