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.

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.

Duke Nukem Forever Is A Tawdry, Sometimes Gratifying, Spectacle