Duke Nukem Forever Review

  • Posted June 16th, 2011 at 19:10 EDT by Adam Dolge

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The aging loud-mouth hero does not take himself too seriously in Duke Nukem Forever, and neither should you. Overall, nostalgia simply is not enough to save this bland and repetitive shooter.

We like

  • The occasional enjoyable action sequence
  • The shrinking segments add a nice twist to the proceedings
  • The nostalgia factor

We dislike

  • The bland and repetitive levels
  • The poor platforming sections and frustrating load times
  • The subpar visuals and audio

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(continued from previous page) ...poor. That doesn’t change when you are online, of course, but I won’t sit here and tell you not to play a game because it’s not pretty to look at. There are frequent visual glitches and the soundtrack is very generic.

Part of me feels bad for Duke and the development team (or, teams), but that’s the personal side of me, not the critic. I think a lot of us thought Duke Nukem Forever would be that perfect reminder of our happy old gaming days, you know, sort of a game we could throw in the faces of all these emo game developers and say, “Hey, this is how you have fun—flippin’ off bosses, seeing some strippers get all naked, and having absolutely no problem blowing s**t up.” Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, and instead we are left with one of the blandest, repetitive, and monotonous games of this generation. Maybe in another 15 years or so we’ll look back at this with nostalgic eyes, and maybe at that time Duke Nukem will be cool again. 

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