I had previously played Duke Nukem a few weeks ago, and contray to popular opinion, I didn't enjoy my time playing, I personally put that down to not having any emotional attachment to the series. But saying that, here I am, having just finished Duke Nukem 2 (with the help of a FAQ guide), and I enjoyed it very much.
I will get the bad points out of the way first; yes I know this is a straight port from a DOS game, but I think it would of been even better if the controller would of worked with it. You can configure a controller, however it gets stuck in a loop of just pressing down a direction constantly, so I had to play with the clunky keyboard controlls, which took some time to get used to.
The good points are what I would expect to see in any side scrolling shooter, lots of bad guys and lots of different weapons to kill them with. I liked that the game is very unforgiving, if you die, you basically start the whole level all over again, and boy did I find that out the hardway.
This time we get a sound track as well! The catchy 8 bit tune soon gets stuck in your head as you are wandering around. Sound effects remind you of playing in the arcade. Very nicely done. A full play through took me just about five hours.
I really enjoyed my time on Duke Nukem 2, hoping this will carry onto the next one I play.
As a little kid, I always loved this game and I still love it. This is fast paced action 2D Platforming at its best. The levels are hard, but not impossible.Controls are great, music is great and there's just a sense of Adrenaline in this game. There are minor issues with the game. Duke walks really fast and the screen can't keep up, resulting in enemies seemingly popping up out of nowhere.
And also, I remember Duke not wearing any sunglasses. Those didn't came until Duke 3D. Why they decided to have the sunglasses on in this version is beyond me. Duke doesn't need the sunglasses to be Duke. I know it's a minor detail, but I guess you can compare to George Lucas changing minor things in the original Star Wars trilogy. It doesn't make it worse, it's just annoying.
But when it comes down to it. This is an excellent game and well worth the price.
Duke Nukem 2 is a pretty solid platform shooter considering its age. If you have played the first title and enjoyed it, definitely pick this one up as well because it is basically the same with some cool new weapons and features.
The only drawbacks are that it is a pretty short game and it shows its age in some core gameplay and structural qualities at times. This is worth picking up, but I would wait for a sale.
Whilst this game improved upon the first, it hasn't aged well compared to other games at the time. We're talking late '93 here, Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES is out, & Sonic CD is also out there, both very good platformers (just without the guns). StarFox exists and Doom is to be released just a week after Duke Nukem II. Some tough competition there, showing how aged Duke Nukem II must have looked at the time. Still, I found this to be more enjoyable than the first game.
This game is a game i grew up with in the time of floppies, for me it has still stands strong though its a simple game. Like i said its a game from the floppy era so no mouse is involved this makes it a perfect game to play on youre laptop in the bus or train. Sinds its such an old game any pc can run it altough you might want to watch out for youre battery in youre laptop because you still need steam to run it (on or off line). If youre not easely carsick and you want a game to play in youre car then this might be the thing you want. The game inst that hard but you need to time youre jumps right and shoot alot of things at the same time if you can do that (and like that ofcourse) on the backseat of the car with a crappy laptop then this is the game for you. If its on sale again during a winter or summer special its extra good because then the price will be even lower. I hope you found this usefull and if hesitant you should see some youtube video's that always works for me ^^.
Tough and fun. This classic game is so much fun. The way it plays is good and the action is really cool. Definately not the easiest game but you will have a great time. You should really pick this up. Especially if it is on sale!