Duke Nukem 3D (DOS)

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Duke Nukem 3D
Duke Nukem 3D - DOS - USA.jpg
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 following output prefixes are used:

  1. - Gravis UltraSound (original patch set)
  2. - Gravis UltraSound ("Pro Patches Lite" v1.60 )
  3. - General MIDI
  4. - OPL2 (Sound Blaster / Ad Lib)
  5. - Lower quality PCM (VOC format)


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# Title Composer Length Listen Download
101 Grabbag Lee Jackson 2:14
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102 Stalker Lee Jackson 2:56
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103 Taking the Death Toll Bobby Prince 4:11
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# Title Composer Length Listen Download
301 Grabbag Lee Jackson 2:14
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302 Stalker Lee Jackson 5:37
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303 Taking the Death Toll Bobby Prince 8:11
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304 The City Streets Bobby Prince 12:06
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305 Water World Bobby Prince 11:55
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306 Sneaky Snake Bobby Prince 11:55
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307 The Call of Death Bobby Prince 12:40
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308 Ah, Geez! Lee Jackson 3:33
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309 Future Military Conquests Lee Jackson 6:51
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310 Space Storm Bobby Prince 10:38
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311 Gut Wrencher Bobby Prince 7:51
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312 RoboCreeping Lee Jackson 5:00
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313 Stalag 3-D Lee Jackson 6:19
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314 Pissed! Bobby Prince 10:30
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315 Aliens, Say Your Prayers! Bobby Prince 6:38
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316 Plasma Lee Jackson 5:02
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317 Alfred H. Lee Jackson 6:16
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318 Gloomy Lee Jackson 5:15
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319 In Tents Lee Jackson 5:39
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320 In Hiding Bobby Prince 8:20
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321 Going After the Fat Commander Bobby Prince 8:37
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322 Taking Names Bobby Prince 11:16
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323 Subway Bobby Prince 13:16
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324 Invader Bobby Prince 9:47
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325 Gotham Lee Jackson 5:25
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326 233.778 Celsius Lee Jackson 13:31
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327 Lord of L.A. Bobby Prince 12:46
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328 Urban Jungle Lee Jackson 5:31
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329 Spook Bobby Prince 8:31
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330 Whomp Lee Jackson 7:29
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# Title Composer Length Listen Download
401 Grabbag Lee Jackson 2:12
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402 Stalker Lee Jackson 5:19
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403 Taking the Death Toll Bobby Prince 4:09
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404 The City Streets Bobby Prince 7:07
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405 Water World Bobby Prince 5:55
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406 Sneaky Snake Bobby Prince 5:48
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407 The Call of Death Bobby Prince 6:24
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408 Ah, Geez! Lee Jackson 4:15
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409 Future Military Conquests Lee Jackson 3:29
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410 Space Storm Bobby Prince 5:24
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411 Gut Wrencher Bobby Prince 4:00
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412 RoboCreeping Lee Jackson 3:53
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413 Stalag 3-D Lee Jackson 3:09
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414 Pissed! Bobby Prince 5:18
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415 Aliens, Say Your Prayers! Bobby Prince 3:25
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416 Plasma Lee Jackson 2:27
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417 Alfred H. Lee Jackson 2:59
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418 Gloomy Lee Jackson 2:41
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419 In Tents Lee Jackson 2:54
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420 In Hiding Bobby Prince 4:16
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421 Going After the Fat Commander Bobby Prince 4:16
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422 Taking Names Bobby Prince 5:33
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423 Subway Bobby Prince 6:42
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424 Invader Bobby Prince 4:48
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425 Gotham Lee Jackson 2:46
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426 233.778 Celsius Lee Jackson 6:25
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427 Lord of L.A. Bobby Prince 6:26
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428 Urban Jungle Lee Jackson 2:50
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429 Spook Bobby Prince 4:28
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430 Whomp Lee Jackson 3:48
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# Title Composer Length Listen Download
501 Grabbag Lee Jackson 1:06
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502 Bonus Lee Jackson 0:35
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503 Bar Music Lee Jackson 0:21
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504 Born To Be Wild! Lee Jackson 0:38
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Credits

(Source)

Game Rip

Format

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Size

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Download 184 KB

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
Duke Nukem 3D - DOS - Europe.jpg
Title: Duke Nukem 3D
Platform: DOS
Released: 1996-??-??
Publisher: FormGen, Inc.
  Germany.svg   Germany
Duke Nukem 3D - DOS - Germany.jpg
Title: Duke Nukem 3D
Platform: DOS
Released: 1996-??-??
Publisher: FormGen, Inc.
  Australia.svg   Australia
Duke Nukem 3D - DOS - Australia.jpg
Title: Duke Nukem 3D
Platform: DOS
Released: 199?-??-??
Publisher: FormGen, Inc.
  Czech Republic.svg   Czech Republic
Duke Nukem 3D - DOS - Czech Republic.jpg
Title: Duke Nukem 3D
Platform: DOS
Released: 199?-??-??
Publisher: FormGen, Inc.

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