Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour | Mini Review

What is it?

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour is a 2016 port of 3D Realms’ acclaimed first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D. This is the most up-to-date, commercially-available version of the game, developed by Nerve Interactive and published by Gearbox Software. Alien invaders are causing havoc across the planet, and are even abducting women! Duke battles his way through an adult movie theatre, and even Area 51, the Egyptian pyramids, and more.

Platform(s)

PC, PS4, Xbox One

Pros
Cons
Keeps the ass-kicking brilliance of Duke Nukem 3D intact.
Four great episodes; the exclusive fifth one is a blast, and has some fantastic music
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Rewind feature is really handy.
New textures and enhanced lighting effects give levels a new appearance.
Missing the third-party expansion packs.
Sprites could’ve been smoothed out.
New Duke lines sound a bit too soft-spoken.
Hit-scan chain-gunners and suicide-bombing Sentry Drones will always be a pain
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Verdict:

Admittedly, Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour has a bit of an infamous reputation with the fans. The Megaton Edition of the game (developed by General Arcade and published by Devolver Digital) was taken down and replaced with Gearbox’s own port, which lacks the three additional third-party expansions and the HD visuals. At least the Alien World Order episode is a cracking inclusion (minus the embarrassingly easy boss battle). On top of that, the updated level textures and lighting are a nice touch, and the brand new Incinerator weapon is nifty. Such a shame that Duke’s re-recorded one-liners lack that smug, aggressive sound to them.

As it stands, fighting the invaders while quipping cheesy one-liners is still oodles of fun to this day. Its creative weapons, catchy soundtrack and mostly-great missions have aged like a fine wine; the few annoying or unfair enemies still aren’t enough to damper the quality of the title on the whole. Plus, you can now rewind your game after you die.

Duke 3D is a fantastic shooter with memorable levels, solid gameplay and so much testosterone. This port still rocks, but it could’ve offered more.

 

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