Duke Nukem 3D (DOS)

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Duke Nukem 3D
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Platform: DOS
Year: 1996
Developer: 3D Realms Entertainment
Buy: Amazon
For other games in the series see Duke Nukem.

Duke Nukem 3D was not only a technological advancement, but also a really fun First-person Shooter. The game has all the staples of a FPS of the late-90s. There are lots of enemies to shoot, lots of guns to shoot with, and a very weak plot. However, the game features plenty of gimmicks to keep it entertaining. Aside from starting the game in the red-light district, complete with XXX stores and strippers, there are plenty of very memorable one-liners from Duke like, "it's time to abort your whole freaking species," and, "nukem 'till they glow, then shoot 'em in the dark."

Ken Silverman created the all new Build engine for the game as well which featured several enhancements like sloped walls, basic reflective surfaces, swimming, and sectors on top of each other. This alone gave the game a one up on all of the other 3D engines at the time and wasn't technically challenged until the Quake engine came out four months later, however the Build engine was used by more games in the long run.

Unlike most of the FPSs of the time that were gloomy and dark, Duke Nukem 3D kept the spirit of its predecessors alive by maintaining an over-the-top cinema-style humor to it which was very well appreciated by the fans.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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The main menu.

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The beginning of the first level.

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Third episode.

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Dead.

Music

The music of Duke Nukem 3D was put together by Bobby Prince, a veteran in the video game field, and the amazing composer, Lee Jackson. The soundtrack fits well into the various levels of the game adding to the ambiance. By itself however, the soundtrack is merely average. None of the tracks are really that memorable, but they do properly fit the game.

Recording

The 0-199 is General MIDI, the 200-299 is AdLib, 300-399 is for PCM recordings (.voc files) included with the game.

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# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Grabbag Lee Jackson 2:14
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02 Stalker Lee Jackson 5:37
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03 Taking the Death Toll Bobby Prince 8:11
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04 The City Streets Bobby Prince 12:06
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05 Water World Bobby Prince 11:55
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06 Sneaky Snake Bobby Prince 11:55
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07 The Call of Death Bobby Prince 12:40
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08 Ah, Geez! Lee Jackson 3:33
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09 Future Military Conquests Lee Jackson 6:51
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10 Space Storm Bobby Prince 10:38
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11 Gut Wrencher Bobby Prince 7:51
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12 RoboCreeping Lee Jackson 5:00
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13 Stalag 3-D Lee Jackson 6:19
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14 Pissed! Bobby Prince 10:30
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15 Aliens, Say Your Prayers! Bobby Prince 6:38
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16 Plasma Lee Jackson 5:02
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17 Alfred H. Lee Jackson 6:16
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18 Gloomy Lee Jackson 5:15
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19 In Tents Lee Jackson 5:39
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20 In Hiding Bobby Prince 8:20
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21 Going After the Fat Commander Bobby Prince 8:37
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22 Taking Names Bobby Prince 11:16
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23 Subway Bobby Prince 13:16
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24 Invader Bobby Prince 9:47
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25 Gotham Lee Jackson 5:25
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26 233.778 Celsius Lee Jackson 13:31
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27 Lord of L.A. Bobby Prince 12:46
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28 Urban Jungle Lee Jackson 5:31
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29 Spook Bobby Prince 8:31
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30 Whomp Lee Jackson 7:29
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# Title Composer Length Listen Download
201 Grabbag Lee Jackson 2:12
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202 Stalker Lee Jackson 5:19
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# Title Composer Length Listen Download
301 Grabbag Lee Jackson 1:06
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302 Bonus Lee Jackson 0:35
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303 Bar Music Lee Jackson 0:21
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304 Born To Be Wild! Lee Jackson 0:38
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Credits

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Game Rip

Format

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Size

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The music is located in the Duke3d.grp file and is in a special MIDI format called EMIDI that was designed by Jim Dosé and Lee Jackson, although it's similar enough to MIDI to be played by all standard players. The music was ripped with Csabo's eXtendable Wad Editor and recorded using Winamp. The track titles are from the meta data of the MIDI files and the track order is the same order of the levels in the game. The game's CD contains the original MIDI files as well, along with a text file of the official song names and their composers.

Audio Devices

Music

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Sound

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(Sources: Music, Sound)

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Duke Nukem 3D
Platform: DOS
Released: 1996-01-29
Publisher: GT Interactive Software Corp.
  UK.svg   UK
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Title: Duke Nukem 3D
Platform: DOS
Released: 1996-05-17
Publisher: FormGen, Inc.
  France.svg   France
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Title: Duke Nukem 3D
Platform: DOS
Released: 1996-09-??
Publisher: FormGen, Inc.
  EU.svg   EU
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Title: Duke Nukem 3D
Platform: DOS
Released: 1996-??-??
Publisher: FormGen, Inc.
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: Duke Nukem 3D
Platform: DOS
Released: 1996-??-??
Publisher: FormGen, Inc.
  Australia.svg   Australia
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Title: Duke Nukem 3D
Platform: DOS
Released: 199?-??-??
Publisher: FormGen, Inc.
  Czech Republic.svg   Czech Republic
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Title: Duke Nukem 3D
Platform: DOS
Released: 199?-??-??
Publisher: FormGen, Inc.

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