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MacintoshMac Game Gate (1997)
Duke Nukem 3D is by far the most fun (and funniest) and multiplayer game I've ever played. It's a 2 1/2 dimensional game, where the walls are 3D, but the objects and monsters are 2D sprites, so they have that strange way of always staring at you like a billboard for Marlboro Country.
MacintoshMac Gamer (1997)
Duke Nukem's highly interactive environment is one of the best features a game could have. The staff at Lion Entertainment have done a great job, as usual, porting Duke to the Mac, and I consider this game a leader in its class. Although Duke Nukem is fun, full of action, and sometimes amusing, parents should be aware of its contents and decide whether or not to utilize the parental controls in Duke Nukem. Some of the animations at the end of certain episodes are very controversial to some, but overall, Duke Nukem for Mac is currently the brightest of lights in the dark world of Mac gaming.
MacintoshMac Ledge (Jul 28, 1997)
Duke Nukem's highly interactive environment is one of the best features a game could have. The staff at Lion Entertainment have done a great job, as usual, porting Duke to the Mac, and I consider this game a leader in its class. Although Duke Nukem is fun, full of action, and sometimes amusing, parents should be aware of its contents and decide whether or not to utilize the parental controls in Duke Nukem. Some of the animations at the end of certain episodes are very controversial to some, but overall, Duke Nukem for Mac is currently the brightest of lights in the dark world of Mac gaming.
Xbox 3601UP (Sep 26, 2008)
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.
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games (May 19, 2009)
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.
Xbox 360FZ (Dec 16, 2006)
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.
Xbox 360GamePro (US) (Sep 27, 2008)
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.
DOSGameSpot (Nov 26, 1996)
But controversial stuff aside, Duke Nukem Atomic is a heck of a fun addition to the original episodes. My only real complaint is that the levels are fairly expansive, and you'll feel like you're roaming around a ghost town if you play over the network with fewer than four players. Still, any Duke fan hungry for a little more "unnecessary roughness" will want to shell out for this one.
Xbox 360XboxFrance (Sep 30, 2008)
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 !
Xbox 360IGN (Sep 24, 2008)
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.
Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine (Sep 24, 2008)
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…
Xbox 360Meristation (Sep 26, 2008)
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.
WindowsRetro Gamer (Jun, 2009)
Yes it's been surpassed by a great many first-person shooters over the years, but the Duke's first 3D outing remains his very best and you're getting a hell of a lot of gameplay in this package for what amounts to around a fiver.
Xbox 360GameFocus (Sep 29, 2008)
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!
Xbox 360Xboxygen (Oct 28, 2008)
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 !).
MacintoshMacNN (1998)
If you haven't bought your copy of Duke Nukem 3D yet, you're missing out on quite a gamer's treat. While long time Marathon fans may be disappointed by the lack of a progressive story line, Duke's witty humor and all-around better game play will more than make up for that. While Quake will be more graphically impressive than Duke, it is more of a display of the capabilities of the 3D graphics engine than a game.
Xbox 360UltraNinjas (Oct 14, 2008)
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.
Xbox (Oct 01, 2008)
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.
Xbox 360Jolt (UK) (Oct 13, 2008)
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.
Xbox (Sep 25, 2008)
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.
Xbox (UK) (Sep 25, 2008)
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...
Xbox 360Game Over Online (Oct 30, 2008)
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.
Xbox 360NZGamer (Oct 16, 2008)
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.
Xbox 360GameSpot (Oct 15, 2008)
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.
Xbox 360TeamXbox (Sep 27, 2008)
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.
Xbox 360Worth Playing (Oct 14, 2008)
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!
Xbox 3603D Juegos (Sep 25, 2008)
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.
Xbox (Oct 07, 2008)
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.
MacintoshMacworld (Sep, 1997)
As an action game, Duke Nukem is pure rock and roll, but its extreme violence and degrading content make it hard to recommend wholeheartedly. I had fun playing Duke--I just wanted to take a shower when I was done.
Xbox 360PlayDevil (Jan 08, 2009)
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.
This upgrade should be appealing to those who enjoy using the Build editor because of the new textures and weather effects. Overall, these levels are solid and very tough, though the original levels were, on the whole, decidedly better. Suffice to say, if you're a Duke fan, then you'll probably want to pick up the Plutonium Pack.