HomeLan continues it look at the 10 Most Important First Person Shooters. This time they take a look at Duke Nukem 3D:
Why is it important?
3D Realms/Apogee Software had a hand in the creation of id Software but with Duke Nukem they turned the dark and horrific trend in first person shooter popularized by Doom and turned it on its ear. Arguably the best 2D first person shooter ever made, Duke Nukem 3D used the Build engine to great effect with dynamic and interactive game levels, cool and innovative weapons and items (freeze gun, shrinking ray, jet pack), and a large dollop of humor that at times was refreshing non-politically correct. Cool deathmatch options and the release of the Build level editor also helped to fuel interest in Duke long after its release.