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Steam Debuts Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition

| 20 Mar 2013 21:19

Hail to the king baby! Duke is back, and this time he won't leave you horribly disappointed.

I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but we can all agree that Duke Nukem Forever didn't live up to the expectations we all had for the franchise, right? I'm sure there are a few of you who didn't utterly hate Gearbox's attempt to salvage a project that effectively killed Duke Nukem creator 3D Realms, but by and large, Duke Nukem Forever is less a game and a more a Sisyphean symbol of everything that could possibly go wrong during a game's development.

Alright, now that we've gotten that out of the way you can go back to trying to desperately to forget that Duke Nukem Forever was ever created. After all, we're here today to discuss the original, undeniably awesome Duke Nukem 3D -- and more specifically the imminent Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition.

According to PC Gamer, this latest title is a compilation of the original Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition along with three of the game's better expansion packs: Duke Caribbean: Life's a Beach, Duke It Out In DC and Duke: Nuclear Winter. As was the industry standard at the time, these expansions add little more than a few new maps (most of which are based around gimmicky design tropes) and occasionally a new weapon or two, but for the most part what you're paying for is more of that classic Duke 3D gameplay.

More importantly, Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition's Steam release adds SteamPlay support to the game, with support for Steamworks to be added at some point in the future. It would be enough for this release to exist by itself as it marks Duke's belated Steam debut, but the modern accoutrements planned for the title serve as lovely icing on this violent, pixelated cake.

So, when can you get your hands on Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition? That's the best part. If publisher Devolver Digital is to be believed, the game will make its Steam debut later today. I checked the service immediately after typing that last sentence and it isn't currently available, but it should appear any minute now. As for a price point, you'll be happy to hear that all of this can be yours for a mere $10. Even without the complimentary comparison to Duke Nukem Forever, that's a very solid deal for such a seminal shooter -- and no, that wasn't a disgusting (yet utterly apropos) euphemism.

Source: PC Gamer

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