Back when the FPS genre was still in its early stages, Duke Nukem 3D provided light relief to more serious games such as Doom.
The PC game – released in 1996 – was noted for blending traditional shooter gameplay with tongue-in-cheek humour and inventive weaponry, including a gun that shrinks enemies before the player squashes them.
Duke Nukem himself went down a storm with gamers for his no-nonsense, gung-ho approach to defeating aliens, his corny one-liners and love of women.
No one could’ve guessed that Duke Nukem Forever, a sequel announced way back in 1997 by developer 3D Realms, would take 14 years to come to market. But the title – finished by Borderlands studio Gearbox – has been one of the most talked about Duke Nukem games in forums and chat rooms to date. And its dedicated following will be hotly anticipating the finished product.
Duke Nukem isn’t your typical FPS. In Forever, the aliens from 3D are back and are threatening to steal Earth’s women again.
Players are able to gun down aliens with a variety of weaponry, drive vehicles and solve puzzles, as well as hear new one-liners from the Duke throughout certain points in the game. They can even take part in mini-games such as pinball, pool, air hockey and gambling slots.
Gamers have access to an online multiplayer mode and can take down their opponents in a number of ways such as freezing them, shrinking them and blowing them up with a pipe bomb or rocket.
With its release date almost upon us, Duke Nukem Forever is at last ready to make its mark with gamers, and to show the world again why Duke really is ‘the King’.
Game’s big package
Aside from a ‘real life character’ of Duke Nukem making an appearance at GAME Oxford Street earlier this month, the retailer is also offering those who pre-order Duke Nukem Forever extra in-game content. Dubbed Duke’s Big Package, it features a big head mode, new clothing for Duke and an extended health bar.
The original Duke
Duke Nukem first made his debut in 1991 in the form of a self-titled floppy disc PC game. The 2D shooter platformer was developed by Apogee/3D Realms.
Kicking ass at The Gadget Show Live
Duke Nukem Forever was playable to the UK public for the first time at The Gadget Show Live in April. 2K Games gave away T-shirts, badges, in-game content and held competitions.
“I’ve got balls of steel”
Named after one of Duke’s catchphrases, the Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel edition features several extras including:
• Duke bust
• Art book
• Comic book
• Papercraft model
• Poker chips
• Deck of cards