Somebody has bet on Duke, which, 18 years after the last good Duke Nukem shooter, is something of a surprise. Interceptor Entertainment, developers of the Rise of the Triad remake, have bought 3D Realms, developers of... well, bits of Duke Nukem Forever. The two are rumoured to be collaborating on an upcoming action RPG, called Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. They're also co-defendants in a lawsuit over unlicensed use of the Duke Nukem IP. Both have got plenty in common then, which makes for a solid foundation in their future relationship.
It's time to file legal documents and chew bubblegum, and Gearbox are all outta gum. As current caretakers of the 'King', the developers of Duke Nukem Forever are suing 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment over "unauthorized" use of the name. The filing is in response to Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, a rumoured top-down ARPG, thought to be in joint development by 3D Realms and Interceptor.
A teaser website for a new Duke Nukem game has appeared at alloutofgum.com, referencing one of The King's cheesiest and well-known one-liners. A countdown clock indicates that more information will be revealed on February 25, though just a little bit of online snooping has already uncovered some details.
Earlier this week the Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton edition was updated with the level editor, Steam Workshop support and a guide explaining how it all works. AND LO, the mapmakers did come, and make a wide and varied collection of Duke levels for us to download and play for free while making happy nostalgic noises to ourselves.
Here’s an average five minutes in the boots of gaming’s testosteroniest action hero: jet-packing around a football stadium, deploying holographic decoys of yourself, chucking RPGs and pipe bombs at a cyclopean giant that has missile launchers for hands. After toppling the monstrosity, you punt its giant eye through a pair of uprights. Then, you get it on with a harem of blondes and brunettes.
Duke Nukem 3D is still gaming’s best popcorn shooter, and revisiting it reminds me of how seriously FPSes have taken themselves since. Its competition in the ‘90s had space stations, generic caves and Nazi castles—Duke 3D has XXX movie stores and filthy, usable bathrooms (OK, Duke also has space stations, but they’re filled with half-naked babes strapped to alien monoliths). Duke even visits a seismically unstable Grand Canyon, a poisoned river and a hot lava waterfall. As you climb through the jagged overpasses, the landscape can crumble—rerouting your course entirely. Pawing the walls within levels reveals hidden pop culture references like an eviscerated Doom marine, an impaled Indiana Jones and a dangling, legless Luke Skywalker.
Duke Nukem may have awoken from his booze-induced, 14-year hibernation not too long ago, but it’s important we remember the past—back when Mr. Nukem was slim enough to fit into his 2D pants and had multiple packs of bubble gum tucked away. Well, that history lesson just became a little easier to revisit as 3D Realms has released Duke Nukem 1, 2 and the Manhattan Project in what they call the “Platformer Pack” on Steam.
Flying Wild Hog's Shadow Warrior reboot has been shown off at E3, and as you were probably expecting it's a sober, understated take on the first-person shooter. That or the other thing: extremely violent, silly and over-the-top. Now that I think about it, it's a bit more like that. Stick around for a new gameplay-filled video courtesy of Rev3Games (interspersed with shots of a guy in a Hawaiian shirt).
The latest free-to-play title to hit Steam's virtual shelves isn't a cutesy MMORPG with a cash shop full of glittery hats and staves, nor is it a brutal MOBA with an arsenal of buyable heroes. Nope—surprisingly, it's the late-90s classic Shadow Warrior! And unless somebody's gone to the pains of tweaking some 16-year-old code, it's pretty much guaranteed this isn't a pay-to-win kind of deal.
The problem with Duke Nukem Forever - other than that it was bad - was that it didn't provide the classic FPS experience that Duke Nukem 3D fans wanted, while also failing to be a decent modern shooter in its own right. That's why this is such a beautiful thing: with Duke Nukem Forever 2013, modders Gambini and Mikko Sandt have created the "game that was meant to be". Which apparently means a Duke Nukem 3D mod.
It's been 17 years since Duke Nukem 3D came out, and in that time - REPRESS - absolutely no disappointing sequels have been made. The Duke is long overdue for a comeback, then, and he does so in style today with the surprise release of Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition. Devolver Digital - publishers of Hotline Miami - have teamed up with 3D Realms and indie developer General Arcade to, somewhat belatedly, bring DN3D to Steam. Well, better late than never. Included are the three expansion packs Duke Caribbean: Life's a Beach, Duke: Nuclear Winter, and Duke It Out in D.C, but more excitingly they've also added SteamPlay support across PC and Mac, cloud saving and achievements, and they plan to add Steamworks-enabled multiplayer further down the line.
When unloading a shotgunful of death or crushing a shrunken Pig Cop alien beneath your manly boots in Duke Nukem, you can always expect to hear a clever follow-up—quips that defined one of classic PC gaming's most memorable characters. Jon St. John, owner of the deep baritone fueling Duke's wisecracks, has reprised his role in a franchise spanning nearly 15 games, but he doesn't necessarily share Duke's pleasure of slugging bullets into warm bodies. In fact, during the latest episode of the Unlimited Hyperbole podcast (via PCGamesN), he revealed his aversion to guns and the violence they promote, saying, "I don't care for guns in general."
(checks calendar) It's not April 1st. But still, 3D Realms is preparing - in association with another developer - to launch a new project on game-funding site Gambitious. 3D Realms, the makers of Duke Nukem Forever, are looking for upfront money for a new game. The site on which this request is going to be made is called "Gambitious". And its main differentiating factor is that you can buy equity in games instead of merely pledging cash. You could own a piece of the next Duke Nukem Forever!
There are no potential problems with this at all. Not a one.
Every week, Richard Cobbett rolls the dice to bring you an obscure slice of gaming history, from lost gems to weapons grade atrocities. This week, who want some Wang? What? Nobody? Dang.
How do you follow a hit game like Duke Nukem 3D? Obviously, you scale everything up. People liked interactivity! More interactivity! Vehicles! Pachinko machines! RC cars! Everyone enjoyed the real world locations? There would be more! Streets! Towns! Restaurants! People made a fuss about the sexism! Hah! This time, we'll try comedy racism instead! What could possibly go wrong? Right?
Duke Nukem Forever looks goddamn hilarious. This video is the first inkling I've had that I want to actually play the thing. It starts with a first person view of Duke peeing, with the prompt "press X to exit." The guy presses X, and Duke stops peeing, then starts again. Alright, I didn't say I was a sophisticate. More hilarity embedded below: