Summary: It’s been a long, winding road, for Duke Nukem Forever. Beginning development approximately a decade and a half ago, it was thought that the much talked-about first-person shooter was never going to see the light of day.
Excerpt: The development of Duke Nukem Forever has been anything but easy. The original development team, part of 3D Realms, had been working on the game since 1997, suffering budget cuts and staff reductions before eventually being disbanded in 2009.
Pros: The alien enemies remind you of the original Duke 3D; the game only takes five hours to beat.
Cons: Incredibly mundane gameplay; bland, unattractive graphics; unsatisfying gunplay, driving and platforming; stuttering frame rates; excessive and overly long load times; a sense of humor that just isn't funny; a trainwreck over a decade in the making.
Conclusion: All in all, Duke Nukem Forever is not the Duke game we’ve been hoping for all these years. It feels like a hodgepodge of previous titles stitched together to make a living game. Unfortunately, there are so many issues with this game that it makes playing it hard to bear.
Conclusion: We all wanted this game to be good, and perhaps that sense of expectation has proven to be too much. But even then you can look at the shabby graphics, woeful humour and dull gameplay and realise that this game would have been underwhelming whenever it was released. A real shame.
Conclusion: This is a sub-par budget title that’s pretending to be an AAA game. Shame on Gearbox for wanting their name on this stinking pile of crap! If you do enjoy playing terrible games, please rent instead of purchasing as the publisher doesn’t deserve a reward for this.