Duke Nukem 3D

a.k.a. Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition / DN3D / duke3d

published by Apogee Software in 1996-01-29, developed by 3D Realms, running on MS-DOS
type: shooter
genre: Science Fiction, First-person shooter, Twitch shooter
series: Duke Nukem
setting: Future
perspective: 1st person
player options: single player, cable/nullmodem, LAN, Internet
game engine: Build
languages: eng
4.5/5
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Official description

The third chapter in the series, and the first with a 3D perspective (the original Duke Nukem and the sequel, Duke Nukem II, are side scrolling platform games). This game, set sometime in the early 21st century, begins in a ravaged LA, which was overtaken by aliens while you were abducted during Duke Nukem II. Duke, upon returning to Earth, finds himself with another mess to clean up, and another alien race that needs exterminating. Duke is a can-do hero who realizes that sometimes innocent people have to die in order to save Earth, so accuracy of gun fire is not a real concern to him. :)

This game has a long list of cool things that haven't been attempted in 3D action games, yet. The weapons, for example, kick-butt:

* There's a mine that can be placed on any wall and sends out a laser trip beam-- perfect for multiplayer games.
* There's also a shrinker ray that reduces an opponent to the size of a G.I. Joe, at which point they are foot fodder--watch them splat!
* As in Shadow Warrior, you can swim under water, and even shoot players who are standing outside the water, or vice versa.
3D Realms - # 2007-09-27 19:10:26 - official description - source

Comment

"Complete Version", the one I have, came on single CD-ROM. I'm pretty sure some older releases came on several 3½ disks.
Sanguine # 2008-06-03 16:38:22

Technical specs

display: raster, textured polygons (mixed)
Minimum:
* 486 CPU
* 8 MB RAM
* VGA GPU
* 30 MB free HD space

Recommended:
* 486DX2 / 66 MHz CPU (Pentium for SVGA modes)
* 16 MB RAM
* VESA-compliant VGA or SVGA GPU

Supported sound cards:
For music: Gravis UltraSound, Sound Blaster (all of them), SoundMan16, Pro Audio Spectrum, SoundScape, Waveblaster, Sound Canvas, Adlib, and General MIDI.
For sound: Sound Blaster (all of them), Gravis UltraSound, SoundMan16, Pro Audio Spectrum, SoundScape, Disney/Tandy Sound Sources.
Sanguine # 2007-09-27 19:16:42 - source

Editor notes (2)

About tech / gameplay innovation, to quote TV Tropes:
First Person Shooters prior to Duke 3d didn't feature "realistic" real world locations. Things that Duke 3d did first include: televisions that show different programmes; closed circuit security cameras that let you see other areas of the level than the bit you're in; working subway trains that take you across "town"; strip bars/clubs; breakable glass/destroyable furniture/mirrors that you can see your own reflection in; triggered set pieces such as earthquakes that can destroy the architecture around the player; and working toilets that you can use to gain extra health. These things were quite revolutionary at the time, and the level design in later games of the genre (such as Half Life, Deus Ex, Soldier Of Fortune, and even aspects of Doom 3) show signs of its ground breaking influence. It could be argued that this organic approach to level design would have come about anyway as a direct result of increasingly better technology... but nevertheless, Duke 3d was there first.

# 2010-10-06 19:58:25 - source
The source code for the 1.5 version was released under GPL license on 2003-04-01.
# 2009-02-17 21:25:42

External reviews (3) - average: 72% - median: 66%

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Génération 4 (83-138)fr871996-046/6100%
Génération 4 (83-138)fr951997-013/650%
Génération 4 (83-138)fr1021997-094/666%

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