I think I am right in saying that everyone loves the older games. 3D Realms is a name that many will associate with the Duke Nukem series of games. They did actually produce many more great games besides and now we are being given the opportunity to play them. 3D Realms Anthology is a collection of 32 brilliant games that you might have played in the past and if not you can get the chance to now. So let us take a look what goodies are included. So in the immortal words of Duke himself, “Come Get Some.”
Publisher: 3D Realms
Release Date: 5 May 2015
Steam Store link: http://store.steampowered.com/sub/61948/
Games Included in bundle:
Alien Carnage / Halloween Harry, Arctic Adventure, Balls of Steel, Bio Menace, Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold, Blake Stone: Planet Strike, Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure, Crystal Caves, Dark Ages, Death Rally, Duke Nukem, Duke Nukem 2, Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project, Duke Nukem 3D, Hocus Pocus, Major Stryker, Math Rescue, Monster Bash, Monuments of Mars, Mystic Towers, Paganitzu, Pharaoh’s Tomb, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Realms of Chaos, Rise of the Triad: Dark War, Secret Agent, Shadow Warrior (Classic), Stargunner, Terminal Velocity, Wacky Wheels, Word Rescue and Xenophage.
As can be seen this bundle of games includes a mixture of styles. These range from 3D First Person Shooters to 2D Action games and even some education titles. On a personal note I probably played about 50% of the games that are included in the pack and playing them again did bring back some good memories. I also enjoyed the fact that I could give games a try which I didn’t get around to playing now 20-odd years after release. If I will be honest, the game that I really enjoyed giving some play time to was the original Duke Nukem.
Duke was probably my favourite 3D FPS from the 90’s, besides Wolfenstein 3D, which was not included in this bundle for some reason. I kind of felt I was back in the golden age of PC first person shooters, which give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. I will tell you all that Duke Nukem is as good now as it was back then. Another awesome title that I enjoyed revisiting was Shadow Warrior (Classic) which is another of 3D Realms FPS that actually was great back in the 90’s.
The Apogee games might not be as good as the 3D Realms offerings in the pack, but still great fun to play. As most of the games are old DOS titles they emulated using DOSBox. On the whole there were no major issues with running them, but I did get the occasional loading glitch, which was easily fixed by just re-loading the game. Graphically the games generally look very much like they did back in the days of VGA and SVGA graphics, that looks slightly better thanks to Steam’s rendering, which I am glad to be honest as this keeps their authenticity and charm. The sounds have also been captured and every blip and beep that was generated by the soundblaster and compatible sound cards have been kept and sound as good now as they did back then.
3D Realms and Apogee created some great games back in the 90’s. Now the gamers of today can get the chance to play some of the games that were cutting edge back in their time. Sure the graphics might be ultra-smooth, high resolution affair but the games had lots of playability. This is definitely a worthwhile purchase, whether you are looking to play some classics or never played a 3D Realms game before.