Duke Nukem Forever – Review (PS3, 360) – Better Late Than Never!
7 September 2013
Excerpt: I was initially thinking of publishing this review 12 years down line as an ode to the Duke Nukem game that has finally emerged. This, as you can appreciate, would probably not appease 2K Games or Gearbox although I hope that they would find the humour in it. The real reason, however, is to really sit back and take stock of what has happened to a game that had so much promise, but from what has been written in the initial reviews has delivered so little.
Conclusion: As far as multiplayer goes, I find it enjoyable, because I dont have to be hell-bent on getting achievements, and the entire multiplayer rank system is boostable. plus I personally think the rewards are way cooler than just having gun upgrades. Graphics? Amazing for using Unreal Engine 2. 'Nuff said. Overall, it was what I thought it would be. 9.5/10 from me.
Excerpt: With such a long incubation time, Duke Nukem Forever ran the risk of looking, sounding and feeling dated. By and large it manages to avoid those pitfalls, but the game’s not without fault. In a weird way it seems as though all those developers were so scared about being outdated that they overcompensated by including every possible gameplay mechanic and cliche that ever appeared during that 15-year window.
Conclusion: People expecting a masterpiece from Duke Nukem Forever are asking way too much. Sure it doesn’t live up to the hype but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least check it out when the price tag is a little cheaper.
Excerpt: Duke Nukem Forever is a once-in-a-lifetime title that really deserves two reviews: one for gamers like us who've been following the entire sordid saga for the last 13 years, and another for everyone else — folks who care only that Forever is the latest big-name first-person shooter to hit consoles.
Pros: + A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a living piece of videogame history.
Cons: - Confusing level design; crappy platforming; lifeless game world., - Unforgiveable 30-second load times., ? Where to from here, Duke? Where to from here?
Excerpt: I like to think of Duke Nukem Forever as the game that has single-handedly changed gaming forever, not necessarily in a good way, but in a way that has changed the way we work in this industry.
Pros: + Nostalgia-filled experience, + We finally get to play it
Cons: Graphics are a hot mess, Dated gameplay mechanics, Third act falls flat, Still feels rushed
Summary: I really wanted to like Duke Nukem Forever. Regardless of the issues I still had fun with certain parts of Duke Nukem Forever. I also still like Duke Nukem the character. I like his arrogant, in your face attitude with his awesome jokes. But the problem is that Duke Nukem Forever is a video game, and as a whole it isn’t very good.
Excerpt: It’s finally out. Duke Nukem Forever. A game we’ve all been waiting fifteen long years for, ever since we first cast our eyes on the almighty landmark of first person shooter history, the granddaddy of interactive violent video gaming: Duke Nukem 3D. The big question on everyone’s mind is what took so long, and is the final result worth waiting more than half our lives for?