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Duke Nukem is a foul-mouthed, muscle-bound gun nut with a craving for mayhem and anything in a skirt. His trash talking, weapon-enhanced bravado comes in handy in when aliens attack Earth. These invaders from outer space are hell-bent on enslaving the world and performing cruel biogenetic experiments on unwilling human females. In the immortal words of Duke himself, "No one takes our chicks and lives..."
Your mission in Duke Nukem 3D is to frag (kill) as many aliens as you can as you work your way through the various rooms and areas in three episodes of play: L.A. Meltdown, Lunar Apocalypse and Shrapnel City. You can select which level you would like to enter first. There are four types of aliens for your killing pleasure, including Assault Troops, Pig Cops, Enforcers and Octobrains.
You begin the game with your standard weapon, a pistol, which lets you fire six rounds in succession before you have to reload. Be careful when reloading as it leaves you temporarily vulnerable. Whenever you find a clip, it will add six rounds to your stash. You can carry up to 200 bullets.
For more power and a wider burst, you can find a shotgun, which you must pump to reload every time after firing. Pumping leaves you vulnerable for about a second. To increase your ammo supply, you can pick up boxes containing six shells. The most shells you can tote around are 50.
The Rocket Propelled Launcher (RPG) is the most explosive of the weapons you can find. It kills all onscreen enemies with a single shot. Cases of RPG ammunition contain five rounds. You can only carry 50 rounds at a time. If you run completely out of ammo for all weapons, your boot is your only means of attack. This is a weak weapon to say the least.
As you progress through the game, ridding the world of alien scum, you'll need to find key cards for use in opening certain doors. You can also find med kits to increase your health and armor to protect you from enemy firepower. Skill levels in Duke Nukem 3D include Piece of Cake, Let's Rock, Come Get Some and Damn I'm Good. A password feature, which lets you restart a game from the level you die on, is also available. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide