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
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
As in Shadow Warrior, you can swim under water, and even shoot
players who are standing outside the water, or vice versa.
January 29, 1996.
Plutonium PAK? Atomic
Edition? What's all that about?
Until November 1996, the only
registered version of Duke Nukem 3D was v1.3d. We created a new
version that had a new fourth episode, and we changed the version to
v1.4 - We also gave that a new name - "The Atomic
Edition". In order to upgrade customers who had the
registered v1.3d CD, we created a patch that could be purchased - that
patch was called "The Plutonium PAK".
In December 1996, we updated it again
for a few minor bug fixes, and the version number was again changed to
v1.5. Both v1.4 and v1.5 are "Atomic". The term
"Plutonium PAK" refers ONLY to the patch you need to use to
upgrade an existing copy of v1.3 to v1.4. (There is a further patch
available online for free to upgrade a v1.4 to v1.5).
'The Plutonium PAK' will result on your copy of Duke Nukem 3D becoming
'The Atomic Edition' - The term "Plutonium PAK"
refers only to the actual patch. The resultant
game is called 'The Atomic Edition'. If this is all
confusing, your best bet is to forget about the names and use use the
version numbers. :)
In short, if you had the old 3 episode
registered version (the registered v1.3d CD), you want to get the Plutonium PAK (and the 1.5
free patch online), and if you don't have any Duke Nukem at all, or
just the shareware, you need to buy the "Atomic Version" CD.
If you buy the Atomic version, you are done.
We no longer sell the old registered version, we only sell the Atomic
Edition. Furthermore, in October of 2001, the Plutonium PAK was
Contact Customer Support for more information about this.