(http://www.dukenukemforever.com/full/us/) Rated M for Mature by ESRB. Hail to the King baby! The impossible to release game, has been released! After well over 10 years of development we finally get to experience the game that has become an industry joke. Duke Nukem is back for real this time, and he’s all outta gum. It’s time to get locked, cocked, and loaded because Duke Nukem Forever is raw, unadulterated, kick butt fun.
Where has Duke been this entire time? Kicking back and enjoying all the benefits of saving the world from aliens of course. He’s cashed in on his popularity and retired to a life of wealth and fame. But the aliens he fought off last time are back, and this time it’s personal. Attacking the city doesn’t matter, invading his home only ticks him off, but it’s when they start kidnapping our women (especially the hot ones) that Duke comes back with a vengeance. Explore the world Duke has created for himself including Duke’s penthouse suite, the Duke Dome, and the Fellatio hotel. Ogle at women, crack some jokes, and blow aliens to hell. The perfect combination of comedy and violence makes Duke Nukem a naughty pleasure you’ll never tire of.
The King has seen some upgrades since his last appearance. Although much of the game’s graphics and model has been face lifted for this generation’s console and computer, the details and visuals seem a bit rough. Perhaps, the designers are trying to capture the tones of the original Duke Nukem games. Still, the years have been kind to our hero as he has not ages a bit visually or mentally as the model depicts him as the way he was. The game is kept in a first person point of view throughout the entire game. Even cut scenes are shot entirely from the viewpoint of Duke. While this means you don’t get a good view of him, you’re given ample opportunities check yourself out in mirrors (you even get an ego boost for doing so). And speaking of checking out, there are women galore to ogle over in various levels of clothing. The view is greatly appreciated.
The voice of Duke Nukem is nearly as iconic as his blonde flattop or nuclear logo. The King has a lot to say, and most of it is laugh out loud ridiculous. Jon St. John has returned as the voice of Duke and nobody could have been a better choice to voice Duke. Duke’s witty one liners keep the game fresh and hilarious as you blow aliens to pieces. And the rock and roll accompaniment gets your blood pumping for action.
For the most part, Duke Nukem Forever plays like any other first person shooter. You progress through a linear storyline, taking down enemies and solving the occasional simple puzzle. Duke can consume beer or steroids (sometimes at the same time) to increase how hard he is to kill, or increase his melee strength. He even has built in Dukevision (aka nightvision) in his stylish shades. There is an array of guns, though apart from the shrinking gun and freeze ray, they are all pretty generic. It’s a bit disappointing that enemies aren’t particularly difficult to take down, and even bosses barely put up a fight. But the fun of Duke Nukem comes from the combination of its simplistic gameplay, ridiculous characters and story, and good old comedy. And Duke Nukem Forever succeeds by that measure.
That’s it, Duke Nukem Forever is out and it’s good. Gearbox Software, along with Tryptych, Pirahna Games, and 3D realms has proven that Duke is not dead, and that Duke Nukem Forever was not impossible to finish. If you have been a fan of Duke since his early days in the computer games and consoles, you will find yourself laughing as you stroll down memory lane with familiar one liners and ridiculous storyline. For all the new comers to the Duke Nukem series, they will find a simple first person shooter with minor issues with slow load times and average graphics. And whether or not you think that it was worth over a decade of waiting is up to you. The King is back baby, whether you like it or not.