After nearly 15 years in development, Duke Nukem Forever has a launch trailer, and it’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect.
Specifically, that means swears, gore, explosions, aliens getting punched in the groin, strippers, trucks jumping off of ramps, hip-hop-flavored hair metal remixes, women with obvious daddy issues and a giant alien with three breasts.
It should go without saying, but don’t play this trailer in front of your kids, at work, or anywhere near a Bible.
If nothing else the trailer certainly lives up to the expectations of Gearbox Software head Randy Pitchford; Duke is a walking, talking, smoking, bench-pressing, cliché of all things described as “awesome” by teenage boys. Fortunately for the eternally-in-development Duke Nukem Forever, that’s exactly what the target audience wants.
If this seems puerile or sexist or low brow, congratulations, you’re not part of the game’s audience.
The real question here is whether Duke Nukem Forever can be successful by alienating huge swaths of the potential fanbase in a quest to cater to a specific, if sizable, niche population.
My opinions are still all tied up in how terrible the trailer’s music was, so feel free to posit your own.