Nukem 3D for Xbox LIVE Arcade
Hail to the King
Nukem, the politically incorrect action hero and ultimate alien ass
kicker, defends Earth and its babes from alien invasion. This is the
award winning game that helped define the FPS genre and that
introduced unparalleled interactivity and a main character that
spoke. Take the fight to the aliens across 39 levels featuring
Hollywood, Los Angeles, a moon base and alien spacecraft. Innovative
items like the Jetpack, HoloDuke, Shrink Ray or Pipe Bombs, allow
you to fight the aliens in any style you want. Defeat the aliens, so
Duke can get back to some R&R with a stogie, a warm belly and a
bottle of Jack.
September 24, 2008
Duke Nukem 3D Xbox LIVE
A classic returns in an updated and
Eight player co-op and DukeMatch play
Play ranked matches in one on one or
free for all for leaderboard spots. A playlist of levels keeps
the game fresh and levels will rotate on and off the list.
Play co-op with your friends and earn all single player
achievements or complete the game regardless if it's co-op or
single player. It's your choice how to play.
By reserving private slots you can play with your friends or
with strangers in any combination. Invite away.
Every time you play a single or
multiplayer game, a user clip is recorded. These user clips can
be viewed anytime in your theater or shared with your friends
who own the game.
User Clips are also uploaded to leaderboard spots if you
complete a level the fastest (time trials) or get the highest
score on a level.
If you are trying to speed run a level, and are having trouble,
download a clip from the leaderboard and study it for tips.
Upon death you are presented with a
TiVo-style timeline. You can review your play from the start of
the level up until your death and jump in at any point.
10 seconds or 10 minutes, the choice is up to you.
You can still save and load your game at any point (the old
fashioned way), but you never have to.
As you unlock achievements you also
unlock Duke Nukem 3D concept art. You can visit the Gallery in
the game any time and view never before seen original concept
art and learn more about the game.
Updated support for common 360 items
like controller vibration, Bilinear filtering (optional), Xbox
Vision Camera for DukeMatch, and more.
Duke Nukem 3D Xbox LIVE
Considering that Duke 3D never had
an ubiquitous online matchmaking system, Xbox Live should provide
fans with the best multiplayer experience in the game's history.
As for the game itself, it's Duke Nukem 3D. On the surface, it's all
about babes, explosions, and catchphrases. But beneath that
superficial crust is some excellent weapon and level design.
The port's new replay feature will go a long way toward justifying
this purchase for the latter group (Duke veterans). Simply stated,
Duke 3D XBLA is always recording as you play, saving every second of
your current run.
I can see that someone finished
the first level in a bit more than 13 seconds... but the little camera
icon indicates that the clip of the player's action is available, so
I can pull it up and view what was done to get that time.
Multiplayer is also supported in Duke 3D in a number of ways, both
through Xbox Live and System Link for up to eight participants. In
addition to the everyone-for-himself DukeMatch, there's also an
eight-player cooperative mode that should be pretty wild -especially
if you have friendly fire turned on.
Among the weapons you can use are your default pistol, a shotgun, a
grenade launcher and pipe bombs. Cooler fare includes a "Microwave
Expander," which blows up enemies from the inside out. My fave is
the Shrinker, which reduces a foe into something you can literally
stomp out with your shoe.
I have to say that I was amazed
how well Duke holds up after a dozen years.
The controls don't feel limited as in some other shooters of yore
and 3D Realms really did throw everything and the kitchen sink into
this game. There's something incredibly satisfying about putting
your boot through an alien's face.
Want to know how someone finished the first level in under a minute?
Now you can watch and learn. Not sure where a secret is located? The
score leader probably found them all, so watch his run and see where
things are located.
Official Xbox Magazine:
The Arcade rebirth brings a wealth
of new features to the table, including eight-player online co-op
and Dukematch, recordable and uploadable user gameplay clips, Vision
camera support for multiplayer lobbies, and - get this - TiVo.
We've played the Arcade version, and the good news is that it holds
up just fine. The controls are just dandy, with the gamepad steering
Duke around about as well as the mouse and keyboard did.
The game itself is still fun too, its memorable level design and
weapons withstanding the test of time.
More previews & interviews:
- Gamespot Video
Preview - "On
TeamXbox.com Interview with 3D Realms
Official Xbox Magazine Preview