Posted: December 13
Duke Nukem Forever is one of those odd little games that are usually overlooked because of it's flaws.Yes the game isn't perfect . The storyline is very predictable and the game isn't exactly a graphical powerhouse. This game is however one of the most satisifying first person shooters I have ever played. Almost all of the games weapons are unique and fun to use and this game makes one of gamings greatest sins, backtracking, actually enjoyable. This is done with clever implementation of a device that shrinks Duke to action-figure size. You will go through a level as tiny Duke, and then go backwards as the normal sized Duke. Each version of Duke (tiny/normal) will face different obstacles. This is level design done right.
The game does have a few new weapons to play around with, but most of them aren't very interesting or just plain underpowered, but they make up for this by always having ammo within reach, thus making it an expendable weapon, and also the ultimate backup in case your main weapons empty out.
Some things are just downright stupid in this game. Duke can only carry 2 weapons at a time. This can be icnreased to 4 on the pc version. A Duke Nukem game should let you carry lots of weapons. Just look at half life 2, Gordon Freeman can carry 10+ weapons, so having a maximum of 4 is just unnacceptable.
The game has plenty of references, as you would expect from a Duke Nukem game. None of them break the immersion from the game too much, and it's actually really nice to see them in there. You can tell the developers had fun with this game.
Even after the long wait, Duke Nukem Forever is still just a Duke Nukem game. Aside from it's flaws, I'd say its a pretty fantastic game that many people can enjoy. Duke Nukem Forever, is a game I would recommend. Just don't go in expecting it to be perfect.