3D Realms are back in action, and to celebrate, they've released their entire back catalogue in a 32-game download compilation. Don't let that picture of a CD-ROM fool you, this is very much a download, and a very reasonable one at only £12.45.
Highlights include Wolfenstein 3D, the Commander Keens, Terminal Velocity (one of my favourite games ever, though Fury³ was better) and the good Duke Nukems, though personally, I bought this immediately for Alien Carnage AKA Halloween Harry. Ah, the happy hours I spent secretly installing this superb shareware shooter onto my school's computers. What fun.
You can see the whole list of games below, and expect to see plenty of Blast From The Past articles in the near future...Click here to read more...
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition | Steam | £1.04 (RRP: £6.99)
Come get some.
Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is dead. Say hello to Bombshell.
That's right, Interceptor have bowed to legal pressure and removed Duke Nukem from their RPG, replacing him with a new female lead. Bombshell is an ex-bomb disposal technician with a prosthetic arm and an appetite for carnage - not to mention a character design and reveal trailer so nineties that we spluttered coffee all over our keyboards in disbelief.
Take a watch, then catch up on the details and screenshots after the break.Click here to read more...
Interceptor Entertainment revealed Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction what feels like an eternity ago: an action-RPG starring the legendary hero developed in conjunction with original series creator Scott Miller. The countdown went live and we were all out of gum.
Unfortunately, Gearbox were having none of it and quickly unleashed the laywers.
A few weeks later and Interceptor are back with another countdown, suggesting that the two companies may have worked out their differences... most likely by replacing Duke Nukem with a legally distinct ringer.Click here to read more...
Interceptor Entertainment are currently embroiled in a legal tussle with Gearbox, following claims that a rumoured upcoming Duke Nukem RPG violates intellectual property rights. It's a nasty little dispute that could well see Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction evaporate into vapourware before it has even been officially announced.
However, it now emerges that Interceptor's parent company has purchased original series creator 3D Realms (AKA Apogee Software), leaving them perfectly placed to develop some 'good faith' adaptations down the line.Click here to read more...
The original Shadow Warrior may be free to play on Steam, but that hasn't stopped Devolver Digital from bringing out a new version with updated visuals, two expansions and a remixed soundtrack. Shadow Warrior Classic Redux is currently available at a discount, and should be just as ridiculously tough as we remember it. A trailer's available after the break.Click here to read more...
Shadow Warrior | Steam | £0.00
Not so much a deal as a freebie, the original 1997 shooter Shadow Warrior is now free to play to promote the next-gen reboot. Great fun (if rock hard) the last time I played it - imagine Duke Nukem 3D with shuriken. I expect we'll do a blast from the past on it soon.
Some people carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.
You carry it in your sights.
Welcome home, councillor.
I frequently lament how the once-mighty flight simulator genre has all but bottomed out of popular gaming culture, coupled with the near-demise of its best friend the Space Sim. Truly, the skies and the universe itself were our playthings in those heady days of the mid to late nineties, and we were free to forge our own destiny in... oh. Sorry, I'm about to repeat myself again. All you really need to know is that Space Sims are awesome, flight sims are excellent and there just aren't enough of them around any more.
The biggest problem facing these games, especially in a generation that increasingly prioritises mass market appeal, is that they can be incredibly tough to get into for new players. The likes of X-Tension, I-War and Tie Fighter shipped with enormous arcane tomes that revealed the dozens of keyboard commands, flight yoke options and advanced manoeuvres necessary just to fly in a straight line - let alone locking S-foils, switching shields to double front and prepping cannons for synchronous fire! The advent of consoles and controllers forced games to economise and compromise, and publishers soon realised that satisfying the hardcore was less profitable than pandering to the burgeoning mainstream.
But way back in the last decade of the last millennium, 3D Realms and Microsoft laid down a template that could work today: an arcade flight aim with the visceral thrills of an FPS, optional exploration and streamlined controls that feel natural on a gamepad. A blueprint that, if used properly, could give the genre a new lease of life on downloadable console marketplaces. Welcome home, councillor... to Fury3.
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Duke Nukem Forever finally made its years-overdue appearance earlier this year... and we've practically forgotten about it already. Never mind, though, because you can now download the original classic - complete with all of the episodes including the bonus levels and weapons- for less than the price of a young person's bus ticket. A huge array of weapons and an anarchic sense of rampant fun means that all FPS fans should play this outstanding title at least once in their lives, even though it's showing its age somewhat.
If that isn't enough, remember that you can download loads of mods and mutators!
Duke Nukem Forever is finally out. We lived to see a pivotal event in gaming history unfold before our unbelieving eyes... though the end result certainly failed to set the critical world on fire. Fans, however, rave about its imaginative pacing and set pieces - as well as the big, bold and unashamedly balls-out action.
And it's now £7.99 until tomorrow evening. Which is good value as far as I'm concerned.
Duke Nukem Forever was, on the most part, absolutely atrocious. Many of us still enjoyed its pacing, unique gameplay features and good old fashioned action, but there's no getting past the horrible load times, dual weapons and the fact that it probably would have received an average score several years ago.
It's a tenner, though. Past Times sell paperweights for more than that, and this is one that you can actually play if you're so inclined.
Oh, how we cried with joy when 3D Realms announced a new Duke Nukem game back in the early 2000s. How we wailed when we found out that it was a platformer. And how we celebrated when we found out that it was actually great fun.
You see, Duke started out as a platformer hero - and goes back to his roots with style, imaginative weapons and loads of content. Truly aggravating bosses and graphics that look truly appalling today will put many people off, but it's probably worth a punt at this price considering that Windows 7 compatibility has been guaranteed.
Duke Nukem Forever finally made its years-overdue appearance... and we've practically forgotten about it already. Never mind, though, because you can now download the original classic - complete with all of the episodes including the bonus levels and weapons- for less than the price of a young person's bus ticket. A huge array of weapons and an anarchic sense of rampant fun means that all FPS fans should play this outstanding title at least once in their lives, even though it's showing its age somewhat.
If that isn't enough, remember that you can download loads of mods and mutators!
Duke Nukem Forever is a decidedly average game, which is a bit of a shame because Duke deserved a much better come back! The shooting isn't anything special, in fact it's a tad annoying to be honest with you. On the plus side there are plenty of film and game references to put a smile on your face. ShopTo are parting with Xbox 360 and PS3 copies of the game for £19.85, which'll make you a saving of almost £2.50 on the 360 and over £3 on the PS3.
If you've already seen my review for Duke Nukem Forever then you'll know that I was incredibly disappointed with it and it's definitely not the return Duke deserved. The aiming's not particularly great and overall it offers up a pretty bland experience. However, there are plenty of film and game references spread throughout the single player that'll probably bring a smile to your face. The merchants listed above are parting with PC copies of the game for £12.98, which is almost £2 cheaper than the next best offer coming in from The Hut. Thanks to realblender @ HUKD.
Sadly the Duke's return wasn't anywhere near as good as we'd hoped, in fact it's incredibly disappointing, but maybe all the extras in the Balls Of Steel edition'll go some way towards making up for the game's failures. In addition to the game you'll get a collectible bust of Duke Nukem, a numbered limited edition certificate of authenticity, a 100-page hardcover art book, a Duke Nukem Forever postcard series, a Duke Nukem Forever radioactive emblem sticker, a Duke Nukem Forever collectable comic book, some Duke Nukem Forever poker chips, a Duke Nukem Forever mini-card deck, and a couple of Duke Nukem Forever radioactive emblem dice. You can get hold of a PS3 pack for £29.99 over at Grainger Games, which'll make you a saving of almost £20 on the next best offers coming in from The Hut and Zavvi. Thanks to Mikey91 @ HUKD.
Unfortunately Duke Nukem Forever's not the return that the legendary character deserved, but at times it can make you smile and it's packed full of film and game references that are fun to spot. You should prepare yourself for an overwhelming sense of disappointment though because it feels very dated and it gets fairly repetitive after a while. ShopTo are parting with Xbox 360 and PS3 copies for £22.85, which'll save you over £9 on both versions.
Duke Nukem Forever is finally out thanks to last-minute intervention from Gearbox Software. Randy Pitchford was desperate for us to like it - and we do in a big, dumb, sympathetic kind of way - but taken empirically, DNF is pretty average. You can read up on Tom's full review for the details, but otherwise, you can take my word for the fact that it's not quite the pivotal gaming landmark that many were (unrealistically) expecting. If you're looking for the PS3 version, Simply Games have the best price around, but you'll probably want to nab a PC copy if possible due to vastly decreased load times.
Reports emerged last night that Sony Online Entertainment has closed three of its studios and looks set to lay-off around a third of its workforce. A 'source familiar with the matter' spoke to Kotaku, suggesting that SOE's studios in Seattle, Tucson and Denver have been closed, with half of the staff in Austin and 'a sizeable portion' of San Diego's studio.
The information first came to light thanks to a tweet from 3D Realms head, George Broussard. Sony are yet to comment, but we'll have more when we know it.
Sadly Gearbox have yet to actually release any screenshots or assets yet and we weren't allowed to take photos...so the vids in this article are made up of trailers we've seen over the last decade.
After 12 years of broken promises, disappointment and people just generally moving on with their lives, it's unsurprising that Gearbox hit something of a bump in the road when it came to deciding just how the hell they were going to present this new-but-old (DNF incorporates a massive amount of the original code) rejuvenated Duke, so they figured they'd just take the gam eon the road and turn up to PAX without telling anyone. Thankfully, they also brought it over for a European tour, and I got sit down with it and bust through the 15-20 minute demo to check it out for myself...after pinching myself, of course, just to check.
Set 12 years after the events of Duke Nukem 3D, being self-referential is a key ingredient, Duke is now the most famous and the most wealthy guy in the world. He owns a hotel and a casino in Las Vegas called The Fellatio, he has his own stadium, statues that testify to his greatness line the streets. He leads a typically hedonistic lifestyle in the penthouse suite of his own hotel and life is good.
But not for long. You see, the aliens have returned, although under the guise of peace. Duke's having none of it, of course, and wants make pork chops and bacon sandwiches out of them, but the world powers are attempting to broker a peace and he's told to stay out of it and not mess things up by getting trigger happy. It seems, though, that Duke's right. Secretly, the aliens are beginning to steal away the women of Planet Earth in order to spawn an enormous mixed-species invasion force that can wipe out Mankind.
You don't mess with Duke's women.
Kicking off with the assertion that Duke is once again all out of gum, the demo starts, as you may have seen, with the big man having a piss in one of the changing rooms of an American football stadium. Although it would seem to be the perfect place to have a button mashing minigame just to see how high on the wall you can get it, alas you can only look around. If you think that what I just wrote is immature, puerile and disgusting then...you're right. And this game, or preview, certainly isn't for you!