Duke Nukem Forever (PC) | Mini Review

What is it?

Duke Nukem Forever is a first-person shooter developed by 3D Realms, Triptych Games, and Piranha Games. It was published in 2011 by Gearbox Software. After a long hiatus, Duke discovers the aliens he once beat has returned to Earth and are kidnapping the women. He sets off to clear out the aliens from his casino, the desert, and eventually Hoover Dam.


PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Gratifying combat, with plenty of kickass weapons to use.
Good soundtrack, especially the Heavy Metal tunes and covers of classic Duke songs.
Multiplayer is fast-paced fun with lots of well-designed maps and unlockable cosmetics.
Fantastic voice performance by Duke’s actor, Jon St. John.
You can boost your ego (shield) by doing manly things.
Inconsistent campaign, quite a few boring puzzles and time-wasting platforming segments.
Not nearly as funny as it thinks it is; contains some pretty cringy moments.
Spamming explosives to win online is all too easy.
Painfully linear.
Unimpressive visuals and animations.


It was long overdue and not quite the powerhouse that it made itself out to be, but it’s really not too bad of a shooter. When it buckles down and lets you go AWOL on hordes of alien bastards with its wicked selection of old-and-new guns, that’s where the game shines the brightest. Its crappy puzzles and diving sections aren’t fun to play after the first time. Still, the multiplayer mode is pretty good, even if it’s a tad laggy or suffering from texture pop-up at times. All in all, it’s nowhere near as bad as people say; though inconsistent, there’s still nuggets of fun secreted within it. Hail to the king, baby!


3 Stars

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