Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

DNF Launches Overseas with Mixed Reviews

By - Source: VG247 | B 55 comments

After a fourteen-year wait, Duke Nukem forever has finally launched over in Europe. Unfortunately, the reviews are mixed so far.

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.

Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the News comments forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 11 Hide
    stm1185 , June 10, 2011 10:23 PM
    I am expecting similar for Rage. Old style games that fail to wow the modern audience.
  • 11 Hide
    burnley14 , June 10, 2011 10:15 PM
    Obviously I don't know about the gameplay, polish, etc., but to criticize the game for having a "coated character" that was made for the 90s, DUH it's DUKE!!! What else would you expect?
Other Comments
  • 6 Hide
    mlopinto2k1 , June 10, 2011 10:03 PM
    Like no one seen this coming? Such a waste of a great name.
  • Display all 55 comments.
  • 11 Hide
    burnley14 , June 10, 2011 10:15 PM
    Obviously I don't know about the gameplay, polish, etc., but to criticize the game for having a "coated character" that was made for the 90s, DUH it's DUKE!!! What else would you expect?
  • 4 Hide
    stingstang , June 10, 2011 10:21 PM
    I think it'll be just what the fan-based crowd is expecting. Other gamers...which is unfortunately most of them, probably won't like it.
    But "Fail to the king, baby" is pretty funny.
  • 11 Hide
    stm1185 , June 10, 2011 10:23 PM
    I am expecting similar for Rage. Old style games that fail to wow the modern audience.
  • 2 Hide
    Anonymous , June 10, 2011 10:27 PM
    mlopinto2k1Like no one seen this coming? Such a waste of a great name.


    So true. They should have released the game in 01 / 02. However, I never listen to reviews. They're nonsense :) 
  • 1 Hide
    RazberyBandit , June 10, 2011 10:37 PM
    I'm in the States and in my mid-30's, so I remember Duke well from his hay-day. After playing the DNF demo, despite finding it's graphics pleasing, it's humor amusing, and the ass-whooping I handed some aliens fun, it didn't fill me with desire to play the full version. Not for it's asking price, anyway. I'm more inclined to wait and buy it for nostalgia's sake once it hits the $20 bin. Based on the rather harsh reviews so far, that may only take a month or so.
  • 0 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , June 10, 2011 10:52 PM
    After playing the demo, I'm not surprised at all. I just know I wasted money.
  • 1 Hide
    rohitbaran , June 10, 2011 10:59 PM
    I played the demo. Good, but not worth the $60 price. Still better than the repetitive and ephemeral Call of Duty campaigns.
  • 3 Hide
    rjandric , June 10, 2011 11:04 PM
    I say remember Daikatana... The only game worth waiting for was Half Life 2.
  • 0 Hide
    rooket , June 10, 2011 11:11 PM
    At least it wasn't a catastrophe that we know well as "Bulletstorm" overhyped pile of poo. I like the Duke Nukem Forever game. It is entertaining and a breath of fresh air from our typical 3rd party run-of-the-mill FPS that are prevelant these days. I'm hoping their team comes out with something for the current gen Fermi gpus with what ideas they initially had but did not implement (graphically) in this game. I liked the level designs and gameplay of the Duke Nukem 3D game better but this game is fun anyway.
  • 1 Hide
    rooket , June 10, 2011 11:12 PM
    Quote:
    I say remember Daikatana... The only game worth waiting for was Half Life 2.


    this is actually true. I play halflife 2 deathmatch every day. it holds enormous replay value.
  • 1 Hide
    RADIO_ACTIVE , June 10, 2011 11:43 PM
    they were banking on the name making the game and not them making a good game
  • 5 Hide
    Yuka , June 10, 2011 11:47 PM
    I paid $45USD (Steam) and I'm glad I got what I wanted: Duke Nukem.

    It's weird that sometimes you get the impression that over the last year Gearbox only managed to get the pieces together instead of actually MAKING the game. There are some places around the map that you find and say "wait, that's not supposed to look like that, does it?". But oh well, it has all the "good ol' Duke" flavor of jokes and action, and that's good enough for me though.

    For me it was (is actually, still playin' it XD) good game. Worthy for the 12+ years of wait? Nope, but better than keep waiting.

    Cheers!
  • 3 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , June 10, 2011 11:48 PM
    Badly Animated Girl Giving Duke Nukem a BJ: "Was it as good for you as it was for me, Duke?"
    Duke Nukem: "Yes, but after 12 f#cking years, it should be!"


    Me: "But it wasn't."
  • 2 Hide
    apache_lives , June 11, 2011 12:18 AM
    heh im a big fan of Duke and im lovin the game :) 

  • -9 Hide
    Maxor127 , June 11, 2011 2:49 AM
    rjandricI say remember Daikatana... The only game worth waiting for was Half Life 2.

    I think Half-Life 2 is one of the most overrated games ever. A glorified rail shooter with bad load times and a disappointing story and lame cliffhanger ending that could've been overlooked if the even worse episodic content was at least timely. Without the grav gun and good physics/graphics, it would've been forgettable. With how long Episode 3 is taking, I hope it's going to either be 30 hours long and be completely bug free or they're developing a new engine for it, because there's no excuse for development cycles that are that long, especially for an expansion pack that will probably take a single sitting to finish.
  • 5 Hide
    captaincharisma , June 11, 2011 3:02 AM
    there is no way the game could live up to a 14 year anticipation. nothing can
  • -5 Hide
    alidan , June 11, 2011 4:54 AM
    Maxor127I think Half-Life 2 is one of the most overrated games ever. A glorified rail shooter with bad load times and a disappointing story and lame cliffhanger ending that could've been overlooked if the even worse episodic content was at least timely. Without the grav gun and good physics/graphics, it would've been forgettable. With how long Episode 3 is taking, I hope it's going to either be 30 hours long and be completely bug free or they're developing a new engine for it, because there's no excuse for development cycles that are that long, especially for an expansion pack that will probably take a single sitting to finish.


    the game was fun, half life 2, but i ran into so many bugs that apparently only i had. and made the game on the pc unplayable.

    few years later little brother gets orange box... and i have to say... wtf was everyone loving? its better than the ww2 shooters it was competing with, but what else was their back than? granted this annoyance may just be because i played with a controler on an sdtv (at the time) but damn... was that game the meh for me.

    personally i prefer serious sam style games. and i think duke will have that, with better jokes. cant wait to play with the poo.
  • 3 Hide
    flybri , June 11, 2011 6:08 AM
    alidanthe game was fun, half life 2, but i ran into so many bugs that apparently only i had. and made the game on the pc unplayable. few years later little brother gets orange box... and i have to say... wtf was everyone loving? its better than the ww2 shooters it was competing with, but what else was their back than? granted this annoyance may just be because i played with a controler on an sdtv (at the time) but damn... was that game the meh for me. personally i prefer serious sam style games. and i think duke will have that, with better jokes. cant wait to play with the poo.


    I never had any issues with Half-Life 2. And Maxor127, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but do you know HOW many people not only consider Half-Life 2 an amazing shooter, but the best of all time? Saying it's overrated is totally your right, but you are in the EXTREME minority my friend (especially with your comment that without the physics/graphics and the grav gun it would be forgettable). I'm curious as to what you think an amazing shooter is, and what you feel in your opinion the best shooter of all time is then.
  • 1 Hide
    Anonymous , June 11, 2011 7:14 AM
    IF they had bothered to make the graphics on PC look at least as good as Left4Dead2 or Borderlands I would have been pleased, sadly even on Ultra settings @ 1080p it looks like a console game running at 800x600
Display more comments