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  • Summary: The king is back, baby! Duke Nukem Forever will meld 3D Realms' memorable hero with the latest 3D graphics technology.
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  • Developer: Gearbox Software, 3D Realms
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, First-Person, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi, Arcade
  • # of players: 1 Player
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 76
  2. Negative: 34 out of 76
  1. Jun 15, 2011
    78
    Duke Nukem fans, this game is for you. The campaign features nice balance and many of the same elements that have since come to define the DN experience. The presentation could be better, and the "loading checkpoints" is a chore to deal with and definitely interrupts the flow. Online, while simple, offers an incredibly fun experience that can be hard to put down.
  2. Jun 10, 2011
    70
    After 12 years, the one and only badass videogame hero is back. Its gameplay and visuals aren't exactly groundbreaking, but in any case Duke Nukem Forever proves to be an outrageously fun rollercoaster of fast paced action and intense emotions!
  3. Jun 17, 2011
    65
    If you can get passed the muddy graphics, dated character design, difficult first person platforming and throwaway multiplayer there is an enjoyable single player campaign to be had.
  4. Jun 14, 2011
    50
    And that, as insane as it sounds, is the crux of the matter: Duke Nukem Forever feels like it was rushed out the door. So many of the design decisions are poor, so much of the maps are unbalanced (going from uneventful to extremely difficult in a flash), and the graphics are so shoddy, that an experienced gamer can come to no other conclusion.
  5. Jun 25, 2011
    40
    Today's gamers have become used to enjoying a much more balanced FPS experience when playing online and many of us find it frustrating if our game of choice doesn't maintain a fair playing field. The Duke Nukem Forever multiplayer seems so outdated in comparison which is a real shame, as both gamers and (in fairness) the developers, were really hoping that it would just be good chaotic fun.
  6. Jun 13, 2011
    40
    Duke Nukem Forever is a disappointment to say the least. 14 years of development seem like a waste of time when you see what has become of the most famous FPS franchise. Sad.
  7. Jun 14, 2011
    0
    It's not obvious they knew just how monumentally moronic the game they created is. That's the key difference between the two titles: Bulletstorm is the funny guy at the party who has a bit too much to drink. DNF is the guy who gets plastered, runs around naked with a lampshade on his head and doesn't understand that everyone is laughing at him, not with him.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 178
  2. Negative: 80 out of 178
  1. Jun 15, 2011
    10
    I'm not even considering purchasing this game. I don't think it is worth it. I mean the game was supposed to be released in 1998. Look it upI'm not even considering purchasing this game. I don't think it is worth it. I mean the game was supposed to be released in 1998. Look it up if you don't believe me. Why would someone of this gaming generation buy a game that has been delayed from being released for 13 years. Expand
  2. Jun 19, 2018
    10
    Ok Randy Pitchford, please make this game, along with Alien Colonial Marines, available as Xbox One Backwards Compatible games. Per MajorOk Randy Pitchford, please make this game, along with Alien Colonial Marines, available as Xbox One Backwards Compatible games. Per Major Nelson, it's up to you guys to make this happen.

    I gave both games a 10, because I really enjoyed them, despite some flaws. The DLC for both games are actually even better than the base games.

    So Randy, I'm waiting.... Sign those forms... Backwards compatible please. Thank you
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  3. Dec 3, 2012
    8
    I really don't see the problem with this game, I can see the worst part of the game is the graphics but as I am not much of a graphics whore II really don't see the problem with this game, I can see the worst part of the game is the graphics but as I am not much of a graphics whore I don't mind the graphics, with fun weapons and a longer story than most of the FPS' out there I really don't see why this game has got terrible reviews. The reason for it is probably that it has taken 12-13 years to make and people thought it would be brilliant, but as I haven't played any of the other duke nukem games I find this unique, most FPS' don't give you much interactivity apart from shooting and this is quite new to me, it is not a perfect game by any means but a good one at that. 8/10 Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2011
    5
    Ugly , dated , pervert and idiotic , Duke Nukem aged 16 or I don't know how many years took but what it sure did was to be Forever beUgly , dated , pervert and idiotic , Duke Nukem aged 16 or I don't know how many years took but what it sure did was to be Forever be forgotten , all in the "Duke" style. Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2011
    3
    I've been playing this game for about an hour or so, and I've been pretty much bored throughout the entire ride. Sure, Duke's comments got aI've been playing this game for about an hour or so, and I've been pretty much bored throughout the entire ride. Sure, Duke's comments got a few chuckles out of me, but other than that, this game is not very fun. My biggest issues with it are the clunky controls, the shallow combat system, and the LONG ass load times. Because of the lack of precision in the game's controls, combat is simply not fun. It becomes limited to "point your gun and pull the trigger".

    I see a lot of people talking about how "old-school" this game is, and they seem to believe that just because it is a flashback to the old-school, it's fun simply for that reason. Well...I'm 24 years old, and I've been gaming since before I could walk. I've played games from the NES, the SNES, Sega Genesis, the PS1, N64, PS2, PC games, as well as the Xbox 360 and PS3. I played the ORIGINAL Duke Nukem when I was very young - and no, I do not speak of Duke Nukem 3D, though I have played that as well. I bet most of you don't even know what I'm talking about...and if you do, well...you're probably old school like me. I also went before even my time and dabbled in the Atari 2600. I know old school.

    And, let me tell you - even by old-school standards, this game falls short. I did not come to this game with high expectations, like some of you might accuse. I rented this game expecting a good time - nothing more. And I was still disappointed, because I am not having a good time. The very fact that I would rather spend time writing this review than playing the game that I just got an hour ago (and bored all the way through that hour) is testament to this fact. Combat is slow and boring, and Duke's one-liners - while mildly entertaining - are not enough to redeem its shallow combat system. Duke Nukem 3D's combat was much more fast-paced and its weapons/gadgets were much more fun to use.

    You guys want a good time? You want to know what good old-school shooters are? Is your computer newer than 1995? Then I recommend you find a copy of the original Doom...or even Doom II. Download yourself a DOS emulator (DosBOX is good), and enjoy. You'll find a game that is both simple, yet massively fun...DNF manages to get the former right, but unfortunately not the latter.
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  6. Jun 16, 2011
    1
    If this wasn't called Duke Nukem it would just be another mediocre first person shooter that would be put in the bargain bin a week afterIf this wasn't called Duke Nukem it would just be another mediocre first person shooter that would be put in the bargain bin a week after release, its really that poor. Expand
  7. Sep 26, 2012
    0
    A huge disappointment. I made the vital mistake of investing in the Balls of Steel Edition. The single largest purchase mistake I've everA huge disappointment. I made the vital mistake of investing in the Balls of Steel Edition. The single largest purchase mistake I've ever made. I still regret this purchase to this date. The game's lauded interactivity drops off after about 20 minutes in. The developers even have a jab at Halo, and while perhaps not meanspirited, it's completely out of place when the game fails so hard to be taking jabs at far more successful (and well, in my opinion) fun games. The combat is O.K. but quickly becomes boring as **** There's little to no story in this game. It's rushed trash that never should have been released. Expand

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