Duke Nukem: Time to Kill

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Duke Nukem: Time To Kill
Duke Nukem - Time to Kill Coverart.png
Developer(s) n-Space
Publisher(s) GT Interactive Software
Director(s) Vic Merritt
Producer(s) Dan O'Leary
Designer(s) Ted Newman
Programmer(s) Chris Cammack
Artist(s) Bradley Weckman
Composer(s) Jeff Mac
Series Duke Nukem
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release
  • NA: September 30, 1998
  • EU: February 15, 1999
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Duke Nukem: Time to Kill is a third-person shooter developed by n-Space and published by GT Interactive Software for the PlayStation.

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay and controls are very similar to those of Tomb Raider, a fact humorously referenced throughout the game. Aside from Tomb Raider, the game references The Evil Dead, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Back to the Future series, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and the song "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by American singer James Brown.

The game also features a 2-Player Deathmatch option, where 2 players can battle against each other in environments loosely based on the single-player stages referring to the different time periods. The multiplayer stages can also be accessed in the single-player game by finding stopwatches or 'Surprises.' If these hidden items are found, the player is given an opportunity to take on a horde of enemies in the multiplayer stages using an upgraded version of the current weapon used, with the prize for completion being to keep the upgrade for the remainder of the game.

Plot[edit]

The game opens with an introduction video sequence of Duke riding his motorbike towards the Bootylicious Strip Club in downtown Los Angeles, only to find the Pig Cops teleporting in to disrupt his fun, turning his motorcycle into a pink child's bicycle. Duke takes out the Pig Cops and the game begins. The video sequence is accompanied by the song "The Thing I Hate" by Stabbing Westward. Apparently, an alien race called the Draks are causing havoc in Earth's timeline, and are aiming to kill Duke. It's up to him now to clean up the timeline.

The first stage of the game is a hub stage. It is an "inner city" composed of the strip club, a subway, an apartment and manufacturing plant. On each visit to the hub stage, the appearance and enemies change slightly, and the dancers in the strip club change from women to mutated pigs and even men, Duke can kill the dancers, which leads to Mutated Pigs teleporting in, resulting in humorous comments from a disgusted Duke. The objectives of the hub stages are to find 3 key crystals (hidden in a different location each time) and use them to operate a Time-Space Warp that Duke must use to travel to the Old West, Medieval Europe, and Ancient Rome. In each scenario, Duke finds evidence of Draks and their pig minions period dress attempting to change history in their favor.

Duke encounters several stages of action before a final confrontation against an enormous end boss. Duke clears out all three time periods, defeating all opposition, including powerful monsters such as "The Reaper", Duke also encounters a dragon referred to as "Wing'd Death". In the end, Duke encounters the Drak leader, Moloch the Gate Keeper and then kills him. With his enemies eliminated, Duke returns to his time. This game was followed up with Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes, and a game was made for the Nintendo 64 called Duke Nukem: Zero Hour.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankings75%[1]
Review scores
PublicationScore
EGM6.67/10[2]
Game Informer8.5/10[3]
GamePro4/5 stars[4]
Game RevolutionB+[5]
GameSpot7.5/10[6]
IGN8/10[7]
OPM (US)3.5/5 stars[8]

The game received "favorable" reviews according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Duke Nukem: Time to Kill for PlayStation". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  2. ^ EGM staff (1998). "Duke Nukem: Time to Kill". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis.
  3. ^ McNamara, Andy; Anderson, Paul; Reiner, Andrew (November 1998). "Duke Nukem: Time to Kill". Game Informer. No. 67. FuncoLand. p. 59. Archived from the original on September 21, 1999. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Air Hendrix (1998). "Duke Nukem: Time To Kill Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on February 20, 2005. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Ferris, Duke (November 1998). "Duke Nukem: Time to Kill Review". Game Revolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on October 1, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Garrett, Steven (October 8, 1998). "Duke Nukem: Time to Kill Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (October 15, 1998). "Duke Nukem: Time to Kill". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "Duke Nukem: Time to Kill". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Ziff Davis. 1998.

External links[edit]