Gamers shoot their way through a variety of levels modeled after real-world locales, such as movie theaters and office buildings. The action is fast and bloody, courtesy of your arsenal of powerful weapons. Call us crazy, but we especially liked the grenade launcher. This weapon shoots delayed-fuse projectiles that can bounce around corners to dislodge lurking enemies.
When you tire of the single-player levels, you can partake in a fun deathmatch with up to three other players. Thanks to some adept computer-controlled "Dukebots," you don't even need to round up any friends to enjoy this portion of the game.
The game's major fault is its poor graphics. Levels and explosions are rendered in 3-D, but everything from monsters to weapons are depicted as flat, pixilated 2-D sprites. Duke Nukem certainly isn't the prettiest shooter on the N64, but it is among the funniest. --T. Byrl Baker
- Deathmatch offers a fun alternative to solo play
- Realistic environments add to gameplay
- Poor graphics
- Occasional slowdown