|October 24, 2020: New episode!|
A few worthy releases (including the latest installment in the WGRealms series) have surfaced in the past few weeks, but I've been busy with work and cleaning up my Steam library of unfinished games for the impending arrival of Cyberpunk 2077. Anyway, we'll start off with Downtown Journey, an 8-map city-themed episode from a Brazilian author.
|September 1, 2020: Epicenter!|
Merlijn's increasingly epic Shaky Grounds series just got super cereal with its third map, Epicenter. This map is worth no less than 98 points, so waste no further time and play it now!
|August 16, 2020: Lost World!|
If you're looking for an afternoon of non-stop carnage, look no further than Lost World. It's not exactly what I look for in a Duke3D map, but it's certainly worth a try, and if you're into this type of "slaughter" maps, you're guaranteed to enjoy this one.
|July 15, 2020: Woudrichem War!|
It's been a quiet 2020 in terms of mapping activity, but now we've been given two excellent Hot Maps in just two days (check out Restaurant Conspiracy in case you forgot). Maarten van Oostrum is back with Woudrichem War, a map worth 98 points.
|July 13, 2020: Restaurant Conspiracy!|
Although this map has technically been "almost done" since 2008(!), we'll still consider this the first new release of the summer, as this is the very first time that Restaurant Conspiracy has seen the light of day. This map is from "Arzca" whose mapping career spans two decades now, so take a look.
|June 14, 2020: Starlite!|
Well, summer is finally here again, but those of you stuck in yer homes can relive the old days by playing The Starlite Project, a classic from the '90s that's now been re-reviewed.
|May 30, 2020: Overdose Delusion!|
We're about to kick off summer 2020, but for now we'll make do with a winter-themed map, Overdose Delusion.
|May 2, 2020: Duke in Bioshock!|
Never thought I'd live to see this, but here's Bioshock, a Hot Map where Duke explores the underwater city of Rapture.
|April 22, 2020: Just another anniversary!|
As of yesterday MSDN is 21 years old! Since you guys stopped releasing new maps, I decided to go back and start re-reviewing a few of the first-year maps (namely those with a "05/00/1999" timestamp in the Hot Maps section). I'll start off with Godzilla 1998.
I'm also resuming archiving old maps into neat packages, so here's the whole 2002 collection (check the top of the Hot Maps section for the others).
Aliens versus Predator 2 game reviewed.
|April 5, 2020: Space Gladiators!|
Finally, here's a review of Space Gladiators, the third big release of Alien Armageddon. Check it out if you're in for some UT/Q3A type of gameplay.
Also got around to playing Exhumed/PowerSlave for the first time. Review here.
|March 12, 2020: Uprising!|
After a slow start to the year, two episodes were released a few days apart. Of these, Fernando Marquez's FM4X - The Uprising, has now been reviewed, so check it out. I'll get started with Alien Armageddon - Space Gladiators next week.
|January 11, 2020: First map of the decade!|
Sanek has the honor of having released the first map of the '20s; check out Dark Station.
|December 31, 2019: New Year!|
As we're approaching the end of 2019, we're faced with the fact that the year was unquestionably the worst when it comes to Duke3D user-made content.
Here's how 2019 compares to previous years, in terms of new releases published on this site:
2004: 50 new releases
2005: 36 new releases
2006: 30 new releases
2007: 21 new releases
2008: 40 new releases
2009: 34 new releases
2010: 26 new releases
2011: 21 new releases
2012: 29 new releases
2013: 28 new releases
2014: 22 new releases
2015: 19 new releases
2016: 24 new releases
2017: 13 new releases
2018: 20 new releases
2019: 11 new releases
There were some considerable positives though. The third episode of the epic AMC TC was released in the spring, while Ion Fury finally saw the light of day in late summer, and I myself returned to the legendary MSSP series with MSSP9. Retro gaming seems to be doing well in other regards too, with Blood seeing a proper re-release on Steam and Exhumed/PowerSlave (which I have yet to play) finally getting a proper port. But who cares when you can now just play Red Dead 2 on the PC, right?
The biggest downside to 2019 was no question the passing away of our good friend Zaxtor in June. A huge amount of creativity went along with him for good; nothing can replace Zaxtor, his wildly creative and unique ideas and the passion with which he approached his projects.
Since no new Duke3D maps were released this month to mark the end of the year, I give you reviews of Dark Gate, a classic from 1996, and Merry Christmap, a usermap for Mr the Killer (and thus not strictly speaking a Duke3D usermap but hey it's almost Christmas so I'll make an exception).
Happy New Year and a very late Christmas!
|December 1, 2019: Null Moon!|
This one is almost a year late, but better late than never: check out Null Moon by DannyFromNewOrleans; a rudimentary review had actually been lying on my hard drive for many months until someone dared point out the map hasn't been reviewed yet.
Also wrote a review of Observer, a first-person game starring the late and great Rutger Hauer.
Furthermore, in June I published several map-packs, collecting MSDN "Hot Map" releases starting from the year 1999. However, a few 1999 maps (Flood and The Mission) by Juha "Turpuli" Laaksonen were missing, but thanks to a tip from ViDi Games, I was able to salvage these maps and put them back in the 1999 collection; for some reason I never thought of checking out the Archives (and quite frankly didn't even recall "Turpuli" having a website back in the day). See the top of the Hot Maps section for the zip packages.
|October 31, 2019: Piroska of Andras!|
No new Duke3D maps makes for a dull Halloween, so I had no choice but to go grave-digging (which is quite fitting for the occasion, actually); check out Castle of the Damned, a review-worthy, semi horror-themed map from 1997.
Oh, and I know I'm running out of ideas with these Halloween pics, but anyway...
|September 29, 2019: Dimension Shift!|
Quality stuff since -99