I’m not sure I get where all the hate for Duke Nukem Forever comes from. I’ve seen some absolutely horrendous reviews for the game. I’m not exactly sure what people were expecting. A game that has been in development hell for 12 years with multiple restarts for various reasons. We aren’t looking at a game that had 12 years of solid development time which was used to evolve the game to a masterpiece. Hell…the game was even cancelled at one point and was lucky to have Gearbox Software revive the project and bring it to completion so it could see the light of day. Finally, Duke Nukem Forever wouldn’t be the longest running vaporware joke.
Is Duke Nukem Forever perfect? Of course not. We’ve had 12 years worth of other FPS games showing the evolution of the genre. If this game actually came out in a reasonable timeframe following Duke Nukem 3D, I think the game would have had much favorable reviews.
What do I think of the game? I enjoyed it. It felt like Duke Nukem 3D with better graphics (not great by today’s standards…but again…12 years in development hell). Now, I was a huge fan of Duke Nukem 3D. My friend Nick and I played that game constantly over the course of the year. I still have the original box for the Atomic Edition of the game that I bought at Babbages. We even got the Duke Assault pack which came with 1500 extra levels. Sure, I played Quake, Doom and all the other shooters along the way, but Duke Nukem has always been a favorite for me.
To me, Duke Nukem Forever has everything that made the original a blast to play. The Duke one-liners, fun things to interact with in the levels, strippers (sorry, I’m a guy), fun enemies to kill and interesting levels. Plus, add in some decent multiplayer and I’m happy. Again, I’m not giving it Game of the Year awards, but come on…this game isn’t dogshit like many of reviews are painting it out to be.
I would have my doubts we’ll ever see another Duke Nukem game (or any game for that matter) out of 3D Realms. I’d love to see a return of Shadow Warrior, so maybe Lo Wang will come out of retirement next.
Again, this isn’t a full review of the game, but if you are a fan of Duke Nukem, give the game a try and I think you’ll enjoy it. The game at least deserves a rental. If nothing else, for good or bad, Duke Nukem Forever is a big part of gaming history and I’m glad Gearbox Software went out on a limb to bring it to us gamers.
PS – Nick, if you are reading this review. Last time we talked we said we’d talk again when Duke Nukem Forever came out...didn’t think it would be this long. Hit me up!
E3 2011 is practically upon us and I just wanted to talk about some of the things I’m looking forward to. I guess you can call this a slight preview of E3 2011, but I’m not going to cover everything, just the things I’ve got my eyes on.
Project Café/Wii 2/WiiHD or whatever you want to call it. There have been tons of rumors going around about what Project Café will be. Will it just be a Nintendo Wii with HD graphics? Doubtful. It’ll have HD graphics, no doubt, but this is Nintendo we are talking about here. What will they add to the Wiimote? How will they change how we play games? Will they include some sort of camera akin to the Kinect?
NGP/PSP2/PS Vita – Hopefully, Sony gives us all the information about their upcoming handheld. Release date and more importantly, its price. I guess it’ll be nice to know the real name as well. Will it actually be called the PS Vita? We know that UMD is out, so what media will Sony be using for games? Have any of the specs changed? I’ve heard some rumors that they will be making some slight cuts in the hardware in order to keep the price down.
From a game perspective, I really want to see if BioWare announces a release date for Star Wars: The Old Republic. I haven’t been playing MMOs lately as I just don’t have the time, so I haven’t been following this game at all. I’m going into it completely in the dark. I’m guessing that they’ll release it late in September.
Speaking of release dates, we should also hear more about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and hopefully get a release date. This will probably be one of the last big titles that Nintendo puts out for Nintendo Wii.
On the Nintendo 3DS front, I’m really curious to see Super Mario 3DS. Is raccoon Mario coming back? Pretty excited to see another big handheld Mario game.
Moving on to Microsoft…we’ll probably see TONS of Gears of War coverage. I’m sure we’ll also see a huge focus on upcoming Kinect games. Might even get some information on a rumored Halo: Combat Evolved remake for 360 since this November is the 10th anniversary of the release of Halo.
Oh….and I want to see tons of information on Battlefield 3. Forget Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield is my game. Can’t wait!
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I guess I haven't really posted this (however, you would know if you followed me on Twitter), but I did end up breaking down and getting a Nintendo 3DS last week at a midnight launch. And today, after a full week of no luck, I finally passed someone with a Nintendo 3DS and Street Pass worked. So welcome to my Nintendo 3DS MaBrown and Seloy!
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If you are like me today, you are sitting at home and wondering if you should have reserved the Nintendo 3DS or wondering if you should trek out to the stores tomorrow (or maybe at midnight) to pick it up. I've honestly been holding off until I see some better games come out. Like it or not, the 3DS is here to stay. It's the successor to the Nintendo DS. It's more powerful than the Nintendo DS and even if developers aren't sold on 3D technology, they will take their games to it. So I wouldn't let the fear of the Nintendo 3DS turning into the next Nintendo Virtual Boy scare you away from a day one purchase. It won't flop that bad. Nintendo won't let it. In recent weeks, we've seen Nintendo back away from their stance of having only 3D games on the Nintendo 3DS.
The only thing that should turn you away from a day one purchase, in my opinion, would be the lackluster launch game lineup. Unfortunately, it's not going to get any better as April isn't going to see any new 3DS game releases either. Eventually the game support will be there. May, June and July looks to have some of the bigger game titles coming out. Beyond that, we are still waiting to hear solid release dates for games. Hopefully Nintendo will announce the release date (and it will be soon) for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS at E3 this year.
I know I've heard some people say "but Nintendo will be releasing a new version of the 3DS with better battery life and it'll be smaller!" Sure, they'll release another 3DS. No doubt about it. However, it's going to be AT LEAST 18 months before we see that happen.
So what should you do? It's up to you to decide. I think if you have the money and don't mind the current launch titles and waiting a month for more games...go for it. Hell, if you have a Nintendo DSi or DSi XL, there are some trade-in deals at Walmart and GameStop that can give you up to $100 in trade-in credit. Might as well take advantage of these deals while they last and while the trade-in value is still high on these systems.
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Not sure how many of you have seen this yet, but it's got close to three million views on YouTube right now, so I suppose some of you might have seen it already. BUT, if you haven't, Justin Bieber - Baby parody song/video for StarCraft 2 called Banelings. I know, Bieber sucks, but this is actually really well done. And it was just announced that all ad revenue from this song will be going to charity, so it's for a good cause if you watch it.
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