Duke Nukem Forever - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Genre:Shooter
  • Developer: Gearbox Software
  • Release Date:Jun 14, 2011
  • # of Players:1 player, 8 online
  • ESRB:M - Mature (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol)
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Game Description: Duke Nukem Forever brings back the king of action in a highly anticipated game set to pummel players with unprecedented interactivity, variety, realism, and Duke's special whoop-ass brand of humor.
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Duke Nukem Forever Hands-On Preview (Yes, Really!)

Duke Nukem Forever Hands-On Preview (Yes, Really!)

By Kevin Kelly - Posted Sep 03, 2010

 Duke Nukem Forever

What We Know:

Do I really even need to fill out this section? Duke Nukem Forever was in development for nearly 12 years, and then it famously flamed out. It became one of the most famous pieces of vaporware in history. In fact, if defined that term. People thought this would never see the light of day. Disgruntled former employees leaked screenshots, models, footage, and everything but the full source code for the game. This was the story that game developer parents tell their wannabe game developer kids to keep that out of the industry.

What We're Seeing Now: 

Well, that's all a thing of the past. Duke Nukem Forever is real, and it's coming from developer Gearbox Software and being published by 2K games. We sat through a brief presentation with Gearbox's Randy Pitchford this morning, where he told us how excited he was to announce this. Gearbox has been doing well financially recently, and they were in a position to save this game.

Even though it was a monumental task to assemble everyone, and he was told it was impossible more than once .. it actually happened. "It was unfinished business," said Pitchford, "We have to see this through." After an over the top trailer (would you expect anything else from Duke?) we got to pick up the controls (it was being shown on Xbox 360s, and possibly a few PCs with Xbox 360 Windows Controllers.

Some highlights from the trailer:

  • According to the narrator, Duke had become a hero, but then disappeared. The aliens returned and started tearing the place apart. But then they made one mistake, "They shouldn't have gone after our women."
  • Duke, "What, did you think I was gone forever?"
  • Duke, on seeing a gigantic, triple breasted demon-spawn creature thing: "Hell, I'd still hit it."
  • There are vehicles in the game, including a truck emblazoned with Duke's radiation logo.
  • Weapons galore, of course. 
  • Lots and lots of bare boobs.

Duke Nukem Forever

We jumped right inside where ... you're looking straight down into a urinal. Pull the right trigger to, well ... piss, and Duke says "It's time to quit pissing around," he says. Level 1 is entitled "Duke Lives," and you start right there at the urinal in the locker room of the Detonators, a professional football team. There's an advance team of soldiers inside, planning out "Operation Cock Block" on a whiteboard, because apparently there's a huge monster outside.

After they finish their attack plan "Which is basically, 'go get him'", you're able to run into the corridor outside, or do a little exploring. I found that you could actually go to the whiteboard and pick up different colored markers to design your own piece of art. Who figured there would be an artistic section to the game? When I finally backed away from the board, one of the soldiers in the room appraised my battle schematic and said "If we had done that, that guy would still have his arm. And at least one of his balls." Nice.

That's about the tone of the entire game, which is exactly what you'd want and expect from this sequel. You head down the hallway with the soldiers, and then ka-blammo, a good chunk of them are taken out by an enormous Cycloid with spinning blade hands outside on the field. Running through the rest of the level, you run through corridors and hallways in the sports facility armed only with your fists. There are a couple of small aliens inside, which you can punch down, or just wait for the remaining soldiers to take them out, and then you'll grab a Devastator from one of them.

Heading out onto the field, it's pouring down rain, and your goal is to take down that Cycloid. It's a fairly easy battle if you keep your distance and watch for the Cycloid's charged ramjet attack. You'll run out of ammo before you can beat him, but a dropship will cycle overhead and drop more as you need it. When you finally fell the big guy, you get to kick his eyeball through the uprights, field goal style. It's good!

Then things take an unexpected left turn. There's a pullback, and you're watching the credits for the game on a bigscreen TV in a bachelor pad. Duke's moans indicate that he's enjoying ... something just below screen. His hand comes up with a Duke Nukem-themed controller in it (the buttons spell out "D U K E," and then two girls' heads appear. "What about the game, Duke? Was it any good?" one of them asks. "Yeah," Duke responds, "But after 12 f*ckin' years, it should be." 

We then skipped forward to Level 15: Highway Battle. Duke is tucked into his Truck (which it looks like might be called "Ego'), and you get to drive through a canyon level, hitting A to turbo boost, B to turn tight, and X to flip your vehicle if you land on your side or upside down. You can run down baddies in satisfying splats, although eventually, after a huge jump, you'll run out of gas. 

That's when you hop out of the truck, and armed only with a handgun with a laser sight, you take on the tusked, humanoid/pig hybrids. You'll find other weapons in this level. During out brief time, we found a Railgun with a scope, a shotgun with dual grips, the Ripper triple-barreled chaingun, and a shrink ray. Shrinking your enemies down allows you to easily turn them into pulp with your boots, although if you leave them alone, they'll eventually turn back to full-size. Then, before we progressed any further, the demo was over. Sadly.

How does it look? Pretty darn good. It's not going to redefine genres or anything, but it definitely looks like a Triple A title from this generation. It plays equally as well, with traditional FPS controls (although you can hit left on the d-pad to drink a beer, which unfortunately didn't work for us. Maybe you need to find beers first), that felt responsive and satisfying. You're pretty much killing everything possible in this game, which is what we did in the demo, and it feels like a worthy successor to the Duke Nukem legacy. 

Especially when you hear Duke quip things like "My balls, your face." Perfect. That's what I want out of this. We'll have more for you soon, so stay tuned. The game doesn't have an official release date yet (surprise!), but Gearbox has confirmed that it will be released sometime in 2011.

Comments are Closed

  • solomon318

    WOOOOT GO DUKE....I cant wait to see the faces of congress men and woman when this comes out :D

    Posted: January 21, 2011 10:14 AM
  • vanphelan

    So wait, if you pre-ordered this 12 years ago and held on to the slip, is it still good? lol

    Posted: September 10, 2010 1:52 PM
  • spupinoiii


    Posted: September 9, 2010 7:00 PM
  • Abacam

    It is finally time.....
    Time to kick A$$ and Chew Bubble Gum....!!!!!

    Posted: September 9, 2010 1:50 PM
  • Kazuhira

    Well time to fire up the old Duke 3D before this comes out.....

    Posted: September 9, 2010 11:37 AM
  • Bollocks_2_ya

    I came, I saw, I kicked ass! There's a new sheriff in town MOTHER**
    I can't believe it!! It's here!

    Posted: September 8, 2010 12:59 PM
  • Tessai

    I'm so looking forward to play it

    Posted: September 8, 2010 6:27 AM
  • elite_hoster

    half life, i forgot to mention ahhh shame on me

    Posted: September 8, 2010 5:27 AM
  • elite_hoster

    Oh thank god, doom4,rage,duke nukem, oh god cries, it's the 80's again yay, now upgrading my pc for gaming history is worth the byte

    Posted: September 8, 2010 5:26 AM
  • power-o-pwn

    Ok I played the demo for the original duke nukem and the demo sucked I never played the full game so someone tell me why people are so excited for this one and what was so awesome about the first one I don't know!!!!

    Posted: September 7, 2010 11:20 PM
  • Ariellog

    i need a DEMO NOW !!!

    Posted: September 7, 2010 9:00 PM
  • lowkevmic

    Ok, I will say that I went to PAX and from the looks of it, it's really about to happen!! I didn't get to play it because the line was way too long, and it seemed like it was for press only because it had a huge black door with no windows, so you couldn't see in or out of the booth. But by the looks and reaction on the people's faces, this is something that is gonna be big!! The only issue I have is that I never liked Duke Nukem. During the time it was out I was always a bigger DOOM fan. Now if they re-release a next gen version of DOOM, then you'll have one happy camper!!

    Posted: September 7, 2010 3:18 PM
  • Axxe428

    I am very curious about this one. Duke Nukem had always been video games' answer to the testosterone fueled action heroes of the 80s and 90s. I'm sure in the 00s he became somewhat irrelevant because of the shift in popular culture, but I truly feel that with all the problems facing us in 2010, now is a time when we need new heroes we can look to, and old heroes to rise from the dead and show us the way things are done. The success of the recent film "The Expendables" confirms this, as it shows 80s and 90s action heroes and everything that goes with them (hot women, excessive violence, cheesy one-liners, and a bunch of crap blowing up) are still very relevant to our time now as they were then. Gearbox is a AAA studio that is very passionate about the games they create, so I am confident that Duke Nukem Forever will be as polished as can be come launch day. My only concern would be a comparison to Too Human, a game that was also vaporware for a long time, and look how that turned out....

    Posted: September 7, 2010 3:11 PM
  • TheeMC

    It can't be true! This is awesome, Duke Nukem was probably the first PC game I ever played. I was so happy when it came out on XBL. And now Forever is finally (and truly) coming out! Awesome. And it sounds like Duke hasn't lost his personality either. Awesome.

    Posted: September 7, 2010 11:38 AM
  • w00ly82

    I'm not believing anything till the disc is in my system and I can see it in my own screen. Till then you can talk about it all you want, I still think it's a load of BS. No offense.

    Posted: September 7, 2010 10:06 AM
  • gnat

    Higher quality photos of the Duke Nukem Forever booth:
    http://www.lanpartyeh.com/fo rums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t= 254

    Posted: September 6, 2010 6:51 PM
  • mashryock

    If this comes out on a platform I don't own, I will buy it just for this game.

    Posted: September 6, 2010 3:20 PM
  • Pippdaddy

    Release date December 31st, 2011, wtf?? Wouldn't it have been nicer if they showed this next year, then we get pumped up, cant wait and a few months later we get it. Now, we get excited and see a release date that never sticks. New Years Eve, how many games have been released on that day? Looks like a couple more years, ugh

    Posted: September 6, 2010 2:26 PM
  • ZeroPlasmaPulse

    When I first looked at this. I was pretty mighty happy. Can't wait to play it.

    Posted: September 6, 2010 2:06 PM
  • Chunky_2336

    first make your kids play the other duke nukem games and then have them wait 12 years then hand them Duke nukem Forever.

    Posted: September 6, 2010 1:46 PM