Review by Psycho_Kenshin
Hail to the king, baby. The best solo FPS in years!
Duke Nukem Forever is the best single-player FPS campaign since Half-Life 2 hit in 2004, and the multiplayer is fun stuff as well. Triumphant game.
Duke Nukem Forever had the longest development time ever, was restarted several times seemingly every few years, and almost wasn't published when the original company ran out of funding. Luckily they were picked up and aided by another team, and the game was finished. How does it stack up? For this gamer, very very well.
The game starts with a brief fun playing of the final boss fight from Duke Nukem 3D, then we have Duke having fun being the heroic celebrity he is, in the Half-Life inspired non-combat opening segment of the game. This section features great humor, of course awesome irreverent voice acting from Jon St. John. Then of course, those alien bastards invade and the campaign begins.
For whatever reason, many FPS campaigns have come up short in recent years, shying away from any jumping or platforming, just running in a straight line across a very linear level, and often lacking any creativity or fun. Here, Duke Nukem Forever is a breath of fresh air. Duke shoots his way though diverse environments in what really feels like a great adventure. The levels are creative, featuring oddly enough entertaining puzzles and some platforming to liven up the shooting. Plus, it's all done with a great sense of humor.
The gameplay itself is massively satisfying. The gunplay is superbly satisfying, and the arsenal is great as ever, with freeze guns, shrink rays, and all sorts of ways to explode those alien bastards. Personally, I love that you have a zoom button keeping the crosshair instead of the now popular iron sights view. And in the PC version, Duke can carry four guns at a time instead of two.
As for the multiplayer, oddly enough it's very fun, you have your standard Duke match, you have your fun CTF variant Capture the Babe, and you have Hail to the King, a domination mode. Multiplayer is a crowded arena, but this stands out as fun stuff.
Everyone has different taste, and for whatever reason this game was not all that well received by many, although some gave it positive reviews like PC Gamer. It's a great game. Bottom line, if you want to play a nice lengthy, creative, fun FPS campaign with great humor and rock solid gameplay, always bet on Duke.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Duke Nukem Forever (Balls of Steel Edition) (US, 06/14/11)
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