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  1. Jun 25, 2011
    8
    Yeah ! Refreshing and witty. Obviously, this game was not compiled with children, ps3, Wii and Xbox toddlers in mind. Itâ
  2. Jul 6, 2011
    8
    Not sure what everyone expected, but for me it was most of what I wanted. A throwback to the good ole days, Duke witticisms, a clear Mature sensibility with tongue firmly held in cheek. A fun though slightly linear story with lots of nods to pop culture (I laughed at the Inception reference in the breakroom in the strip bar. Multiplayer is fast and insame and the perk system with theNot sure what everyone expected, but for me it was most of what I wanted. A throwback to the good ole days, Duke witticisms, a clear Mature sensibility with tongue firmly held in cheek. A fun though slightly linear story with lots of nods to pop culture (I laughed at the Inception reference in the breakroom in the strip bar. Multiplayer is fast and insame and the perk system with the babes and the digs is outstanding. Improvements - more babes, level building tools, more multi-player maps, and more Duke remarks. Expand
  3. Jul 9, 2011
    8
    Duke is what it has always claimed to be. Donâ
  4. Jul 11, 2011
    8
    It's not COD4 or B:BC2 and thank goodness for that - There are more then enough realistic shooters out there. It was time for a bit of fun, and DNF delivers that - Its got its flaws for sure but it doesn't try to be anything other then a hell of a lot of fun to play. Just go into it with an open mind and prepare to laugh out loud more then you've done in while with a game...
  5. Nov 25, 2011
    8
    I went into this game knowing not to take it seriously. The fact that my friend told me I can pick up poop in a bathroom stall in the first map was the giveaway. I saw that as an opportunity to try out a satirical game that was nonsensically hilarious that included some rage-venting action. It's not my favorite game (by far), but I had a hell of a good time playing it.
  6. Aug 7, 2011
    8
    i have to say im really sick of the bad reviews duke nukem forever keeps getting. i bloody love this game! whats so great about it is it isnt like the average FPS you get these days, they all seem to be about war. it takes FPS back to its roots, the days of duke3d. also people are complaining about the graphics, sure its not the best but when you compaire it to duke3d, its come along ini have to say im really sick of the bad reviews duke nukem forever keeps getting. i bloody love this game! whats so great about it is it isnt like the average FPS you get these days, they all seem to be about war. it takes FPS back to its roots, the days of duke3d. also people are complaining about the graphics, sure its not the best but when you compaire it to duke3d, its come along in leaps and bounds. i read in PC magazine that the multiplayer is 'an unwelcome addition' well i think its the best part! i havnt had this much fun since quake 3 arena. i just think people should give it a chance Expand
  7. Aug 19, 2011
    8
    I enjoyed this game very much, and i'll tell you why its been getting so much hate. The people who are hating it are the people who played Duke Nukem 3d back in the day. They were teens who had just discovered breasts and swearing. So no wonder you were disapointed when you got Duke Nukem Forever and you couldn't re-live how you remembered DN3D
  8. Oct 3, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is really good. Not awesome, but nearly there. Huge (and mildly disturbing) bosses were fun to fight, well, most of them anyway. One certain boss(ALIEN QUEEN) pissed me off. The Leeroy reference instantly deserved an 8. Expand
  9. May 31, 2013
    8
    This is Duke Nukem all over, the style, theme, girls, his voice, his attitude and the whole game. Yes it is dated for it's time and the physics are abit off but this game is fun! People are so critical and had such expectations though Duke is a mid 90's style game, what did they really expect? Lots of fun, definitely recommended if you love a casual shooter. Not recommended for die hard FPS fans.
  10. Nov 26, 2011
    8
    I really enjoyed this game. Sure, the jokes were corny, controls were a bit clunky, at points it was like a hoard mode type game, but it was still a fun and enjoyable game. Story was good, gameplay was somewhat unique in a good way. Run and gun + occasional hide behind cover. The game got a lot of hate, it did NOT deserve any of it. I had more fun with this game than any call of duty II really enjoyed this game. Sure, the jokes were corny, controls were a bit clunky, at points it was like a hoard mode type game, but it was still a fun and enjoyable game. Story was good, gameplay was somewhat unique in a good way. Run and gun + occasional hide behind cover. The game got a lot of hate, it did NOT deserve any of it. I had more fun with this game than any call of duty I have played. Multiplayer is there, but almost dead. Though the game should be bought for single player. Bosses were epic, especially the final boss. All in all, still a great game. Worth a buy. Expand
  11. Mar 9, 2012
    8
    I think the metascore here is a little bit too harsh. This game is good fun, although it plays like Doom 3, is still a great game. Although the humour revolves around potty humour a bit too much, Duke Nukem Forever is a refreshing game in an age where we keep getting Call of Duty clones. I like how you can interact with everything (yes, even poo) and I also like the fast paced addictiveI think the metascore here is a little bit too harsh. This game is good fun, although it plays like Doom 3, is still a great game. Although the humour revolves around potty humour a bit too much, Duke Nukem Forever is a refreshing game in an age where we keep getting Call of Duty clones. I like how you can interact with everything (yes, even poo) and I also like the fast paced addictive combat. If it was released at the same time as Doom 3, this game would have been a shining star. This game is fun, and is greatly underrated by critics. Expand
  12. Feb 17, 2012
    8
    After reading the reviews I wasn't expecting much from this game, but I was curious, having enjoyed the original. I bought it recently, after the price had reduced quite considerably. OK so it didn't make you go wow, maybe like the original did, but I was pleasantly surprised because the game was a lot of fun to play, and yes, it did take you back to the sensations of the original Duke soAfter reading the reviews I wasn't expecting much from this game, but I was curious, having enjoyed the original. I bought it recently, after the price had reduced quite considerably. OK so it didn't make you go wow, maybe like the original did, but I was pleasantly surprised because the game was a lot of fun to play, and yes, it did take you back to the sensations of the original Duke so it was also a trip down memory lane. Expand
  13. May 7, 2012
    8
    The game that time forgot. Firstly this game is not as bad as others suggest. Yes its not deep and yes its very sexist - but this is Duke Nukem, right? PC got blown out the window with a shotgun. However it does seem to be lacking some focus. Its overly long and the actual minutes are not as gripping as they should be. Duke seems to have not seen many movies this side of the millennium,The game that time forgot. Firstly this game is not as bad as others suggest. Yes its not deep and yes its very sexist - but this is Duke Nukem, right? PC got blown out the window with a shotgun. However it does seem to be lacking some focus. Its overly long and the actual minutes are not as gripping as they should be. Duke seems to have not seen many movies this side of the millennium, which makes it hard to keep it fresh. However it is a dirty secret that it's quite fun just being a 12 year old again, and this game does that in spades. Expand
  14. Mar 23, 2013
    8
    This game was great. A lot of interest in it for example to increase the ego, you can add a lot of things, like if you smoke, have sex, etc.. I do not understand why you are scolding the program. But I understand the artwork, but they could not have been better bring out a more than 10-year graphic engine (Unreal Engine 1).
  15. Jul 13, 2013
    8
    I thought this was actually a very bad game considering the reviews but I liked it lot (except for end bosses, but I don't like those in any game). It has much of the same humor as the old duke3d game but pretty good graphics. Not much to say about game play, like any FPS you shoot, blow etc. through a level and at the end there is the end boss.
  16. Nov 15, 2013
    8
    I really liked this game. Indicated for everybody that play a classic Duke Nukem. The variety of every level is very good. But the level 3 that Duke is shotting in aliens that try leave yours spaceships is amazing.
  17. May 30, 2014
    8
    Despite what many people that DID NOT FINISH wrote in here, I'll be crystal clear and give you a BS-Free review. However, I'll put aside the LOOOOOOOOONG development time (13 yrs) to give you an objective and unbiased review. NOTE: To those reviewers out there, please, some advice: Finish the game before reviewing it and review the title for what it is, Duke Nukem, nor CoD orDespite what many people that DID NOT FINISH wrote in here, I'll be crystal clear and give you a BS-Free review. However, I'll put aside the LOOOOOOOOONG development time (13 yrs) to give you an objective and unbiased review. NOTE: To those reviewers out there, please, some advice: Finish the game before reviewing it and review the title for what it is, Duke Nukem, nor CoD or Battlefield.
    PROS - Humor, game mechanics work well, gore, puzzles Half-Life style, chicks, the game kept the original Duke style and feel (from Duke Nukem 3D)
    CONS - Some graphic issues, no manual save feature (game saves using checkpoints), weapon arsenal limited to 4 (you can replace them at any time in-game, tho), many annoying jumping puzzles
    BOTTOM LINE: If you enjoyed Duke Nukem 3D, grab this title on the next sale and add it to your collection. It's worth it.
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  18. Feb 18, 2015
    8
    If growing up you were a fan of 'Duke Nukem 3D'...and boobies, then you'll love... erruhh... should... erruhh... might enjoy this game. Or maybe you won't, I mean who can really tell with this one. Over however long in development, with countless engine updates, and one or a million developer changes, I still to this day, have no idea why so many knuckleheads held this game to such highIf growing up you were a fan of 'Duke Nukem 3D'...and boobies, then you'll love... erruhh... should... erruhh... might enjoy this game. Or maybe you won't, I mean who can really tell with this one. Over however long in development, with countless engine updates, and one or a million developer changes, I still to this day, have no idea why so many knuckleheads held this game to such high standards. I suppose it was their undying love and fond memories for the Duke Nukem of the 90's, but still, how good could this game have been when it was passed around more times than some lame joke about a girl who is very promiscuous? Actually...pretty damn good, if you ask me!

    This game was destined to fail ever since year five in development, so it really doesn't matter now, but like I said, if you were a fan of the original 'Duke 3D' game, then this game should be pretty enjoyable for you. Or maybe it won't be, who cares, either way get f'd and buy it cheap. But still, 'Forever' manages to be more imaginative than 75% of new shooters out there today and maintains some of the humor and feel of gameplay from the original. The storyline is the same 'save the world from the aliens' but what else did you expect, and each map feels fresh and fun to play through each and every time, with small puzzles and challenges along the way.

    Overall, this is a game most people have most likely already forgotten about, but it's still incredibly fun if you ask me. And even though it's probably not the game that the developers originally set out to make, I'm still thankful to have been able to play this version. So pick this one up for a few bucks during the next sale if you're a fan of Duke Nukem or shooters in general. Because 'Forever' is a pleasant change from the mundane, everyday shooters that most people play day in and day out.
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  19. Jun 22, 2011
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I grew up with the very first duke nukem games along with other fond childhood memories such as Sonic the Hedgehog on the master system. Duke Nukem will still be one of the best gaming icons along side some of the best. But while we all want things to be amazing everytime we all have to have a moment where we think, "Why couldnt they just leave it alone". It happened with Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Sonic Unleash. Now it has partially happened with Duke Nukem Forever.

    Plot wise i wouldnt expect anything too complex, Duke's a hero worshiped by the world, suddenly the aliens come back pretending to make peace but then it all goes wrong and carnage takes over. Much like duke nukem 3d all the women are kidnapped, stripped and impregnated with aliens.This leaves duke pissed and has to go out and do what he does best, kick ass and chew bubble gum...and he's all out of gum. While this game may have more plot than previous incarnations it still feels almost cloned or too similar to DN3D.

    The voice actor for Duke Nukem himself embodies the character well, while most will find duke a sexist, narcassistic, violent gum chewer he still has some fairly funny one liners and is at his best when shrunk down to size. This new outing Duke Nukem Forever got me interested when i watched the trailers. Obviously the graphics are a little dated but then again when Sonic the Hedgehog 4 came out many complained about the look on HD consoles. Again the same problem paluges DNF. Some of the enemies, items and scenes are pretty good looking but once you reach a certain point or distance you start to notice some of graphics begin to suffer such as some of the aliens look pixelated when very close. Nearly every creature is just a HD remake of the Duke Nukem 3D enemies, from the Pig Cops and Octo-Creatures to the Warlord and kidnapped women.

    Gameplay wise the overall controls are similar to the previous games in the series. Some new additions have been made to series during its 15 year development (sadly most of the innovations made have now been done by other games), here are a few examples: 1, More interactivity with objects, nearly everything is interactive or destructable. From writing on a whiteboard with a marker pen to photocopying your arse on a photocopier, the developers have made nearly anthing possible even playing pool or air hockey was something new and nice to see.

    2: The ego bar that is introduced works like a shield, this can be improved by doing very egotistical things like flirting with yourself in a mirror, lifting weights, looking at a porn mag, even having a piss in a urinal improves your ego meter.

    While the game has tried to introduce new concepts and interactivity within a game enviroment, most of these ideas have now been implemented by other games developers already before DNF.

    While the last installment in the series brought upon itself alot of criticism this game will no doubt still have this reputation long after people have forgotten it. Like its predecessor the game makes use of alot of Female characters. Mostly strippers or kidnapped victims of the aliens which have been stripped and impregnated. This game though has made it more disturbing by having any women who are being used to birth aliens literally bulging before exploding in a shower of gore. On top of that each victim now cries out for help which makes it more unnerving. Duke does have the option of killing them but NO rewards are given for this but No penalties either. This may put off anyone new to the franchise and even some of the more die hard fans.

    One new addition to this FPS is the driving sections, they handle similar to grand theft auto but with a nittro boost that can be used to jump huge ravines, etc. This has been a welcome addition but like the rest of the game it is lacking some refinement.

    One of the major complaints i have is the lack of animation on Duke Nukem himself when you see him in a mirror. All other characters and Ai's have very fluid and natural movements but duke moves like a first year animation students first attempt at a walk cycle for a character. Some more care and attention on the movements would be good.

    Overall I feel that after 15 years of waiting this title has been both a nostalgia trip and a little disappointing all together. Graphics wise it is a few year behind most modetn titles and could be improved significantly. Plot is just a bit thin but with DN its never about plot. Some of the interactive items and games were well made but could be refined a little more. The lack of detail in some of the levels made the game feel rushed even after 15 years of development it still looked half finished.

    To me personally this has been an average game in the series, possibly the weakest of the franchise. It tried to come in with a bang but it turned out to be a wimper. Its not going to be game of the year but it will still be one to try out but i wouldnt recommend keeping it.
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  20. Jun 14, 2011
    7
    Hype can sometimes be really bad. In this case, the hype of DNF lead to bad reviews, misunderstandings, and complete dismissal of what I feel to be a satisfactory Duke Nukem experience. If you were born in 1998, and picked up this game on the Xbox. You'll probably think it's the worst game in the world. Hell, most adults who played Duke Nukem 3D probably think this is the worst game ever.Hype can sometimes be really bad. In this case, the hype of DNF lead to bad reviews, misunderstandings, and complete dismissal of what I feel to be a satisfactory Duke Nukem experience. If you were born in 1998, and picked up this game on the Xbox. You'll probably think it's the worst game in the world. Hell, most adults who played Duke Nukem 3D probably think this is the worst game ever. But you really have to look at it from a certain perspective.

    I know what you're saying. "There's no other way to look at it. It's a **** game." I disagree. Have you seen the screenshots the game in 1999? In 2004? They've worked very hard to keep up to date. Unfortunately because of publishers, deals, developers leaving, this game got kicked around for TOO long. If this was my company, I would have just let it go. I doubt the 12 years working on this game was worth it, given that the teams weren't working 12 years straight. Afterall, they went through multiple developers, builds, etc.

    Now about the game. I don't think it looks bad at all. I think it holds up well. I think it holds up against most games after 2007-ish. You guys remember games like UT99, Serious Sam? DNF blows those graphics out of the water, so I don't understand all the reviews saying "Ugh, this looks like shareware from 2000." Um. No. It does not. The environments are NOT amazing, they're not even that memorable and cool. But it feels like a Duke Nukem game. The FEELING is right, the mood is right. I quite enjoyed it start to finish.

    Vulgarity, racism, adult themes? If this game offends you, don't play it. You obviously don't remember much of the same content was in Duke Nukem 3D. And that was a pretty mature title for it's time. This game is not for everyone. It's not even for your average gamer. It's for fans of Duke Nukem who can just giggle and say "Oh, that Duke and his corny f*cking one liners." Yeah, there are plenty allusions and pop culture references. We get it. Hah-hah. Not everyone will laugh. It might have made me a smile and laugh a bit.

    The story is pretty poor. If this was a story about Duke getting his chicks back and taking revenge, that would've made more sense. But there was a mismatch of all sorts of things including the president and the dam and what the hell is going on I'm just killing aliens? Yeah, I guess that's fine. They came to attack earth again... But hell. Even for a Duke game, I think most people would've appreciated a bigger story.

    The gameplay mechanics are also not so bad. Just because it's 2011 doesn't mean eveeerryyy freaaaaking gaaaame in the wooooorld needs iron sights. I had fun without it. This game has a feeling of old school FPS with a little bit of new school (regenerative health, I was okay with it but would've liked to see classic pick-ups and a point system). Simple puzzles get it interesting, couple of vehicles to drive. Hey, they mixed it up. They even *tried* to do some Call of Duty esque scenes and cinematic, but it mostly fell flat.

    The music is extremely amateur and was obviously thrown together last minute. The sampled drums and sampled guitars are unmodified (I know exactly what library all of the sounds come from) and it's disappointing that they wouldn't take the Duke Nukem theme serious. I wanted something big, badass, up to date rock in your face. It was an absolute downer.

    Most of the audio assets were also old. They lacked punch and were tacky. It worked. But it was definitely not up to par by todays standards.

    Overall, I am giving the game a 7. Why? Because it gave me a satisfactory Duke Nukem experience, I can't deny that I enjoyed it. I'm not going to give it a low-ball score because I was expecting more. Because I feel "cheated" No, I was NOT expecting this to blow me away. I was just expecting to kick some alien ass. If you were a Duke fan and you feel like you need to play it. Just play it. Don't take other people's word for it. Not even mine. You'll never know what you think of it until you actually play it. Even if it's for a bit of nostalgia and even if you just want closure. Just play it.
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  21. Dec 11, 2011
    7
    This game just isn't as bad as people want it to be. Face it. It's actually pretty fun. People just had too high of expectations considering how long it took for the game to come out. Thus, their judgement for the game's quality was already distorted in advance. The guns in this game are all varied, interesting, and useful in differing situations. People don't understand what the point ofThis game just isn't as bad as people want it to be. Face it. It's actually pretty fun. People just had too high of expectations considering how long it took for the game to come out. Thus, their judgement for the game's quality was already distorted in advance. The guns in this game are all varied, interesting, and useful in differing situations. People don't understand what the point of a single player FPS is. When you're killing the pig cops, aliens, etc. the game is by no means trying to say that that substitutes for hardcore competitive multiplayer or something... The point is that you're going to be fighting a lot of enemies, and Duke is better than each one of them individually. The challenge comes in where you have to fight a lot of them. The regenerating health, 2 weapon limit, etc. aren't necessarily bad things. I think people just looked at it and said, "uh oh, that's in Call of Duty, obviously it must be a bad thing!" which is funny because most people don't even know why they dislike Call of Duty and only do it because they're told to. But I digress. Anyway, if you take this game for what it is, and know why you're playing it as opposed to other FPS games, it's actually pretty solid. The reason I'm giving it a 7/10 is because I'm just not really that in to FPS. It doesn't have much lasting appeal for me. I don't see myself replaying this one very many times in the future. If you are in to FPS and you judge the game taking it for what it is though, and not just blindly hating it because everyone else does, you will probably like it even more than I did. Expand
  22. Jun 14, 2011
    7
    Games like Call of Duty can easily appeal to anyone. Duke Nukem, however, cannot. It has a very limited fanbase and makes itself that way with its inappropriate humor and its lack of effort in the development of it all. This is not to say I disliked it. I actually, enjoyed it for the most part. The story isn't deep, the gameplay is simple, and the humor is still there from the originalGames like Call of Duty can easily appeal to anyone. Duke Nukem, however, cannot. It has a very limited fanbase and makes itself that way with its inappropriate humor and its lack of effort in the development of it all. This is not to say I disliked it. I actually, enjoyed it for the most part. The story isn't deep, the gameplay is simple, and the humor is still there from the original duke nukem games.

    The thing that really brings this game down is the lack of development put into it. All items have the same grab animation (You swing your arm and effortlessly pick stuff up), interactive objects are hardly interactive (Pick up a donut, and you just swallow it whole).

    But beyond the occasional having-your-bullets-not-registering, the game isn't bad. It has it's flaws, and we really shouldn't see flaws like this in 2011, but it still feels like the Duke Nukem we've come to know and love.
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  23. Aug 30, 2011
    7
    First of all, this game is not nearly as bad as people say it is. I dove into the abyss of what I thought was going to be a dissapointment but no. I thought it would be a terrible game. I was wrong. The music is average, the levels are average, the graphics is 2008. Many things lack seriously in detail, especially the women models. The bossfights are cool. Not that I love anything aboutFirst of all, this game is not nearly as bad as people say it is. I dove into the abyss of what I thought was going to be a dissapointment but no. I thought it would be a terrible game. I was wrong. The music is average, the levels are average, the graphics is 2008. Many things lack seriously in detail, especially the women models. The bossfights are cool. Not that I love anything about them, but they are fun and not too easy or hard. Every one of them is different and none is bad, well maybe the thing underwater. Classic boss fights. The weapons are cool, well balanced, have nice animations and fun to dispatch enemies. The enemies are well varied, have good AI and get dismembered nicely. I did not like some of the levels, very boring, sometimes tedious and annoying. Often I did not know where to go or what to do. The levels where you play a small Dookie are interesting (esp. the kitchen fights). There are multiple spots where you stand in a field and surpress waves of incoming foes - that is poorly made. The interaction with facilities are ok, though I didn`t find the games too engaging. You also get killed many times because the game has weird scripting. With all that said, I had some fun, I could not get bored to the extent I`d quit playing. Overall the game is easy and simple to play. A standard FPS I`d say.
    Worth the money when you get a 30% discount.
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  24. Jun 16, 2011
    7
    DNF is for those who love shooting aliens. Those who say the game is dated should have a look at other games that are out that have more horrible graphics...hello Terraria? Graphics is not important. Gameplay is. If you like Halo games, then you will have no problems being familiar with DNF. The boss battles are all too often and are well balanced but a bit on the "cake-walk" side.

    Good
    DNF is for those who love shooting aliens. Those who say the game is dated should have a look at other games that are out that have more horrible graphics...hello Terraria? Graphics is not important. Gameplay is. If you like Halo games, then you will have no problems being familiar with DNF. The boss battles are all too often and are well balanced but a bit on the "cake-walk" side.

    Good subtitles but Duke oneliners are not subtitles, only important dialogue but deaf/hearing impaired players shouldn't have problem playing this saying this from my experience.

    Overall a very average alien FPS.
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  25. Jun 23, 2011
    7
    Sadly, this game is not as good as Duke Nukem 3D and fell a little flat on the expectations I had. The overall look and feel and gameplay mechanics suffer from the same ailments as most modern shooters (regenerating health, limited weapon slots, etc). Although exploration and open-endedness have never been traits of the Duke Nukem franchise, I would have loved to have seen less linearity.Sadly, this game is not as good as Duke Nukem 3D and fell a little flat on the expectations I had. The overall look and feel and gameplay mechanics suffer from the same ailments as most modern shooters (regenerating health, limited weapon slots, etc). Although exploration and open-endedness have never been traits of the Duke Nukem franchise, I would have loved to have seen less linearity. The previous flaws, however, do not a horrible game, make. Its flaws aside, this game was still fun. Duke Nukem is as charismatic and as full of himself as ever. The one-liners and pop references are funny and relevant, reminding you that you're playing a Duke Nukem game. Overall, unless you are a fan of the franchise, I can not recommend this title because on its own, this game falls flat. If you are a fan of Duke Nukem, however, I think you'll enjoy this game. Expand
  26. Jun 15, 2011
    7
    The intentionally non-politically correct humor and brashness of DNF is it's best feature, however as fun as it is to watch Duke, playing Duke is tedious. With all the cool things you do in the game, most of the stuff is oddly unsatisfying to accomplish. Get used to your weapon emptying out when you need it the most. If you're a fan of Duke, DNF will give you your Balls of Steel fix butThe intentionally non-politically correct humor and brashness of DNF is it's best feature, however as fun as it is to watch Duke, playing Duke is tedious. With all the cool things you do in the game, most of the stuff is oddly unsatisfying to accomplish. Get used to your weapon emptying out when you need it the most. If you're a fan of Duke, DNF will give you your Balls of Steel fix but for everyone else, wait for the price to drop or don't bother. Expand
  27. Mar 10, 2012
    7
    I can see why many reviews absolutely trash this game. I myself didn't really follow the 15 year development cycle and attached hype, but I can see how, when one waits so long for a game and it ends up being average at best, the fury of a long-time fan can be released.

    Now, this certainly isn't Duke Nukem 3D by any means, nor is it a particularly great or even good game, nor is it
    I can see why many reviews absolutely trash this game. I myself didn't really follow the 15 year development cycle and attached hype, but I can see how, when one waits so long for a game and it ends up being average at best, the fury of a long-time fan can be released.

    Now, this certainly isn't Duke Nukem 3D by any means, nor is it a particularly great or even good game, nor is it innovative, but in the age of FPS games trying to emulate Call of Duty with little variation, it's a breath of fresh air... well, a breath of fresh air that's been sitting in a can since 2008 with a little bit of tweaking done to it three years later. While it may have taken a patch or three, the PC support is better than most modern games (even though the game was built for PC and ported *to* consoles...), with increased weapon limit, customisable FOV (50-90 if I remember right), actual, numerous, and functional graphics options, etc.

    Despite the Halo 2-style health system (Ego = shields, non-visible health bar, both regenerate) that completely ruins the Halo joke in the game, checkpoint-only saving system, and the constant feeling of everything being pieced together from various builds of the game (though very little seems to date back to the 1998 and 2001 builds based on their respective trailers) in both graphics (such as some textures looking on par for a 2008 PC game and some looking on par for a 2003-2004 game) and gameplay, the end result is an average, even pretty fun at times that, while not worth the $50 launch price or the much pricier special editions, is well worth the $20 I see it go for these days.

    I can't say anything about either of the DLC packs, having not purchased or played them myself, but the multiplayer map pack is questionable at best considering I doubt the player base is large enough to justify an extra $10.

    To summarise, it's linear like most FPS games, but not to the extent of, say, Call of Sequel: Money Maker X. It's a mishmash of 12 years of shooter "evolution" thanks to George Brussard's desire to have every new little thing in his game. It retains the classic Duke 3D humour (albeit a bit more prevalent due to more memory/storage space than in the DOS days and, in some cases, more low-brow). It mixes some more "old-school" FPS elements such as puzzles, useless-but-fun interactivity, platforming (made easier by full-body first person view) with modern elements such as two weapon limit (raised to 4 on PC after a couple patches), regenerating health, forced checkpoint only saving, scripted FPV cutscenes. Despite some performance issues and many of the gameplay elements being lifted or inspired by console games, it maintains some of the best PC support I've seen out of many a modern multiplatform game. It's something different from the "interactive movie modern military shooter with awful multiplayer" norm. Last of all, it's actually pretty fun.
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  28. Jun 14, 2011
    7
    If you're sick to death of Call of Duty clones and want something that doesn't take itself even vaguely seriously, you can't go wrong with Duke Nukem Forever. Whatever you do, don't go in expecting this game, with an infamous development story, to be the second coming or anything.
  29. Jun 23, 2011
    7
    The long-awaited swaggering machismo of Duke Nukem is finally back and the King has some alien butt kicking to do. It would be next to impossible to do a review on Duke Nukem Forever without mentioning that the game had a development cycle rumored to be near 15 years and it was released almost 12 years after it was first expected. One could probably write a book on all the reasons behindThe long-awaited swaggering machismo of Duke Nukem is finally back and the King has some alien butt kicking to do. It would be next to impossible to do a review on Duke Nukem Forever without mentioning that the game had a development cycle rumored to be near 15 years and it was released almost 12 years after it was first expected. One could probably write a book on all the reasons behind the lengthy delay of the game but instead letâ Expand
  30. Jun 15, 2011
    7
    This game is fun. Awesome boss fights, nice weapons, funny as hell, quite long playtime. There are few cons tho - night vision actually blinds you, framerate sometimes drops (sudden 80% GPU usage on PC with GTX 570) for a minute or so, unnecessary puzzles and only 2 weapons. Apart from that - its fine. Go play it.
  31. Jun 17, 2011
    7
    It is the very definition of an OK game. I would probably say it's a 6.0-6.5 game (rather than a 7) but since I can't give it a 6.5 then I suppose it's fair to nudge it up a little. Just don't believe the hype because it's neither fantastic nor terrible. It's been popular to hate this game for almost 10 years now so ignore the so-called 'professional reviewers' that are just jumping onIt is the very definition of an OK game. I would probably say it's a 6.0-6.5 game (rather than a 7) but since I can't give it a 6.5 then I suppose it's fair to nudge it up a little. Just don't believe the hype because it's neither fantastic nor terrible. It's been popular to hate this game for almost 10 years now so ignore the so-called 'professional reviewers' that are just jumping on the bandwagon. I don't want to sound like I'm defending this game too much because I only wanted to point out the dishonesty of the popular media. Maybe you'll like it and maybe you won't but it is in no way deserving of the hate that it gets. If all games were held to the same standard as DNF then anything from Bioshock to Halo would be getting 4s and 5s.

    Just wait for price drops before buying. It may not be worth 60$ but it is worth 20-30$ for those interested in the hell it went through getting here. Chances are that you'll enjoy at least some parts of it.
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  32. Jun 17, 2011
    7
    Despite the not so great graphics and the somewhat fragmented gameplay, I still enjoy DNF on the PC. It is unpretentious fun. Not particularly impressive, but fun.
  33. Jun 18, 2011
    7
    After three gaming engines, two development studios, and 14 years of waiting, Duke Nukem Forever is finally here. And while the game has quite a few warts, it's not without it's own distinct charm and is certainly worth a look if you're a fan of Duke.

    I'd like to get the most obvious thing out of the way, something professional reviewers seem to be harping on: Duke Nukem is a pompous,
    After three gaming engines, two development studios, and 14 years of waiting, Duke Nukem Forever is finally here. And while the game has quite a few warts, it's not without it's own distinct charm and is certainly worth a look if you're a fan of Duke.

    I'd like to get the most obvious thing out of the way, something professional reviewers seem to be harping on: Duke Nukem is a pompous, cruel, despicable self-centered **** of a character. He's been that way since Duke Nukem 3D and that hasn't changed; and in the spirit of Duke, if you don't like that, tough **** The likeability of the character should have virtually no bearing in a game review, and it won't in this one.

    The strongest game-play aspect of the game is it's single-player campaign. The controls are straightforward, the mechanics of the aim-and-shoot game-play are as expected, strong. Everything works as it should and interfacing with it is a quality experience not unlike other modern games. The platforming works well. There are some balance issues throughout the campaign, and the two gun restriction presented in DNF seems like a pretty unnecessary change considering the style of gameplay that's employed. The game will hurdle multiple waves of 2-3 enemies at you and require you to conserve your ammunition with no weapons in sight, and this happens multiple times throughout. It's a strategic game mechanic used in areas where no strategy is required. Ultimately, it ends up being a pain in the ass. The AI is strong enough to put up a decent fight; strafing straight-forward attacks, leading shots, intelligently using explosives, and has particularly clever pathfinding mechanics which make it difficult to relax when engaging multiple hostiles. The AI recognizes choke points and will often avoid them if possible. It would be nice if the maps had more complexity during engagements because I feel that the AI's not being used to it's full potential; but due to the weapons limitations, it may not necessarily be a bad thing.

    The weapon arsenal available to Duke is a mixed bag. The shotgun is the star of the show here, useful on virtually every hostile you engage that you can get close to, except for bosses. The pistol is a useable last resort weapon, and the ripper does a pretty good job as a medium-to-far range tool. The RPG also packs quite a punch. The Devastator, on the other hand, is underpowered and doesn't hold it's own in boss battles, where it's necessary to have an explosive weapon to deal damage. The Shrink Ray doesn't seem to fit in the game at all, and the Freeze Ray is woefully ineffective despite having infinite ammo.

    The story is standard Duke faire: aliens invade Earth and Duke needs to save the world. It's a throwaway story that Duke's persona does nothing to energize it. The one biggest disappointment I have with the setting is that Duke's 1-liners are largely not funny. There's not a lot of creativity in the application of played-out movie quotes and a surprisingly high amount of recycled content from Duke Nukem 3D.

    The multiplayer aspects however leave quite a bit to be desired. While there are plenty of maps, the gameplay modes (Deathmatch/TeamDM, CTF, King of the Hill) are played out, uninspired tripe. While these game modes might have been acceptable in 1998, it isn't now. Multiplayer Duke is worth maybe five to ten hours of entertainment before you'll get bored with it.

    The game's graphics aren't particularly strong. Much of the color pallete is either muted or washed out and while the character models have a fair amount of detail, some of the textures look like they haven't been cleaned up since they last converted engines. It's not disgusting or horrible, but the graphics don't do anything to benefit the game-play experience.

    For that matter, neither does the sound. The music for the most part, are generic, unmemorable guitar riffs, the environmental and enemy sound effects are uninspired, and the weapon sound effects range from forgettable to, in the case of the shotgun, downright awful. Duke's one-liners almost universally sound flat and indifferent.

    The PC version of this game has a handful of technical glitches, with the most annoying one being that when crossing checkpoints, the game will automatically re-spawn you at the checkpoint location, which is disorienting. I also noticed several times where I would shoot an enemy with the railgun only to have them delay their death animation for several seconds. The load time issues that cripple the console versions of this game are nowhere to be found on the PC.

    Overall, the game has the feel of quite a bit of effort poured into it, but at the same time hindered by it's extremely long development cycle and, coincidentally rush to production once Gearbox got the rights to finish it. This isn't a great game, but it makes me optimistic that Duke Nukem 4 can be with a more stable production schedule.
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  34. Jun 20, 2011
    7
    The overall feeling of the game is mixed. You have some parts that feel complete in an isolated sense but nothing that is gelling it all together. There was plenty of times that I thought to myself, â
  35. Jun 24, 2011
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. [ QUOTE ] The game is simply fun. Not great, not bad, just fun. I'm personally dumbfounded by the terrible reviews it has been receiving as the game as a lot of variety, cool weapons, likable enemies and allies and Duke Nukem humor to top it off. If you don't take this game too seriously it can be a lot of fun. [ /QUOTE ]

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  36. Jun 25, 2011
    7
    I think everyone bashing the game is overreacting a bit. The one-liners are funny and inline with the original Duke, the jokes and other game references are hilarious, and the gameplay is good enough. It's far from a great game, and I wouldn't buy it at full price, but it's not something you want to miss out on entirely, as a fan of the series.
  37. Jul 3, 2011
    7
    Rule #53. You judge a game by its merits. You don't give bonus marks because it managed to survive, you don't give bonus marks because its main character reminded you of the good old days, and you don't give bonus marks merely because others think badly of it. Anyway, despite all the negative reviews, I went ahead and finished the game. It has a good shooter mechanics, interesting weapons,Rule #53. You judge a game by its merits. You don't give bonus marks because it managed to survive, you don't give bonus marks because its main character reminded you of the good old days, and you don't give bonus marks merely because others think badly of it. Anyway, despite all the negative reviews, I went ahead and finished the game. It has a good shooter mechanics, interesting weapons, interesting stages of game (mini-Duke, monster truck). I liked fighting/shooting/executing the aliens (boy do they have some new tricks up their sleeves) so yeah the core mechanics were pretty well done. The 2 disputable features: regenerating health and 2 guns at one time didn't bother me too much, although I admit I missed scrambling around looking for health packs when I'm seriously wounded in older FPS. There is also a healthy amount of cultural references (the first boss cracked me up a bit) and one-liners to keep players entertained. NPCs are hopelessly bland, their attempts at humor fall flat on the face (except for a few of them) but nevermind that, that has never been the Duke's concern. What led to the (admittedly exaggerated) animosity toward the game is probably the level design / pacing. While the alien-bashing was fun, too many a times the action is halted in favor of solving puzzles and navigating through obstacle courses. While they are fairly simplistic, they feel very contrived and they effectively stopped the game from gaining momentum. Plus the game is very restrictive in the sense that most of the time you end up in a confined space, fighting off several waves of enemies, and a previously locked door mysteriously unlocks and you go ahead to solve a puzzle. Rinse and repeat. Even if you are not in a confined space, running around doesn't reveal any interesting places (such as the secrets in Duke Nukem 3D) or anything interesting to do (if we disregard the minimalistic interaction with several in-game objects). My conclusion? I had fun. But sometimes the game feels unnecessarily tedious. It would have been a much better game if there were more alien-bashing and way way less puzzle-solving / platformer action. Expand
  38. Jul 13, 2011
    7
    Got this is the Steam "Summer Camp" sale for 50% off. I only played the campaign and it was too funny. I never played a Duke game before but this guy is crude, sexist and a binge drinker! Serious this game will make your stomach hurt! I wouldn't say it is worth full price but if it is a sale then it is.
  39. Aug 5, 2011
    7
    I've played Duke Nukem 3D a lot of times and the label 'Duke fan' would be quite appropriate to me. Perhaps that means you might discard this review in which case go right ahead. By now I'm sure you know what Duke Nukem is about: some blonde macho-man who loves the ladies is on a killing spree against aliens. The plot is completely throwaway, it's just an 8-hour action game where you fightI've played Duke Nukem 3D a lot of times and the label 'Duke fan' would be quite appropriate to me. Perhaps that means you might discard this review in which case go right ahead. By now I'm sure you know what Duke Nukem is about: some blonde macho-man who loves the ladies is on a killing spree against aliens. The plot is completely throwaway, it's just an 8-hour action game where you fight against aliens in varying environments. The game is pretty enough (on PC, I can't speak for consoles, I hear they have quite a bit of issues!), the classic monsters and weapons from Duke3D made their return, the humour is there, there are some awesome interactive things and the action feels satisfying.

    Though, while I feel many of the very negative reviews are the way they are solely because of the long wait, I must admit I too expected more from the game. The 2001 trailer hinted at something that would be very epic... in the end we got something that's fun to play and definitely not generic, but after such a long wait it's only natural to expect more. Not perfection, but just... more. The game ended quite abruptly after a recycled bossfight and the game just feels ironically unpolished and rushed in some places. If you've followed up on DNF's development the reason why that is so, even after 15 years, should be obvious, what with multiple "restarts" and ultimately moving to a different company near the end of development. DNF shines in some parts whereas it is a mess in others.

    I am hoping that they will release the planned Single Player DLC and that for that, they will be able to properly polish it from the start. Hopefully, it will not be such a double-edged sword and will be able to please more players.
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  40. Aug 14, 2011
    7
    The wait wasn't worth the product. Not that the game was bad, but its worst issue was its title. It just didn't live up to the Duke Nukem name. On its own, its a competent shooter along the lines of Bulletstorm. Little humor thrown in, between some fun guns. The overpowering guns of the past seem to be gone as more artificial limitations are placed (i.e. you can only hold 2 weapons atThe wait wasn't worth the product. Not that the game was bad, but its worst issue was its title. It just didn't live up to the Duke Nukem name. On its own, its a competent shooter along the lines of Bulletstorm. Little humor thrown in, between some fun guns. The overpowering guns of the past seem to be gone as more artificial limitations are placed (i.e. you can only hold 2 weapons at a time, presumably to keep it simple for the console releases). Dukes one-liners seem to be misused, but there are some fun ones in there. The open worlds were replaced by linear corridors. And the fun was replaced by trying to explain itself. Rewrite the game with a name other than Duke and it would get better reviews. Put the Duke in, and it just cant live up to its own artificial expectations. Expand
  41. Oct 3, 2011
    7
    You could say many bad things about this game. Outdated graphics, excessive loading times, no save, etc., but I actually like the game. What I like about it is the gameplay. It is like Half-Life 2 in many ways. It took me back to the times when I enjoyed HL2 so much. Bosses fights can be frustrating, but they can be beaten. Donâ
  42. Oct 27, 2011
    7
    I bought this game for $10. For a $10 game, it's worth a 7. There's quite a bit of variance in the scenery and the enemies are fun enough. You can actually hold 4 weapons, not 2, by picking "expanded inventory" in options.
  43. Nov 7, 2011
    7
    Yes, yes, it's a mess. Yes, yes, it's so misogynistic that anyone over the age of about 17 will feel a bit wrong playing it but it's the duke... I mean, isn't that the point? One of the most fun things about this game is guessing which bit was made when.... oh this bit feels early, I reckon 1999. This bit? Physics puzzle just like Half Life 2.. This bit.. New. It's very much like goingYes, yes, it's a mess. Yes, yes, it's so misogynistic that anyone over the age of about 17 will feel a bit wrong playing it but it's the duke... I mean, isn't that the point? One of the most fun things about this game is guessing which bit was made when.... oh this bit feels early, I reckon 1999. This bit? Physics puzzle just like Half Life 2.. This bit.. New. It's very much like going through a history lesson of the last 12 years of gaming. More fun than a lot of people make out. Expand
  44. Nov 13, 2011
    7
    Graphics: 5.5 - 8.5

    Sound: 7

    Gameplay: 7

    Presentation: 7.5

    Lasting appeal: 7

    OVERALL: 7
    OK game but not great. Fun to play if you are a Duke fan
  45. Dec 27, 2011
    7
    Baseando-me nos reviews aqui, esperei para que o preço baixasse e acabei comprando por $5 dólares nas promoções de fim de ano no steam. Devo dizer que fiquei bem satisfeito e foi um dinheiro bem gasto. O jogo não é tão ruim quanto as pessoas tem falado. Acho que muita gente concluiu,Baseando-me nos reviews aqui, esperei para que o preço baixasse e acabei comprando por $5 dólares nas promoções de fim de ano no steam. Devo dizer que fiquei bem satisfeito e foi um dinheiro bem gasto. O jogo não é tão ruim quanto as pessoas tem falado. Acho que muita gente concluiu, equivocadamente, que os mais de 10 anos em desenvolvimento significariam mais qualidade, tecnologia, etc. O que acontece é que é um jogo que tem diversas idéias reunidas ao longo destes 14 anos, portanto, existe muita coisa já vista em outros jogos já lançados. Nada de novo. Dá pra perceber que o jogo é uma junção de retalhos de idéias, e algumas partes parecem desconexas umas das outras em alguns momentos. Os gráficos não são maravilhosos, mas também não atrapalham. Gostei das batalhas com os bosses, apesar da maioria ser muito fácil. O jogo me trouxe um sentimento nostálgico, já que Duke Nukem 1, 2, e Duke Nukem 3D foram jogos que marcaram minha infância e adolescência, sendo assim, talvez quem nunca tenha ouvido falar ou jogado algo da série, ou tenha nascido depois desta época, possa acabar achando o jogo totalmente irrelevante. Terminei o jogo em 8 horas no modo normal. Apesar de possuir um modo multiplayer, não existe muitas coisas, fora alguns achievments, que façam você querer jogar outras vezes. Expand
  46. Jan 2, 2012
    7
    I don't understand why Duke Nukem Forever is being attacked the way it is. People don't understand what the game went through to be released, as it was trapped in "development hell" for a great deal of time. During the time between 1996-2011 at its release the game went through numerous developers, with the resulting developers being a collaboration of 3D Realms, Triptych Games, GearboxI don't understand why Duke Nukem Forever is being attacked the way it is. People don't understand what the game went through to be released, as it was trapped in "development hell" for a great deal of time. During the time between 1996-2011 at its release the game went through numerous developers, with the resulting developers being a collaboration of 3D Realms, Triptych Games, Gearbox Software and Piranha Games. Why so many? I'll tell you why: The development began with 3D Realms with the announce of the game in April of 1997. By 2009, after years of statements saying the game would be released when it was ready, 3D Realms was substantially downsized due to financial issues, and as was the development team for DNF. After a lawsuit was filed by the games publishing rights holder, Take-Two Interactive, and a large amount of political issues struck, it was announced that 14 years after the games announce, Gearbox Software took development, and would be released in 2011. During the development the project was scraped, and redone several times from the arrival of the Unreal Engine, the transferring to different teams, and nearly any development being done during the fiasco of the lawsuits. Pressure on Gearbox is what made the game what it became, as they were practically given an empty plate to work with, and had a brief period of time to create one of the most highly anticipated, and classic video game characters in the next generation of games. Now with the history lesson over I can move on to the review. Duke Nukem Forever is by no means a bad game as it is being rated. Essentially the game was created to give new breath to the extremely old franchise, and bring back the classic game play of old school shooters. The game was not made to be new and revolutionary once it was given to Gearbox Software, contrary to 3D Realms' claims. The game play of the game is nearly identical to a classic "run 'n gun" style, with basic puzzles and platforming to break up the constant action. As well as this there are sequences during the game that truly showcase the personality, and feel of Duke Nukem, being the beginning of the game, and during a level at a strip club. As for critics of the graphics, they clearly were not playing the game the way it was meant to be played. The game was created to run on the PC, and that is the only way to experience The Duke properly. On a decent gaming PC I found the graphics to be on par with most others, and did not experience any lacking of texture detail unlike the ported Xbox 360 version, which I also played to compare. In terms of graphics, they were better then I expected, and I expected nothing less then amazing. Every character model, while evolved much from their original design (to be expected being 15 years since the last FPS Duke Nukem), bring nostalgia of the good old days of The King. The sounds of the game are good, nothing amazing, but the voice of Duke Nukem is where this game shines. As with the way everyone expects a Duke Nukem game to be, there is a non-stop barrage of wise-cracking, very adult, one-liners that make Duke the character he is. Truly the best part of the game, and one of the most memorable parts of the game.
    The multiplayer to the game is rather bland, and nothing too addictive, but if you love Duke Nukem, you'll enjoy the multiplayer. Duke Nukem Forever is by no means a bad game, but by no means is it a must buy at full price. Being a fan of the original Duke Nukem games I wish I could allow bias love for the character to impact my review, but to be honest, and truthful I can't. If your a Duke Nukem fan this game is far above a 6 for you, and you'll end up playing the game several times like me. If you are not familiar with The Duke and looking for a game to jump into the franchise (well either your of age, and you were living under a rock for 25 years, or your too young to know of Duke Nukem 3D and shouldn't be paying an M-rated game) DNF is not the best game to jump into the franchise, and warrants a worse rating then a 6. The crude, and rude humour of DNF is what gives the game it's feel so the sensitive individuals should not play this game either. Overall a prime example of Duke Nukem on the modern console. A great throwback to the old days alongside Doom, and Quake. As a huge Nukem fan I can't wait for the next one. Hail to the King, baby! Step on up, and get some!
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  47. Feb 14, 2012
    7
    This game is a SOLID 7. It's plenty fun, entertaining and will keep you engaged. Certainly worth six bucks. I got the game and the DLC for about ten. The game is linear, but open. Fun shooter, decent graphics, not tedious. I don't like puzzles mixed in with my shooters, so I'm happy they kept it simple. Plus the game has the uninhibited eighties feel when chicks and bad languageThis game is a SOLID 7. It's plenty fun, entertaining and will keep you engaged. Certainly worth six bucks. I got the game and the DLC for about ten. The game is linear, but open. Fun shooter, decent graphics, not tedious. I don't like puzzles mixed in with my shooters, so I'm happy they kept it simple. Plus the game has the uninhibited eighties feel when chicks and bad language didn't get everyone's panties in a twist. Good job, Take Two. I'll be buying your next installment. I take points off for linear game play and short campaign length. Expand
  48. Sep 25, 2012
    7
    Some bad trolling and snobbery on Metacritic, this game was ok it didn't deserve the thrashing it got, its not a great game ....but 54? Come on guys you're trolling now. It's streamlined to hell like most other console FPS shooters these days and i pretty much just moved forward and pressed fire the whole game to win it....But thats how most of these new shiny wrapper no content games areSome bad trolling and snobbery on Metacritic, this game was ok it didn't deserve the thrashing it got, its not a great game ....but 54? Come on guys you're trolling now. It's streamlined to hell like most other console FPS shooters these days and i pretty much just moved forward and pressed fire the whole game to win it....But thats how most of these new shiny wrapper no content games are now....why pick on Duke lol, the rest are just as bad. I can't play FPS games much anymore its like my brain starts to devolve back to a primal state they are so dumbed down and simple, atleast Duke has breasts to keep my attention...and well another complaint the game was too short, another casualty of the new age of bimbo games, the original had 3 chapters all larger than the whole single player campaign it its entirety.
    But like i said it deserves better than 54...thats just trololol. Same for Mass Effect3 it got destroyed by the fans for some minor faults...tbh i just think some people are NEVER satisfied or impartial.
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  49. Jan 3, 2013
    7
    Ok, this is ABSOLUTELY not what the fans were expecting, but it's actually not THAT bad. There are many flaws, like the fact that the single-player is full of useless things, the health (ego) recharges by itself, you can carry only 2 weapons and there is for sure not so much action like in Duke Nukem 3D. But it's fun to play. The multiplayer was not designed for competitiveness, but forOk, this is ABSOLUTELY not what the fans were expecting, but it's actually not THAT bad. There are many flaws, like the fact that the single-player is full of useless things, the health (ego) recharges by itself, you can carry only 2 weapons and there is for sure not so much action like in Duke Nukem 3D. But it's fun to play. The multiplayer was not designed for competitiveness, but for having fun when you have nothing to do, in fact, everybody can kill everybody.

    In other words, if you want to kick asses, play Duke Nukem 3D. If you want to laugh, and not engage yourself, play Duke Nukem Forever.
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  50. May 14, 2012
    7
    No, this is definitely not a "good" game but it isn't as bad as people say it is. The story is very simple. Aliens invades planet. Duke saves planet. But story isn't what Gearbox was aiming for. They were aiming for a funny and quirky game. I had fun through the campaign and still play the multiplayer occasinally and this is simply because the game is fun. stupid, messed up fun. Yeah, youNo, this is definitely not a "good" game but it isn't as bad as people say it is. The story is very simple. Aliens invades planet. Duke saves planet. But story isn't what Gearbox was aiming for. They were aiming for a funny and quirky game. I had fun through the campaign and still play the multiplayer occasinally and this is simply because the game is fun. stupid, messed up fun. Yeah, you can go pick up poop from the toilet and throw it around. Yeah, you can pee in the urinal for hours and hours to your heart's content. Yeah, you can go to a strip club and watch some pixelated strippers shake their booties. But that's what Gearbox intended and I they think they did a damn good job of making this an entertaining game. That said, is this an amazing game? no. Is it a fun game? yes. Should you pick it up? It all depends on your cup of tea. If you want a game you can just chill and play through with a few laughs along the way, then yes..this is the game for you. Expand
  51. Jun 6, 2012
    7
    The king is back in Duke Nukem Forever! The game is in my opinion a very fun game that captures the duke nukem feel greatly. The game visuall isnt very impressive, it could easily pass for a ps2 game sadly. But at the end of the day its still duke and it dilevers in a amazing way. I would recommened it to any fan of fps games!
  52. Jul 16, 2012
    7
    So, no...it wasn't worth the wait. It has a very old school vibe to it all, but you know what? It was a hell of a lot of fun. There are some broken bits here and there, some levels look really nice and some not so great, but the sense of fun and solid game play add up to a lot of fun. I finished it on Hard and played with NVIDIA 3D and I had a great time. There is some really niceSo, no...it wasn't worth the wait. It has a very old school vibe to it all, but you know what? It was a hell of a lot of fun. There are some broken bits here and there, some levels look really nice and some not so great, but the sense of fun and solid game play add up to a lot of fun. I finished it on Hard and played with NVIDIA 3D and I had a great time. There is some really nice puzzle aspects and platform aspects that are missing from most modern shooters that harken back to an age where games tried to kick your ass and didn't hold your hand.
    The games biggest fault is a lack of consistency to the quality which is likely the result of so many hands in the development. I picked it up on the cheap, so that certainly factors in to the expectations, but I think people who previously enjoyed Duke games will enjoy Duke Nuken Forever and new players will certainly have a fun time. Props to everyone involved that got this to market. I look forward to more adventure with Duke as long as I don't have to wait more than another decade.
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  53. ERB
    Jul 24, 2013
    7
    I like it you can do anything!
  54. Sep 1, 2013
    7
    I might be one of the few who really enjoyed this. This isn't a perfect Duke Nukem game by far not, nor does it give that classic feel, but it is Duke in a way that i'd enjoy seeing him in a modern time. The gameplay copies other games from the HUD look, to the limited weapons you can carry, but it's solid in terms of being playable, and good enough the get through. The graphics are parI might be one of the few who really enjoyed this. This isn't a perfect Duke Nukem game by far not, nor does it give that classic feel, but it is Duke in a way that i'd enjoy seeing him in a modern time. The gameplay copies other games from the HUD look, to the limited weapons you can carry, but it's solid in terms of being playable, and good enough the get through. The graphics are par considering the standards expected, but fair enough over the PS2/Xbox level. This game only lacks from mostly over expectations of high-end reviews and fans.Is it perfect? NO!!! Is it fun? Yes! It really is if given an open minded chance. I went in with just wanting to play Duke Nukem, and I got it! My only (odd) gripe... Duke works alone. He doesn't need a supporting cast as the game pushed you with. Expand
  55. Sep 27, 2014
    7
    This game came from another time. Even on release it was old. As a 2005 game would have been great. Still feels good to play. Best fit to retrogamers!!!!!!!!!!!
  56. Sep 16, 2014
    7
    Some of the critics I've seen gave this game a 0. I don't think this game deserves that low of a score. I personally liked this game, maybe because I didn't hype myself up for this game, I was excited sure but I knew that after 12 years of waiting it wouldn't be **** spectacular.

    It's a Duke Nukem game, people say he's a relic from the 90's... no **** People say he hasn't aged well in
    Some of the critics I've seen gave this game a 0. I don't think this game deserves that low of a score. I personally liked this game, maybe because I didn't hype myself up for this game, I was excited sure but I knew that after 12 years of waiting it wouldn't be **** spectacular.

    It's a Duke Nukem game, people say he's a relic from the 90's... no **** People say he hasn't aged well in modern times... well I still think the Duke has a lot more personality than a lot of modern shooter characters would love to melancholy over. I also seen some complaints with the story... well how the **** do you write a story so compelling with a Muscled up dude spouting one liners stolen from pop culture, killing aliens and saving babes? It's no Mass Effect and certainly no Walking Dead! If someone wants to take the story seriously, be my guess, but I'm going to call you an idiot for doing so.

    The gameplay is nothing short of amazing, it's just run of the mill pretty much, simple yet fun, that's why I like it. Plus the interactivity with the world around you is something I have always adored in any game, Half Life and Deus Ex come to mind in terms of shooters. The only thing that was **** was **** Pinball and Air Hockey! Trying to get the Achievements for them was **** impossible!
    The only thing that is pathetic is the melee, gone is your mighty boot (at least not when it's an execution move) and now it's just a weak bashing attack with your gun.

    Overall this game isn't horrible, but it's not exactly great either. It's no Duke Nukem 3d but it's still fun to play in my opinion. If you're going to buy it, get the PC version, which is the definitive version since you have better graphics and you can carry 4 weapons at a time which is a whole lot better than the measly 2 CoD/Halo standard.
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  57. Jan 15, 2014
    7
    This is Duke. He's back. He's badass and does what he always did well. Harass people, kill aliens and desire women.

    The game has problems with bugs, AI and weapons carried are only two, which is horrible, but it is the good old Duke where we left it. Maybe it's me who lives almost of nostalgia, but I've found that the game hits the spot and gives Duke a good game. I honestly don't know
    This is Duke. He's back. He's badass and does what he always did well. Harass people, kill aliens and desire women.

    The game has problems with bugs, AI and weapons carried are only two, which is horrible, but it is the good old Duke where we left it. Maybe it's me who lives almost of nostalgia, but I've found that the game hits the spot and gives Duke a good game. I honestly don't know what people were expecting. Maybe too much as always.

    Grab the gun, get in the fight and kill those damn aliens and save our chicks !
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  58. Jan 14, 2014
    7
    This game is not as bad as people say -- it's certainly not a 2 out of 10. Now I know it's not the best game ever, but it's fun, if you like the Duke Nukem series. Although I can see why it gets such a low rating. The humor is very offensive and sexist, plus there's swearing.
  59. Jul 23, 2014
    7
    Arleos
    I really liked this game, it may not be perfect but a dicsent shooter,I can see where some of the criticsism come from about the some of the weird and somewhat disgusting sexual content. I just feel that it`s been judged far to harsly
  60. Jun 17, 2011
    6
    The game that made without nothing special,it just like remake version of Duke Nukem 3D.
    A disappointed game ever made,even PREY game did make it without sacrificed more than 12 years.
    The pop-up graphics are annoying for me,and the animation is poor.....but whatever,still gameplay is still good enough for someone who like Old-Skool games. The story is boring with full of sex and **** I
    The game that made without nothing special,it just like remake version of Duke Nukem 3D.
    A disappointed game ever made,even PREY game did make it without sacrificed more than 12 years.
    The pop-up graphics are annoying for me,and the animation is poor.....but whatever,still gameplay is still good enough for someone who like Old-Skool games.
    The story is boring with full of sex and ****
    I don`t know why ppl are so excited to play this game....i don`t get it.
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  61. Jun 14, 2011
    6
    Duke Nukem's iconic macho humor is as strong as ever, with all it's hidden ego items, which rewards players for spending time dicking around and finding ways to pat themselves on the back (though less so later in the game). This rewards players by increasing the size of Duke's ego, which is apparently powerful enough to stop bullets (but getting shot still makes him feel bad). The levelsDuke Nukem's iconic macho humor is as strong as ever, with all it's hidden ego items, which rewards players for spending time dicking around and finding ways to pat themselves on the back (though less so later in the game). This rewards players by increasing the size of Duke's ego, which is apparently powerful enough to stop bullets (but getting shot still makes him feel bad). The levels have some wonderfully novel and creative design. It's a breath of fresh air against all the modern shooters of nonstop shooting to find puzzles intermittently placed between shootouts, and allows for a stronger narrative characterizing Duke. The best joke of all is that after 15 years in development the game still feels rushed, and shooting simply isn't fun. Of all the fantastic weapons in Duke's arsenal, he's only allowed to carry two at a time, and not anywhere near enough ammo. For a game about kicking ass and chewing bubblegum, Duke spends way too much time looking at the ground trying to find the right tool for the job. Mid fight duke can refill his ego by humiliating and executing aliens, which is an entertaining idea, except Duke's default and constant ego regeneration is so fast, that such maneuvers are hardly worth doing. The regeneration also heavily encourages players to just turtle up behind cover and hide whenever they get hurt, which is very uncharacteristic of Duke Nukem, and sometimes results in long drawn out standoffs without the specific gun Duke is supposed to use (which can often be found nearby without any in world explanation). On harder difficulties all these problems are made worse, as duke has to spend more time hiding to recover ego, and it's more important that you have the specific gun the developer wanted you to use for that part.

    Duke Nukem could of been an exciting blast from the past, but instead a halfassed attempt to "modernize" it ruins the game and makes it play like a cheap, and clunky Call of Duty clone.
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  62. Oct 18, 2011
    6
    I had a great time with Duke Nukem Forever. The complaints against the game are not â
  63. Jul 3, 2011
    6
    I've been waiting for this game since the day they announced it, but I wasn't expecting something groundbreaking anymore. I knew 3Drealms had no chance competing with the other softwarehouses and their inability to finish the game made that very clear. I didn't care though. Duke nukem is a game for simple action and fun, let other developers worry about stuff like superior graphics,I've been waiting for this game since the day they announced it, but I wasn't expecting something groundbreaking anymore. I knew 3Drealms had no chance competing with the other softwarehouses and their inability to finish the game made that very clear. I didn't care though. Duke nukem is a game for simple action and fun, let other developers worry about stuff like superior graphics, realism and storylines.

    Still, even with my simple (not to be mistaken with low) expectations, the game didn't really deliver. Don't get me wrong, there were fun parts and even a few original elements, but it just felt thrown together. Even though I know it was actually thrown together in the end, still, after 12 years I expected at least some things to be really polished, but nothing was. Even the music and voice acting was bad, and those things could have been perfected ages ago. The only thing that stood out was the huge amount of pop-reference and sex jokes they've managed to put in the game. It's almost impossible not to find at least one or two jokes that are a little funny.

    I could fill a page with con's, but I'll just mention the biggest one. Some levels were very boring. I liked the driving/racing element and also the "mini" levels, but they were repetitive, not really challenging and just didn't seem to end. Some "live cutscenes" had the same effect. There were some really nice levels with challenging fights that weren't half as complex as those boring parts, so it would've been nice if they just added a few more of those. What I really liked was that the puzzles were slightly more challenging than those of most modern shooters.

    I'm giving it a 6 because in the end it was entertaining, even though I never got to use a jetpack in single player :(
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  64. Jun 14, 2011
    6
    Duke Nukem Forever is a nice change of pace from the current FPS heavyweights. It has a similar kind of charm as a throwback action movie. A mix of campy humour, sex, and a ton of violence. Alot of effort was made to bring back the old Duke feel and I think the development team(s) did a good job. Probably one of DNF's biggest strengths. Level design was interesting at times and dull atDuke Nukem Forever is a nice change of pace from the current FPS heavyweights. It has a similar kind of charm as a throwback action movie. A mix of campy humour, sex, and a ton of violence. Alot of effort was made to bring back the old Duke feel and I think the development team(s) did a good job. Probably one of DNF's biggest strengths. Level design was interesting at times and dull at others, about what you'd expect from all but the very best FPS's. Gameplay is comprised of not just killing hoards of aliens but also puzzles, vehicles, and mini games (reminds me of Deus Ex). The graphics are on par with Halo 3, polished but dated by todays standards. All in all I had fun kicking @$$ with the Duke after all these years. Expand
  65. Jun 15, 2011
    6
    People will say that this is a taste of 'old school' gaming. It's not. Others will say that this is a step away from the consolized CoD type games it's not. What the game is and isn't are two very different things. DN/DN3D was the call of the over the top action hero, lugging around every weapon and then some, with over the top comments. DNF is a game that started out as that, andPeople will say that this is a taste of 'old school' gaming. It's not. Others will say that this is a step away from the consolized CoD type games it's not. What the game is and isn't are two very different things. DN/DN3D was the call of the over the top action hero, lugging around every weapon and then some, with over the top comments. DNF is a game that started out as that, and ended up with regening health, 2 weapons, and QTE's. With a liberal rolling of things that would make the old Duke cry kittens. No secrets(check), poor level design(check), consolized design(check). If it had been released 6 or 7 years ago, it would have been good. As it stands now, it's a bargin bin game. Expand
  66. Sep 29, 2013
    6
    Juego bastante sólido, apesar de que en la mitad se aleja de entornos divertidos y originales y se mete en las cavernas y fábricas de siempre. No es mal juego, dura 6 horas en fácil y es disfrutable.
  67. Jun 14, 2011
    6
    I wanted to like this game but the only people who will get a kick out of this game are fans of the Duke Nukem character and just want more of his style and humor. The shooting mechanics and overall gameplay is mediocre at best although it has its moments sometimes but doesn't really stand out. The second issue is that unlike the classic DN3D this game follows recent hits like Call of DutyI wanted to like this game but the only people who will get a kick out of this game are fans of the Duke Nukem character and just want more of his style and humor. The shooting mechanics and overall gameplay is mediocre at best although it has its moments sometimes but doesn't really stand out. The second issue is that unlike the classic DN3D this game follows recent hits like Call of Duty where in levels you basically go in a straight line shooting enemies with some cutscenes along the way. Boring and not Duke Nukem's style at all. I'd say it's "decent" but unless you just hunger for more Duke I would wait until the price drops. Expand
  68. Jun 16, 2011
    6
    This game was certainly mediocre. You can disregard the reviews that say this game is horrible - it is not. You can also disregard the reviews that say this game is perfect in every way - it definitely is not. There are mildly amusing parts, some good shooting action.....and some puzzles that were ok (most were just tedious). In short, a simply OK game.
  69. Jun 18, 2011
    6
    Having just beaten the game, I can honestly say that Duke Nukem Forever is not as terrible as many people are claiming it is. For everyone that is absolutely sh&^%ng themselves over what a disappointing game this is for the wait, I have to say I'm a little baffled. It's really no better or worse than these other "Triple A" titles getting churned out in less than a year coming out the gateHaving just beaten the game, I can honestly say that Duke Nukem Forever is not as terrible as many people are claiming it is. For everyone that is absolutely sh&^%ng themselves over what a disappointing game this is for the wait, I have to say I'm a little baffled. It's really no better or worse than these other "Triple A" titles getting churned out in less than a year coming out the gate lately. In an industry filled with disappointing redundant sequel after disappointing lack of improvement sequel, it's kind of nice to have this blast from the past finally get released.

    In my time playing the game I encountered only one glitch, which by my count is frankly surprising. Considering what a train wreck this game must have been to work on once 3DRealms was out of the picture I expected to encounter a lot more hiccups than I did. The graphics look and feel a lot like they do in Prey. Dated by today's standards, but still passable. The real tragedy here was the lack of consistency in development and if, god forbid, Gearbox had had more time to work on it this could have been an even better game.

    There are certainly glimmers of the game that could have been sprinkled throughout the experience, and to be honest that's not such a bad thing. I'm glad some of the old Duke charm actually made it into the final product instead of none at all. Hopefully when work starts on the sequel they can focus their efforts on improving the gameplay instead of having to clean up a mess first.
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  70. Jun 17, 2011
    6
    There's quite a few problems with the Duke this time around sadly, most notably the lack of enemies. Some levels have up to 6 minutes of walking with no fighting, some you will actually load into the next level having only killed one or two enemies. What few enemies there are have very little variety and pose little to no challenge, even on maxed out difficulty. You would think thatThere's quite a few problems with the Duke this time around sadly, most notably the lack of enemies. Some levels have up to 6 minutes of walking with no fighting, some you will actually load into the next level having only killed one or two enemies. What few enemies there are have very little variety and pose little to no challenge, even on maxed out difficulty. You would think that Gearbox would have had more originality and come up with more enemies than what was on Duke 3D. Other than enemy frequency and lack of difficulty, there's entirely too much filler content including but not limited to turret sequences with no risk of losing, a very boring truck sequence that unfortunately has almost an entire area of the game nearly devoted to it. While DN:F is unfortunately a sub-par game, I do hope that Gearbox picks up the next Duke Nukem title, because they show that they can capture the world and the Duke rather well, they just need to play some better games for inspiration, Bulletstorm for example. Expand
  71. Jun 15, 2011
    6
    Good game, can improve in a few area. Feels like a Duke Nukem game so that part is definitely there. I see a lot of reviewers here are reviewing simply out of distaste at some content within the game. Stop thinking that Duke Nukem is meant to be your hero or idol. DNF is a great game with puzzles and plenty of action! The graphics are nice as well as the sound! Everyone will always findGood game, can improve in a few area. Feels like a Duke Nukem game so that part is definitely there. I see a lot of reviewers here are reviewing simply out of distaste at some content within the game. Stop thinking that Duke Nukem is meant to be your hero or idol. DNF is a great game with puzzles and plenty of action! The graphics are nice as well as the sound! Everyone will always find things to nitpick . But if your into Action/FPS while playing a **** character, Duke Nukem is for you. Video games are NOT created to set a good example, but for entertainment purposes. Expand
  72. Jun 15, 2011
    6
    Many people take this game out of perspective. It is not meant to be a groundbreaking AAA title, but rather mostly just fan-service. DN3D was a very well-known game back in the 90's for it's over-the-top violence, sophomoric humor, excessive nudity, and constant one-liners from the Duke himself and Duke Nukem Forever only tries to be the same. But that is also one of its downfalls.

    This
    Many people take this game out of perspective. It is not meant to be a groundbreaking AAA title, but rather mostly just fan-service. DN3D was a very well-known game back in the 90's for it's over-the-top violence, sophomoric humor, excessive nudity, and constant one-liners from the Duke himself and Duke Nukem Forever only tries to be the same. But that is also one of its downfalls.

    This game doesn't strive to be more. It tries to be very much like its predecessor but while doing so, takes away from the game's creativity. Consumers these days are starving for something new and intuitive in a world of constant, mono-tone FPS's. It looked promising enough with the bringing back of the childish humor (although some people don't like that type of humor) and 90's-type gameplay, and its super interactivity, but it's ultimate downfall was trying to catch up to modern times by excluding some key assets that made DN3D so fun. For example, you can only carry 2 weapons at a time; something that most fans gawk at. Then they make the "Mighty Foot" execution-only. It's the little things like that that put not only newcomers off, but fans as well and for a Duke Nukem game, that's not something you want to do.

    The gameplay is good for a little burst of fun here and there, but it ultimately suffers from trying to combine 90's style with the modern era. It isn't horrible, but the mechanics just aren't solidified. Some of the bosses, however, are actually pretty fun.

    The graphics, while they may not be up to par with many of today's top titles, aren't too bad although they could have at least had a bigger color palette. Everything does seem relatively low-poly and the character models are nothing to brag about. Overall, the graphics are acceptable, but not very likeable.

    The very hyped up "interactivity" that they promised turned out to be less than they made it out to be. Sure you can microwave a rat, play some pinball, or even knock a punching bag, but most of that stuff is very obvious. There are no real "secret" things that you can do (as far as I've seen). Most of the time, there will be something in the room that you look at and think "I can probably play with this" but nothing is really shocking. Not to mention that they spoiled all of the "surprising" interactive things (like the turd) in order for more marketing. I've seen games with way more interactivity than this game. They just told us empty promises.

    The levels are very linear with TONS of Half-Life rip-off "physics" puzzles that seem more like scripted events rather than real physics.

    Sound design is OK. Not too much variety and they all seem very monotonous. Duke's grunt from every jump is very unnecessary.

    Overall, fans of Duke might enjoy this game for the nostalgia factor, but that's really all this game is is fan service. It's almost like Gearbox just got the rights for it, and then said, "Alright, this game has been in development hell for years so let's just get this done and get it out there. Fans will love it regardless." The game suffers from trying to catch up with modern times while still trying to be the same. The graphics are OK, the gameplay is fun at times, the puzzles are a joke, and the famed "interactivity" is nothing really to be excited about. The game is alright. It isn't a horrible game. Just don't expect it to win any awards any time soon.
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  73. Jun 19, 2011
    6
    I blame 3D Realms for wasting 12 years not making this game, and I blame Gearbox for rushing to finish the game because that's what they did. Even though 3D Realms wasted so much time doing nothing, Gearbox could have at least taken some time to make the game better than they did. Its not a bad game, I liked it way better than Modern Warfare 2, but it could have been better on so manyI blame 3D Realms for wasting 12 years not making this game, and I blame Gearbox for rushing to finish the game because that's what they did. Even though 3D Realms wasted so much time doing nothing, Gearbox could have at least taken some time to make the game better than they did. Its not a bad game, I liked it way better than Modern Warfare 2, but it could have been better on so many levels. That is why this game is getting such horrible reviews, everyone was expecting so much more from a game that was in some sort of development for 14 years. This game has one thing that most other games do not you can interact with almost everything, pool tables, tvs, phones, games, slot machines light switches the list goes on these are some things I would like to see in other games instead of just running from point a to point b killing everything in site on your way through the game. I would give this game a 10 but I don't think that would be fair to The Duke because 3d Realms and Gearbox have failed us all. Expand
  74. Jun 22, 2011
    6
    From my experience as a gamer, the Duke franchise has been one that has interested me. I enjoyed Duke 3D back in the late 90s, simply due to its Doom-esque gameplay elements with a more mature subject matter. So, of course I was excited when I initially heard Gearbox announcing they had bought the rights to the game.

    Having played the game though, I have to say that it's not as strong as
    From my experience as a gamer, the Duke franchise has been one that has interested me. I enjoyed Duke 3D back in the late 90s, simply due to its Doom-esque gameplay elements with a more mature subject matter. So, of course I was excited when I initially heard Gearbox announcing they had bought the rights to the game.

    Having played the game though, I have to say that it's not as strong as I was initially expecting with all the hype. Graphically, it's fairly ok, but I can see where the console gamers will be complaining, simply because it won't look as nice on the 7 year old computer that is the Xbox. On PC, it doesn't look as bad as people are talking about; while I can see older graphics, it doesn't look like a 4 year old game.

    From a gameplay standpoint, the game feels empty. I was expecting twice, or even three times the amount of enemies that were in the game. The horde fights, however, were done quite well, making them a fun but difficult challenge to beat, especially on the higher difficulty settings. The platforming elements in the game definitely detracted from the gameplay; I want to beat the living **** out of aliens, not jump on gears. The one exception I do have against this, however, is when you escape from the dam. That part would almost require less shooting, considering what is happening.

    On a side point, I watched a review calling this game out on the lack of originality with its weapons. The game did an excellent job of making the D3D guns more current, while adding in a few new ones. In that regard, Gearbox did quite well

    While this isn't as innovating as its previous counterpart, DNF is still a solid game. Had there been more fighting, less jumping, and more reasons to have parents complain like D3D had, this would have been a better game.

    7.5/10
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  75. Jun 24, 2011
    6
    Ok, the game is NOT as bad as people/critics make it out to be. I've got a GeForce GTX465 and the game looks pretty good overall. Don't expect to be blown away or anything. For a modern day duke nukem game, I'd say this deserves no lower than a 6.
  76. Aug 4, 2011
    6
    this game merit this note because is too simple and too short .
  77. Sep 7, 2011
    6
    This is one of those, good for one play games. It continues off basically where the last Duke Nukem left off. However, it uses a game play system heavily outdated as combat is very simplistic, with the exception to a few extraordinary enemies. The basic unit encounters are more of a challenge then their boss counterparts. This is literally a game out of its time.
  78. Oct 11, 2011
    6
    I started playing this game with high hopes. The graphics are very good, the sound also and the smart-A attitude that is fitting for Duke was all in alignment. Now as I'm enjoying the game so far, this shrinking to a mini-me duke just made me say to myself: "Now you've got to be kidding me right?" I believe that is what ruined a perfectly great game, is trying to copy the old show "Land ofI started playing this game with high hopes. The graphics are very good, the sound also and the smart-A attitude that is fitting for Duke was all in alignment. Now as I'm enjoying the game so far, this shrinking to a mini-me duke just made me say to myself: "Now you've got to be kidding me right?" I believe that is what ruined a perfectly great game, is trying to copy the old show "Land of the Giants" series from '68-70'. I mean I was watching that as a teenager, and it was great for it's time....Lord I'm dating myself...HA! Anyways, if you can pick this up for a very low price, like $2.99-$3.99 off Steam? Then you won't be sort of pissed that you spent so much on a game that had HUGE potential. No pun intended either. Thanks for taking the time to read my post! As always, God bless you and have fun always! Expand
  79. Oct 13, 2011
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. duke nukem fans will love DNF. but sadly after a very long and tragic development, duke nukem forever is a mess. but before we play the blame game lets get the bad points adressed with DNF before the good. the pacing of the game is all over the place. with dull puzzles and platforming. with some design stuck in the late nineties then in the year 2011. but what 3d realms may have stumbled on. gearbox tryed its very best to make this game as good as its going to get. as a life long fan of duke it was a very bittersweet game to play. to laughing my ass off to the christian bale joke at the start of the game. or the classic nod to the legend of leeroy jenkins. to the grind of jumping from cog to cog as mini duke. or some of the dull boss fights. but the spirit of duke thoughout the game is still alive by the awesome musings of the voice of duke john st john so there is still hope that duke will reclaim his crown as the king of fps in the next duke game. its such a shame this game wasnt the classic we waited 12+ years for. but its ok. not great... but worth a play for any duke nukem fan. Expand
  80. Dec 2, 2012
    6
    After playing the originals in the series when they were first released I can say that this episode of the series was true to the original as far as comedy, crudeness, and innuendo. That being said, the game mechanics were pretty bad considering the amount of time spend in development. It isn't a terrible game, but it certainly didn't bring the duke back in style.
  81. Nov 20, 2011
    6
    This game gets too much hate. You still have to think of the FPS's getting pumped out each year and getting 9.0+ from critics, even though they are the same thing. This game may be repetitive and not revolutionary in any way, but it least it tries to stray away from the generic shooting experience in today's games.
  82. Mar 10, 2012
    6
    Duke Nukem... As a kid, I was fascinated with Duke Nukem 3D, and it was easily my favorite game, and I can still say it is within my top 20 favorite games. So naturally, hearing that there would be another addition to the series, Duke Nukem Forever, I figured wow, another one!? I gotta play it. Years went by, and no word on its release, and I forgot about it, up until around mid 2010, whenDuke Nukem... As a kid, I was fascinated with Duke Nukem 3D, and it was easily my favorite game, and I can still say it is within my top 20 favorite games. So naturally, hearing that there would be another addition to the series, Duke Nukem Forever, I figured wow, another one!? I gotta play it. Years went by, and no word on its release, and I forgot about it, up until around mid 2010, when I again saw that it was being worked on. When the day finally came around for its release, I bought it right when it was available. Was it good? No. Was it bad? No. It was somewhere in the middle. While it had its good elements, such as classic one-liners, potty humor, and good first person combat and shooting mechanism, it lacked a driven story line, good multiplayer, and graphics (I'm not one for grading down on graphics, usually, but in this case, it was all created on the outdated Unreal 2.5 engine, which lowers my score for it a bit.) I was also disappointed to see it take the road of most modern First Person Shooters by, instead of having a health meter and requiring health powerups, gave Duke an "Ego" meter, which regenerates if no damage is taken for a short period of time. However, I did like the single player campaign. It was perfectly blended with the difficulty rising as the story progressed, and the campaign offered some good humor and pop cultural reference, just like in DN3D. Nice touch. So to sum it all up, Duke Nukem Forever is not a good or bad game, it is somewhere in the middle. Does it deserve a play through? Absolutely, give it a try. Expand
  83. Mar 18, 2012
    6
    So long waited and many times delayed sequel of the Duke Nukem's game is out here now. It's not perfect, but at least it got something that other game don't have - an unique character, a **** hero. An atmosphere is done well, you actually can feel yourself as "god" for every men and women in the city and of course for your lovely girls. A game begins with invasion of aliens and retiredSo long waited and many times delayed sequel of the Duke Nukem's game is out here now. It's not perfect, but at least it got something that other game don't have - an unique character, a **** hero. An atmosphere is done well, you actually can feel yourself as "god" for every men and women in the city and of course for your lovely girls. A game begins with invasion of aliens and retired Duke have to safe the world again. Story itself is good for a shooter, but it won't give you something deep. The graphics are average for todays games, you won't get displeased by it. Weapon choice is not big, but is enough to rip your enemy, also you can fight with your fists. There are some usable items like a beer, drugs that give you bonus to attack and etc. In some levels of the game you will have to get shrunk with help of shrunk machine and then overcome puzzles and obstacles to move forward on the game. It's fun to be shrunk, you can see all the items from different angle, which you wouldn't ever see, also the Duke's voice "shrunk" too. Driving a jeep is horrible, even if it gives a different gameplay, it's not worth it. The huge hog bosses are cool, that's what you hope to see in every game. But if want something more from this game, but it won't give you nothing more. The hard work not always provide a big success, that's what can be said about this game. Of course if you played old games of Duke Nukem's, don't miss this out too. Expand
  84. Feb 5, 2015
    6
    This game has a bad reputation because of it's over-long development, so that alone skews many critic and user scores. I like to look at this game in two ways: both how it stands alone and how closely it lived up to the hype. I'll start with the latter: it didn't. Not even remotely. If I were to score it based on hype alone, I'd say somewhere around a 2-4, but I think it has more to offerThis game has a bad reputation because of it's over-long development, so that alone skews many critic and user scores. I like to look at this game in two ways: both how it stands alone and how closely it lived up to the hype. I'll start with the latter: it didn't. Not even remotely. If I were to score it based on hype alone, I'd say somewhere around a 2-4, but I think it has more to offer if you pull it out of that context. This game is fun. I really enjoyed playing. It's got good gunplay, good interactivity, good multiplayer. Where it fails is tone- it eschews the parody nature of Duke 3D and falls into the territory of self-parody. Duke is no longer the homage to b-list action and horror movies and stands out as all that was wrong with 90's video game characters. His swearing also feels incredibly forced, and as a result loses much of its humor. There's not much more to say about it, but if you are interested in this game's history or older-style FPS games, buy this game on Steam when it is $5 or less. Expand
  85. Jul 23, 2012
    6
    Duke Nukem Forever's (DNF) single-player campaign was a lot of fun because of the colorful and interesting environments and Duke's crass, over-the-top, sex humor. Composite score of 6.375/10 (turn off Depth of Field, and I upgrade to 7.375/10). [This review contains information pertaining to the DLC "The Doctor Who Cloned Me" as well. In general, it felt much more polished andDuke Nukem Forever's (DNF) single-player campaign was a lot of fun because of the colorful and interesting environments and Duke's crass, over-the-top, sex humor. Composite score of 6.375/10 (turn off Depth of Field, and I upgrade to 7.375/10). [This review contains information pertaining to the DLC "The Doctor Who Cloned Me" as well. In general, it felt much more polished and consistent within itself. If you do buy the game, I highly recommend this DLC. You can skip the multiplayer DLC though.] **Entertainment value: 7/10** I went into DNF thinking it was a shooter satire or self-parody rather than a serious attempt at a modern shooter, and that worked really well. Is that what 3D Realms planned back in 1998 when they began this project? I'm not sure, but it's how it feels now. Duke's rude humor and the silly environments carry the game. The humor is very, very adult. Lots of sexual jokes and imagery. It's definitely not a game you'd want your mother to watch you playing. Also, some of the jokes are from the 1990s (Bill Clinton) while others are more contemporary (Leroy Jenkins). So, it's a strange mixture, but as a 35 yr-old, I laughed a lot while I played. The combat, however, was often pretty easy to complete on the Hard Difficulty. If you want serious, cutting-edge combat requiring advanced tactics, this is not the game for you. (More on that in Design and Gameplay below) **Graphics: 4/10** using in-game options only (8/10 if you turn off Depth of Field). Under Video Settings, the post-processing option turns on tone mapping, bloom, ambient occlusion, and depth of field (DoF). DoF is a blurring effect which is supposed to blur areas of the screen which should be out of focus such as objects deep in the background. However, Depth of Field is broken in DNF. When you have post-processing on, virtually everything is out of focus. It makes playing the game unbearable. But, if you turn post-processing off, you lose the other three effects which all make the game look nice. Thankfully, the 3rd party software, Flawless WS v1.0.12, can turn DoF off and leave the other effects on. This makes the game look like it should... really good. There's no advanced anti-aliasing (AA) methods (such as MSAA) within the game, so you're left with either no AA or two lesser AA methods (FSAA or FXAA). I used FXAA (Nvidia's shader AA method), and it was decent, but I definitely wished I could have MSAA x8 many times. In DNF specifically, the graphics seemed to be a jumble of textures and styles from 1998-2010. Sometimes, they didn't feel coherent. Some elements looked excellent (tentacles using bump-mapping). Most looked good. Nothing looked bad. I really think if early players and reviewers had been able to play on PC without DoF on, the graphics comments would have been much more positive. In the "Doctor" DLC, the graphical appearance is coherent, and I think it looks nearly excellent. It's as though the developers took the best graphics style of the base game and followed that level of work throughout the DLC. **Sound: 8/10** I didn't score a 10 here, because there was nothing ground-breaking. But, the game had very solid sound and music. I played using analog connections to my 5.1 speaker set, so I can't talk about the digital out sound the game can use. My experience was very positive. I noticed no bad sound artifacts or cut-outs. The surround worked as expected. The sounds of items and vehicles felt like they matched the objects they were supposed to emanate from. The music used a lot of the themes from the older games. **Design and Gameplay: 7/10** DNF felt like a jumble of disparate ideas forced into a story with the ultimate goal being finally getting the game out of the door rather than creating a solid story. While in development from 1998 to 2010, the developers had many great ideas for gags and events for the single-player campaign and often made playable versions of these events. I believe when the game finally got the green light, the latest developers created a story and mushed together versions of the best gags into the campaign. This made many elements feel like they didn't fit well... they were fun individually but are not organic to each other. The "Doctor" DLC felt very coherent, and it seemed like it was written first and built after. The play design is from the circle-strafe era of shooters, so no firing from cover like in current shooters. There were many mini-games and puzzles which had nothing to do with the story, but they added some fun flavor. The games included pinball, air hockey, pool, video poker, and video slots. **Game Length 7/10** I believe a $60 game incorporating a multiplayer side should provide at least 20 hours of single-player content. For DNF, expect about a 14 hr campaign if you do all of the mini-games. Maybe 12 hours without. The "Doctor" DLC took me about 4 hrs to complete. Fairly solid. Expand
  86. Jan 27, 2013
    6
    I did like playing DNF, Duke's awesome lines and the story, while predictable, was pretty entertaining, most of it being through comedy, however I didn't like the fact that you couldn't aim down the sight of your gun, some of the levels were quite ridiculous and took really long to complete/figure out what to do, it didn't feel like a 2011 game at all, it was great only as a self-parody.
  87. Feb 12, 2013
    6
    Was the 15+ years of wait worth it?...hell to the no! DNF should of came out 10 years ago and should be playing duke nukem 6 by now, but thanks to the fat lazy of george, joe, and scott, we will all die knowing that will never happen. but i digress. see thou as the game is glitchy, inferior graphics, poor taste in humor, and a small hint of promoting Misogyny, it still sticks the middleWas the 15+ years of wait worth it?...hell to the no! DNF should of came out 10 years ago and should be playing duke nukem 6 by now, but thanks to the fat lazy of george, joe, and scott, we will all die knowing that will never happen. but i digress. see thou as the game is glitchy, inferior graphics, poor taste in humor, and a small hint of promoting Misogyny, it still sticks the middle finger at todays shooters. DNF paces it self good, a good hand full of mini games, so it's not all bad really. Expand
  88. Apr 21, 2015
    6
    This game has received some harsh criticism, which is understandable for reasons that should be obvious to most. This game has been in development hell for 14 years, after all, so people were expecting a lot from it. The undeniable fact is that Duke Nukem Forever did indeed not deliver quite a few of its promises. BUT it is objectively a decent game and I had fun playing it.
    First of all,
    This game has received some harsh criticism, which is understandable for reasons that should be obvious to most. This game has been in development hell for 14 years, after all, so people were expecting a lot from it. The undeniable fact is that Duke Nukem Forever did indeed not deliver quite a few of its promises. BUT it is objectively a decent game and I had fun playing it.
    First of all, I didn't encounter any bug, which can't be said about quite a few other games.
    Secondly, even that is not a major factor for me, the graphics are fine. True, there were games with far better graphics at the time but Duke Nukem Forever was in not THAT ugly.
    The gameplay is okayish. There are more than a few lousy choises, such as the "Ego bar", the puzzles and a few QTEs.
    The story is decent as a whole but the humour is totally lame.
    A 6/10 sounds fair to me.
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  89. Jun 14, 2011
    5
    After 13 years of development this should've been one of the best games ever. instead, what we got is a really mediocre shooter. the first problem of this game is that the gameplay doesn't really feel like duke nukem anymore. i mean, remember how many weapons you could carry in duke3d? in this one you can only carry 2 weapons, some pipebombs, some steroids and a beer. the beer sucks too,After 13 years of development this should've been one of the best games ever. instead, what we got is a really mediocre shooter. the first problem of this game is that the gameplay doesn't really feel like duke nukem anymore. i mean, remember how many weapons you could carry in duke3d? in this one you can only carry 2 weapons, some pipebombs, some steroids and a beer. the beer sucks too, if you drink it you'll take less damage but you'll be drunk for the next 30 seconds and almost unable to see enemies. who thought this was a good idea???? another thing that pisses me off are... those puzzle levels like the duke burger. i mean, there's nothing wrong with something that challenges your mind, but was it so necessary to put this levels in a game called DUKE NUKEM???? duke nukem is all about killing enemies, jokes and maybe finding some keys to open doors, not wasting half an hour wondering where the **** you're supposed to go!
    second problem: pathetic graphics and physics. about the graphics i don't even know where to start, they're just dated, and the post processing is excessive. about the physics... i don't know what to say, they feel like they come from a game from the 90's.
    third problem: stupid errors and confusion. here's an example. [spoiler] there's a level where you have to find a **** there's a door locked with a combination of 4 numbers. you can find the combination by watching a security camera. the combination that you find is 4168. if you type that, it doesn't work. after some time, i discovered that the correct combination was 4768, but on that camera it was 4168. this is just pathetic. if the guy who made that drawing wasn't able to draw a 7, he should've changed the combination to something else, something that would generate less confusion. [/spoiler] fourth problem: vehicles and mini games! the controls are ATROCIOUS! they're a crime against humanity!
    fifth and last problem: difficulty. i have nothing against hard games. duke3d was pretty hard too, but it was 1996! in 2011, people doesn't play hard games anymore! they give up after some tries.

    the only redeeming factor for this game is that it's duke nukem, the jokes still make you lol. they're a bit dated, but they're still funny.
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  90. Oct 13, 2011
    5
    Single player is short, DLC short. I'm pretty sure I made it though in less than 8 hours Honestly, I don't know who would play the multi-player in this game.

    I found some of the old school game play refreshing and overall the game works well. There are clunky jumping puzzles though.

    Definitely buy the game for old times sake, just don't spend more than $10.
  91. Feb 17, 2012
    5
    To me, a 4 means below average. However I kind of enjoyed this game as a history lesson. After following this game for many years, it was actually kind of fun and interesting watching all that anticipation come to life. Even if it coming to life was underwhelming. It's also interesting watching years of development co-exist. Old blocky level design of 1997 meets some new age models, meetsTo me, a 4 means below average. However I kind of enjoyed this game as a history lesson. After following this game for many years, it was actually kind of fun and interesting watching all that anticipation come to life. Even if it coming to life was underwhelming. It's also interesting watching years of development co-exist. Old blocky level design of 1997 meets some new age models, meets a texture pack, meets some tweaks. Watching all these obvious things pile together into an uncomfortable but kind of quirky heap - was actually cool. What's not cool - however is the obscure nature a lot of the levels have been thrown together. The game is about 50% too long, it's like playing 3 bad first person shooters from 1997 thrown together into one package. All levels drag, and drag and drag again. The pacing is horrible. Also the jokes feel forced, and the level design is significantly inferior to duke nukem 3d. Multiplayer is also terrible, and it omits the fun co-op from duke nukem 3d as well. In the end, this was curious for me. However someone who has no ties to duke nukem forevers infinite development process should never play this. EVER. Expand
  92. Jun 24, 2011
    5
    i spent half the game looking at a loading screen......................................................................................................................................
  93. Jun 17, 2011
    5
    what can i say about a game i had a hard on for sooo long time. i expected much more, game is decent but thats about it, not even getting close to original Duke
  94. Jun 16, 2011
    5
    One of the worse games ever made on any platform. It has so many issues/problems & is certainly not even close to being a full price game or acceptable 2011 game.
  95. Oct 12, 2011
    5
    As much as i'd love to welcome back Duke with warm arms; DNF leaves me predictably dissappointed. Muddy graphics, brain-less shooting, and what can only be quoted as a 'story' all leave us a dress shoe put together by a Cambodian sweat-shop. As much as I like John St. John's one-liners and some small elements of interactivity, this is the first videogame I can make a historical comparisonAs much as i'd love to welcome back Duke with warm arms; DNF leaves me predictably dissappointed. Muddy graphics, brain-less shooting, and what can only be quoted as a 'story' all leave us a dress shoe put together by a Cambodian sweat-shop. As much as I like John St. John's one-liners and some small elements of interactivity, this is the first videogame I can make a historical comparison to "Chinese Democracy". Expand
  96. Aug 26, 2011
    5
    I Wanted to like this game.. I wanted to,, so Bad. But it has been a letdown. Reason why,while it isn't a modern game by any stretch, be it looks, gameplay or any other aspect, what it does is that it does try to be modern, which it shouldn't have. it should have stayed closer to its roots.
  97. Oct 8, 2012
    5
    I never played the classic Duke Nukem games, but I heard about how good they were so I decided to get this, seeing it was Duke Nukem. The gameplay is linear indeed, lots of sleaze and nudity, and Duke's commentary. The start of the game felt like some sort of celebrity simulator, The alien animation is rather retarded, the Pigcops jump at you and slide in the same position against yourI never played the classic Duke Nukem games, but I heard about how good they were so I decided to get this, seeing it was Duke Nukem. The gameplay is linear indeed, lots of sleaze and nudity, and Duke's commentary. The start of the game felt like some sort of celebrity simulator, The alien animation is rather retarded, the Pigcops jump at you and slide in the same position against your player model. Your health or 'ego' recharges very quickly making the game too easy. At times it feels like playing a Half Life game, especially in the mine -_-

    Still a fun game, nothing new about it
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  98. Dec 6, 2011
    5
    The feel, look, and gameplay of this is just horrid. I honestly think they just messed it up, but wasted to much money to scrap it, so they released it. If i didn't buy this on steam I would have returned it :P
    But its still playable..sorta, so I'll give it a 5. It could have been a cool game. Leveling up Duke's health by doing ego boosting activities seemed really cool. But it just felt
    The feel, look, and gameplay of this is just horrid. I honestly think they just messed it up, but wasted to much money to scrap it, so they released it. If i didn't buy this on steam I would have returned it :P
    But its still playable..sorta, so I'll give it a 5. It could have been a cool game. Leveling up Duke's health by doing ego boosting activities seemed really cool. But it just felt and looked like garbage. 5/10
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  99. Jul 30, 2012
    5
    Duke nukem forever is not a bad game, its just pretty generic.The duke charm is there and does set it apart from other games but everything else from weapon design to enemy design screams of generic fps. There is some nice level design in here but i never goes full duke. Heck the game even has the modern two weapon limit. Pick this one up for a cheap price if you feel like playing aDuke nukem forever is not a bad game, its just pretty generic.The duke charm is there and does set it apart from other games but everything else from weapon design to enemy design screams of generic fps. There is some nice level design in here but i never goes full duke. Heck the game even has the modern two weapon limit. Pick this one up for a cheap price if you feel like playing a mindless shooter for a couple of hours otherwise you should stay away. Expand
  100. Nov 9, 2013
    5
    There is something wrong here... I don't mean the horrendously long development time and all the jokes its suffered over the years... but the game that we ended up getting.

    It seems like 3d realms just took some idea from the previous game (duketalk, enemies and weapons) and did nothing to improve on it. Same enemies and same weapons, only difference is, Duke has more to say this time
    There is something wrong here... I don't mean the horrendously long development time and all the jokes its suffered over the years... but the game that we ended up getting.

    It seems like 3d realms just took some idea from the previous game (duketalk, enemies and weapons) and did nothing to improve on it. Same enemies and same weapons, only difference is, Duke has more to say this time around.

    Everything new like Regenerating health & 2 weapon limitation,
    just seems to me that who ever made this thing forgot what made Duke great. It was the multilayered level design! Here theres no secrets to find or optional routes to take.
    2 weapon limitation makes certain weapons useless because you need 1 that has decent ammunition as well as one that fires explosives to take on bosses. Guns like the shrink ray will see zero use... not to mention less guns means LESS FUN.
    Then theres things like Duke commenting on how the Power Armor from master chief is for yet Duke health regenerates like power armor. Retarded.
    Duke says "I hate valve puzzles", yet we are forced to do them anyway.
    Then theres the lame turret sections.

    They had a good idea with the Ego health system in Manhattan project, that they could have expanded upon.. find new and interesting ways to give Duke health, like for executions, headshots, for finding secrets/saving babes, freezing enemies and shattering them, or squashing a shrunken enemies, blow them up into gibs could give bigger ego boosts... drinkin beer & punching enemies in the face... instead they just gave us health regeneration & said 'that'll do'.

    Heres what we ended up with:

    +High level of interactivity
    +Hearing Dukes voice again, and boy does he have alot more to say this time around
    +A few vehicle sections where fun although would have preffered to shoot and drive at once
    +Average storyline with some jokes that are funny while others are hit and miss.

    -Linear & bland level design
    -functional but bland gameplay
    -Health regeneration ruins what challenge it could have had
    -2 weapon limitation
    -Really bad puzzles that feel out of place
    -Lame turret sections
    -Unplayable mini games, something as simple as pinball barely works
    -The 4 new weapons are some generic alien ones
    -Only one new boss
    -No Jetpack in single player

    +A recently released patch allows for Duke to carry 4 weapons. So thank god Gearbox came to their senses, but even so, it feels like only a SDK can save this game.

    Now that Gearbox has conveniently given Duke Nukem 3D: Reloaded guys (Interceptor Entertainment) the go ahead to release their title (after they have already moved on) now that DNF isn't selling DLC anymore, it just seems like our only hope for a good dukenukem game is up in the air.

    I'm disappointed in Gearbox for not giving DNF enough development time, and 3d Realms for wasting so many years making a rather average shooter that any professional development studio could have made in 2 years, and probably would have been better than what we got.
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Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 48
  2. Negative: 17 out of 48
  1. Sep 12, 2011
    55
    Duke Nukem Forever would be quite decent if one felt entirely certain it's intended purely as a self-parody. As is, it doesn't do the expectations, the buyer or the Duke justice – oh, had he rather remained a vaporware legend!
  2. Aug 6, 2011
    29
    Petty, nasty and anachronistic. Duke is only relevant as a warning from the past. Avoid these mistakes, developers. [Aug 2011, p.76]
  3. Aug 1, 2011
    72
    Bottom line: Duke Nukem Forever was not worth the 15-year wait, nor is it worth paying the full $50. However, I cannot deny that I thought it was both fun and funny, which at the end of the day is what this franchise is all about.