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Duke Nukem 3D

original title: Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown

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Censored Version
Rating: 15+
Region: Australia

Uncensored Version
Region: Worldwide

Release: Oct 10, 2011 - Author: The Hitman - Translator: Gladion
One of the most popular and controversial shooters of its time, the "Duke" was released in 1996 and put its focus on a numerous amount of interaction, an amount that was unheard of before. The game was released uncensored in Germany, but was indexed later. The loud-mouthed macho-man had no easy times in Australia, too, though. Even though the game was released there, the amount of violence and the appearance of the famous dancing ladies started some discussions there, too. In the end, the "Adult Mode Off"-version was released there. This option was also available in all other versions and it was possible to password-protect it. The Australian version, though, did not allow players to deactivate this mode. Only later was a patch released for the Australian version, deactivating the restrictions.
Options menu
The uncensored version allows users to turn on or off the "Adult mode". In the Australian version, its permanently turned off, without the possibility to change this:

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Blood
With Adult Mode activated, each hit makes the enemies lose some blood. Deactivated, this is either reduced or removed entirely, smoke clouds appear instead. Bosses lose blood and metal parts in the uncensored version, the censored one only has the metal parts.

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Splatter effects
Being hit by especially stron weapons like the rocket launcher, enemies may also burst into bits, but not in the censored version, where they simply disappear after an explosion:

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Pools of blood
These were cut out of the censored version without any replacement, too:

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Bloody footprints
Walking through a killed enemy makes the Duke leave bloody footprints for a short time. In the censored version, the floor always looks like freshly cleaned:

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Bloody walls
If enemies are shot when standing near a wall, blood drips from it. The censored version shows nothing, though:

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Censored level gimmicks
Some levels were stripped off of offensive content, such as legs and heads that are found on dishes in a Chinese restaurant. Another part features the marine from "Doom". In the uncut version, he is lying in a pool of blood that is not apparent in the censored version:

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Theaters and cabins
In the course of the game, "cinemas" and the famous "men's cabins" appear from time to time. In the uncensored version, lightly dressed ladies are lolling across the screens. With Adult Mode turned off, either nothing is on screen or they just flicker:

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Posters and magazines
From time to time, several adult magazines are lying on the floor or you can see a nice poster on the walls. Only in the uncensored versions of the game, though:

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Women and strippers
Each and every female of creation has got nothing to lose in the censored version any more, meaning you simply stand in front of nothing. Most of the time, they form "nests" for the aliens, so if you shoot them, a little lightning appears and an alien stands there. Of course, the possibility to hand the dancers any money so they quickly open their bra, is missing, too. If one of the dancers was shot, a few Dollar-bills fly through the air. The captured or bound women, who serve as hosts, also don't appear in the castrated version of the game. Naturally, they don't beg you to kill them after pressing the action-button:

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Shrinking cannon
After an enemy has been shrinked to rat-size, the player has the option to squash him in both versions. In the uncensored version, the shrinked one gets squashed bloodily. The censored one still has the squashing-sound, but the enemy simply disappears afterwards:

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Boss-sequences
When one of the "episode's" bosses is killed, a short FMV-sequence is shown. These are missing in the censored version:

Sequence of the first episode's boss: Duke is standing in front of it at gun point - one leg standing on the boss' arm. As it moves its head a little, the Duke shoots it right in the face:



Sequence of the second episode's boss: Duke is standing in front of the defeated Overlord, he walks to him, throws his gun away, grabs its head and rips it off bloodily. After he has also thrown away the head, he opens his belt, unzips his pants, takes them down and sits down on the corpse's torso. He finally gets out some newspapers, whistles the game's main theme and does his business:



Sequence of the third episode's boss: The Duke and the final boss are shown on the football-field. You can see the Duke in a close-up shot, then he lunges out and bloodily kicks out its eye. The eye flies through the goal, Duke raises his arms and shouts: "Game over!"




End
Finally, there is one more picture and in the uncensored version, the soundtrack features a little more. After Duke's final line, you hear him and a woman moaning:

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