It's time for Duke Nukem to return.
Though I didn't hate Duke Nukem Forever as much as many of my peers -- my expectations were incredibly low and I actually enjoyed the whole embarrassing thing in parts -- there's no denying that Gearbox' critically-panned shambles poisoned the franchise something awful. But now that I'm reviewing Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition on Vita, reliving the entire legendary Duke Nukem 3D campaign again with fresh eyes, I'm convinced that the Duke deserves another shot at the big-time.
There's so much to love about the legendary game, and so much it can teach us about how first person shooters have arguably lost their way. More than that, though, it's effectively a step-by-step guide in how a studio brave enough to take it on could create a truly worthwhile new Duke Nukem shooter. Because I don't have time to play with myself, and the gum situation is looking pretty dicey, here are three simple rules for bringing back the Duke if the endless bickering over the licensing rights finally come to an end.
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Despite the absolute mauling this game received on release, we know some of you just won't believe that the once mighty Duke has fallen so low. Fine, but at least let us find you the cheapest price for the game. To be honest, you could probably find more people willing to pay you to take this game than recommend it. If you want to fire some awful weapons, drive annoying RC cars and shoot some tits on a wall then by all means try this out. You can always hang on to it for a birthday present for a family member you don't like.
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Duke Nukem Forever is a painfully average game at times, but that doesn't mean it can't put a smile on your face. Indeed, for many gamers this'll be an essential purchase for the nostalgia value and numerous film and game references alone. Yes, it's creaking at the seams; yes, it shows off all thirteen years of its troubled development history; yes, its mechanics are about as up to date as a fossil. But if you're bored by the slew of shiny military shooters of late, this might be right up your street.
Today's time-dependent clutch of Steam holiday deals include some great shooters, a not-so-great shooter, two excellent Double Fine games and an astounding 21st century Roguelike. Because time is of the essence, I'll leap straight into the links and prices of the latest highlights.
You remember the Duke Nukem 'Hail to the Icons Parody Pack', right? Well, we've had to wait a little longer than usual for Forever DLC - not as long as the game itself, of course, although maybe that's the point? - but now Gearbox have stamped an official release date on the whole post-release content malarkey; October 11th. It'll cost just 800 Microsoft Points on the 360, and whatever $9.99 equates to in your global region on PC and PS3.
The 'Parody Pack' throws four new maps into the game, with a Call of Duty-satirizing war-zone, a 16-bit retro throwback and a colossal sandpit replete with bases built from kid's playthings. Furthermore, the pack also adds two new modes, Freeze Tag and Hot Potato, which are sure to delight Duke Nukem fans. We'll have more for you on the 'Parody Pack' closer to release. [Eurogamer]
Did you agree with our rather disparaging assessment of the recent Duke Nukem Forever? Did you think we were too soft on it? Or did you revel in its archaic delights? Well, whatever you thought of it, Gearbox want to know if the game floated your boat or not. You can participate in the survey here.
Considering that I got a phone call in the early hours of the morning on DNF's launch day berating me and anyone else even remotely associated with the games industry for 'allowing this travesty to take place', I know one friend who's definitely going to be filling this out.
Either way, if you thought the game was excellent old-school fun or a pile of steaming poo, you have a chance to get your feedback to the developers. make it happen!
Duke Nukem Forever staunchly failed to kick ass or chew bubble gum in our pair of 5/10 reviews, with one of the chief complaints being that Duke's two-weapon arsenal was a limp and pathetic parody of his original engorged boomstick collection. However, a massive PC patch (previously detailed here) has now gone live that adds two extra weapon slots to the singleplayer campaign.
The patch also adds VAC anti-cheating support, Field Of View modification and improved voice chat. We've got the full changelog below, in case you're interested.Click here to read more...
Duke Nukem Forever fans rejoice; as your staunch support and thirteen year-loyalty is finally starting to pay off. Not only has the game hit store shelves, but the long overdue DLC is finally on its way. Dubbed 'Hail to the Icons Parody Pack', it adds four all-new maps to playlists, satirizing a number of successful shooters in the process, and throws a few new game modes into the mix, to boot.Check it out after the jump
Duke Nukem's return was greeted with much fanfare, but the end result was almost unanimously disappointing. Tom didn't like it; neither did Dave much. That said, it's managed respectable sales, shifting well over half a million copies in the US. This mild success appears to have prompted 2K Games into action, announcing Apple aficionados will be booting up the Duke in August when its ported to the Mac.Click here for more
So, it looks like the price for Duke Nukem Forever's dropped again, which isn't really surprising because it's such an average game and definitely not what the Duke deserved for his long awaited return to our screens. At times it can be amusing and there are loads of movie and game references chucked into the mix, but most of the time it's downright disappointing. ShopTo are parting with copies on the Xbox 360 and PS3 for £26.86, which is almost £3 cheaper than the next best offer coming in from Simply Games and you'll get a free keyring too. Thanks to joeeeallover @ HUKD.
Duke Nukem Forever is finally out. We lived to see a pivotal event in gaming history unfold before our unbelieving eyes... though the end result certainly failed to set the critical world on fire. Fans, however, rave about its imaginative pacing and set pieces - as well as the big, bold and unashamedly balls-out action.
It ain't a case of Hail To The King, I'm afraid, but PC owners can now grab DNF for £17.99 thanks to the DVD.co.uk affiliate network.
Well, if you've seen my review, then you'll know what I think about this one; it's average at best and definitely not the game that Duke deserved when returning to our screens! It feels incredibly dated, which is hardly surprising considering the 14 year development period, and the aiming's so bad that it sucks the fun right out of the game. Amazon have dropped their price for Xbox 360 copies of the game down to £29, which'll save you almost £6 on the next best offer coming in from Simply Games. Thanks to tjs79 @ HUKD.
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...
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...
It has taken three weeks for it to happen, but L.A. Noire has finally been knocked off the top spot in this week’s game charts in the UK. How appropriate then that the FPS King himself would be the one to do it. That’s right folks, the hotly debated Duke Nukem Forever (you only have to look as far as our comments section of Tom’s review to see the divisive opinions in flow) has claimed the crown in this week’s charts.Click here for more news on this week's chart >>
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!
It's been a long and winding road for the Duke, but with the June 10th release date looming, Gearbox have unveiled his launch trailer in all its misogynistic glory. It won't change anybody's preconceptions of the game that's for sure, but we think it's all the better for it.Watch what happens when the Duke runs out of bubblegum...
There will be those of you out there who will no doubt remain sceptical until you see it on store shelves or watch it ping through your letterbox on release day, and we're right there with you. But 2K have just announced something one and a half decades in the making: Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold.Click here for big fat quotes of relief...
Almost a week ago, our very own Tom brought us an update that the demo for the long awaited FPS title Duke Nukem Forever was going to be with us very soon. Well Gearbox Software President Randy Pitchford has once again graced YouTube to bring us a message for the members of the First Access Club. Was it going to be a similar affair to the last time he addressed the fans? No, not this time...That's more like it! Click here for more...