Posts Tagged ‘3D Realms’

Hold On Daddy, Hold On Mom: Bombshell Delayed

3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment never will get to make Duke Nukem Mass Destruction, we can finally say with certainity now that lawsuit’s settled, but they appeared to have accepted this years before anyway. The twin-stick shooter was seemingly reborn as Bombshell [official site], an awfully similar-looking game with that flattoped buffoon swapped out for a lady also brimming with rude ‘tude and one-liners. Bombshell was due this autumn, but Interceptor have now announced it needs a little more work and so Shelly ‘Bombshell’ Harrison will be riding out on January 29th, 2016. Oh, and it’s getting an FPS prequel next year too.

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Have You Played… Duke Nukem 3D?

Always first in line on Orange Wednesday, that Duke.

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Even today, the opening levels of Duke Nukem 3D [official site] are exciting places to poke around. Flick light switches, disturb rats in toilet cubicles, have a waz, bounce pool balls around the table, and can kick bins just because. I’d put it up there with Deus Ex and Gone Home on the list of Games Where It’s Cool To Poke At Stuff.

The face-shooting’s pretty fun too.

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3D Realms & Gearbox End Duke Nukem Legal Battle

A lot has changed in video games across my six years as a professional words person, but Duke Nukem has always been a shambles. In uncertain times, I knew I could always glance his way and groan “Oh no what’s happened now?” I feel a little lost now the legal troubles between old owner 3D Realms and the new Dukelords at Gearbox Software have wrapped up.

Gearbox, 3D Realms, and 3DR owner Interceptor Entertainment have issued a joint statement declaring they’ve voluntarily ended all the litigation, and that Gearbox are “the full and rightful owner[s] of the Duke Nukem franchise.”

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Have You Played… Major Stryker?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every weekday of the year, perhaps for all time.

Truth be told, I don’t know which of my muddled memories are of Major Stryker and which are the many other gloriously over-the-top shmups of the late DOS era. I just know that, for a time, I loved them more than anything: the action, the explosions, the really big guns you got if you collected enough orbs, the fact they weren’t particularly difficult (which made bullet hell games such as Ikaruga a nasty shock when I tried ‘em years later), the way you could blow up things on the ground for no reason other than DESTRUCTION. They were everything games needed to be.
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Dud: 10 Minutes Of 3D Realms’ Bombshell

Given that Bombshell [official site] seemingly began life as a Duke Nukem game, before legal battling saw the aging blonde bimbo replaced with a bodacious babe, I’d expected it would be more bombastic. Explosions! Quips! Explosions! Flushable toilets! Explosions! A sense of humour. A bit of a bad attitude. Something. Anything. Instead, its twin-stick shooting looks kinda fun but the wrapping is so dull.

We’ve got our first proper look at the game in a new gameplay trailer coming out of QuakeCon, which shows ten minutes of hot fetch quest action (find a key for a supply crate!) with dull dialogue and no flushable toilets.

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Redesigned From The Character Up: Bombshell

Does ... does that work? Can you just put three barrels and triple the number of holes?

Right. Bombshell [official site]. Originally announced as a sort of replacement project for a cancelled Duke Nukem game due to 3D Realms endless legal troubles, it looked … well, a bit shit. Very 2009 from a graphical standpoint, low-budget 90s from a thematic one. It sort’ve disappeared after that with that initial trailer now deleted and a total re-reveal of the game taking place. Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison has grown her hair out a bit and found some armour with a midriff and trouser bottoms if not a proper chestplate. She and the game are looking a lot cooler and a lot closer to the Diablo-With-Guns-And-Ms.-Nukem that’s presumably the aim.

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Night Of The Living Devs: 3D Realms Relaunches

From what sacrifice does this blood flow?

Names have power, oh names have a terrible power. Names define and names bind, names create and names destroy. No name can ever truly die. Utter those syllables by chance or by mischief and the name returns, just like that, hungry to reclaim its power. When we instinctively shush a burbling baby, it is a primal terror that they might speak a forbidden name. From the mouths of babes, indeed.

But hark, why do the cats wail so? From whence does this gale blow? You press your hands to your ears but cannot keep in the gushing blood nor block out the howling winds and the name they carry:


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It Lives Again: Blood Rises On Steam

If I wrote a post every time an old game popped up on Steam, I wouldn’t have time to gather my thoughts about new games, or to drink this delicious cuppa. I’d also be wasting a lot of words on Putt-Putt And Fatty Bear’s Flatulent Festival, along with various other fetid blasts from the past. Blood is different though. It isn’t a difficult game to find but when I spotted that it had emerged on Steam, I felt the butterflies that live in my stomach fluttering into action (assistance required – send a lepidopterist with a scalpel). It’s a brilliant FPS, with credible environments and intelligent enemy placement, particularly throughout the first episode, which I’ve probably played more than any other collection of levels.

Do not buy the sequel though. It’s a rotten mess.

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Lawsuit Takes Toll, Duke Nukem On Hold For Bombshell

Remember that legal battle between Rise of the Triad developer Interceptor (who recently ate 3D Realms) and Borderlands border/game license patrol Gearbox over who’s allowed to make Duke Nukem games? Yeah, well it’s still happening, and apparently it’s not going as smoothly as Interceptor anticipated when I interviewed them. From Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction‘s maybe-ashes has arisen Bombshell, Interceptor’s own top-down blast-‘em-up starring a hard-fighting, harder-drinking main character. This one, however, is an impractically dressed lady with a robot arm… who just so happens to have recently robbed Duke Nukem’s supply chest/motorcycle garage/lion throne room. Trailer and first details below.

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3D Realms Puts Up Dukes In Legal Battle With Gearbox

He'll be your judge, jury, and focus of a series of increasingly heated legal exchanges that culminate in uncertainty surrounding a beloved franchise for years to come.

The plot thickens. Actually, come to think of it, the plot was already quite thick – perhaps even viscous – given that 3D Realms sold the rights to Duke Nukem years ago only to resurface out-of-the-blue with a new Duke Nukem game being developed by Rise of the Triad developer Interceptor, get sued by Gearbox for it, sell its entire business to Interceptor, and allege that the purveyor of borders and lands has no legal ground to stand on. It’s been a mess so far, frankly – a sticky morass of contradictory claims. And now for the latest chapter, in which 3DR and Interceptor claim an agreement over an old project called Duke Nukem Survivor gives them every right to continue absconding with Gearbox’s supplies of gum and frighteningly kickable ass in the night.

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