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Duke Nukem Forever reviews are in: the game sucks

By Emil · 51 replies
Jun 13, 2011
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  1. 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…

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  2. No Duke game today will ever top the 1996 DN3D.
  3. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Posts: 105

    No, this cannot be happening!
  4. The trailer has put me off this game. Too much bad language, sex, drugs and basic crudness. Good riddance Duke.
  5. 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.
  6. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 777   +146

    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.
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,057   +1,491

    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. :)
  8. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,990   +2,417

    Sadly it does suck :(
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

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

    Muggs TS Rookie Posts: 56

    I agree with Princeton. Does the guest have a clue what the whole franchise is even about?
  11. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +53

    It's a shame really.

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

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 266

    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!
  13. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,109   +1,531

    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.
  14. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    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.
  15. Muggs

    Muggs TS Rookie Posts: 56

    I think that everytime I hear a remake of a song or movie.
  16. 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.
  17. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +134

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

    Muggs TS Rookie Posts: 56

    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.
  19. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 512   +8

    Bo who, Duke Nukem was Crysased :(
  20. pixelstuff

    pixelstuff TS Rookie Posts: 19

    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."

  21. pixelstuff

    pixelstuff TS Rookie Posts: 19

    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.
  22. pixelstuff

    pixelstuff TS Rookie Posts: 19

    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.
  23. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,857   +1,142

    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.
  24. supertech

    supertech TS Member Posts: 84   +10

    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.
  25. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,140   +135

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

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