Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann, in summarizing his overall feelings for the final retail version of Duke Nukem Forever, quotes thusly: “I don’t like the tone of this game for the same reason I don’t appreciate The Family Guy: It’s Lazy.“
Josh, in an earlier podcast this year, defended Duke’s rightful place atop the FPS throne based on his legacy and the creative success of his earlier titles. With DNF earning itself, at the time of this publication, an average of 59/100 on Metacritic (and that’s just on PC/PS3 versions– the Xbox version has him at 50/100, presently), it would appear that he is in the rare minority. Despite how fondly some may look back upon this series, it is no longer the mid-90’s. This shit, even when tongue-in-cheek, does not fly anymore.
I have watched both preview videos that follow the jump-cut to completion, and all I can say is this: at the point where Duke begins carelessly slapping and quipping at the alien wall of titties as the tortured moans and sobs of alien-impregnated women hostages surround him, any argument in favor of the relevance or importance of this franchise is utterly annihilated. No one should ever, ever, ever, ever make another Duke Nukem game. No one ever, not ever.
Hit the jump and brace yourselves, if you dare:
First up, IGN’s playthrough of some more harmless areas early-on in Duke’s casino:
Then, if you have the stomach for it and truly want to witness what lurks beneath the bottom of the barrel, watch Jeff and Ryan plod through some more reprehensible levels later-on: