Duke Nukem Forever GPU & CPU Performance

By on June 15, 2011, 4:55 AM

The Duke Nukem franchise has deep roots in PC gaming history. The trash-talking action hero made his debut some two decades ago in 1991 on MS-DOS followed by a sequel (Duke Nukem II) in 1993. Three years later, Duke Nukem 3D took the industry by storm. Armed with cigars, a mean flattop and a badass quip for every situation, Duke captivated gamers. I was just 13 years old at the time and I recall loving every minute of Duke Nukem 3D.

As noted in our news coverage earlier this week "Duke Nukem Forever reviews are in: the game sucks," console reviews have been harsh, with the PC version doing a bit better. However in the last two days its metascore has gone from 76 to 57, with latter reviews giving the game a beating. If anything Duke Nukem Forever's long history of controversy will not rest for now.

But as usual this review is less about DNF's gameplay and more about showing you how the game runs on a broad spectrum of today's (and yesterday's) PC hardware. Considering it was built with a modified version of the very much dated Unreal Engine 2.5, it's fair to assume that DNF won't be crippling Nvidia's GTX 590 -- in fact, we didn't even bother to include it this time. Instead, we've focused on budget to mid-range graphics products and a few integrated solutions.

Read the complete performance review.




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treetops treetops said:

I'm still enjoying the game, I also hope for some patches to help smooth things out in the near future graphically as well as free new content such as maps and single player that they did not have time to put in. Hopefully this game with draw in enough cheddar to fuel a DNF 2, with modern graphics.

By the way why the heck don't I ever see my nvidia 275 card on these lists?

Guest said:

Ed. note: The reader really has no idea this is not a review of the game but of its performance and GPU/CPU requirements.

After reading this dribble I have come to only one conclusion and that is the OP has nether played DNF or went though the hole game with his eyes closed. It is the worst review of any game I have seen on TechSpot ever. It is clear that TechSpot no longer has any idea what a good games or what it takes to review a good game!

Puiu Puiu said:

I was hoping to see how the new AMD mobile APU would fare in this game.

Guest said:

A brief comment on the game was made. It wasn't a full review. Previous "Guest", you're making broad generalizations that are just as open to criticism.

blimp01 said:

Guest said:

After reading this dribble I have come to only one conclusion and that is the OP has nether played DNF or went though the hole game with his eyes closed. It is the worst review of any game I have seen on TechSpot ever. It is clear that TechSpot no longer has any idea what a good games or what it takes to review a good game!

It reviews the performance on our pcs which is what we want the most

Guest said:

fter reading this dribble I have come to only one conclusion and that is the OP has nether played DNF or went though the hole game with his eyes closed. It is the worst review of any game I have seen on TechSpot ever. It is clear that TechSpot no longer has any idea what a good games or what it takes to review a good game!

I WILL AGREE WITH THAT COMMENT.

Techspot guys never were teenagers.They evolved from children to bumbasses.

Duke Nuke is a tradermark and for those of you who excpect Ultimate Graphics and super quality framerates just try another game, because it isn;t for you.

It's like comparing Pepsi to Coca Cola.

For god shake wake up!!!

pcnthuziast said:

I heard that the textures in the demo are better than the full game... maybe a bug?

Win7Dev said:

Why is this a featured article when we already know the game flat out sucks? To clear things up, good frame rates mean nothing when the graphics suck. I don't care if I have 500 fps if the edges of things look like combs or razor blades.

Guest said:

I read TS a lot and don't post much but have come to the conclusion that the previous "guest" comments ripping the author and the website are paid DNF advertising trolls with nothing to offer other than "the game is awesome and you have no clue what a real game is so you suck". I guess all the other websites and reviewers are clueless as well for ripping the game? Face it, a bad game is a bad game.

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

"I WILL AGREE WITH THAT COMMENT.

Techspot guys never were teenagers.They evolved from children to bumbasses."

Wow...

"Duke Nuke is a tradermark and for those of you who excpect Ultimate Graphics and super quality framerates just try another game, because it isn;t for you."

Again...just...Wow...

It's like comparing Pepsi to Coca Cola.

*facepalm* Wow...

For god shake wake up!!! "

OK..Im calling for an intervention. Someone has to let this person know the dangers of using Meth anally.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Wow Guests, if you are gonna bash us then atleast please take the time to figure out that this is not a review of the game but a performance article, showing what hardware is required to play the game at good framerates.

I'm a die hard Duke3D fan, I still play it to this day.

I preordered DNF around '97 or '98, that store went bust so I preordered it again last week and got it on the release date in Europe, Friday the 10:th

I'll just copy/paste what I wrote in the other DNF newspost: [link]

Per Hansson 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]

But hey, don't just take my and Stevens word for it, go read some reviews:

[link]

[link]

[link]

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I wonder if they were somehow legally obligated to make the game run on computers that were around the time that the game was first announced.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Guests number 1 and 3 are exactly why we hate guests, lol.

@Guest number 1: Come on, this is a PERFORMANCE review. Did you not this line from the beginning of the article? "But as usual this review is less about DNF's gameplay and more about showing you how the game runs on a broad spectrum of today's (and yesterday's) PC hardware."

@Guest number 3: Just because it's DN doesn't mean it has to be bad graphically. We are in a time when there is really no excuse for terrible frame rates and bad graphics.

Changing the subject, this game has been all over the news lately...in a bad way, lol. I haven't seen so much outrage from parents since the GTA series took off :P

Muggs said:

gwailo247 said:

I wonder if they were somehow legally obligated to make the game run on computers that were around the time that the game was first announced.

Classic!

I will still pick it up when it is less than $10 on steam. Buying games on sale is like watching a movie on TV you would be pissed off paying full price at a theater but when it's late at night and there is nothing on your entertainment quota is sub par at best.

MilwaukeeMike said:

To those who are interested... here's the story (published in dec 2009) of how and why this game took 14 years to show up. it's a good history and an intersting lesson in business. It also helps us realize how striving for perfection can lead to failure, and why software is released with known bugs (like many tablets today).

[link]

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Nice find MilwaukeeMike, thanks for sharing.

After reading this dribble I have come to only one conclusion and that is the OP has nether played DNF or went though the hole game with his eyes closed. It is the worst review of any game I have seen on TechSpot ever. It is clear that TechSpot no longer has any idea what a good games or what it takes to review a good game!

After reading this drivel I have come to only one conclusion: you don't understand the point of our performance reviews.

IvanAwfulitch IvanAwfulitch said:

Related: A solid performance review. I was kinda shocked to see just how EASY this game is to run. I can't believe that it's been nearly 12 years and it's only about as graphically advanced as Doom 3. I can understand trying to go for the look that gives nostalgia, but as a lot of people have said... come on. It's 2011. We have directX 11.

To the guests: I agree with that line in the final thoughts section. This game would've been excellent if it were released about 7 years ago along side Doom 3. If it had, this game would be fantastic. But because of how late to the party this game is, it feels lame. Yeah, it's Duke and he's his usual self. But there's nothing new, or innovative, or clever, or novel about this game. This game is pretty much a Halo clone but in the Duke universe.

If Ferrari made a terrible car (and they have), would you still buy it because it was a Ferrari? No. It's a terrible car. Why buy it if it sucks? And this is a terrible Duke Nukem game. You're not staring Duke in the face when you say it sucks. Don't be scared you're gonna somehow offend him or something.

Gearbox, you could've done better. 3dRealms, you should've finished it yourselves, and finished it on time. Guests, you could look at it this game more objectively than you have. It's certainly not worth 50 dollars. As the writer said, it's for the die-hard fans or for people who have never played as Duke before.

Guest said:

Alice: Madness Returns benchmarks please!!! with PhysX CPU option for non-NVIDIA cards!!!

WingmanAL said:

You are correct Duke Nukem Forever is the worst Duke game to ever come out. I have all the Duke games including the original shareware version. If we waited 13 years for this and its the best they could do then the gaming world is in trouble and Duke is dead. 3D Realms imporved the Duke series each time they released a new one, obviously a 12 year old created this game. What a waste of money. It only accepts an XBOX 360 controller unfortunately it won't plug into my computer. And using a keyboard and mouse is a joke. Duke games have always been the best in my book but not anymore. And 2K games is also a joke.

Guest said:

How exactly did you run this benchmark? There isn't an in-game demo benchmark is there?

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

@ Guest (post #21)

From the review.

Page titled Testing notes & Methodology

We used Fraps to measure frame rates during a minute of gameplay from the campaign mode. The level is titled "The Lady Killer: Part 3."

Reading through the review may answer other questions you may have.

Guest said:

new FEAR 3 benchmarks please!!!

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