Whether you got it straight from 3D Realms website last or the recently released Steam version there no denying the value in this collection even without the sales. 32 games from the company’s archive for about $40 is a steal when you take into account that’s almost every games they have ever developed and published. While this is not for everyone, and not every game they did make or published in here due to licensing right, its still a good value for those that remembers these games fondly but lost the floppy disk for them a long time ago. Also a good way for gamers like me to experience these pc classic I never got to play as a child so that is a plus.
I will be posting a video review of the steam version of the 3D Realms Anthology later this week but I do realize it may be a tad impossible to cover every games in a single video review (also have a day job outside of GotGame). So I figure I’ll do a quick post about some of the games that I have enjoyed in this collection to wet your appetite until the review comes out, so here we go!
Balls Of Steel
You know you have a kickass pinball game when it features Duke Nukem, the badass! It also comes with 4 other pinball tables, each with its own look and feel. If you do play this, I recommend using compatibility mode as the regular mode of the Steam version gives the game muddy graphics and runs at almost unplayable speeds.
Duke Nukem 2
Before Mr. “Got Himself His Own Pinball Table” was a FPS Superstar, Duke Nukem started off as the hero of a simple side scrolling platforming series. The first game was decent, but Duke Nukem 2 was superior in every way! It had better graphics, better game play, actual music instead of just sound effects…everything a sequel should be! Although the level layout feels more like a maze sometimes, it’s not as bad as some of the other platform games in this collection.
Realms of Chaos
No mazes here, just a simple platforming game with hacking and slashing. What make this one unique is that you can switch to a sword-wielding man or a magic-wielding woman. It’s a neat feature in my opinion.
Yes this in an educational game, and yes its here partially for nostalgic reasons, but god dammit its still a fun game that I would still play to this day. The goal here is to stop the Gruzzles from stealing all the numbers in the world by solving math problems with mad platforming skills! Granted, it’s not as good as Where in The World Is Carmen Sandiego, but it’s still good in its own right. And, FYI, the anthology includes Word Rescue, which is basically the same game but with words instead of math.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the 3D Realms Anthology review later this week and if you want me to post some of the 3D Realms games I didn’t like, let me know in the comments below.