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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 2.6
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 2.5
Overall User Score (15 votes) 2.8

Critic Reviews

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Jeuxvideo.com (Feb 01, 2014)
Qu’il est toujours bon de retrouver notre ami Duke dans une nouvelle extension du cultissime Duke Nukem 3D. Et si ce Nuclear Winter propose tout ce que l’amateur de FPS old-school a besoin pour passer un excellent moment, il présente un peu trop de paresses et de manque d’inspiration pour se hisser au niveau des autres extensions. Un bon jeu, mais avec quand même un petit arrière-goût de « peut mieux faire ».
Unfortunately, adequate level design and a few good new characters are not enough to save Nuclear Winter from mediocrity. There are better Duke levels available for free on the Internet. Nuclear Winter looks like an amateur job that wasn't quite finished yet. Had the various elves looked better, more new sound effects been added, and more levels included, this game might have been worth a look. As it stands, there's just not enough gameplay or flash to justify the expense. Bottom Line: Way too few levels, not enough new sound effects. Some good looking new characters and some REALLY bad looking ones. There are much better amateur levels available on the Internet for free.
E1M1 Magazine (Dec 23, 2020)
It should come to no surprise to fellow Duke fans that Duke Nuclear Winter is shoddy. Bullet-sponge enemies, crappy music and amateurish levels on offer are enough to put this one on the naughty list. To its merit, it does have a good sense of humour, alongside a few nifty inclusions, like the presents and the aliens in their holiday gear. If you’re going to try it for the first time, don’t expect anything grand, as ‘yule’ be disappointed - it’s just ‘snow’ good.
Does the world really need another Dukem Nukem 3D add-on? Not this one. Now that the holidays are over, the whole Christmas theme of Nuclear Winter is just sort of lost. Add to that the over-used levels that we've already been through a thousand times, and this is one product that should remain buried in the snow. If you really feel the urge to play a Duke Nukem add-on, make it Duke Caribbean: Life's a Beach, also from Wizardworks; it's a much better product.
Winter also lacks much of the environmental interaction typical of Build titles, although it does provide a few poignant gags like Santa action figures and toy assembly lines. Probably intended as a rip at crass holiday commercialism - the ever-present evils of cranking out product without regard for quality or for the welfare of one's audience - Winter is hopelessly entangled in its own trap.
Just Games Retro (Jan 06, 2014)
Here’s the final gag: WizardWorks was asking $25 for Nuclear Winter. That kind of money for seven levels of anything is lunacy, but as unfinished as this pack is, it was damn near robbery. Now that it’s free, (or bundled in with the Megaton Edition on Steam), I still can’t recommend it; especially when there are much better fan mods and TCs to spend your time on. There was potential here, and more levels, new weapons, a consistent story, some actual gags, and more level polish could have made this an excellent expansion. However, Simply Silly Software simply didn’t have the ideas or the time.

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