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As a big Duke Fan, I promised myself I will buy DNF and make my own opinion about the game. I tried to stay away from spoilers but some harsh headings around the web attracted my attention. While I am up for reviewers to express their opinions, in many cases I disagree with their verdict. On numerous occasions I played games that were rated quite low and enjoyed them. Consequently, I ignored most of the reviews and voila, without further ado, let me introduce my copy of the game :




As you can see, I have the game and the following write-up is based on my opinion after playing and finishing the game.


1. INTRODUCTION


From a Duke Nukem game you expect humour and interaction to be different than in any game. This is what the other Duke games have been about, this is no different. Having been 12 years in development, one has high expectations but given the recent turmoil surrounding the game, many were just happy it was finished, or was it?

2. GMEPLAY

As much as I want to go in depth in this part, I am forced to keep it short and simple. The game is shockingly bad compared to modern shooters. I seem to agree with what most reviewers have said. Bear in mind I have the PC version which was ranked higher than the console ones. Gameplay is so simplistic and reduced that sometimes you wonder why did they not keep the game another year in development? The controls are not good compared to other FPS games and that duke vision? Give me a break guys, I am up for eyecandy but the so called "tearing effect" is annoying the crap out of me. In addition, why is there such poor interaction with the environment? Why are the levels so poorly designed? The whole RC car level is simply sad. You go one way with the car and then you go back the same way?

Bottom line : AI is 90s, Aliens give you no impression of urgency in helping out and trying to save anyone, controls and movement are poor, level design is non-existent.



3.CONCLUSION


I would not recommend anyone to buy the game now. Wait when STEAM gives it for 75% off. If you decide to pay to full price like I did, you will end up with a collector's item. This is what will happen with my version. I will put it on a shelf and never open the box again.

I really wanted to write something different than everyone else. I wanted to make this review long and enjoyable but the truth of the matter is, this is the type of game you want to play when you are bored out of your mind and feel like immersing yourself in an unfinished game and laugh at how bad it is and sigh at how good it could have been.
Edited by Wishmaker - 6/16/11 at 5:08pm
 
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well said i agree with you 100% , not a very well made game .

Its great duke nukem came back to visit us in 2011 though .
    
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It seems like some executives have never heard the term "cut your loses and move on."
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Wishmaker View Post
compared to modern shooters
Stopped reading after that.
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Nice and honest review . I never really had any intentions to buy this based on the long delay. I'll wait for the bargain bin sales
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Stopped reading after that.
Of course it's compared when it's sold the about same price.
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Dodged that bullet

Thanks for the heads up Wishmaker
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I thought you're gonna have a bigger review with pics and fps, comparisons, etc.... Having said that, I think you have to remember that they were trying to stick to what made the original Duke famous. Given, I haven't played it yet but these reviews are putting me off
    
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Their marketing budget is bigger than anything else these days.
This just another typical example, like ... moh, homefront ...etc (no offense).
But still disappointed they ruin the character
Hope someone could having fun with the game.
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Why was it released? What was the urgency? Releasing the game this year or next would have been the same when it comes to fan response. One year does make a difference nowadays when it comes to games. Improve on the level design, polish out the graphics and modify the game play. To shout out that this is a full 3D Realms product is not an excuse. It makes it even worse because we know those guys flopped like a turkey and when Gearbox or whatever their name is announced they will launch this I expected them to respect the fans of the series. What did they do instead? Was it the men in suits? It had to be them because I cannot comprehend how a sane programmer would allow such a product to go into mass production.
 
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