Duke Nukem 3D Developers Release a ’90s Throwback Shooter

It's the closest you can get to the '90s without having to wear JNCO jeans.

3D Realms have created a new FPS game that appears to be built on the same engine as Duke Nukem 3D.

Ion Maiden is an Early Access game that tells the story of Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison’s battle against a cybernetic army trying to destroy a futuristic version of DC. Naturally, she must utilize a variety of incredible weapons to slow down their advances and ultimately win the day. Said weapons include Shelly’s revolver, Loverboy, and a host of realistic and futuristic death dealers that feature primary and alternate modes of fire. 

From top-to-bottom, Ion Maiden is an old-school FPS game. It’s got lots of action, module music, and levels that are not procedurally generated and feature multiple paths. It’s described as the true successor to games like Shadow Warrior and Duke Nukem

That much is evident by just looking at the game, but what’s truly impressive about Ion Maiden is that it’s not a sleek throwback to an era gone by but rather a game developed within the exact same engine used to create some classic ’90s shooters. Granted, time and experience have allowed the developers to push the engine further than it ever would have been able to go back in the day, but this is a proper throwback FPS experience. 

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If you’re wondering why the game is in Early Access, it seems to be based on 3D Realms’ desire to expand and improve the game’s offerings. Said expansions and improvement include some performance fixes and the addition of a possible multiplayer mode. For now, you are able to access a preview campaign designed to give you a taste of what is coming when 3D Realms develops the final version of this game. 

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There’s no word on when the final version of the game will be released, but if you’re itching to try this out now, it seems that this current build of the game certainly captures the spirit of old-school shooters even it is incomplete.