This Duke Nukem 3D (XBLA) Review is All Out of Gum

That means that it’s time.

Duke Nukem is a man of science. He meets challenges with an open mind, and an equally open arsenal. When he’s given the task to rescue earth’s women from the alien invaders, he dons his shades and goes to battle, no questions asked. A true American hero.

Duke Nukem 3D is a first person shooter first released in 1996, that has been ported in it’s original glory to the Xbox Live Arcade. The graphics remain untouched, which only adds to the nostalgia. The music has received an upgrade, but largely the game remains the same except for one fantastic upgrade. Due to the games steep difficulty, you’ll likely be dying quite a bit. When you die you’re given the ability to review your gameplay in a film reel, and choose to resume play at any moment in that reel. I wish this feature was in all games!

If you’re dying too much, you can have up to 7 friends help you out with online co-op play. From what I played of this (with one other player), it was a total blast…literally. We spent a good while exploring a certain level searching for the launch codes for 2 nuclear missiles. Counting down, and both hitting the go switch for our nukes is something I’ll remember for quite a while.

The level design really shines here. There’s hidden rooms in every level, and later on levels start to become more like puzzles. You’re given a place to explore, and it’s up to you to find your way to the end (and of course take down some pig cops on the way).

If you haven’t played a Duke Nukem game before, this is the perfect way to start. Fans of the first person genre will quickly look past the somewhat dated graphics, and see the fun the game offers. The rewind feature, and online co-op make this game stack up to current releases. At 800 Points (10 dollars), what are you waiting for? Christmas?

Also, in case you missed it the first time, check out the Buttonbasher interview with the voice of Duke Nukem: Jon St. John.



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