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Duke Nukem: Zero Hour

by Niggurath

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Original Thread: Wanting to get back in time for Oprah, Veinhead! (Duke Nukem Megathread)



So as we are currently living in very tumultuous times, what with the end of the Mayan calender coming around and the many cries of the 'Duke Bros' holocaust still ringing loudly in our ears, I figured it would be a good time to reflect on the forgotten years of one of America's greatest heroes.....

No, no; a much greater man than even our current monarch. Nay, the man I'm referring to was a true patriot. First seen fighting against Dr. Proton's evil robotic forces in Operation Desert Storm and then later fighting for his freedoms against the nefarious Rigelatins so as to save the USA from being put under their strict theological rule. And even after all that thankless work, what does Duke find when he gets home? Why another group of aliens have stormed the planet and are attempting to abscond off with the lovely lady folk (it can only be assumed that all the fatties and fuglies were wiped out beforehand). And Duke was indeed able to drive off all these hideous forces but like any great hero of time he requires attention to sustain him. With the oral passing of his tales of daring might limited in most respects to his first 3D outing it's not overly surprising to find his many other feats of nationalism and manliness have all but been forgotten.

So it is with that that I hope to lead you on a guided tour to give some retrospective look of both Duke's earlier years and his later triumphs (both on inferior systems and through the annals of time) to keep his genial spirit alive even through these very rocky times. So please enjoy as we take a look into the past and possibly grizzly visages of tomorrow in this:

The second outing on the Nintendo 64 for Duke, the first being a heavily censored remake of Duke 3D, Zero Hour shares a lot of themes, ideas, and horribleness with the other third person Duke Nukem titles. Some of the noticeable differences include: large empty levels, even more horribly cheesy sex jokes, and the best female graphic models ever. Still keeping with the time traveling theme of the other two third person games, Duke has to travel both back and forward through time to stop aliens from committing their unexplained plan.


Stage 1: Mean StreetsYouTube (Part 1, Part 2)
Stage 2: Liberty or DeathYouTube (Part 1, Part 2)
Stage 3: Nuclear WinterYouTube (Part 1, Part 2)
Secret Stage: WetworldYouTube  
Stage 4: FalloutYouTube  
Stage 5 & 6:Under Siege/Boss HogYouTube (Part 1, Part 2)
Stage 7: Dry TownYouTube (Part 1, Part 2)
Stage 8: Jail BreakYouTube  
Stage 9: Up Ship CreekYouTube (Part 1, Part 2)
Stage 10: Fort RoswellYouTube (Part 1, Part 2)
Stage 11 & 12: Probing the Depths/Cyborg ScorpionYouTube  
Stage 13: The Whitechapel KillingsYouTube  
Stage 14: Dawn of the DukeYouTube  
Stage 15: Hydrogen BombYouTube  
Stage 16: The RackYouTube  
Secret Stage 2 & Stage 17: Going Down & BrainstormYouTube  
Stage 18: The Brothers NukemYouTube  
Stage 19 & 20: Alien Mother & Zero HourYouTube  
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