This is Duke Nukem Forever, the sequel to the 1996 PC FPS Duke Nukem 3D in the PC FPS franchise "Duke Nukem"
It's been in development for over 10 years, there was a lot of studio drama involved, the times have changed and it has now come out, bewildered by the video game mechanics and approaches of today, and also by the platform popularity changes.
I watched the Quick Look, i thought the game was pathetic.
I watched a couple of reviews on Youtube, I thought the game was pathetic.
I listened to Duke speak in the game, and watched him shoot and travel and slap wall boobs, I thought the game was seriously pathetic.
When i discussed the game with a couple of Steam friends, i was clearly off-put and disgusted by this crappy excuse of a game.
Now that i have it running on my PC, playing it first hand, the only thought i have is: this game is so much fun.
- Why did I think it's ugly at first? because console-based reviewers led me to believe that it is. This game was ported to consoles, and therefore the console version is not the ideal version to review. The PC version looks great . I don't see anyone basing their GTA IV verdict on the ugly PC port, so why are we basing our opinion of DNF's visuals based on the console port ?
- Why did i think the gameplay sucked? because console-based reviewers said so. Playing it on M+KB now, i'm having a total blast with these controls!
- Why did i think the game is so shitty it takes 40 seconds to load up? because console-based reviewers told me so. It takes 10-15 seconds max on my PC.
- Why did i think that Duke sounded pathetic and is trying too hard in this game? because the short QL/review footage led me to believe that. Now that i'm playing it in real time, I find myself chuckling every now and then, or thinking "Duke is still as badass!"
Duke Nukem Forever, I'm sorry for judging you without trying you.
This game is extremely fun, looks great, runs great, loads up quick, has all kinds of action, heartwarming retro platforming and a hilarious ass-kicking character. Not to mention the retarded NPCs who add to the crazy and humor of it all.
Just finished the first RC car sequence and i loved it! totally blood pumping.
What are your thoughts on DNF, and on what platform are you playing it?
Pro-tip for those who don't like it:This game isn't meant to be funny. Duke Nukem is not a stand up comedian.. It's our fault for expecting him to be hilarious just because his one-liners got blown out of proportion on the internet.
The moment you realize this is a shooter with the occasional funny line, rather than a funny shooter, you'll realize it's good at what it does.