Duke Nukem: Forever

The games biggest fault has got to be the load times. The levels are linier. There is enough to see and interact with and even hidden area’s within this, to make it seem larger. This is likely the reason for huge load times, the game loads the entire area your in, interactive devices and all, which I’m sure, causes the waiting screen to take FOREVER. Maybe that’s where it got the subtitle?

What can be said of  this game, that hasn’t already been thrown out by hundreds of media outlets already? I’m sure very little. That’s not going to stop me however from putting my two cents in. Duke Nukem, probably one of the few games that will go down in both history books and infamy. And to those who caught my pun there, good for you, you’re in the right minds set to play this game and enjoy it.

Before we get into the meat of the review, a little history lesson is needed to setup the bases of my opinions. Duke Nukem, was born in the early 90’s as a side scrolling shoot’em up, akin to an adult version of Apogee’s  Commander Keen. Yes, I’m dating myself. I’ll give you  a moment to Google that one. Done? Good, let’s keep going. Duke grew up from there, to become a successful first person shooter (FPS) called Duke Nukem 3D in 1996. Back when FPS’s were becoming all the rage. Duke 3D took the FPS genre and made fun of it, made it a parody of the itself. It should have gone instantly into a sequel and in fact it was announced the following year that Duke Nukem Forever was indeed in the works. This is however, where it falls to both history and infamy.

Twelve years later, we finally get Duke Nukem Forever. Was it worth the wait? Possibly, but I’ll answer this in depth in a moment. Is it full of one liners, like it’s predecessor? Oh yeah. Is it filled to the brim with crude humor?  Hell yeah. Does it have pop culture references? Check. Does it have stereotypes? Yup. Is it a bad game? Yes. Is it a good game? Yes. Wait, what does that mean, you ask? Well, its so bad it’s a good game. Like I mentioned before, if your in the mind set to get my pun earlier, then you’ll likely enjoy the game. By no means is this game going to test your mental prowess, your FPS chops, or stimulate your visual cortex, but it will entertain you. Duke starts right off with some crude humor, it doesn’t waste any time. By the time you get to the actual meat of the game, things become less about the crude humor, and more about FPS and shooting alien scum. Puzzles don’t take much thought, combat can be pretty linier at times and I have run across a few bugs, and load times. Those are probably the only negative things I have come across, that could possibly warrant a bad review from anyone. However it doesn’t deter from the game play, or the game itself. I think that it has failed in so many critics eyes, is because they were expecting to much from a game, that took 12 years to develop. Did they forget the road this game took, to even get this far?

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