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Duke Nukem Forever Preview

Developer: Gearbox Software | Publisher: 2K Games
Players: 1+ Player Game | Genre: First Person Shooter

Release Date: 06/14/01

Duke Nukem Forever... a title that has been in development for so long, it has seen three US Presidents come and go. For the vast majority if gamers, however, it has been the butt of all our jokes and any talk of release should ultimately result in hell freezing over. While we aren't sure of any signs that the temperatures are dropping in the bad portion of the afterlife, 2K Games, Randy Pitchford (the CEO of Gearbox), and his team of awesome Developers, at Gearbox, have revealed that Duke Nukem Forever will be releasing during Calendar 2011.

No better way to kick off PAX 2010 than was with the announcement. Long-rumored to be making a splash at the show--nobody expected to get their hands on the game though. But it was here and Pitchford has some experience with the franchise. He worked on the game before creating Gearbox and is probably the only other team, outside the now crippled 3D Realms who has the passion to do the title right.

The demo begins with Duke relieving himself in front of a urinal. And guess what? You get to help him relieve himself with the right trigger. Once this important business is taken care of, it is time for Duke to save the world. This one-man wrecking machine must stop the alien threat. Failure will ruin 12 years of planning. Players are placed onto a football field and must face off against a one-eyed alien named Cycloid. Good thing you were just given the Devastator weapon to rain Rockets down onto his lone eyeball. Once you destroy the boss, Duke rips his eye out and makes a field goal that would make any NFL kicker blush. "Its time to kick @ss and chew bubble gum... but I am all out of gum."

To view a little more variety, Gearbox next shows players a later level where you are in the driver seat of Duke's monster truck. The right trigger accelerates and the B button performs a handbrake. The joy in this level is running over our favorite Alien Pig enemies. Once you reach the end, it is time to go on foot and finish up the job. Players are given several guns: a Shrink Ray, a Turret Gun, and the sniping Railgun.

The sad part of the demo is the lack of classic one-liners. We are sure that they will make an appearance or the game might be forced to take another dozen years cooking in development. Hopefully, the Calendar 2011 will get a firmer release date soon. We are expecting to hear more about a release at E3 2011--along with a revamped engine and updated gameplay. As it stands, this is one of the most pleasant (and only) 12 year old games we can recall enjoying. Hopefully the end product will live up to the legacy.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 09/14/10
ESRB Details: - Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol - This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of Duke Nukem, an action hero who must save Earth from invading aliens. Players use pistols, rail guns, shotguns, explosives, and Duke's bare hands to attack and kill the alien enemies. The majority of gameplay involves destroying these enemies in frenetic gun and laser battles in order to move on to the next section. Aliens are often decapitated or dismembered when hit, sending large splashes of blood across the ground, surrounding walls, and players' screen. Some sequences depict more 'over-the-top' instances of violence: aliens getting stabbed in the head or impaled; a human soldier bursting into bloody gibs after being tossed through propeller blades. In one sequence, players have the ability to shoot human characters that are trapped in pod-like alien webbing; bodies explode into pieces upon impact. During the course of the game, players enter a strip-club level and view several topless dancers and receive lap dances. A couple of missions within this level require players to recover sex toys and pictures of topless women. A few sequences strongly imply sexual acts: two women appear to perform fellatio on the central character (e.g., raising their heads from his lap)—though there is no actual depiction of the sex act; Duke moans and leans up against the wall of a bathroom stall (furnished with a hole)—it is implied that a sex act (not depicted) occurs. The game also contains several sexual references and innuendo in the dialogue (e.g., 'I have hungry—you have big egg ro' for me, Duke,' 'If you supply the dancing, I'll supply the pole,' and 'I'll need something naughty to play with.'). Duke's comments range from jokes about colon cleansing to several one-liners about sex and female body parts. Bathroom humor includes the ability to urinate in toilets or urinals and/or pick up feces from toilets and throw it against walls. Players can use both steroid pills and beer as power-ups; when beer is consumed, the screen temporarily blurs. The words 'f**k,' 'sh*t,' 'c*ck,' and 'a*shole' appear in dialogue and on-screen text.
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