DNF Launches Overseas with Mixed Reviews

Apparently hell has frozen over and pigs can now fly, as the long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever has officially shipped for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC... overseas, that is. The game isn't due to hit our hardware here in the States until Tuesday (Game Day), June 14.

Unfortunately, reviews stemming from overseas are already mixed at best, leading us to wonder if the long, drawn-out expectations building up over the last 14 years have set the bar too high for the highly-anticipated sequel. Joystiq has given the game two out of five stars, labeling its review as "Fail to the King, Baby." PC Gamer is a bit more favorable, offering a score of 80 out of 100. The Guardian wasn't quite so nice though, rating the game with 2 out of 5 stars.

Joystiq (2/5)

I can really only recommend this as a rental to those of you who, like me, are determined to see this thing through to the bitter end. For everyone else, allow me to borrow Duke's trademark line which he, in turn, borrowed from a fellow 1990s artistic endeavor, Army of Darkness: "Don't come get some."

The Guardian (2/5)

A mark for nostalgia then – it's the Duke, after all – and one for the game. If this was 15 years in the making, it makes you wonder what they did for the other 14 years and 10 months.

AusGamers (5 out of 10)

Alas, what many had hoped would be a glorious trip down memory lane, is a muddled affair that lacks spit and polish across the board. Hail to the king, baby? No. Sadly, it’s more akin to, ‘Fail to the king, baby.’

Videogamer Zone (German) (77/100)

Duke Nukem is a relic of bygone days when action was simple. No one knew who Michael Bay and Jean Claude van Damme was for demanding entertainment. And Forever is like a 80's action film: an outrageous story, half-naked women, flat characters and a coated central character that could hardly be cool.

PC Gamer (80-percent)

Don’t expect a miracle. Duke is still the hero we love, but struggles to keep up with modern times. Crude humor and classic weaponry keep him in the game.

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  • Anonymous
    I don't understand why DNF is getting such bad reviews. Compared to the current variety of Fps games it is much superior. the 1 liners do get repetitive but its still a lot more fun then most fps titles nowadays and the multiplayer is actual brilliant. virtually all reviews compare it to Cod, which as we all know is just a re-release every year with a different title. If they didn't include a single player with cod they could release a new title every 6 months easily.

    Most reviews rate the graphics as bad. This game has used the same Quake2 based engine since its development began in 2007, The quality they squeezed out of the engine is quiet brilliant. There is a variety of texture differences where older low resolution textures have been left in next to new high resolution ones, but this goes unnoticed in firefights.

    If only people decided to use there 360/ps3 for anything except Cod then they might realize that non realistic games can be fun as well.

    And plus, u find me one other game where i can get an achievement for pulling a lump of turd out of a toilet.
  • njt
    you appear to have been left way behind back then. you certainly did not play the game as it is now, as it's not been running off the quake 2 codebase since whenever. 3drealms switched it over to unreal pretty darn fast, then there was talk of switching again to doom(3) tech. no idea of why they did not as by then people had long since stopped paying attention to it, in any case it's still running a heavily modified version of unreal 2.andsomechange. as fore the graphics, obviously there have been heavy retexturing as these days everything's hi-res, but i doubt there are still old and new textures side-by-side, however if you can put a screenshot up of what you've noticed....
  • jamesedgeuk2000
    Meh, the critics gave Chinese Democracy rubbish reviews too but the fans loved it, this is the same, its not "worth 14 years of development" good but it is "holds its own with other games" good, Its worth the money you pay for it, can't really ask more, its good fun and only time will tell what the multi-player/modding community make of it...