Duke Nukem 3D was developed by 3D Realms and published by Apogee in 1996. Duke Nukem is a fast pace first person shooter that based on Duke Nukem character, which appear in previous platform games like Duke Nukem 1 and Duke Nukem 2.
Duke Nukem 3D's 3D engine was a step forward from the Doom engine of 1993, though it have been overpassed by Quake that was released a year earlier. Duke Nukem 3D still use 2D map, meaning that we will not see any multi-layer level design. 3D Realms never release a game on time, do they?
Duke Nukem 3D is set in the near future in a broken and far more morally corrupt Los Angeles, and expands to locations such as lunar space stations. Through cutscenes and gameplay, the premise is that an alien transgenic species has infiltrated Earth in light of Duke's absence while fighting in space.
Upon crash landing back to Earth, Duke finds most humans are absent, with few attractive women remaining as diversions for the aliens. American civilization has been reduced to a virtual wasteland while pornography has become the sole source of entertainment. We must also solve puzzles to progress through the various levels. Some puzzles allow access to extra, hidden levels.
There are 28 levels spread over three chapters. As usual for a first-person shooter, we encounter a whole host of different enemies, and can engage them with a range of weaponry. The game includes a range of lethal weapons, some of which, even today, are still unique to the Duke Nukem series. They range from Duke's "Mighty Foot", a basic melee attack, to a pistol, a Chain gun, pipe bombs, freeze- and shrink-rays, and laser trip mines.
The levels of Duke Nukem 3D take us outdoors and indoors through rendered street scenes, military bases, deserts, flooded cities, space stations, moon bases and Japanese villas. Levels were also designed in a fairly non-linear manner such that we can advantageously use air ducts, back doors and sewers to avoid enemies or find hidden secrets, which also makes the levels well suited to deathmatch. These locations are also filled with objects that we can interact, that either benefit us in some form or simply provide a touch of diversion.
Duke Nukem 3D is often cited as one of the first videogames to merge irreverent humor and explicit sexual themes with gameplay, particularly within the first-person shooter genre. Several tongue-in-cheek jabs towards American consumerism, Hollywood culture, and sex in the media are prevalent. In a strip bar, players witness a white Ford Bronco fleeing from police on TV, a deliberate reference to the event preceding the O.J. Simpson trial, popular around the game's time of release.
Overall, Duke Nukem 3D is one of the classic in video game industry. You can download Duke Nukem 3D here.