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Duke Nukem Forever Review

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Graphics:

 

3.8

Gameplay:

 

4.7

Sound:

 

3.9

Control:

 

4.3

Replay Value:

 

4.5

Online Gameplay:

 

4.0

Overall Rating:       4.4

 

 

Publisher:

Take-Two Interactive

Developer:

3DRealms, Gearbox Software

Number Of Players:

1-4

Genre:

Genre

They once called it “Did Not Finish.” Now I ardently wish it hadn’t. Just a few days back, I questioned the critic reception, wondering if they were taking the game too seriously; if reviewers had forgotten the primary focus of a game like Duke Nukem Forever. It’s shameless, lewd, crude, and oh so cheesy, and that’s precisely the point. And if DNF was all those things and tons o’ fun, I would’ve been satisfied. Heck, I would’ve been thrilled. But now I’m so annoyed and disappointed I can hardly see straight enough to type this review; the game is ugly, tedious, monotonous, and poorly designed. A few bright spots just aren’t enough.

I’m fairly certain most any game produced in the past three or four years looks better than DNF. Resistance: Fall of Man is technically superior in every possible way, and that was a PS3 launch title. The animations are jerky and even broken in some areas (I’ll explain below), the overall level design is drab and uninteresting, and the environments are clearly from 2005. The only bright spot lies in the enemies and bosses, all of which are actually decent and appropriately intimidating. Those nasty foes often stand out against the stark, technically mediocre backdrops, but the special effects do little to assist. A fair descriptive word? “Blech.”

The sound is no better, even if you accept the fact that Duke is supposed to sound that way. I was perfectly willing to laugh at his cheeseball outdated voice – and I did laugh at his voice when shrunk; it’s hilarious – but the other voice performances are equally painful and I can’t very well give them a free pass. The soundtrack might be good, but I rarely heard it as the balance was always way off. Effects would override voices and music, the soundtrack would often drop out entirely, and the audio effects lacked impact. The latter is a serious issue, too, because we needed that to enhance the atmosphere. Technically overall: poor.

But I repeat- none of that would’ve mattered too much had the gameplay been tight and entertaining. Well, having such lackluster sound would’ve hurt but truthfully, I could’ve dealt with the archaic visual presentation, provided the thrills were there. All I really wanted was a classic run ‘n gun adventure with that Duke-ish attitude we’ve so missed over the years. Plus, so many shooters are so realistic these days; it’s all about cover and strategy. We really haven’t seen a true blue run ‘n gunner since the days of Serious Sam (although Bulletstorm was close). All I wanted was testosterone-fueled bad-assery with endless attitude.

Was that too much to ask? Apparently, it was. The game starts terribly and it’s a good thing I played for a while; otherwise, the score would’ve been even lower. They kick off with several lame gimmicks, which includes pissing in a urinal, getting a blowjob from a pair of sluts dressed as schoolgirls, and punching aliens in the head (before you get any firearms). There’s also a big boss fight in a football stadium, after which you kick a field goal with the beast’s severed head. Now, given the right surroundings and style, this would fit; it’s very Duke-like in nature. But then I started moving around.

At its core, the movement itself isn’t bad at all. It’s relatively smooth, the jumping seems normal, and maneuverability isn’t really an issue. It’s the rest of it: the enemies are stupid and cheap at the same time, even the biggest weapons lack all semblance of power (not in their performance but in how they sound), the poor level design is cut straight from a very, very old game, and the story is just plain stupid. I’d give the storyline a free pass, too, if only there had been anything even remotely amusing about the plot. Make it stupid; go right ahead. But at least make me laugh. At least let me say, “hellz yes, gonna kick all sorts of ass!”

Sadly, it’s just terribly put together. I had to load over 4 gigs worth of data onto my hard drive and the loading times are still absurdly long. What’s worse, I had to sit and watch that loading screen every time I died, which was frequent and frustrating. The pig enemies that rush you can pin you in a corner and never let you leave, and oh yes, sidestepping isn’t possible in cramped areas. They’ll just home in on you no matter what. If they rush straight at you, you can grab them by the horns and snap their neck by pressing the X button quickly, but the amount of damage you suffer in that time means you’ll probably be dead in the next few seconds.

The close and confined areas are the worst and unfortunately, that’s how the game starts. Once I got outside, things got a little better, as I finally got to move around a bit and sample new weapons. There was one good boss fight that involved a massive alien and a rocket launcher, which I liked, and I also enjoyed smashing an alien-infested concrete wall with a wrecking ball. And yes, there is a fair amount of running and gunning that feels very old-school, but as you constantly feel at a disadvantage, it’s often more about survival than kicking butt. Because just about everything seems stronger than Duke, his coolness factor drops like crazy.

Lastly, the glitches, hitches and miscues are borderline comical. If one of those enemies that rush you misses, he’ll often – not occasionally, often – freeze in place against a wall or even in mid-air. The jetpack-enhanced enemies will sometimes get stuck, too; it’s as if they hit an invisible barrier and just started glitching in place. Collision detection is extraordinarily iffy and Duke’s abilities are barely even abilities. He can take steroids to increase his melee power, which is almost entirely useless beyond the first few hours, and he can drink a beer, which somehow makes him tougher. Woozy, but tougher. That proved useful at times, though.

There’s also Duke vision, which is basically a blue version of night vision. Other than that, there isn’t much to talk about. There are some driving sections, which aren’t horrendous but they drag on far too long and the controls are just too loose. The entire game just feels like a chore, and one that isn’t inundated with lots of offensive goodness (offensive stuff can be “good” in certain situations). I desperately wanted to love the game because I love the character, and I fought to enjoy myself. I’m glad I played longer than I had intended because things did get better. But eventually, I lost the fight. The less said about the multiplayer the better. Tragically, after over 13 years, the end result is a mess.

Duke Nukem Forever will likely go down in history as one of the biggest disappointments ever. For the record, had Gearbox simply given us a solid old-fashioned shooter with all those retarded one-liners and strippers and gore that made the series great, I would’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. I would’ve defended it like crazy. But there’s just nothing to defend here; those who think there is are suffering from an over-abundance of nostalgic influence. Nobody wanted to love DNF more than me but I just couldn’t get any enjoyment out of it. The sad part is, Duke really deserves a great game. Maybe someday it’ll happen.

The Good: Attitude isn’t too far off. Some diversity, although gimmick-related. Decent enemy design and a few cool bosses.

The Bad: Terrible technical presentation, loaded with glitches and errors. Soundtrack and effects are seriously lacking. Control is loose. Duke is just way too weak. Poor level design. Weapons have no punch.

The Ugly: “Damnit. Duke didn’t deserve this.”

6/15/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (111 posts)

sonic1899
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 9:37:09 PM
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Fail to the king, baby.

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DazeOfWar
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 9:46:39 PM

No offense Sonic but I am so tired of seeing this stupid phrase.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 9:57:06 PM

LoL hey that's the first time I read "Fail to the king, baby"
Yeah, I don't get out much... Or I guess for the net thats stay in much?
=p

And easy there Daze that's a Master Ninja you're talking to ;)


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DazeOfWar
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:05:33 PM

Oh I have no hatred or problems with Sonic just the phrase. Everywhere I look it and see Duke stuff that phrase is there. Plus I like Ninjas.

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sonic1899
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 12:06:10 AM

@Daze
Well I shouldn't have to say it at all. After about 12 years of being called vaperware, seeing the result is insulting to say the least. No one expected this to be a GOTY, but certainly not a piece of crap either.

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DazeOfWar
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 7:17:38 AM

That is true sonic. They should have at least hit a 7 after that long in production.

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DazeOfWar
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 9:52:34 PM
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I was so hoping that this would get a better review from you but I guess it really is a bad game. I'll still play someday but only when it's cheap. Keep up the great work Ben.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 9:59:29 PM
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I would like to add that I really wanted to cry when I played it.

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Claire C
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:07:22 PM

lmao =D


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darxed
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 9:55:06 AM

To me it went like this.

"Oooh it's really ugly, but no matter I'm not here for the graphics"
"'How was the game Duke? was it good? Well, after twelve years in development, it better f*cking be' he he, that was good'
"'Mary and Kate Holsome', classic Duke!"

And then it all went downhill... and those are like the first five minutes of the game, not counting installation and loading time... So yeah, I wanted to cry too... Duke Nukem 3D and Final Fantasy VII were the first games I bought and replayed then like crazy, so I totally agree with you Ben, I wrestled me trying to love this game, then almost killed me trying to like it, but I just couldn't do it..

sigh...

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:04:39 PM
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*sigh* I had a sense that this was inevitable when the game was risen so quickly from the ashes.

Duke Nukem : DO NOT Finish.

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TheIllusiveMan
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:05:41 PM
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This more than disappoints me. You seemed like a major Duke fan and after reading this and being a Duke fan myself, I wonder if I should even try this game myself.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:10:25 PM
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He kicks a field goal with its eyeball.

I admit it is a disappointment, but I'm enjoying the 90s play style. Still, it's pretty hard to mess up a Duke game and somehow Gearbox has done it. Ultimately what holds it back is the attempts to mix old and new, it should just be old.

Nevermind that though, it's still plenty fun and I'm enjoying particular parts a lot. Duke himself is still awesome and I hope this game somehow warrants a true next gen production and delivers what DNF couldn't.

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Neo_Aeon666
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:39:25 PM

Agreed !! I am loving it despise its flaws. And to be honest I wish they made more games like this. Crude, funny, violent and totally random.

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SayWord
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:52:28 PM

I am also going to admit that I love this game. Its just so bad that its good haha. Meh, I just find the game fun and that's all I ask for.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:58:54 PM

I'm enjoying the game immensely as well. It's not perfect by a long shot but it keeps me entertained unlike all the other shooters that come out nowadays.

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SayWord
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 11:14:05 PM

"Take your tentacles back to Japan" hah loved that line ^^

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 12:50:03 AM

haha, yeah Duke himself kinda saves the game for me. The thing is its so old its almost new, when was the last time you saw an FPS that needed you to interact with the environment by bouncing bombs around to open up new areas or even a game where they let you die if you do something stupid? NO minimap telling you what to do next? That's okay by me.

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Gabriel013
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 7:46:27 AM

I'm enjoying it too. I'm just getting through the Duke Dome.

There are plenty of flaws but the one liners and crude acts save it. Little things like the bit with the crane (and the shipping crate moving before that) were enjoyable; moreso than running through yet another jungle as in recent FPSs

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Claire C
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:14:52 PM
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I watched in horror today as my friend played it right in front of me. He tired several times to hand me the controller but I refused. Half hour of watching him struggle was enough. On the plus side, now every game I play will look 10 times better. =^.^=

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:18:14 PM
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Interesting!

I'm still holding back for my review.

The game has such a history and things to touch upon, it's tough to fully review. Then you got the details i.e. pop culture references (btw there are more easter eggs and references in here than any other game ever made! Also nice detail touches aswell like the clocks in the game actually being real clocks telling the real time), gameplay variety such as shrunk and Titty City etc, etc and many weren't touched upon.
So i guess it was just that bad for you.

So yeah, my response will be my review, i guess...but, i do echo much said here...but some in a different context.

Linked to the Gearbox forums too.

Oh, btw, can you do user reviews via PS3 Browser? Don't want to type it all and have it do a Java era or something!

P.S. This is 3D Realms's game, Gearbox only got it shippable...they did nothing design wise other than polish what they could. In other words, blame 3D Realms if you don't enjoy it...or George Broussard if we're singling people out lol.

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Pandacastro
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:41:35 PM

I could write comments, change my pic, go to the forums, and summit news tip in the ps3 browser. I think you could write reviews too.

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SayWord
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 11:01:42 PM

Loved the halo master chief reference lol.

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 6:27:21 AM

As usual, the users seem more positive to Duke and some may be confused.

The ABC channel have done a video review with two separate scores. I think it's good for anyone still on the fence, they review it very fairly and don't repeat the trend to save face.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra-Kr5nmGB0&feature=player_embedded

Oh and Bulletstorm was in now way better than this. Bulletstorm tried to be funny, but came off as funny as the Hangover, and it tried to be old school with zero charm...plus it was majorly repetitive. Just had to throw that out there.

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Lairfan
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 7:52:42 PM

Yeah, Bulletstorm only had zero charm for you because you had no nostalgia for it. If DNF were in Bulletstorm's position, you'd be saying the same thing about it.

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Neo_Aeon666
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:26:55 PM
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Oh well I am enjoying this game a lot. Might be because I am still on normal settings but I never had trouble with corners and piggies. Really liked the Halo dissing comment of Duke haha. The game really feels like I am playing Duke 3D with upped visuals and a new stupid story. All in all I find it pretty enjoyable. And yeah well about the part where you say he gets killed easily... More like you get killed easily XD Duke is bad ass in the story and it will remain so. It is up to you to live up to Duke and not die whatever the odds are! :P lol

Anyway I couldn't even bring myself to give this game a score. It is as if that game was on a different chart from the likes of uncharted. I find it just fun but no GOTY lol

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Claire C
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:28:25 PM
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The best Duke Nukem game this year was Bulletstorm.

Hee hee =^.^=

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:33:44 PM

LOL!


I think the best Duke Nukem game of the year was Duke Nukem 3D...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:34:35 PM

ouch, but you get a thumbs up for that.

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:34:45 PM

Oops, forgot a link.

http://www.3drealms.com/duke3d/

And screenies...

http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/dukenukem3d/images/0/5/?tag=screenshot

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Deleted User
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:30:07 PM
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The game is so frustrating.

The long load times are absolutely inexcusable since you've got a 4 GB install. I hate how you have to use the L1 & R1 buttons to aim and shoot; I want to use L2 & R2. I hate the Halo style weapons & health (two weapons at a time and the ego bar) in a game like this. There are times where you have no clue what you have to do and must turn to YouTube or DailyMotion for the answer. It's so archaic. And yes, the graphics are laughable.

I think Gearbox had their hands tied. George Broussard wanted "his" game and wasn't interested in something that looks and plays like something from this decade.

However, I'm continuing to slog through this game hoping for one redeeming nugget.

A lot of people have bought this regardless of the reviews. I'm glad I only rented it for a week. I'd be pissed to have paid $57 (the lowest price for the game yesterday) on Duke.

A lot of people have been mentioning Bulletstorm in their reviews, calling it the true successor to Duke Nukem. I'm starting to think about buying the game this summer now.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:33:51 PM

Bulletstorm was good fun.

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Claire C
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:39:43 PM

Yah! Bulletstorm was super fun. Definitely more deserving of Duke fans than this.

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Neo_Aeon666
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 8:29:55 AM

O_O *There are times when you have no clue what you have to do and turn to youtube* That means you never played the old Dukes before. And that is one of the things I liked about that game. I find it actually fun that the game is not giving you the answer away and isn't all that simple. If you want a fast paced run and gun with nothing else just go back to CoD XD

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Lairfan
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 7:57:03 PM

@Neo_Aeon666:

That one of the many things I hated about last gens games. The incredibly random and hard-to-find ways to progress were pointless, and still are in DNF. They always made games less fun for me, and they just make this game worse than it already is.

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CaptRon
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:31:22 PM
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I don't think we were playing the same game.. I mean yeah it had it's problems but give them a little credit. It was still Duke. The bright side is, now they can start on a new one and make it really bad ass.

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Kevin5
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 2:53:47 AM

Man, some of you Duke fans are forgiving. You get given a cold, half cooked meal after 13 years that recieves average scores pretty much everywhere & you will still eat it up even if it tastes stale. If this was my beloved Silent Hill or Devil May Cry (which are heading down that way) i'd be pretty damn frustrated. I certainly wouldn't be giving them credit for below par, make-do-with results. But eh, glad you liked it. :)

But personally, if i was a die-hard fan i wouldn't be giving them credit for this outcome after 13 years of waiting.

*Cues the thumbs down from bubblegum chewing Duke fans* ;)

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Neo_Aeon666
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 8:40:34 AM

You people should forget about the development time. No more over 10yrs BS. If you want to use that as an excuse for their game to be good I could also use it to say that the game never had a stable development all those years and it just kept going back to nothing and restarting. Plus they were a very small team and the project was abandoned so many times it ain't even funny. So I could actually use this poor story to back the game up.

I am not a Die hard fan but I am enjoying this. Just play it without expecting a masterpiece but a funny over the top Duke adventure.

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Lairfan
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 7:59:39 PM

@Neo_Aeon666:

You know, I tried playing it like that, and it still didn't work. I don't care how many times development was stopped and restarted, if Gearbox wanted to finally release this 13 year old turd, they should have made sure it was brought up to date technologically at the least, instead of trying to rush it out and make it more half-assed than it already was/is.

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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:35:58 PM
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Wait a minute hold the phone. Gearbox, right? They made this game? The same dev that made the highly addictive and wonderful Borderlands! The same dev that made Half-Life Opposing Force! There is something wrong here. My guess is that they made 10% of DNF. George Brussard and 3D Realms should take 90%, if not more of the blame for this crying-in-fetal-position debacle!

I was so looking forward to this and to see a 4.4 from Ben who I highly respect as a reviewer just hurts. I hope this is not the end of Duke Nukem. There has to be a new adventure that demands more singular attention than DNF was given. Yes, I know it took forever to make originally but I feel the game itself was not given the proper development attention it so sorely needed towards the end. Especially when they are trying to merge an old product and new product together.

Duke you have been wronged and I hope you land on your feet! I would love to see Id Software, Naught Dog, Guerrilla Games or Insomniac do another Hail to the King baby some day!

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:43:37 PM

They finished and polished the game, I think a lot of the work was already complete when they got their hands on it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:36:33 PM
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Seriously? You guys are getting that upset about getting stuck? You did have to use your brain a little back in the day you know? This game is clearly about environmental interaction. Toss a couple barrels at the end of the shipping container to tip it over and keep moving.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:45:23 PM

I didn't really have a problem with that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:51:15 PM

I didn't mean you, guess I should have worded that better.

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SayWord
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 11:22:18 PM

I thought the "puzzle" elements were pretty easy too. : p

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 12:57:24 AM

You'd be surprised the cod fans I've talked to getting stuck and complaining about "exploration" elements

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___________
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 4:15:31 AM

its not that the puzzles are hard, there piss easy, its that this a duke nukem game puzzles have NO place here!
i thought the prase was its time to kick a$$ and chew bubblegum and im all out of gum.
not its time to solve puzzles and chew bubblegum and im all out of gum.
thats what destroyed DNF for me the most.
the bugs, poor graphics and such i can handle, but the puzzles are as entertaining as watching the grass grow!
DNF is like watching 5 minutes of your favorite show there the shooting parts, then 5 minutes of your most hated show there the platforming parts, then another 5 minutes of your most hated show there the puzzle parts.

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Geobaldi
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 4:22:10 AM

The few little puzzles that are there are pretty easy but I'll gladly take these puzzles in exchange for the key card hunting that the originals had.

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RadioHeader
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 7:48:03 AM

"its time to solve puzzles and chew bubblegum and im all out of gum."

LOL Hooray for ____________!

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Gabriel013
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 7:53:43 AM

I thought that the few scenery interaction required to make progress (barrels, crane, duke statue etc) worked really well for me.

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___________
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 10:31:11 AM

id MUCH rather the key card searching.
had to piss myself laughing though when duke tries to open a door and a computer says key card required.
key card?
i dont need no f*cking key card!

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matt99
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:43:18 PM
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This review just saved me 60 bucks so thank you. Now I can save the money and get BF3 and UC3!

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SvenMD
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:45:49 PM
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Told you so....

I'm glad this little mishap is behind us now ;)

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Pandacastro
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:51:30 PM
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I was playing this at a friends house and actually found it fun but probably wont buy it since I saw most of the game when he was playing. I'm also sad that Duke Nukem drives a forklift in the game but never once makes a Shenmue reference.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:52:29 PM
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It should have come with Duke Nukem 3D, it would be worth full price then.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 11:07:26 PM

I still have 3 copies of Duke 3D so that wouldn't help me lol. Still waiting for Duke 3D: Reloaded to finish, then we'll get to play that classic with up to date visuals. Even Manhattan Project would've been a nice downloadable extra. That was a fun one as well.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 12:58:43 AM

I can't get it to locate any gamepads on PC

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Geobaldi
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 3:31:06 AM

Add the Eduke32 mod and you might have better luck with that. It also makes the game more modern looking and you then can also run it at 3072x2304 resolution if you're able to :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 1:53:14 PM

thanks geo

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556pineapple
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 11:19:37 PM
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Well, I still want to try it for myself, but at this point, I seriously doubt I'll own it. It's such a shame, too. I guess it was a mistake for Gearbox to remain committed to the work 3D Realms had put into it. They should have just started from scratch by the sounds of it. I still have hope the Duke will return yet again for a true comeback. Until then, I'll have my PS1 copy of Total Meltdown to keep me satisfied.

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TheCanadianGuy
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 11:52:31 PM
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wow! holyF^%$ing $hit!! a DNF! review. excuse me i think i'll go check for flying pigs! xD

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 12:19:57 AM
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For the record, I wouldn't be surprised if people could have fun with this game. They'd have to overlook a LOT, but that's fine.

The game itself is just horrendous, and that's all I can objectively review. It also doesn't help that it pissed me off...and my expectations weren't even that high.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 12:59:47 AM

nah, I beat Quantum Theory, that game is horrendous. Duke is more like "pretty bad"

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darxed
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 10:01:36 AM

@World

Yeah, I think you're right, the problem is that as a PS3 owner, you don't have to settle with pretty bad, or bad, not even good... You can play pretty good to excellent games and never have to even touch a bad game nowadays. I mean, remember FFXIII? It was a good game, not great by Final Fantasy standards, but good nonetheless, and I guess you remember how much heat It got. Also, It's just not helping Duke that Infamous 2 launched almost at the same time, I mean, what are you gonna buy? the 9+ game or the 4 ish one?

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Kevin5
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 2:02:19 AM
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I've been playing this since I got home from work & I want my afternoon back.

Oh boy..... :| Have they been scratching their balls for 13 years?

It looks messy & it plays terribly old but I’m guessing that's for nostalgia's sake. Right?

Fans of the original Duke games will probably love it & good on you, but I will be getting my hard earned back. I don't care what the name of the game is but noone waits this long for results like this.

I hope those patient Duke fans enjoy it though, because those are the ones that have been waiting for this revival. But the best slice of nostalgia imo would be to revisit the old games instead of forking out on this “new” rehash though.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 2:09:27 AM

sadly I don't think this game warrants a full revival of Duke.

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 3:22:26 AM

"the best slice of nostalgia imo would be to revisit the old game" - Exactly. If all they wanted was a walk down memory lane then just re-release the original game!

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Neo_Aeon666
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 5:49:04 PM

Hell no. I am dead tired of remakes. Heck the movies are all being remade, now the games all being re-released. Shit quit the crap already lol.

I loved Duke 3D it was fun. But I would not buy a remake. I much prefer this one that was just released. It reminds me of Duke 3D but has a new story and new stupid events. Now if you people don't like it, it's ok. But personaly I prefer new games over remakes of games I already know. Even if it has new textures it still has the same story and naration. So boring. This halfassed Duke Nukem is better than any remakes! :D All new and full of funny shit! I won't say its in my favorite games but it is hella fun.



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Scarecrow
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 2:29:08 AM
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Hey if one likes the game the reviews don't matter.

But objectively it's sad to see Duke Nukem get brought back like this...

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Excelsior1
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 2:44:54 AM
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good review. i'm glad the game was judged by today's standards. sounds like a really poorly put together game. i can't think of a game that's scored lower recently here on psxe. what's sad is they have the nerve to ask $60 for it.

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Jed
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 3:13:24 AM
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I'm pretty depressed by this. I also thought that the other reviewers just didn't get the Duke style, but unfortunately that was not the case. Oh bother

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main_event05
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 3:46:49 AM
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sounds like classic duke to me. i always remember duke being extremely hard save for time to kill. I'm not gonna let the reviews kill my nostalgia.

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Lairfan
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 8:09:55 PM

Dude, don't buy this game. This is not what classic Duke ever was, except for a few bright spots in the game. This game will disappoint the hell out of you if you think it sounds like classic Duke.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 4:07:17 AM
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Poor Duke, but with unclear vision, at least three engine changes, a refusal to move past the old while yet trying to incorporate the new, three different development teams and fourteen years... it's a recipe for disaster. To think, Matt Hazard, a parody of 'The King' managed to rate a higher score than the man himself....

Hang thy heads in shame for allowing this travesty beyond your doors, Gearbox. For shame, for shame.

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Ultimate_Balla
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 4:12:33 AM
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"Tentacles back to Japan" LOL

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___________
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 4:32:07 AM
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its a bad game, but its not that bad!
5.5 i thinks pretty fair there are some really good parts to it, but sadly you do have to sift through allot of sh*t!

shocked to see the distribution company threatening to withhold review copies of future games just because people gave this a poor review!
how pathetic!
the game deserves the poor reviews it
received!
it would be ok if the game was pure mindless fun like its suppose to be but its not!
the game failed on all fronts!
theres 2 sides to a game, the technological side and the fun entertainment side.

technological side, well, it looks and plays like a freaking early ps3 game!
long load times even though it had a MASSIVE 30 minute HDD install!
so many bugs im convinced gearbox did not make it, i swear obsidian did!
heaps of graphical issues like pop in, screen tearing, jaggies, low resolution textures, poor frame rate.
so put simply its as technologically advanced as say haze!

then theres the MOST important thing about ANY
game, but duke especially since its never been a powerhouse, duke has always relied on the gameplay.
DNF its not fun!
its boring, frustrating and as repetitive as it could possibly be!
the shooting mechanic is really weird, never have i found it so hard to aim at enemies.
dunno if its a hit detection issue or something else, just feels really cumbersome and clumsy.
like its constantly tripping over itself!

the level design is pretty poor, it was nice to see some different environments but the way its laid out is pretty much cut and pasted throughout the game.
then theres the most infuriating part but yet the best part of the game!
the boss battles.
most infuriating because you can spend 30 minutes killing a boss, deplete all of its health all you have to do is go up and start the QTE sequence and as your running up you get hit once by a enemy and thats it 30 minutes down the drain start all over a freaking gain!
thats the thing that pissed me off the most about DNF!
dukes a freaking PUSSY!
get hit twice and your dead.
WTF?
the standard enemies the pig cops have to get hit several times to die depending what weapon obviously, but you dont?
i thought duke was a bad a$$ not a freaking pussy!

then theres the 2nd almost most disappointing
part of the game.
the weapons!
duke is known for its outrageous cool out there weapons, it was the insomniac of its day!
but in DNF, this is the most consistent complaint i have read in reviews, is the only strong enough weapon is the shotgun.
everything else feels FAR too weak!
i found myself using a shotgun all the time, i dont think i EVER dropped it in my entire playthrough!
every other weapon is far too weak, especially the ripper, in DN 3D that weapon was kick a$$ almost as strong as the shotgun!
in DNF though you need to sink 40+ bullets into a enemy with the ripper to kill them!
this is a high powered machiene gun, 15 bullets should be more then sufficient to kill a standard enemy!
not 40!

then you come to the WORST part of the game!
the f*cking puzzles and platforming!
they are so freaking boring, infuriating, just makes me want to fly out to gearbox and slap them silly!
1 thing IGN described these the best, the gunplay is ok, but theres so much filler in between, the platforming and puzzles are really poorly thought out, poorly implemented, poorly tested.
there as entertaining as watching oprah!

thats what destroyed DNF for me!
the clumsy controls, poor level design, crap graphics, bugs, all that i could ignore if the gameplay was FUN!
but its not, the gun play is ok but you have 5 minutes of watching your favorite show then 10 minutes of watching your most hated show!
i wish they cut all these stupid puzzles and platforming bits out of the game!
yea that would mean it would end up being like 5 hours, but id much rather 5 hours of my favorite show, then 5 hours of my favorite and 10 hours of my most hated!

i was expecting this to be like just cause 2.
crude cheesy poorly put together, but a hell of a laugh, and a even better good time!
a epic fail in the technological department, but pretty good, not great, but pretty good in the fun entertainment department.
DNF sadly though was a epic, epic, EPIC FAIL in ALL departments!
to be honest i think the games bloody lucky its getting the reviews it is, if it was up to me id be getting a 5.5!

this was not the most disappointing game of the year.
not even the most disappointing game of the generation!
not even the most disappointing game of the last 3 generations!
DNF will go down as not the worst, but the most disappointing game EVER MADE!
not made up until 100 years, but i bet of all freaking time!
once the world ends and games cease existing whatevers left will be looking back at this and saying that was the most disappointing thin those useless humans ever came up with!
and i thought FFXIII, RE5, GOW3 and DMC4 were disappointing!

oh well now all thats said and done, im done crying and wiping that atrocity off my mind!
yup, DNF is exactly that did not finish!
now that thats done, i have one last thing to say.........
DUKE FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
only then will he get the respect, recognition, and attention he deserves to put out a decent successor to one of all times greatest games!

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 5:42:56 AM

Duke may not have elicited laughs, but your post did. Thanks!

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 7:35:15 AM

You're complaining about what makes Duke standard. Shooting mixed with platforming, puzzles and interactivity. If it didn't have those puzzles etc, i'd be gutted.

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Highlander
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 9:35:18 AM

Did, User reviews..... I mean....user reviews!?

;)

5.5/10 is a *very* low score for an anticipated game slated to be the revival of a AAA franchise.

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darxed
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 10:07:35 AM

@MrNoName
"and i thought FFXIII, RE5, GOW3 and DMC4 were disappointing!"

Eeeeeerrrrrrrr look, maybe some of those games weren't as great as the hype made them out to be, but if you fell disappointed by those games (especially GOW3) then, as some members have told you repeatedly in the past, maybe you should get another hobby?

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___________
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 10:53:29 AM

not at all, i only did not enjoy them because they were turned into things that there not suppose to be!
GOW3 for example wheres the puzzles?
wheres the brutality the series is known for?
wheres GOW3s version of the staircase of hades?
GOW1 and 2 especially 1 was such a old school styled game, it was allot like splatterhouse.
unforgivingly deliberately hard!

duke nukem 3D was so popular because of its crass humor, cool weapons, and such fun gameplay.
it did not have much platforming.
DNF is just tedious!
like all the shrink ray puzzle where you have to climb up a stair onto a table to flick a switch.
its just boring tedious crap!
or the kitchen level, what level from DN3D was like that?
they have taken what was the best part and biggest part of DN3D the shooting and made it a 3rd of the game, and somehow made it worse!
DN3D was 90% blowing sh*t up 5% collecting things and 5% platforming.
DNF thoughs closer to a 33% split each!
thats another problem with DNF, they modernized the game when they shouldent of.
but they have only done it half way.
if your going to do something, then at least do it properly!

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Highlander
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 12:15:38 PM

To me, Duke should have played like they took a Duke game from the 90's, and then simply upres'd the sucker. Sure, add some naughty pics here and there, make some bigger booms, but don't change what made the Duke, the Duke.

Oh, and as for the inclusion of the blow job during the opening elements of gameplay - as mentioned in Ben's review. I have to just stop and ask why? Seriously WTF? That's just pointless obscenity. I know people will say "But Highlander, that's what the Duke is all about - pointless obscenity...". No, actually it was about pointless and over the top action gaming with a healthy dose of sexism, coarse language and sarcasm thrown in. personally, even if the rest of the game could be seen as playing like the Duke titles of old, that one inclusion of that one act renders the game out of bounds for my home.

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Lairfan
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 8:17:40 PM

Well, I finally agreed with you Blanky until you started saying GoW3 was a disappointment again. Let's just run this by you one more time: GoW3 was probably more brutal than the first two, it doesn't need its own version of the staircase of Hades (especially since we get to get to fight the God of the Underworld himself this time), and there were a couple good puzzles (yeah, there weren't as many as the other games, I'll give you that, but there were definitely still some good ones).

As for DNF, though, I agree with you.

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___________
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 10:26:31 AM

GOW3 was freaking easy!
easiest play i have ever received!
getting the plat for 1 and 2 was so much harder!

as for DNF, yea they should of kept the duke the way he was.
all i wanted was DN 3D in HD, thats what i was expecting.
get rid of the modern touches like regenerative health, 2 weapon restriction, puzzles, platforming bits.
just have the game be what ALL duke games are about!
blowing sh*t up!
the catchphrase is its time to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and im all out of gum!
not its time to solve puzzles and chew gum, and im all out of gum!
it needed more of the duke humor too, he had allot of his one liners in there but nothing really made me laugh.
the boss battles where you use there nuts as a punching bag, and the mine level where your on a kart were really the only 2 bits of the game that made me laugh!
wheres the dukes witty charm?
they needed more strip club levels, you cant do much with it either.
wheres the lap dances?
they tried to change too much, thats what destroyed it!


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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 6:35:31 AM
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As a lot seem to be on the fence still, there's a video i posted above that reviews it freshly for you with no venom and by two separate people. A first for the show.

Check it out if you're still on the fence.

After all, the most anticipated game of all time deserves that treatment!

Another thing that ain't touched upon here is the fantastic extra features you unlock, you can unlock gameplay wheels of all the DNF builds of the past! Including a development timeline, screenshots of all the builds, development team photographs, soundboards...and most of all, that thing i have missed this gen, CHEAT CODES!
Has to be mentioned because that is something that obviously is very encouraging and interesting. Took the game up a notch.

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Excelsior1
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 7:02:07 AM

i'm not on any fence regarding a 50 rated game. i appreciate your entusiasm for duke but there is nothing you could say to make me buy this clunker. the only interest i have in this game is in a weird tran wreck sort of way. might check it out to see wreck in person.

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 7:25:06 AM

I said to those on the fence. If you're not on the fence, why listen to me here?

Also...you haven't played it? Yet you still call it a train wreck?

As for my enthusiasm....i haven't stated whether i enjoy it or not. I'm just balancing things out....judging from comments people still love it or are still believing. So i offer an alternative.

Lastly, if you follow scores, 50 doesn't mean train wreck, it's supposed to mean average right?

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Lairfan
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 8:20:27 PM

Wait just a sec here, I thought 70 was an average score, and 50 was mediocre in most places?

Anyways, those extra features are cool and all, but nothing that make the game better gameplay-wise, which is where a Duke game should shine. I'm glad there are cheat codes in the game, but other much better games (RDR and AC:B come to mind) have those too. So I don't know how much those will swing peoples' opinions on this game.

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Gamer4Life
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 7:53:33 AM
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Damn man I really wanted to get this game too. I loved Duke back in the day. Ah well....my brother doesn't check gaming sites like I do and he's an even bigger fan than me. I should let him know about how bad the critics and players alike are bashing it. Even though he's still probably gonna get it anyway.

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Bjorn77
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 8:37:47 AM
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It's a shame... Glad I waited for the reviews.... Think I'll pass this turd up then. Well now I have a good excuse to buy Castlevania, want to play that game for some time now.

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Neo_Aeon666
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 8:41:57 AM
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Lots of people comparing this to bulletstorm... I actually found bulletstorm boring. To me it was a drag to start just thinking ways of killing people. When you kill someone you kill him and you don't start thinking you have to shoot him on that panel so he can bounce on another guy to en up on your foot.

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vicious54
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 10:24:37 AM
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Yeah, glad I stayed away from this one. I want to keep my fond memories of Duke Nukem.

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CaptRon
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 10:52:07 AM
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Good Lord, to all you complaining about the puzzles? Wtf I take it you never played 3. The levels were big mazes, same as Doom. Everybody plays that CoD crap now, and forget how things used to be. If it was all run in gun you could beat game with no kind of satisfaction. I remember playing Duke 3d and being lost on levels for hours. Man up.

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Geobaldi
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 11:42:22 AM

Everything is instant gratification now. Seems like if something requires even a hint of brainpower nowadays, it gets a bad rap and snubbed by the masses.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 11:08:59 AM
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Sorry to say....


Duke Nukem Forever Scores Cause Take-Two Stock Slump

There’s been more fallout from the considerable savaging critics have unleashed upon Gearbox’s Duke Nukem Forever. Take-Two Interactive’s share price has fallen more than 13 percent after concern behind Duke’s reception and the lower-than-expected sales of L.A. Noire. The current share price is $14.59, down from a high of $16.88 last month. The company’s highest share price in the last five years was $27.36 on June 02, 2008.

Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz now believes that Take-Two’s chances to meet its full-year earnings forecasts are “significantly reduced.” He rates the stock as underperform or sell currently.

http://www.industrygamers.com/news/duke-nukem-forever-scores-cause-take-two-stock-slump/

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Highlander
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 12:17:38 PM

I said that this game would get roasted. After it's history, it had to be a near perfect balance of modern gaming technology and old-skool gameplay and humor. Apparently, it hit neither target. but with such high expectations, nothing less than excellence would satisfy the majority of critics and gamers, and what was delivered seems far from excellent.

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Lairfan
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 8:23:52 PM

Lower-than-expected sales of L.A. Noire? Damn, I thought that game was selling good. Of course, if those expectations were too high for a game like that I could understand, but if not then that sucks.

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cadpig
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 11:44:09 AM
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"the game is ugly, tedious, monotonous, and poorly designed."

Pretty much sums it up. Instead of making a new game, all gearbox did was patch up the old 12 year old code. Talk about a lazy money grab.

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Radiohead
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 1:45:02 PM
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What kind of idoit would waste $60 dollars on this just by seeing the trailer i could tell this game was crap.

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Geobaldi
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 12:11:36 AM

So are all the trailers for every COD game, but people buy those also for some reason I never figured out.

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JackDillinger89
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 2:12:47 PM
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So Duke Nukem Failever bombed commercially and critically? Why am i not surprised?

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JackDillinger89
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 2:31:32 PM
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Sorry to say but yes a 50 average rated games is a Fail with a capital F by todays standards, even a 60 or 70. $60 is a lot of money with a rough sinking economy and high gas prices and most jobs refusing to pay more than minimum wage gamers are now being more choosy with where and what they spend their gaming dollar on. You can also see how it affected recently take two shares they dropped. Remember homefront? Bad game = bad reviews = bad stocks slump = Game Publishers financial loss = Developer layoffs = Working a minimum wage job = broke ass mothafu**as lol

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Excelsior1
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 2:44:11 PM

i gotta agree with that. never seen such a poorly rated game defended as much as dnf has been. i imagine that's based purely on nostalgia. i did rent it just to check it out. it's pretty bad.

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thj_1980
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 5:10:25 PM
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Another ps3 game with technical glitches.

No surprise to me.

But however it's not like the ps3 version is the only one suffering from it.

Duke lost it all!

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flamefury42
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 5:45:07 PM
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Everyone should watch this about Duke Nukem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th2z0xT-X5s

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Lotusflow3r
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 5:46:54 PM

That is the TOTAL truth!! TOTAL. The best and most fair review i have seen on the game. This guys got balls of steel.

He stole my review lol.

Jon St Jon commented on his review too lol!

Unfortunately, it applies here too, as much as i like to think it came from a good place here.

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PharaohJR
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 7:44:56 PM
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LMAO WOW. 4.4 LOL. is it really that bad.... is it 1 of those games thats so bad ya cant bother playing it or 1 of those u know its so bad that it has its own humor & u continue to play to see how much worse it gets?

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hadouken
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 2:13:36 PM
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The scores are disappoint but fortunately I bought this off ebay for under 50, so if I don't like I didn't lose to much.

The install is 4gb? Man I'm gonna have to make some space.

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Caanimal
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 1:05:01 PM
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Why can't people enjoy this for what the hell it is, a Duke Nukem game... NONE of the previous DN games have been extraordinary, but they have ALL (yes DNF included) been fun to play and just goof off in.

People, enjoy this game for it being a game.

And yes, I finished the game, it wasn't THAT difficult to do so...

/rant on

Gaming has become WAY too serious for some people, I know people who won't play a game because it "doesn't look real", which always has me scratching my head. Video GAMES (extra HEAVY emphasis on the word GAME)like all other "games" are meant to be FUN and ENJOYABLE, not tedious and laborious (that's called a JOB kiddos...) like a lot of people are making them out to be... "Why weren't you on-line playing XXXXX game last night???" one angry friend says to another friend "We REALLY needed you on our team!!!"... This has just gotten so ridiculous for me, it's a major reason I don't play on-line on my console and have cut down to just a few hours a month on WoW.

/rant off

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apples14
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:01:10 PM
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When the new R&C (all4one) and DF were announced I got really excited, but it's just something about the two that stops short, idk. You guys may disagree with this also but I always have that fear that a series will just die off and never come back again (and if they do come back, good quality :(? plz? D:).


D:!!!?!?!?!?!?!

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SuperSparky
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:19:52 PM
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I don't have DNF on the PS3, but I do have it on the PC. It is the most bug free and stable game I have ever played on the PC. The level loads are lightning quick and the control is smooth and easy.

I think the biggest problem here is the conversion to the PS3 was the biggest fail, not the game itself. I find it to be a rather fun game to play and definitely reminds me of when I was playing Duke Nukem 3D.

Granted, the graphics were outdated, but I didn't care. I found the game fun.

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