Duke Nukem Forever Preview for Xbox 360

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Duke Nukem Forever screenshot
Duke Nukem Forever screenshot

Tits. May I say tits? How about penis? Blowjob? Lesbian porn? You see, without these rather colourful words, I fear I won't be able to convey the appropriate tone here. 90 minutes into Duke Nukem Forever and I've ripped the eyeball out the socket of a twenty-foot alien, pissed in countless urinals, scrawled a penis in a child's book, talked dirty to myself in the mirror and been fellated by twin blondes in tartan skirts with fun-bags the size of footballs. To curb the vulgarity of my language would mask what kind of an experience the game has to offer. It's rude, ridiculous and radically different to anything the FPS genre has seen since, well, Duke Nukem 3D.

This is a double-edged sword the size of which the FPS genre has likely never seen before. A large percentage of today's Call of Duty crowd just aren't going to 'get' Duke Nukem Forever. I was lucky enough to play the game in Las Vegas, surrounded by neon lights, poles and women (presumably strippers) with huge silicon-filled norks serving me drinks. Not only this, I know Duke's history; the intricacies of the 12-year development process and that the game has been an industry joke for most of that time. The game is fully aware of all this, too, of course; you have to admire Duke's habit of smashing down the fourth wall.

You may have had a chuckle at some of these things yourself after watching the trailer that recently hit the interwebs. The game itself jabs at your humour glands at every opportunity, reminding you that immaturity is, in fact, tremendously funny.

I'd talk about the opening 15 minutes of the game, and the huge penis (with veins and hairs) I drew on a white board to the elated cries of "that's genius!" from my EDF team mates, but this has been spoken about before in our last preview. Instead I'll talk about the new stuff; the first four or five levels of the game and the myriad of entertaining moments littered within them. After putting down his Duke-branded control pad (the first fifteen minutes of the game are in fact a game within the game), our narcissistic hero sets off on a stroll about the penthouse of his casino; Lady Killer.

It's here, without your guns or aliens to riddle with bullets, that you realise just how much work has gone into creating distractions from the main story. Walking into an employee lounge, you can pick up a bag of popcorn, cook it in the microwave and then eat it. You can urinate in any toilet you come across, drink any beer you happen to find, and play any slot machine that grabs the attention of your wallet. Perhaps the most interesting of these activities finds Duke pumping iron in the gym. After curling a few weights, the big man complains that they aren't heavy enough for his needs. The game doesn't tell you what to do, but intelligent players will start looking to add to the bar, eventually giving Duke a workout to be proud of. Taking the time to seek out these little events is more than just an entertaining distraction; it permanently increases your maximum health.

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Bloodstorm

Absolutely not. This game is a breath of fresh air that we need, it shows that you dont need stunning graphics to be a good game. I'm glad this is coming out soon because i'm sick fed up of all the "realistic" military shooters, this game is going to be so much fun.

If anything, it's that attitude that's setting us back.
Posted 17:39 on 09 February 2011

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Gollum_85

I love the first one, but I can't forgive crap frame rate. They better sort that. Graphics don't look too bad though.
Posted 19:03 on 10 February 2011
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draytone

I mean't that it was going to put gaming back 10 years in terms of they way non-gamers view gaming.
Posted 15:59 on 10 February 2011
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draytone

LOL! I got a few TD's for that comment! I'm not a feminist or a killjoy or anything... I just think it won't be a great game... to many chefs spoils the broth or what ever.
Posted 13:45 on 10 February 2011
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enviro-bear

Before The Duke was saved, DNF was such an appropriate acronym...
Posted 18:52 on 09 February 2011
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Clockpunk

DNF sounds like exactly the sort of game to play after having a bad day. Nothing beats kicking a few piggie-cops to death with a size-12 boot. And being of the generation who experienced Duke 3D, and anxously searched for its add-ons in the days 'on-line retailer' meant 'on-the-phone-line, prices listed alongside titles in PC Gamer magazine', means everything to appreciating the game.

Games are meant to be FUN experiences, after all. Not just artistic experiences which is the direction many are trying to take them on. B-games, like B-movies, are necessary.
Posted 18:20 on 09 February 2011
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Geraface

Beta males are so in this year
Posted 18:07 on 09 February 2011
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Bloodstorm

Amen brother.
Posted 17:46 on 09 February 2011
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Woffls

If anything we need a game to remind us that we can still laugh at our selves and make a 90's game again. Too many people get hung up on wanting to appreciate games like Limbo - to the extent that they'll forgive it not being a great game - and want to disassociate themselves from characters like Duke Nukem.

Duke probably has more character than bland angry men like Kratos or dudebros like Marcus Fenix, because at least he's being shallow ironically.
Posted 17:44 on 09 February 2011
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Bloodstorm

Absolutely not. This game is a breath of fresh air that we need, it shows that you dont need stunning graphics to be a good game. I'm glad this is coming out soon because i'm sick fed up of all the "realistic" military shooters, this game is going to be so much fun.

If anything, it's that attitude that's setting us back.
Posted 17:39 on 09 February 2011
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draytone

This game will probably put the videogame cause back 10 years. DN had it's place during the 90s but I'm not so sure now... I'm all for having a laugh but I fear that this will feel dated, crude and incredibly archaic.
Posted 17:33 on 09 February 2011
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renegade

Hmmm interesting
Posted 17:08 on 09 February 2011

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Release Date: 10/06/2011
Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 1,263
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