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Duke is back, baby, and this time he’s brought all of his gun-toting, wisecracking antics to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Arriving yesterday afternoon on the PlayStation Network, players can now take a trip down FPS memory lane with Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition.
If you grew up in the 90’s, or perhaps enjoy some old-school gaming from time to time, then chances are you know exactly who Duke Nukem is. Unfortunately for more modern gamers, your only real point of reference for the stone-jawed antihero is a less-than-stellar attempt to revitalize the franchise a couple of years back; a game probably best forgotten completely.
Back in the day, however, Duke was the king of the hill when it came to first-person shooters, offering all of the genre staples such as loads of weapons, intense shootouts, winding paths and more tongue-in-cheek references than you can shake a boomstick at.
Announced yesterday via the PlayStation Blog, Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition has finally arrived on PlayStation consoles as a cross-buy title for the PS3 and Vita. Devolver Digital had a hand in bringing this blast to the past to modern machines, with Chief Financial Officer Fork Parker reminding everyone that the original Nukem 3D arrived just shy of 20 years ago.
It’s crazy then, that the game hold up so well here in 2015. I took a couple of hours to plow into the Vita version of the game last night and found it to play quite well on the modern handheld. The game looks sharp, controls well and is so on-the-money that it caused me to experience middle school flashbacks, transporting me to the mid-90’s when I first dove into these crazy antics. Even more surprising is how relevant the game remains. From basic mechanics and enemy types to level structure and game flow, it’s insane how much of Nukem’s DNA still pumps through modern games like Call of Duty, Battlefield and the like.
Also impressive is the amount of content on offer here. This version of the game includes Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition, which includes all four of the officially released episodes. You’ll also later Nukem shootouts, including Duke Caribbean: Life’s a Beach, Duke is Out in D.C. and Duke: Nuclear winter. Everything is there, just like you remember it, with optimized visual, sound and control schemes.
You can also expect trophies for all of the titles, the ability to record and share your favorite moments in video exchange and the multiplayer options for local and online play featuring 1v1 and free-for-all competitions.
Even better is the fact that, if you’re a PlayStation Plus member, you can grab Nukem as one of January’s gratis titles. Boom, baby.