Duke Nukem Forever left many critics and players feeling cold when it was finally released last month after an almost comically extended amount of time spent in development. 2K Games continues to support it though, with a newly announced DLC release called "Hail to the Icons Parody Pack" set to add three modes and four familiar maps to the game this fall.
Freeze Tag is probably the most unusual of the new modes, requiring players to "freeze and shatter their opponents in succession" to score big point combos. Hot Potato mode puts a Duke twist on an old idea, with players competing to keep a "babe" away from everyone else by carrying her around. Finally, Hail to the King is a "Duke style" free-for-all mode, whatever that means.
The new maps are really where the DLC title's "parody" is captured. I'll just reprint the descriptions here straight from 2K Games' website and leave you to draw your own conclusions. You shouldn't have any trouble identifying which games are being lampooned on each map:
- Call of Duke – Duke engages in modern combat in a war-torn city. Foes don’t stand a chance against the Duke when he spams the map with the N00b T00b.
- Sandbox – Players take the role of mini-Duke in a giant sandbox with two bases at either end made out of children’s toys. This map features Sticky Bombs.
- Inferno – Time machine engage! Duke does combat in a hellish landscape of lava and teleporters. Who turned on the 16-bit graphics, and more importantly, where did this DFG come from?
- 2Forts1Bridge – Hats? Duke doesn’t need no stinking hats. Give him a minigun and he’ll beat off all comers.
Those who signed up for the game's First Access Club prior to release will be able to nab the DLC for free. Everyone else will have to pay (no price revealed), though one could argue that anyone who bought the game has already paid pretty dearly.
Source: 2K Games