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  • Summary: The release date of this game is "When it's done". Anything else, and we mean anything else is someone's speculation. There is no date. We don't know any date. If you have a friend who claims they have "inside info", or there's some game news site, or some computer store at the mall whoThe release date of this game is "When it's done". Anything else, and we mean anything else is someone's speculation. There is no date. We don't know any date. If you have a friend who claims they have "inside info", or there's some game news site, or some computer store at the mall who claims they know - they do not. They are making it up. (So is Metacritic!) There is no date. Period. And yes, we know the game has taken a long time. There's no possible joke you could make about the game's development time that we haven't already heard. :) [3D Realms] Expand
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Duke Nukem Forever Official Trailer E3 2001
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 48
  2. Negative: 17 out of 48
  1. PC Games (Russia)
    Jun 24, 2011
    85
    A real time machine, Duke Nukem Forever gets you back to the glorious age of PC gaming. And despite some dated graphics and level design, it's freaking worth it. [July 2011, p.81]
  2. Jun 15, 2011
    75
    What awaits you is a Duke that would have rocked the genre nine years ago but for today's standards this is just mediocre.
  3. PC Format
    Jul 12, 2011
    69
    A love letter to PC gaming, scrawled in crayon by an alcoholic bigot. Wait for the bargain bin to say goodbye to Duke. [Aug 2011, p.98]
  4. Jun 13, 2011
    52
    It's just a mess. It pains me to say it, but it's absolutely true.
  5. Jun 13, 2011
    50
    If you're going to 'go modern', do it. If you're going to 'go retro', do it. Just don't go half-and-half and end up failing to appease fans of both approaches. While DNF is kind-of fun, is playable and can be enjoyed all the way until the end, it's far away from what it should have been.
  6. Jun 22, 2011
    40
    You won't find any lasting qualities in Duke Nukem Forever and it doesn't have anything to compete against numerous modern games that have so much more to offer.
  7. Jun 27, 2011
    16
    I can't think of anything fun throughout my time with the game. I did like some of the models of the monsters and the game never crashed on my PC, but that's about it. I don't blame Gearbox, but I wonder what 3D Realms was thinking all these years.

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  1. Mar 29, 2013
    10
    A great classic Duke romp. The reason it gets so much hate, is because expecations are far too high because of the very extended dev time.A great classic Duke romp. The reason it gets so much hate, is because expecations are far too high because of the very extended dev time. This is a triple A game and deserves that respect. Great fun. decent graphics by todays standards. Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2012
    10
    An interesting game, in my opinion better than the project 15 years ago, recently bought a CD with a retro - games, all set and the firstAn interesting game, in my opinion better than the project 15 years ago, recently bought a CD with a retro - games, all set and the first thing started to play Duke Nukem 3D, graphics are not terrible, and the plot, or what I do not understand Expand
  3. Jun 14, 2011
    10
    Quite frankly the greatest game of our generation. From the rock solid humor to the smooth graphics, all is good here. I can;t speak for theQuite frankly the greatest game of our generation. From the rock solid humor to the smooth graphics, all is good here. I can;t speak for the issues people are having with the console versions, but the pc version is top notch! Game of The year, BABY!! Expand
  4. Jan 8, 2020
    8
    This game is really underrated. If you get further in the game, starting with the level at the dam, then the level design is very good and theThis game is really underrated. If you get further in the game, starting with the level at the dam, then the level design is very good and the levels are detailed. There's just something wrong with the graphics options. If you play the game with Post Soecial Effect on, then everything looks ugly. This is probably why people were complaining. Turn off "Post Special Effects" and you will enjoy the graphics and the whole game! Expand
  5. 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 typePeople 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
  6. Apr 30, 2015
    4
    I really wanted Duke Nukem But this game is a piece of **** don't **** buy this **** game this really ruined the Duke franchise I don't knowI really wanted Duke Nukem But this game is a piece of **** don't **** buy this **** game this really ruined the Duke franchise I don't know who to blame 3D realms Piranha Games or Gearbox Software all really good companies I don't know who **** up Duke but I hope some one see's the potential of duke nukem and makes a good game thanks for reading Expand
  7. May 21, 2020
    0
    Parabens 3D realms. 10 anos e voce nos da esses pedaço de m***a? Serie duke nukem foi pro limbo.

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