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The Duke is back and badder than ever!
on January 31, 2012
Duke Nukem,one of the granddaddies of the FPS genre,comes back in this newest incarnation of his adventures,Duke Nukem Forever....and it is a FUN trip.The game developers make fun of their own product as we find the Duke has built a very profitable empire putting his name on everything from vehicles,to beer,to strip clubs to pinball machines,and on and on.And we,as Duke,navigate this hilarious world of his,fighting the(what else?)alien hoard invading Earth and messing up his biz and hairdo!
And speaking of pinball machines,this is one aspect of the game I really can get into.Not only are you playing DNF,but there are games within the game like pinball,air hockey and others.They are there to increase Duke's ego level,which you must maintain and expand(as if the Duke needed ego expanding!),but also to give you a sometimes much needed break from trying to navigate Duke through his mission.I love the pinball machines and I found myself playing it for a good 20-30 minutes,forgetting all about what Duke had to do next!
The game is a linear one and a problem solving one,so most seasoned FPS-ers/RPG-ers out there will pretty much know the routine by now.It usually involves alot of trial and error and restarts but you eventually get there one way or another.
Of course the Duke has his "way" about him and he doesn't take kindly to screw ups or the aliens whose butts he is continually kicking.He verbalizes all of his discontentment at the drop of a hat,and it isn't pretty.This is where the Mature rating comes in....PARENTS! I highly recommend no one under 17-18 years old play this game.Of course one will get the old,"well there's nothing in here that my teenager hasn't seen or heard before".I won't go into detail,but there are parts to this game that are simply too graphic for anyone under those ages to really be exposed to re language and content.And if you're a Christian,look elsewhere my friend for a good fun FPS-er,like Serious Sam.
I took one star off this game just for the graphic content and,of all things,the voice man who did the Duke.The guy who does Serious Sam is fabulous and it suits the character.I was expecting someone doing it with some oomph,a guttural kick-butt type,like Sam,to do the Duke proud.Instead we get a much too polished and put-on type of voice.That is,he tries to sound tough and convincing but just falls short.And in fact,if my ears are not mistaken,it is the same fellow who did the lead character in the Chrome/Advanced Battlegrounds game.It was fine in that kind of nondescript environment but with a larger than life game and character like this,it needed a voice that could put it right over the top.
I bought the game and there is nothing on the box to indicate this game is anything other than a 2K and Gearbox game,playable through the disc only.Well,in fact it is tied to Steam games.I happen to have had a Steam account(going on something like 10 years now) and have never had a problem with them at all.If YOU have an account,this game will just be put into your games list and you will play as normal.Signing up to Steam is a no-brainer and the only extra thing they will do is download the Steam client to your computer so you can just double click the Duke Nukem desktop shortcut to start or the Steam shortcut which will bring up the Steam interface and you can access the game from that.Another bonus with Steam is that they continually upgrade your game whenever a new patch comes up,automatically.It's a win-win all around,so don't let that throw you off.
Graphics are top notch here and any one with a DECENT up to date system should have little or no problem running DNF.I run the game with a 1920X1080 screen and all options maxed,and have had no glitches,hesitations or crashes occur.
In conclusion,DNF has an interesting storyline to keep you on target,great graphics to enhance the play factor and enough alien killing,butt kicking and ego-swelled Nukem to please any fan of the franchise or any FPS-er looking to add a good game to their library.Just be aware of the graphic content and language.