PAX 2010: Hands On Duke Nukem Forever

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After 12 years, this game better fucking cure cancer and mow my lawn while it entertains me.

-Samurai-:

Epitome:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bslRpN2NT7U

Footage link from PAX :) Looks pretty sweet! :)

From that video:
"The graphics need some polish, but it's still pretty early."

Where the hell has that guy been for the last 12 years?

OT: I'm not interested. The sad truth is, the game is just gonna be another generic shooter. It'll live off of nostalgia and people will eat it up, no matter how bad it is.

Escapist has hands on from PAX article up, says everything about Duke is still there, suits me :)

I'm still not convinced this is real.
It- It just can't be happening.

I do hope its more than a remake. The cycloid emperor boss fight on the football field was the end of Episode 3 of Duke Nukem 3D.

Looks like good 'ol Duke Nukem.

Can't wait to buy this.

pretentiousname01:
ALWAYS bet on Duke!

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OT: This is awesome. Now I'm going to have to dig out my 7 year old Gamestop pre-order slip.

Thank you for letting the grown-ups work on the game, 2K. I have the utmost faith in Gearbox and DNF might prove to be 2011's funniest game.

-Samurai-:
The sad truth is, the game is just gonna be another generic shooter. It'll live off of nostalgia and people will eat it up, no matter how bad it is.

You say that like it's a bad thing.

I don't even play FPSs, but the last one I played seriously was Duke Nukem 3D. I consider my devotion to have paid off.

I'm glad I bet on Douk. Now I guess I'm a virtual billionaire after the odds against it.

However, now we're short a joke. Perhaps now maybe even Ep 3 will come out.

I think my jaw dropped when I heard this. I'm fucking amazed here.

So much love for this review I'm going to go sob like I've just seen a double fucking rainbow.

....wow. Did not see that coming. Especially weird just after DNF is voted yahtzees greatest review.

*snore*

...am I in the minority in not caring about the Duke Nukem franchise let alone whether some mythical game became reality or not? Reading the gameplay description it sounds like some fratboy-created shooter done up for a programming exercise. I played Duke back in it's heyday and I wasn't impressed then. Sure, it was more colorful than grey/brown Doom but there wasn't anything that appealed to me any more than any other shooter of the time (Rise of the Triad, anyone?) Every write-up for the game is going to take the same angle: was all the dev-time spent making the most awesome game ever? Doubtful, which is also what all the write-ups will say. We already have shooters with graphic violence, foul language, strippers, and the rest of the formulaic bits that the Duke devs have carrot-dangled in front of us.

I just don't see the appeal.

Well, did you ever bet on it not being good? ALWAYS bet on Duke.

I'll go in my corner now.

OT: So, after a wait that is almost as old as me, Duke Nukem Forever is not only almost out, but it's good (well, not pissing on your grandma's grave, at the least). The seas are turning red with blood, I can see a gate to hell opening outside my window, a pig just flew by, Episode Three is ready for purchase on the Steam store for free, there is now snow coming out of the gate to hell, and Mic Jagger has just died of old age. Well, at least Duke Nukem is coming out after a wait that is only two years younger tan me.

For those of you who don't understand, playing Duke Nukem was never about the gameplay; it was always about his personality. Duke was a character in a time when the genre of FPS was filled with generic bland faceless boring super soldiers. His games also reflected his personality. He's always in bars, stripclubs, bathrooms, places you didn't expect to see in a game. He was simply a kick-ass character. I mean, he doesn't just destroy the final boss, but he kicks it's head over the fieldgoal on a football field. Now that's just taking the extra step from awesome to Friggen Awesome! He's here to kick ass and chew bubblegum. And he's all out of gum. It was never about the gameplay. It was all about Duke.

Now look at where we are today. Duke is here to save us from a genre of FPS populated by generic bland faceless boring super soldiers.

After dodging alien fire and sidestepping the corpses of soldiers who weren't lucky enough to be blessed with Duke's innate awesomeness, it was time to fight the Cycloid, a huge, one-eyed monster looming on a football field. The fight itself was pretty standard - grab big gun, circle strafe, reload, repeat as needed - but I polished the Cycloid off by shooting it in the ass (ok, you didn't have to do it that way, but come on, it's Duke Nukem), then kicking its eyeball through the goalposts on a football field.

So, it's a recycled boss fight from Duke Nukem 3D?

I hope nobody will be offended if I'm unimpressed.

EnigmaticSevens:
Tis official then, Yahtzee is truly Yog Yatze, the Elder God of Video Games

You crack me up, little buddy.

Oh.... My..... God!

I think after 12 years of waiting I've lost a bit of excitment for this game. I do remember it being fun on my PC aggeesssss ago though.

A great joke may have been put to rest today.

can personality and mindless action carry a game?
no
can awesomeness and insane fun carry a game?
well in this day and age we prefer more sophisticated forms of-yeah whatever I'm a man bring it on!

I've been perusing a ridiculous number of forums today because of this PAX reveal and well, I've been finding it fairly entertaining watching gaming culture that has an internet connection collectively shit itself for one reason or another. The range of disbelief and denial being echoed in comments to the news is fucking hilarious.

And the live feed that was being streamed when they were going through the demo room was at above 10000 viewers, which is abnormally high viewer-ship for live streams. Heck, if you watch the record of that feed, you will see tons of moments of people collectively wondering if this was some elaborate Rick Roll.

In the end, I want to pick this up just to have this lil'piece of PC gaming's mythos but if there was a tell-all documentary of the entire development process, that would interest me even more. Hell, even brief developer commentary like comes with some of Valve's games would have me excited, purely because I am sure there must be some fantastically horrifying and crazy stories from those years. Here's to Duke Nukem Forever finding its way to a Steam sale I can afford, I know other games that have held less interest for me in their development being worth a $20 or lower purchase.

There is a sub-genre of FPSes, which I'll name Not Serious FPSes. These games know there's no point in being Serious (unlike Halo, CoD, Gears of War etc.) and so relishes in the absurdities of the stereotypical FPS. Examples include the Serious Sam series, Painkiller and the TimeSplitters games. If Doom 1 was released today, it will probably qualify as well. Duke Nukeum, however, was (and probably remains) the gold standard in this sub-genre. I really should track down a copy of Duke 3D (I know, GOG had a promotion on it last week, I know) before DNF launches.

if anything, at least it's not a serious shooter. and with the line of "After 12 fucking years, it should be." I'd get it, if even to make fun of it.

duchaked:
can personality and mindless action carry a game?
no
can awesomeness and insane fun carry a game?
well in this day and age we prefer more sophisticated forms of-yeah whatever I'm a man bring it on!

Personality can carry any vehicle think about lot of comedy films or many fantasy books which are really poorly made but the characters or comedy doesn't just make up for it but becomes the entire point.

And I miss the old-school run and shoot games, this hiding behind ridiculously convenient rocks and walls and popping off two or three shots before crouching again is nice in many games but is hardly fun. A remake of serious sam wasn't enough to satisfy, the original game was pretty much a piss take of the fps's of the day anyhow and devoid of any real charm.

"After 12 fucking years, it should be."

Wow, even Duke hated the waiting.
Then again, he never struck me as being the most patient guy in the world.

My life is complete.

I can die a happy man.

Yahtzee's gonna love this one.

Zeeky_Santos:
Some how I know it's not gonna be worth 12 years.

I really don't care myself. Though I wonder if Yahtzee will review it. On the other hand it probably isn't worth his time.

Mind = Blown.

I'm still a little bit cynical here, but in the Hands of Gearbox it should be at least be playable.

About Damn time, cant believe its actually coming out, I think I was what, 6 when it was announced.

Haha if they can nail some more nice irnoic self aware humour in there this game could be almost perfect.

Zeeky_Santos:
Some how I know it's not gonna be worth 12 years.

Is ANYTHING worth 12 years?

No.

But I'm glad to hear that it's still a damn good time.

Onyx Oblivion:

Zeeky_Santos:
Some how I know it's not gonna be worth 12 years.

Is ANYTHING worth 12 years?

No.

But I'm glad to hear that it's still a damn good time.

School certainly is.

Zeeky_Santos:

Onyx Oblivion:

Zeeky_Santos:
Some how I know it's not gonna be worth 12 years.

Is ANYTHING worth 12 years?

No.

But I'm glad to hear that it's still a damn good time.

School certainly is.

Is any game/movie worth 12 years?

Onyx Oblivion:

Zeeky_Santos:

Onyx Oblivion:

Zeeky_Santos:
Some how I know it's not gonna be worth 12 years.

Is ANYTHING worth 12 years?

No.

But I'm glad to hear that it's still a damn good time.

School certainly is.

Is any game/movie worth 12 years?

Avatar has told us no. SCII has told us that 11 is close enough.

The sky hasn't fallen...

yet.

My bet is that Randy Pitchford is a hypnotist. You played no game.

i read it but i'm still in doubt that it's actually true...

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