Duke Nukem Forever first impressions
The gameplay is there, control is not an issue, the audio, at least in my case, was just right. Nothing spectacular, but it’s a run and gun shooter. One sore spot, especially having played DN 3D, is that you can only have 2 weapons, instead of the arsenal of old. The weapons are great, and fun to play with, but to limit the fun to 2 is worse than being told you can only have 2 pieces of the 30 different pieces of cheesecake in front of you.
I have seen worse games get better reviews. I would have to rate this as a mid-grade game. C on a letter scale. 2.5 on a 5 scale. Whatever. I hate scales. You have to take this game for what it is. 15 years of development and ideas that were never implemented, then a process of taking leftovers and making meatloaf. I commend Gearbox on trying, but I really would have hoped they scrapped all of the old and started from scratch. If you read the reviews, and I would always recommend you do, take into account a few things. How old is the reviewer? Did they actually PLAY DN3D, when it came out, not later on? Do they have a sense of humor? Are they easily offended? Are they basing the review on their personal bias (many do), or on technical merit?
I go for personal on my end, but try to keep the other things in mind. In all I would call DNF a rental for now, and if you love crass humor, some pixelated T&A, and cheesy 1-liners, wait for the price drop before adding to your collection. The way I see it, Gearbox bought a franchise, and to get a start on that, they had to take DNF with it. They finished a project that may not have been their original groundwork to the best of their ability within expected guidelines (even with one push-back). Hopefully they do more justice to the Duke and update his gameplay, graphics, and yes, his one-liners into modern times. Bulletstorm did just this, and proved there is still a market for over-the-top, foul-mouthed, babe-chasing protagonists.
Well, that turned out to be a bigger review than I thought. I have NOT finished the game yet, nowhere close, but it’s not the trash that some reviewers *cough1UPcough* have said it is. But I wanted to throw out my opinion to counter exactly what those reviews say. They’re right that it’s dated, they’re correct that they have issues, but apparently some of the people in the community have no sense of humor and are prude, and that hurt their view of the game. It’s rated M people. If it weren’t for the crude humor and sexuality, it would probably have received a T rating due to the lack of over-the-top gore and blood.