|Why isn't that gun isn't in the game?|
The answer is “me.” One thousand times over, me.
Duke Nukem 3D was Texas-based game company 3D Realms’ vulgar answer to id Software’s 1993 megahit first person shooter, DooM. Though the games share too many similarities to deny that DooM was a major influence on the latter’s fast and furious gunplay, Duke Nukem 3D somehow manages to be everything DooM is and a lot of things it isn’t. DooM is scary and atmospheric. Duke is loaded with atmosphere was well, but instead of high-tech space stations, most of the action takes place in more familiar locals like cities and restaurants. There are of course the typical outer space levels in Duke’s sun-shaded world, but the underlying tongue-in-cheek, sophomoric humor resonates with fans in an entirely different manner than anything that came before. Instead of the serious, Silent Hill-like dread many people feel when they sat down to play id Software’s masterpiece, Duke Nukem 3D seems to say to its players, “Hey, this is a game, man. Enjoy it!”
|The big baddie at the end of Episode 2 doesn't go down very easily.|
|These "fine" gentlemen are responsible for Duke 3D!|
|A shot from the first level.|
|I have a few more, but they wouldn't fit in the picture. I'm not sure if that's awesome or embarrassing. Or both.|
I’m pretty sure I've spent more time on Duke Nukem 3D than I have on any other video game – probably entire weeks, if not months, of my life all totaled. I regret not one second of it. It’s been said that the measure of a good video game is how often one goes back to it; if that’s the case, then Duke Nukem 3D more than deserves its place on this or any other top games of all time list.
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