Buy This, Not That: Duke Nukem

Welcome to Buy This, Not That. In this golden era of instant gratification and downloadable games, we must be ever vigilant of crappy games that would take our well-earned cash. The aim of the Buy This, Not That is to help you, the aspiring game connoisseur, play great games and save some cash. So let’s get started with the biggest name in FPS.

Duke Nukem. So much can be said about him. If this is the first you’re hearing about him, look him up on Wikipedia first and then come back. Go on, I’ll wait. Done? OK.

Buy This:

If you don’t already own a copy of the game, do yourself a favor and buy Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition from Good Old Games now. Good Old Games (one of my favorite digital retailers) specializes in selling old, nostalgia filled games that are still worth your money. For $5.99 plus tax you’ll get a digital copy of one of the greatest FPS games of all time and some bonus content (RINGTONES!!!). Sounds like a good deal to me.

Not That:

A year after Duke Nukem 3D came out in 1996, it was announced that Duke Nukem Forever would be the next title in the franchise. Arriving on shelves in North America today, it took 13 years for that game to come out. Based on the reviews, I’d say that any hope of a game worthy of 13 years in development, are lost. Sure, it’s a mediocre game, but is it worth 60 bucks? No.

Final Verdict:

All gamers should play Duke Nukem 3D, it’s a classic game that helped define the modern FPS genre. Maybe his over-the-top violence and objectification of women isn’t your thing, but it’s an important chapter in gaming history and for 6 bucks you should give it a shot. If you still think you need to give Duke Nukem Forever your money, kindly refer to this flow chart.

What do you think of this week’s Buy This, Not That? Do you like it? Loathe it? Do you have a suggestion for the next must-buy game? Tell us in the forums!

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  • Steve519

    Great article Dan, I really hope you make this a series here at Platform Nation.  And I couldn’t agree with you more, I’ve played several levels now of Duke Nukem Forever and wow, it’s nothing special, nothing at all.  Duke 3D is so much of a better choice.