Duke Nukem Forever reviews are in: the game sucks

By on June 13, 2011, 5:00 PM

The first Duke Nukem Forever reviews are in, and the overall consensus is quite negative. Does the game really suck, or does it simply mean that because of all the delays, the expectations have been set so high that the developers just can't match them?

ComputerandVideoGames has done a quick roundup of five major reviews: IGN (5.5 out of 10), Joystiq (2 out of 5), The Guardian (2 out of 5), Eurogamer (3 out of 10), and PC Gamer (80 out of 100). In short, four out of five publications didn't like it. On Metacritic, the Xbox 360 average is 50, the PS3 version sits at 62, while the PC version has a score of 76. This is likely because of how many PC gamers are appreciating the game for nostalgic reasons.

Gamers have waited over a decade to play the official sequel to Duke Nukem. The title was originally announced by 3D Realms in 1997. The project experienced all types of problems, however, and it was passed over to Triptych Games and Gearbox Software in 2009, with multiplayer components provided by Piranha Games.

Half a year ago, Gearbox confirmed that development on the title was being completed. Given how long the game had been in such a state (some 14 years), there were still many skeptics. Then the game was demoed live, but many would still not believe.

Five months ago, the game was given a set of release dates: May 3, 2011 in North America and May 6, 2011 in the rest of the world. Two months ago, this was pushed back to June 14 in North America, and on June 10 in the rest of the world.

Last month, the official PC requirements were released. This was followed by an announcement that the game is coming to OnLive, meaning you can skip the requirements if you want. Finally, the companies announced that the game has gone gold. A demo was released for some earlier this month.




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Guest said:

No Duke game today will ever top the 1996 DN3D.

ihaveaname said:

No, this cannot be happening!

Guest said:

The trailer has put me off this game. Too much bad language, sex, drugs and basic crudness. Good riddance Duke.

Guest said:

Fail to the king, baby! The action was absolutely laughable, and repetitive. The graphics didn't impress me with anything special. The graphics engine looks pretty much like Far Cry 2004. Not even the occasional jokes or punchlines had any nostalgic feelings that would make the game more bearable. This round Duke is definitely out of gum. In my honest opinion Gearbox turned the game into trash.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

It's pure garbage. The next duke game would need to follow a more original back in the day formula different than today's FPS's.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Zero surprise. The trailer was totally weak (including graphics). The game has been manhandled by how many different programmers and studios over a 14 year period? Expectations were sky-high. People remember that when they were 15 years old playing the original, that type of humor rocked their world but are now approaching their 30's and think that same style of humor is now juvenile. You could see this disaster coming from a mile away.

I'm just wondering how many were sucked into pre-ordering it. Especially the limited edition which was something like $80?? Crazy.

Oh well, 2K can now get back to what they do best. Making a Borderlands sequel.

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Steve Steve said:

Sadly it does suck

princeton princeton said:

Guest said:

The trailer has put me off this game. Too much bad language, sex, drugs and basic crudness. Good riddance Duke.

Well thanks for telling us you're completely unaware of the point behind duke nukem.

Muggs said:

Princeton said:

Guest said:

The trailer has put me off this game. Too much bad language, sex, drugs and basic crudness. Good riddance Duke.

Well thanks for telling us you're completely unaware of the point behind duke nukem.

I agree with Princeton. Does the guest have a clue what the whole franchise is even about?

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

It's a shame really.

Maybe some things are just best left in the old days.

DokkRokken said:

All Gearbox could do was polish a turd, and I'd say they gave it their all. Gearbox does 'outrageous' and 'gratuitous' pretty well. Any other developer, and it would have turned out even worse. They'll do the next Duke Nukem game right.

But now we can look forward to Serious Sam 3!

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

Guest said:

The trailer has put me off this game. Too much bad language, sex, drugs and basic crudness. Good riddance Duke.

I agree, when anything (including games, shows, movies, music, etc) focus too much on that stuff, it means it sucks because they dont have any good ideas but try to appeal to 'X' number of kids who think it's cool.

Emin3nce said:

Have you seen the TV Commercials? It looks like a bad re-skinning of the doom 3 engine that's been dummed down to work on something 'tarded like the wii. Seriously. Worst looking game ever, the storyline is pretty lame, and well, let's just say the 'attitude' the game has was cute back in the early days...

but we see worse on 6:30 cartoons nowadays.

stupid bad evil resurrection of a hero that should have been left dead.

Muggs said:

Benny26 said:

It's a shame really.

Maybe some things are just best left in the old days.

I think that everytime I hear a remake of a song or movie.

Guest said:

I guess I've moved on from all the inappropriate behaviour seen in these type of games, once upon a time it might have appealed but you soon learn there is more to life than chasing these short term pleasures.

pcnthuziast said:

Can't wait till I can get it for 10 bux or less on steam... in a month or 2! smh lol

Muggs said:

Guest said:

I guess I've moved on from all the inappropriate behaviour seen in these type of games, once upon a time it might have appealed but you soon learn there is more to life than chasing these short term pleasures.

So you stopped chasing short term pleasures and moved on to self righteousness. You might want to reevaluate yourself again since I don't see anything but downward movement here.

Cota Cota said:

Bo who, Duke Nukem was Crysased

pixelstuff pixelstuff said:

I also agree with Princeton. A little bit of a bad thing is sometimes good, but put in a lot of a bad thing and it usually just makes everything bad. This rule applies to pretty much anything art related; movies, games, music, painting, cooking, dancing.

Watching the DNF trailers reminds me of the Transformer film sequels. They took the comedic relief parts of the movie and said "if that was funny let's put twice as much of it. Then we'll take the action and put even more action in there. Then we'll make the big robots even bigger. Then we'll have the best movie ever."

Stupid.

pixelstuff pixelstuff said:

And another thing,

The poor graphics are not what makes or breaks a game. I mean, I played Kings Quest 1 back in the day and it was fun! It's whether the story, exploration, and action can provide something interesting for the mind to think about that will make or break a game for me. Accurate or perfect visuals are just icing on the cake. And by the way no game out there has reached photo realism yet so they are all crap in that respect.

Besides, I still enjoy playing Duke Nukem 3D every once in a while and we know how state of the art those visuals are.

pixelstuff pixelstuff said:

Ooops. Sorry Princeton. I don't necessarily agree with you. I got the post authors mixed up. My first post was more in agreement with stewi0001 and guest, I suppose.

Oh well. LOL.

p51d007 said:

Played the leaked torrent for the PC...yeah, it sucked, but was still kind of nice to kick as* and chew bubble gum...too bad the game was out of gum.

When it shows up on the bargain bin for 19.99, I'll get it, just to have it, but I sure wouldn't pay 50 bucks or more for it.

supertech supertech said:

This game has taken so long to come out that no one really cares anymore. The people who originally played this game are now adults and 20 years beyond this game. There are way too many great titles such as Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, and many more super titles so that is why no one really cares about this game.

The Duke Nukem franchise lost it's opportunity and that is just too bad. 20 years in technology is like 100 years in reality.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well, there's always "Duke Nudem". Giggity!

treetops treetops said:

I have played single player for 7 hours, I am still waiting for my amazon copy in the mail, it will arrive on the 14th. Anyways I give it a 8 out of 10. Heres a good review and theres another i read at like thunder.com or something that gave it 8.5.

[link]

Heres a poll with about 200 people who have played the full version, 80%+ say its good I like it. Spoilers in that thread btw.

[link]

Guest said:

DNF: I liked it from start to finish, the jokes, sexism, etc etc. was actually entertaining, repetitive game play...huh its a normal shooter arcade but with environments. I finished the game... it lasted longer the Portal 2 from start to finish...hahahahah

treetops treetops said:

p51d007 said:

Played the leaked torrent for the PC...yeah, it sucked, but was still kind of nice to kick as* and chew bubble gum...too bad the game was out of gum.

When it shows up on the bargain bin for 19.99, I'll get it, just to have it, but I sure wouldn't pay 50 bucks or more for it.

Time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all out of gum... The whole point of that is that hes out of gum so the only thing left to do is kick ass. If anything your trying to say it has to much gum.

rajwraith said:

Gearbox should've built the game from ground up. It's never a good idea to use code from almost a decade back. The facial animations, movement, environments are all last generation. And no matter how much you say that the game is all retro, you WILL be bugged by crappy graphics and bad character design. The graphics wouldn't have mattered if the game play was fun, and it's not. This is just a bad game people. You have to admit that. I'm a Duke fan myself, but I was totally turned off by the game. Here's hoping that the next iteration of Duke will be as good as Duke 3D.

jonelsorel said:

Muggs said:

Princeton said:

Guest said:

The trailer has put me off this game. Too much bad language, sex, drugs and basic crudness. Good riddance Duke.

Well thanks for telling us you're completely unaware of the point behind duke nukem.

I agree with Princeton. Does the guest have a clue what the whole franchise is even about?

Let's see what the original Duke was about :

-most innovative graphics at the time

-great level design which encouraged and rewarded exploration (weapons, etc), and not picking up feces from a toilet like the sequel

-you could hold more than 2 weapons in 1996

-the jokes were actually funny for that time

When 2 people say you're drunk, go home.

kamisama said:

Guest said:

The trailer has put me off this game. Too much bad language, sex, drugs and basic crudness. Good riddance Duke.

Why would you even look at Duke Nukem if that puts you off. I mean if there's certain factors that are a given with games like this it's bad language, sex and drugs and violence.

Guest said:

I have to disagree with the total failure comments. I played the Demo and it did suck. But the full game was much better and ran surprisinly better. Graphics were OK, nothing special but the trade off was a fast paced game at 2560*1600 will full graphics on a 3+ YO computer.

The gags were old, the sex badly done in parts, and for me it was a bit too much of a platform game. It suffered from "dumbed down for console". But something made me play it to the end as soon as I got it. 7/10

isamuelson isamuelson said:

DokkRokken said:

All Gearbox could do was polish a turd, and I'd say they gave it their all. Gearbox does 'outrageous' and 'gratuitous' pretty well. Any other developer, and it would have turned out even worse. They'll do the next Duke Nukem game right.

But now we can look forward to Serious Sam 3!

Hey, at least you can carry a turd around in DNF and throw it!

YUCK!

ddg4005 ddg4005 said:

Not surprising. No game that's been development for 14 years could satisfy everyone. Oh well the wait continues for Mass Effect 3.

Vicenarian said:

Guest said:

The trailer has put me off this game. Too much bad language, sex, drugs and basic crudness. Good riddance Duke.

I wholeheartedly agree. We don't need trash like this filling up store shelves.

Guest said:

I could tell it was awful just from the demo. The desert environment and enemies were atrocious. Horrible textures and models. The gameplay would have been alright in 2001 maybe, **** doesn't flying nowadays. Something tells me the arena "game" is the best part of the whole experience. Sad. Don't blame Gearbox, all they did was release it, 3D Realms and everyone else that worked on Duke wanted to take credit for the game since they did all the work. Do they want to take credit now, since Gearbox will get **** on unfairly for releasing this dreck?

Play Duke 3D, cleanse your soul, and forget DNF ever existed. The biggest joke in gaming history.

Guest said:

I don't even care about childish poo jokes and bad language (it's Duke Nukem, for Christ sake!). I could forgive all of this if the game delivered a solid and fun gameplay. But begin able to carry only 2 weapons, auto regen health, no secrets, long and heavily scripted sequences and boring, railed combat ? That really turned me off. I blame 3D Realms (actually, I just blame George Broussard - YOU FAIL!) for this huge steaming pile of crap. Gearbox just tried to save the IP from oblivion. Let's pretend DN4Ever never happened and await for Gearbox's own vision on the franchising. So far they're doing a great job with the Aliens franchise, I have very high hopes they can do the same with the Duke in the future.

Guest said:

I agree with the other guest. Too much garbage 18+ stuff in it. Would it really be that hard for game developers to censor that stuff out with a simple 'option'. Alas, Game developers would rather not change their work of art, for a heck of a lot more sales.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Princeton said:

Guest said:

The trailer has put me off this game. Too much bad language, sex, drugs and basic crudness. Good riddance Duke.

Well thanks for telling us you're completely unaware of the point behind duke nukem.

Its very different for it to have bad language, sex, drugs and basic crudness, and having TOO MUCH that craps the whole fun out of it.

Guest said:

Duke Nukem is an overblown, tounge-in-cheek satire of the action hero stereotype, if you're one of the ****** harping on about how crude and immature it is, then you're missing the point. The 12 year old boys that like Duke Nukem at face value are also missing the point, but appreciating it on a different level.

That said, this isn't suprising, every Duke Nukem gave after Duke Nukem 3D has been goddawful, and games in general these days are underwhelming. I was obvious from the trailers alone that it was just going to be another generic Unreal Engine FPS. A shame because the game in the 2001 E3 trailer actually looked quite promising for its time.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

No way this game was going to live up to the hype of 14 years, and always seemed destined to mediocrity at best. For me personally the gameplay was the biggest issue, I wasn't expecting something revolutionary here, but I didn't expect a step backwards to a more console feel (rails, two weapons, health, etc). However some of the criticism levied against Duke's character is a bit asinine considering the franchise history.

Staff
Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

I have not played through the whole game yet, I'm about 4 hours in.

I got it the 10:th since I live in Europe...

So far the 2-Weapon system really degraded this game for me, it sure feels surreal they give the reason "realism" for console-ifying the weapon system of Duk3D, being able to choose at any time what to kill your enemies with is allot of what makes Duke3D fun.

Then the regen health system really ticks me off too, what's that about realism you just said?

Finally we can only carry 5 rockets for the RPG, and it's quite useless too.

But whenever there is a boss battle there is anyway an "infinite ammo crate" nearby, why do I have to get out of battle to find my ammo crate after firing 5 rockets (getting me out of the action, which is precisley the reason given for the auto regen health system to begin with)

Duke3D had none of these issues

And worst of all it is just like Crysis 2 a phonebooth shooter, this old pic describes it way better than I can with words: [link]

SantistaUSA said:

ihaveaname said:

No, this cannot be happening!

Unfortunately it did! I just played for little over an hour and it's horrible!

Guest said:

played dn3d when i was a kid. enjoyed it.

played dnf as an adult, left a bad taste.

could be a mix of high expectations [nostalgia factor, being an atypical shooter compared to today, etc.]

even when i tried to detach those notions, i just couldn't bear to play any more.

i feel it's too old school for its own good, maybe it's a hit with kids of today as dn3d was to me then. maybe not. actually, most likely not considering other fps games.

maybe i'm, sad to say, over and too old for it.

don't get me wrong, i love crude jokes, but it's just plain crude without the jokes part.

the platforming was clunky, i could care less about the game engine, it was neither good or bad, it just was.

the title animation was pretty neat though, i enjoyed that a lot.

i'd say wait for the price to go down, i can't justify the $60 on this.

and yes, i torrented it and i'm glad i did.

now i can spend my money on something else.

p.s. don't give into delusion because you're holding onto and too focused on its legacy, see it for what it is.

Guest said:

How is he "being self-righteous"?

I agree with him;dukenukem is just sexist,arrogant,vulgar and plain stupid. Just like 90%of the sh!t that is churned out of hollywood and thrown on the movies and tv.

So if you don't like things that are insulting or derogatory,that makes you "self-righteous"?

Staff
Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

About the game price I am satisfied.

I did not buy it on Steam tho, I live in Sweden and it costs ?50 here, which is such a ripoff since ?50=$71

But the retail copy goes for SEK 300:-

Which translates to ?33 or $46

How the retail copy can be cheaper than the digital version on Steam is beyond me, but I just realized it is the same for Portal 2 which I have not bought yet due to it's price, look at this:

Steam: ?50 / $50

Retail: SEK 250:- = ?27 $39

Guest said:

Look at it this way:

Theres going to be a generation of retards that thinks Sponge Bob and un-funny Family Guy are the BEST cartoons.

Let time pass by and see what that geration thinks if someone remakes those cartoons or Mcfarlane(just threw up in my mouth) decides to make live action movie.

Guest said:

Not at all.

But when you pick up a game that prides itself on being crude, derogatory, over-sexualized and violent and then feel the need to go online and tell everyone how you hate it because it's crude, derogatory, over-sexualized and violent, then yes, you are being self-righteous.

I don't like Harry Potter, but I don't feel any particular need to go watch a Harry Potter movie then roll around the Harry Potter fansites complaining about how terrible Harry Potter is. Doing so would be childish and self-righteous.

Guest said:

I have to agree on how much this game sucks compared to the older ones.

I still remember picking up the duke nukem 3d disc at a garage sale for a quarter in 1998 and i played that game for months, anything sexual or involving alcohol was rather tame in my opinion and it took effort to find them so it wasn't being slapped in your face from the get go.

Unlike this padded, fluffed up, oversexed, steroided, drunk and turd grabbed out of a toilet bowl game duke nukem 3d is by far the better game.

I would just either borrow the disc from a friend stupid enough to dish out the sixty bucks or(I am sure you know other ways to get the game) don't even bother to play it and just look on amazon for the duke nukem 3d special edition or some crap, i forget the name.

THe weapon choices suck big time, the regenerating health is a major joke(Like they stole it from halo due to lack of imagination or education on what dn is all about), Frame rates suck azz, Areas load poorly, tons of stupid and annoying puzzles.... shall i go on or have i said enough.

this is what i am calling the bast**d child of duke nukem, the one he tried to have buried but someone came along and dug the little guy out and now duke and his ever cool image have to pay the price.

Guest said:

Thanks for dissing at America critics.

Guest said:

I've been a Duke fan since the original screen scrollers came out, so Duke 1, Duke 2, Duke Nukem 3d and Duke Nukem Forever to me are great.

I just bought Duke Nukem Forever for $9.99 as because of negative press, stores are trying to dump it. It's a shame, because I've played the game for about 2-3 hours and it's not THAT bad of a game. I don't know what people are really wanting it to be? It compares very closely to Doom 3 and although ID software didn't plan/announce for Doom 3 as a successor to Doom 2 for a while, there was a 10 year gap between Doom 2 and Doom 3 (1994 to 2004), and I personally didn't think the gameplay was that amazing in Doom 3.

I took a liking to Serious Sam when Duke couldn't be developed, and I think Serious Sam is just what a die hard shoot-em-up video game player needed to get their thrills. Since Duke Nukem Forever is in the picture, I hope there is a future sequel that might lead to more positive reviews...

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