Gearbox Asks Why You Hated Duke Nukem Forever

My Duke Nukem-themed birthday cake earlier this month.

For the record, Duke Nukem Forever wasn't all that bad. The problems it faced were (1) a huge (massive) load of hype generated around a 14-year development cycle, and (2) an excellent, top-notch predecessor. The game was doomed at the turn of the century, its fate sealed by game franchises like Gears of War and Call of Duty which injected unique elements of gameplay into the FPS genre that's become standard over the years... and seemingly alien to Duke's classic run-n-gun style.

That said, Duke Nukem Forever had shining moments which conjured up memories of what made Duke Nukem 3D such a great, classic title. Unfortunately, the sequel also had its share of bad moments which ultimately brought in low scores across all three platforms. Gearbox Software, which was seemingly brought in by 2K Games to put Humpty Dumpty (Duke Nukem Forever) back together again, is now asking fans what they think about Duke's current installment so that perhaps the next game, Duke Begins, meets their expectations.

"Gearbox prides itself in listening to the community, and this is your chance to tell us how you feel about Duke Nukem Forever," reads the first page of a survey. "You may participate in this survey if you have played or have not played Duke Nukem Forever. Please answer the following questions."

The survey is anonymous, but users can supply a full name and email address if they want to enter a drawing for "Gearbox Swag." Overall the questions include "Did you play Duke Nukem Forever" and "What platform did you play Duke Nukem Forever on," "How would you rate Duke Nukem Forever," "Would you recommend Duke Nukem Forever to a friend," and so on.

Head here to take Gearbox's survey. Hail to the king, baby.

  • wiinippongamer
    The mediocre graphics and animation, it's too repetitive and becomes just plain boring after a couple hours
  • AbdullahG
    It's nice that they realized that their latest release sucked and now they WANT to correct their mistakes. More game developers should learn from this.
  • darkside_gamer7
    I played a ltl of ol duke the other day and made many comparisons to the new one........I have to say I was not surprised why people were displeased w the recent installment...but I do have to say that it wasnt that least it wasnt like the recent remake of wolfenstien
  • sceen311
    After waiting 14 years, it should be worth buying, not just renting.
  • SmileyTPB1
    If they have to ask you wonder how in touch they really are with what makes a good game.

    I get where they are coming from but DNF's problems should be quite apparent without asking for feedback on why it sucked.
  • linford585
    "...its fate sealed by game franchises like Gears of War and Call of Duty which injected unique elements of gameplay into the FPS genre that's become standard over the years..."

    Is it just me, or does there seem to be some distance between author's opinions here at Tom's? Don't get me wrong, I still love the site. However, when I see things like this, which imply that only large console shooters have changed the genre, or how PC gaming is "dieing" (soon to be followed up with articles on how it's not dieing), I begin to wonder.

    I understand where this statement was going, I just don't entirely agree with it's implications.
  • megamanx00
    It wasn't a bad game, but it was more like a sliced version of several different games stuck together. The rain effect in the beginning was never used again. It's like alot of work that was done was just for small parts of different levels rather than making something better that could be reused, well except for the enemies. Those were pretty repetitive.
  • Gearbox, if you have to ask, you'll never know.
  • internetlad
    the game was fine, people were expecting the jesus of games, or already decided they weren't going to love it before they even played it.

    It was an average shooter, overhyped so it got bad ratings, what's to know?
    i didint hate DNF - it was awesome - - i loved it - it was a fun, rude, and naughty romp that was a good break from the clinical and cold FPS's we have today - and i cant wait for the next one!