Duke Nukem 3D
Duke Nukem 3D is a video game developed by 3D Realms and published by GT Interactive Software back in January 1996. The game was developed for PC and was a first-person shooter. Duke Nukem 3D is a sequel to Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem II published by another company, Apogee. Almost one year later an expansion pack, Plutonium Pack, was released for this version of the game.
The game follows the story of Duke Nukem, who has to encounter an alien invasion on Earth. Duke Nukem had lots of weapons and attacks, with the “Mighty Foot” included as well. This was a basic kick attack. The playable character has a pistol, a shotgun, a chain gun, a rocket-propelled grenade launched, pipe bombs, laser trip mines and a rapid fire rocket launcher, “The Devastator”. There are also other items Duke Nukem can pick up throughout the game, but there are so many of them we can’t afford naming all.
The story happens “sometime in the 21st century” and the stage is set both indoors and outdoors. Military bases, deserts, street scenes, a flooded city, space stations, moon bases and a Japanese restaurant are all rendered backgrounds of this game.
Duke Nukem 3D was later ported to many other platforms thanks to the fact that it was a huge market hit. There were versions for PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Game.com (available only in the United States), Xbox Live and even mobile devices such as iPhone or Nokia N900.
There is not that much of a story in the game, except few cut scenes after the completion of an episode. Duke was in vacation in Los Angeles when his ship was critically damaged by some unknown hostiles. He finds out aliens are attacking Los Angeles and have mutated the Los Angeles Police Department and plans to stop them once and for all.
There are a total of three episodes in the game: Episode One: LA Meltdown, Episode Two: Lunar Apocalypse and Episode Three: Shrapnel City. In the first episode Duke Nukem is captured by pig-cops, but manages to escape and tracks down the aliens. He ends up killing the first boss. In the second level he finds captured women held in incubators and after he kills Alien Overlord he finds out that the plot to capture women was just for distracting him - the Earth was already under siege.In the third level Duke battles aliens again and saves the day after killing another boss, the Cycloid Emperor. In the Atomic Edition, there is also an Episode Four: The Birth.
The game was really popular back when released, but had some controversies around it, regarding pornography. The game was considered morally questionable because of the stores where Duke uses XXX posters for target practice. He also throws money at a prostitute at some point in time.
However, the game received very good ratings on GameSpot, with users rating the game with 8.9. The same feedback was given by GameSpot critics. Critics on IGN rated the game even better, with 9.1, while IGN users voted it with a total average of 8.7 out of 10. The game was a huge market hit and sold millions of copies all over the world.