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Maybe We Shouldn't Be Taking Duke So Damn Seriously

So finally, 14 years later, Duke Nukem Forever comes out in North America this week (it launched in the UK last Friday). And as some of you may have noticed, the early reviews are not encouraging. They go as low as a 2 out of 10 and as high as an 8 out of 10, and the average isn't impressive. It's worse than mediocre, in fact. And although we've heard that the DNF demo on the Store is based on old code, the reaction to that is almost as depressing. So what happened? After all this time, it just went and flopped? Say it ain't so!

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Pozzle2380d ago

Excellent picture choice :D

Megaton2380d ago

It was destined to flop from the beginning. Duke is well past his relevance. Doesn't mean that you can't have fun with it, though.

Baba19062380d ago

we dont have to take duke serious, but i think we are aloud to take the game serious and the fact that it cost a lot of money. but whatever.

Jdoki2380d ago

Duke was never going to match the hype. But the bottom line is... Is the game fun? Does it provide value for money?

If the answer is no, then it should be marked down.

If journalists are rating the game based on the lack of taste, sexist themes, or relevance in modern gaming, that is unfair. You know what you're going to get from a Duke game, and it's not deep emotional story lines, and dialogue dripping with angst and gravity.

Duke was never about story. In fact the whole Duke experience can be summed up in the line 'I'm here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all out of gum'.

The game may be tasteless and irrelevant in this day and age - but look at the movie industry - there's room for every type of genre and level of maturity.

Journalists are not the moral compass of the gaming world, and you only have to spend a few minutes listening to the screaming brats on most multiplayer FPS' to know that Duke has a certain demographic nailed.

Kakkoii2380d ago

I keep telling this to friends who hear about the reviews: Duke Nukem isn't supposed to be enjoyed in the typical way an FPS game is enjoyed and rated, don't get into it expecting top of the line FPS gameplay. You're supposed to enjoy it for the adult humor and ridiculousness of the game. The same reason why the Postal series are great games, they are by no means great FPS games, but as an experience they are quite unique and fun. It's something fresh, away from the typical "You're a **** Soldier, go and kill the bad guys!" type FPS that almost seems to have become a rule now.