Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition Steam Review

For anyone that played mid 90s first person shooters, one of the names that will stick in your head is Duke Nukem 3D. Duke Nukem 3D is a first person shooter back from 1996. It has non linear levels that feel open, explorable and full of secrets. Each is level full of fun weapons, creative enemies, attitude, secrets, innuendos and jetpacks. All nostalgia aside, this is a good collection for people that like old school free aim first person shooters.

Most know Duke for uttering 80s and 90s movie one liners, and the strippers, but there are a lot of other things that make this game fun to this day. Duke 3D is loaded with weapons that feel good to be used. Standard quick fire pistol, mighty shotgun, a triple barreled machine gun, RPG launcher, tossable pipe bombs, wall mounted laser trap bombs, shrink rays, freeze rays and so on. The enemies offer great diversity and creativity. Pigs as cops, creepy floating octopi and even the most standard mutant soldier is interesting, because it can shoot, fly and even fall to its knees for Duke to dish out one last bit of punishment before it dies. There are nice powerups too, like jetpacks, med packs, invisibility, boots that protect you from typical environmental hazards and scuba tanks, because there is some diving in this game.

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Beyond that, the levels are fun with a theme. You’ll see bathrooms, strip clubs, movie sets, space, alien hives, comic book stores, white houses, Washington DC monuments, beaches and so on. You’ll be left scratching your head at some of the puzzles. Everything from time based puzzles to switch puzzles. 4 switches with 1 right combination to open a door. There are good platforming sections that never seem to strenuous or difficult to manage. All of these things blend together to make wonderful and memorable levels.

So if you’ve played and beaten the original game’s 3 episodes what is there for you to do? The megaton edition comes with 3 expansion pack episodes with achievements! The expansions are Duke it out in DC, Nuclear Winter, and Life’s A Beach. Plus, a real selling point is easy access to user created maps. It might not mean much, but it will keep the game going with almost 20 years of user created content.

Is it worth $10 nope probably not. $5 yes. If you don’t know about the quality of the product, take a free download of Shadow Warrior 1997. Its the little known cousin of Duke Nukem 3D.

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