October 20, 2008

Duke Nukem 3D XBLA Review Roundup

Since it was released just about a month ago, Duke Nukem 3D has garnered a lot of attention and acclaim. Sales have gone extremely well (take a look at the leaderboards)! That's a lot of fans of Duke in a short period of time. It's also been at the top or near there of Xbox Live activity since it was released, even cracking the Top 10 list of major Xbox games like Grand Theft Auto IV, Halo 3, etc... If you have an Xbox 360, and haven't checked it out, you should. If you don't want to take our word for it, take the word of some of these websites:

Chud.com: (9.5/10 - full review here)

"An absolute must-buy for any FPS fans, or anyone who was too young to play it when it first came out.

Overshadowed by the controversy over the game's adult content, it's easy to forget all the innovations that Duke Nukem 3D brought to the table.

The one other thing that you'll immediately notice is how great it is to have some challenge. This game does not hold your hand. You're not told where to go or what to do...

the weapons still among the most imaginative and useful around. You'll relish using the shrink ray against your enemies and stomping them to bits"

Gamespot: (8/10 - full review here)

"For fans of the game and the series, rest assured that all of the original, groundbreaking gameplay and content are present here.

If you are new to the franchise, this game is definitely worth a look, and you can experience exactly what made Duke Nukem, for better or for worse, a household name."

TeamXbox: (8/10 - full review here)

"Duke Nukem 3D stays true to its roots and gives gamers what they want.

The recreation of the core game is flawless, and has been tuned perfectly for the Xbox 360 controller."

IGN: (8.5/10 - full review here)

"One of the original ESRB nightmares is back.

Duke Nukem 3D is yet another classic release that makes a wonderful conversion onto Xbox Live Arcade.

Toss in the new age additions like online co-op and a replay editor and most will find this to be more than a simple trip down memory lane."

Official Xbox Magazine: (8.5/10 - full review here)

"the weapon stash - notably the pipebombs and Shrinker - remains one of the genre’s most unique and fun to wield…

(the Dukematch play) which is as addictive as ever and is bolstered by a fleshed-out lobby system that keeps you and your pals together after each match ends. So if you’ve been itching to kick ass and chew bubblegum, we’ve got some good news: we’re no longer all outta bubblegum.

Jolt UK: (8/10 - full review here)

"it’s still a better bargain than some of the other games currently asking for 800 of your MS Points, and it will probably last you longer, too.

Under the brash exterior is a lot of charm and canny craftsmanship."

1up.com: (A- rating - full review here)

"I wish developers today weren't too afraid of being sued to make games like this.

Multiplayer actually fares even better than in the original, as XBL matches are easy to jump into, frenetic, and feature completely over the top, balls-to-the-wall maps.

It's not for the kiddies, but if you've got 800 Marketplace points lying around, you oughta come get some."

Eurogamer: (8/10 - full review here)

"If you asked a horny, gore-fixated teenage boy to describe his perfect game, he'd probably have described Duke Nukem 3D.

The good news is that it still plays as well as it did in 1996.

It remains a brilliantly entertaining first-person shooter and probably deserves more credit for helping to shape the genre than it has been given."

Some others worth checking out are Ultra Ninjas (8/10), nzgamer.com (8/10), and Gamepro (4.5/5). There's also sites like Gamerankings.com or metacritic.com which collect such reviews. It's all good! :)

Better yet, don't take the word of any of them. Just go buy your copy today!

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