Duke Nukem Forever Is A Tawdry, Sometimes Gratifying, Spectacle

Viewed as the fulfillment of a nearly 14-year-old promise, Duke Nukem Forever delivers on all fronts. But held up to the polish, the technical marvels and the intricacies of the modern day shooter, this game - so belated it is almost mythical - is spectacularly underwhelming.

That doesn't mean Duke Nukem Forever isn't fun to play, it's just an anomaly, a by-product of a long-gone decade and its mores.

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A Vegas strip club may not sound like the best setting in which to show off a video game anticipated for more than a decade, but it's surprisingly appropriate.

There is a shower stall here. It's tucked away neatly between two booths draped in faux velvet. Inside the shower stall is a bucket filled with brushes and other things. I don't venture too close. I'm not sure I want to know what exactly is in that bucket. But I can't get the shower out of my mind.

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Duke Nukem Forever Is A Tawdry, Sometimes Gratifying, Spectacle

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xdeathknightx
xdeathknightx

I still wonder why a lot of reviewers and people go "oh it doesn't look that great, oh it doesn't do anything new" when talking about Duke Nukem. When I hear those two words I don't expect technical marvels, I don't expect intricacies. I expect one-liners, shooting the crap out of things, silly humour and giving dollar bills to strippers.

Whenever I read lines line the first paragraph I do always have to wonder if they actually played the first game when it came out. Because it always seems weird for people to expect that from a Duke game. Especially one that was taken over and finished in a few months.

I would be looking for the things the preview later touches upon and see if that is good. But when I heard it was coming out I was far from expecting a technological marvel. And after modern shooters it is fun to go back and just shoot stuff while someone churns out one-liners. That is why I got the Serious Sam HD games, to relive that "long-gone" decade. Technically marvelling and intricate is fun, but sometimes just going at it is just as much fun.