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Duke Nukem Forever PC Review | Shinier, Still Painfully Average

Author:
David Brown
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Reviews
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Duke Nukem Forever, FPS games, Games reviews, PC games
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Duke Nukem Forever | PC

Duke Nukem Forever

Tom's recent console review of Duke Nukem Forever attracted some debate. Thankfully, anticipating that the PC version might be slightly different to its console partners, we commissioned a PC review of the game as well, concerned that the PC crowd, unfettered by epochal loading times, might think we were doing them a disservice. The bad news is that Dave didn't think much of it either...

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 & PS3

Developers: Gearbox Software (2009 -) and others...

Publisher: 2K Games

So it's finally here and if you've been paying attention elsewhere, it's been getting a right old shoeing. And, sadly, rightly so, because while it's not offensive to play (on the PC – it actually is on the 360 and PS3, with ridiculous load times and such) it is what one might call 'a disappointment'.

And as you know, the phrase “he'll be disappointed with that” is now the most scathing thing anyone can say about anything else. Just ask any football commentator. So, Gearbox will be “disappointed with that” in terms of the review scores their game is getting. Just like we're “disappointed with that” in terms of the game itself, a mish-mash of the modern and the retro that fails to adequately satisfy both grumbling factions.

Find out why after the jump...

Duke Nukem Forever Review | Come Get Some?

Author:
Tom Silkstone
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Reviews
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Action Games, Duke Nukem Forever, Games reviews, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games
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Duke Nukem Forever | PC | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Duke Nukem Forever

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 & PS3

Developers: Where to start?! 3D Realms (1997-2009), Triptych Games (2009 -), Gearbox Software (2009 -) & Piranha Games

Publisher: 2K Games (2010 - )

I sat staring at the copy of Duke Nukem Forever that was resting on my desk not quite believing it was real, after all 14 years of problems, delays, and waiting's a pretty long time! Once I'd got over the initial shock of actually being able to reach out and touch the game, I decided it was time to load it up. A cool introductory sequence sees Duke standing over a craps table with a couple of babes whilst a generic rock track plays in the background, Mr. Nukem rolls a set of dice displaying the developers names before declaring "I'm back baby!". Following this, the game's logo pops up and the familiar theme tune blares out of your TV speakers. Needless to say, it grabs your attention and fires you up for a roller coaster ride of action mayhem.

The plot's about as straightforward as they come; the aliens that Duke previously defeated return to Earth and he's ordered not to go charging in guns blazing by the President. However, once the extra terrestrials start stealing babes and taking pot shots at him, Duke decides it's time to kick their asses again! As you'd expect from the Duke Nukem series there are plenty of scantily clad women, loads of guns, the humour's crude, it's frequently offensive, and to wrap things up there's a good amount of blood and gore to boot, it's definitely a boys game; the Yorkie bar of the gaming world you might say. Unfortunately things go a bit downhill from here!

Click to find out if Duke Nukem Forever's worth the wait!