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Review: Duke Nukem Forever

Quite often old memories of fun films and games should remain just that, memories. Remember the excellence of the Indiana Jones series before the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or the great Star Wars originals before the prequels hit our screens, sometimes follow-ups just shouldn’t happen.

With Duke Nukem Forever, you have a game that has been at least twelve long years in the making, not only has it seen various engine changes over the years, the game scene has changed dramatically, as has the public view of what is funny. Those of us who remember Duke Nukem may think back about the “funny” rude one-liners that were basically stolen from the Evil Dead movies and snigger, but most us will be in our thirties or forties by now and that kind of humour has really had its day.

Duke Nukem Forever has to be judged as a present day title, simple because 2K Games have seen fit to charge full price for what really feels like a budget title, it really is a game that belongs back in the 1990’s.

Story:

Duke has been on hiatus for some time now, kicking back and franchising himself on the fame he gained from saving Earth from the first invasion. The Aliens have returned to Earth yet again, messing up Duke's sweet routine of dirty leisure habits.

The Alien invaders are stealing Earth's women, especially the hot ones! And they drank Duke's beer. This. Won't. Stand. As Duke battles his way through waves of aliens, the once beautiful gambling haven and Duke Nukem franchise chains are crumbling before his eyes. Time to bring the pain!

Features:

  • Ego, and then Some: Step into the shoes of Duke Nukem, the steroidal One-Man Army who never fails and always gets the Babes.
  • Bust a Gut: Duke pulls no punches. He does and says the things you are thinking. Duke's constant stream of hilarious one-liners throughout the game will have gamers rolling.
  • World Interactivity: Spend as much time as you want shooting hoops, lifting weights, playing pinball, pool, air hockey, and slots.
  • Scale & Variety: This game has it all; packed with explosive FPS action, outlandish settings, driving, and puzzle solving - gamers will never tire of the endless FUN.
  • Multiplayer Like No Other: Duke re-envisions classic modes of play in his own hilarious and humiliating way. Shrink your opponent and squash him with your foot. Freeze and shatter him. Attach explosives to his back. Roll a pipe bomb between his legs, or just frag him old-fashioned with a rocket.

Gameplay:

For a game that has been in development hell for twelve years, you have to wonder what the team’s motivation was. The game still has the kind of immature jokes that the original game did, but they are the kind of jokes that might now only appeal to those ten or under and they can’t even buy the game.

Duke Nukem Forever’s tutorial starts as it means to go on with you being encouraged to press a button on your controller to urinate, then a few moments later you get to pick up a human turd (A turd in the hand is worth two in the bush) and fling it around. The main game when begins with Duke getting an off-screen sexual favour from a couple of twins. If this is your idea of funny, then maybe this game is for you.

To start off the game has some of the worst AI we have seen for a long time, add to that what feels like a very poor aiming mechanic and you get a lot of annoyances very early on. The level designs are also pretty poor with very enclosed areas and some of the most basic puzzles you will have seen in a game for many years. Again, 10 years or so ago this may have been pretty cool, but as a current day title held up against similar games such as Bulletstorm, this really fails.

Duke also seems hell-bent on making your life frustrating. Firstly you tend to spend a lot of your time wondering where the heck you are supposed to be going, with very little form of direction on show and some very repetitive looking areas getting you muddled very easily. Next are the increasing levels of difficulty, which instead of getting gradually harder, it gets impossibly hard on occasions out of nowhere. This wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the fact that the load times on both console versions can range from 30 seconds to a minute at times, though they are much improved in the PC version.

Not everything is bad though; there are moments that make you smile. Walking though areas which show off what Duke has been doing in his past twelve years is good for fans, as are the little things like writing on blackboards and signing an autograph for a young fan.

As was a signature of 3D Realms original title, Duke also has loads of things he can interact with such as lights, mirrors, faucets, showers, vending machines, weights and more. Some of these interactions help increase Duke’s Ego meter too, which he uses as a shield throughout the game. Heck even some of the jokes can raise a smile at times, but as we said at the start, it can’t save a very dated game. It is the mini games such as pool and other games that really show that the developers were maybe focusing too hard on things like this instead of gameplay and actually getting the game done.

Nearly all of the first titles weapons reappear in Forever, including favorites such as the shrink ray and freeze beam which remain fun to use. Strangely though, 3D Realms/Gearbox decided to remove the option to kick enemies, except when entering the non-interactive execution mode. New weapons include a rail gun and a multiple-missile launcher, none of which are that great to use.

Multiplayer:

Multiplayer is generally poor, not just is it visually another step down from the single player game which is saying something, we have also suffered from loads of lag during gameplay on both the Xbox 360 and PS3. It does add to the package and some gamers may get fun out of it for a very short time, but don’t expect to be giving up on Halo etc any time soon.

Graphics and Sound:

Graphically the game looks like an early 2000 title upscaled to HD. It is very brown, which may be a slight nod to the original game, but on the console side you get a lot of tearing which really shouldn’t happen when a game looks as poor as this. The biggest disappointment graphically is that the textures are poor throughout, which is even more noticeable on the PC version of the game, especially when you run the game in a higher resolution. Duke has got some more recent visual effects added, such as rain or urine etc dripping down the screen blurring your vision as well as some motion blurring at times, but overall you can see this is a title that has been in development for some time.

Sound is a mixed bag, Duke sounds just like he always has done and the delivery of the very poor script and repetitive one-liners has been done to the best of his ability. The rest of the cast is a mishmash of decent to dire. Music is also hit and miss, sometimes fitting the mood perfectly, other times sounding completely out of place.

Overall 2.5/5

So overall it isn’t really worth your money, at least not until it drastically drops in price. We found it generally unfunny, irritating in places, and sadly not all that much fun to play. Duke Nukem Forever can also be buggy on occasions and graphical performance on both the consoles and on PC is not what you would hope from a game that looks so dated. It has its moments, but they are few and far between. Hardcore Duke Nukem fans may find something to love here, but in the end, you can only live on rude jokes alone for a short time when there is very little in the terms of decent gameplay on show. Gaming history can only take you so far.

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how can a game be under development for so long? what's the original consol this was supposed to be designed for?

The reviewer says:

Duke also seems hell-bent on making your life frustrating. Firstly you tend to spend a lot of your time wondering where the heck you are supposed to be going, with very little form of direction on show and some very repetitive looking areas getting you muddled very easily.

That made me laugh out loud, but then I was scared a bit. And then I made this picture:
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/2927/dukewgneowin.jpg

Who is the reviewer to say that comedy belongs like this in the 90s? Seriously? Isn't the whole point of Duke being just a touch ironic, poking fun at the past and reminding us maybe when times weren't so politically correct. (Any UK readers see Ashes to Ashes in the uk??)

As for the language, has the reviewer been in a chat room on justin.tv for example (or any other site) have you read what people put down there which is classed ass acceptable. Even neowin has it's moment with flame wars (Apple vs win...etc...) which can be more exasperating than just bad language itself.

This is a problem with gaming in general not just Duke, people forget how just have plain old simple FUN. People whinge about it only has 2 guns you can carry at once and the graphics might be a bit meh... Really.. is that it, you don't want to look at how the game plays.

I agree that the graphics aren't the best but surely we have to come to realise that not every game is going to be AAA+ Minecraft.. look at the graphics on that and how popular is that game for example. Yes the sounds aren't the best and there are areas to improve upon but it's not that bad if you take the game for what it is. A Duke Game that would be better if it was cheaper.

And I would bet that most of ther reviewers giving it a poor score did not play (let alone own) any of the predecessors. I did (Plutonium Pack), and I actually came in to the series late (largely due to Doom and Wolfenstein, and Rise of the Triad, another Apogee title, along with Blake Stone). And therein lay the difference betwen the three seminal series of their day - Doom and Wolfenstein (id and Epic Games) pretty much sucked *all* the air out of the FPS genre. Duke *had* to be different enough to get any traction at all, as the two other shooters had the *acceptable* Bad Guy market cornered (Nazis and demons). Nowadays, aliens are the only truly acceptable Bad Guy other than mercenaries (CELL in Crysis 2; the North Korean general in the original Crysis was a rogue, and even the PRC troops in Warhead were pretty much written off). Crudity? Leave it for movies and TV - video games aren't allowed *fowl* language. Not even M-rated titles such as Duke - how patently riduculous.

There are fun moments in the game, but overall it's pure ****. Too many forced cut scenes and the game is more linear than a laser beam.

So far every review I read is someone trying to apply their tedious political correctness to the game, if you expected this game to be anything other than crude you really didn't spend much time with the earlier games. I can only hope for an easter egg appearance of Lo Wang somewhere in this title.

bob_c_b said,
So far every review I read is someone trying to apply their tedious political correctness to the game, if you expected this game to be anything other than crude you really didn't spend much time with the earlier games. I can only hope for an easter egg appearance of Lo Wang somewhere in this title.

I have to wonder if any of the reviewers were even old enough to play the original?

bryonhowley said,

I have to wonder if any of the reviewers were even old enough to play the original?

Well I'm 35 and enjoyed the original, but maybe i've grown out of enjoying bad jokes and linear poor gamplay

Neobond said,
Meh ... I bought a bundle (graphics card and Duke extras) so it's not like I'm paying full price for it anyway.

Yeah you can pick it up pretty cheap already on the PC in the UK anyway....£22. Still expecting it to be £19.99 console wise in a few weeks at least.

the game has gone through so many development team it is really like a well-used, over-the-top porn star.

i call it mercy killing by releasing it as it is. after so many years in development hell.

scaramonga said,
For FREE only, and even that's debatable

personally i doubt it will be that bad. even if it's worse than i am expecting it's got to be at least a little better than your typical shooter game overall.

because that whole 'for free and that's debatable' thing... i tend to look at most games ain't even worth your time to play, i think Duke has to be AT LEAST a little above that, worse case scenario.

i think the game will be probably about a 7/10 or so. or say... a 3 out of 5 star thing.

but i guess ill find out soon enough (i.e. in around 4-5 hours)

Game is fail for me as well... graphic is avrage, gameplay sux, only thing that draws me... its duke and its funny for few moments... i played original as 15-16 years old teenager its nostalgic and it ends there....

SoLoR1 said,
Game is fail for me as well... graphic is avrage, gameplay sux, only thing that draws me... its duke and its funny for few moments... i played original as 15-16 years old teenager its nostalgic and it ends there....

finally someone who is looking at it similar to me (i have not played it yet but i will be very soon. but i am going into it more for the Duke character/humor and nostalgia more than anything else) and we are probably about the same age to from the looks of things. so...

it's not even good enough for you to finish the game once?

Just fyi.. the "multiple-missile launcher" isn't new, only the Rail gun is.. the "multiple-missile launcher" aka the Devastator was in the Atomic edition of Duke Nukem 3D.

Minifig said,
Just fyi.. the "multiple-missile launcher" isn't new, only the Rail gun is.. the "multiple-missile launcher" aka the Devastator was in the Atomic edition of Duke Nukem 3D.

Actually, it was included in the original release of Duke Nukem 3D. The only new weapon included in the Atomic edition/Plutonium pak was the microwave expander.

I did the unthinkable...grabbed the hack from the torrents just to see what it was about.
I know I won't be buying it until the price comes down to somewhere about 19.99 (USD) or less.
Graphics...nothing to write home about. Aiming sucks, and maybe it's just the demo buy you have to put down one weapon before you can pick up another?
Just as with the iPhones, there will be droves of people paying full price for something that should be 1/2 or less than what they are hocking it for.
One thing I did remember....why I don't play video games anymore. I started screwing around with it around 6:30 one evening, and the next thing I realize, it's 10:30 and time to go to bed. Wasted an entire evening.
Yes, I uninstalled it, and deleted it. I don't like paying for something like this without a "try before you buy". ESPECIALLY for what they want to charge. If you remember, most all games back then were shareware. Why they picked this way to do it, is counter to the way they use to sell em. If a game is good, the shareware route will increase sales, but, with this dated dinosaur, perhaps they figure not making it shareware, people will get shafted before they figure out it will be a dud.

Agreed that despite development hell, the final product should have been valued appropriately with the end product. This is the game for the fans and well they delivered, finally ending all those Duke Nukem 'fornever' jokes. Now we just need gearbox to release a sequel of Shadow Warrior.

$19.95 would feel less like a mugging. Taking advantage of customers plain and simple, you can justify it if all you want, most feel robbed.

Hahaiah said,
$19.95 would feel less like a mugging. Taking advantage of customers plain and simple, you can justify it if all you want, most feel robbed.

Hell, most games ain't worth more than $40 TOPS if you ask me and that's being a little generous. (if you ask me there is only VERY VERY few games worth more than $40)

because the way i see it, and i grew up playing games since basically the late 1980's when i was a little kid (i was born in 1979), is... most games ain't even worth your time to play let alone $50-$60. hell, most games you could give me and i would not play them.

so basically most AAA-ish type titles $40 sounds roughly right, maybe more on rare exception. but 'most' games i would say are LUCKY to be worth $20-$30. hell, i am sure there is a moderate amount of older/cheaper games that are worth more than some new-ish $60 ones if you ask me.

it's easier to find a quality movie that you would want to watch more than once (which are probably easily a couple hundred+ (i seen a total of around 1300-1400 films)) than it is a game and movies are typically much cheaper to. i know production times/man hours are more difficult on a game than a movie so that's sort of going to force prices up some for the games, but still.

Edited by ThaCrip, Jun 11 2011, 3:02am :

Awesome game, but not really worth my €45 Euros. I expected a more suspenseful story and better graphics. The only thing I absolutely enjoy is Duke's swagger.

pretty bad, tbh. Its really outdated and not fun at all. Seems like they develop part of the game and then join them, you can note this at the beginning of the game, there are smalls delays.
I bet they are making good money with this crap. All because the legend and the bunch of nostalgic ppl, now balled for the years, waiting for this big disappointment.
BF3 is comming, and didnt take 15 years to release it, plus, one of the best games ever. With a nice engine and all, everthing that "duke" lack.

ThePitt said,
BF3 is comming, and didnt take 15 years to release it, plus, one of the best games ever. With a nice engine and all, everthing that "duke" lack.

while BF3's visuals are top spec i can't see it being THAT much better than Duke Nukem Forever personally. i doubt it will be 'one of the best games ever' personally. but then again most games i really like where usually series that have been established for many years (say low low 2000's on back) now as it seems fairly rare to find a new gaming series that i would praise very highly.... hell, the last shooter type game i praise very highly would be 2002's 'Mafia' (on PC) as that's still one of my all time favorite single player games even to this day even though obviously it's visuals are taking a hit but it still 'has it' if you ask me vs vast majority of modern shooter type games.

BF3 i think will, as usual, mostly rely on it's high end visuals to make it appealing as gameplay wise shooter games have been pretty much the same for many many years now.

Duke Nukem Forever.... as i was saying, will mostly rely on duke character/humor/nostalgia as it's high points. gameplay wise i am expecting very standard/middle-of-the-road shooter.

Edited by ThaCrip, Jun 11 2011, 2:54am :

So, it's a bad game because it's like the original? lol? Were you hoping for some over-hyped COD style gameplay?

I watched someone on Justin dot tv playing DNF last night and I thought it looked pretty bad. I was a huge fan of the original, but I guess I expected more because of how long the game was in development.

notta said,
I watched someone on Justin dot tv playing DNF last night and I thought it looked pretty bad. I was a huge fan of the original, but I guess I expected more because of how long the game was in development.

Problem is, past a certain point, longer dev times actually have a tendency to make products WORSE not better

The real issue is that we have taken gaming far into the "politically correct" zone, and that was partially why DNF went into hiatus in the first place. The other part of the problem is that if a more modern and technically-capable engine had been swapped in, the game would have required a complete rewrite. As it is, the demo (which I admit to taking for a spin) is still better than a lot of modern game demos of this year in terms of quality - however, the age of the engine is definitely showing.

PGHammer said,
The real issue is that we have taken gaming far into the "politically correct" zone, and that was partially why DNF went into hiatus in the first place. The other part of the problem is that if a more modern and technically-capable engine had been swapped in, the game would have required a complete rewrite. As it is, the demo (which I admit to taking for a spin) is still better than a lot of modern game demos of this year in terms of quality - however, the age of the engine is definitely showing.

The only reason it went into hiatus was that the lead guy at 3D Realms kept wanting the latest and greatest 3D engine for the game, causing many code resets

Shame.. DN3D was a hell of a lot of fun, multiplayer was a blast back in the day, but not really surprised DNF is a dud. Only played the demo but was very unimpressed.. wasn't expecting a lot of wit (hey it's Duke) but the gameplay itself was a big "meh" for me. So far from the random talk on various sites looks like I won't be picking it up until it's in the bargain bin. Maybe.

Jen Smith said,
I won't be picking it up until it's in the bargain bin. Maybe.

Which brings up the inevitable question: how long till it makes it to bargain bin?

ir0nw0lf said,

Which brings up the inevitable question: how long till it makes it to bargain bin?

I'm guessing XMas during the Steam sale.

This looks fun, for what it is. I mean, they just seemed to want to release what was already done to reward fans who have held out for a decade or more. I think they can be forgiven if it isn't top notch, and if crude jokes and visuals aren't your thing, why are you even playing Duke Nukem? That just seems silly to me, crude jokes and visuals is what Duke is about. I'll be playing it on release day and enjoying it for what it is, and hoping that the next one is done right now that there's new management, with good graphics, more duke nukisms, and speedy delivery of course.

J_R_G said,
This looks fun, for what it is. I mean, they just seemed to want to release what was already done to reward fans who have held out for a decade or more. I think they can be forgiven if it isn't top notch, and if crude jokes and visuals aren't your thing, why are you even playing Duke Nukem? That just seems silly to me, crude jokes and visuals is what Duke is about. I'll be playing it on release day and enjoying it for what it is, and hoping that the next one is done right now that there's new management, with good graphics, more duke nukisms, and speedy delivery of course.

Great point. When Gearbox got this, they said, " We will polish it up and release is for the fans. " We should have no expectations of anything brilliant. This was a game in development hell for 12 years for a reason. Many of us just want to see why and have that classic Duke back.
I remember playing Duke 3D wondering where the hell to go. Good that is back

J_R_G said,
This looks fun, for what it is. I mean, they just seemed to want to release what was already done to reward fans who have held out for a decade or more. I think they can be forgiven if it isn't top notch, and if crude jokes and visuals aren't your thing, why are you even playing Duke Nukem? That just seems silly to me, crude jokes and visuals is what Duke is about. I'll be playing it on release day and enjoying it for what it is, and hoping that the next one is done right now that there's new management, with good graphics, more duke nukisms, and speedy delivery of course.


I'm all for funny crude jokes. It's just I didn't find it funny, as I said there are the odd funny lines but they are outweighed by poor ones. Agree completely with you on hoping for another one, hopefully made only by gearbox.

Byron_Hinson said,
Agree completely with you on hoping for another one, hopefully made only by gearbox.

Doubt it for 2 reasons:
1. Apogee holds the rights on the character
2. The commercial success of DNF is doubtful…

While I agree with you in theory, if they knew they were just releasing a semi decent budget title to get out what had been in development for 12 years, maybe they should have priced it accordingly instead of gouging people based on hype alone.

MFH said,

Doubt it for 2 reasons:
1. Apogee holds the rights on the character
2. The commercial success of DNF is doubtful…

If there's money to be made, it'll happen.

J_R_G said,
This looks fun, for what it is. I mean, they just seemed to want to release what was already done to reward fans who have held out for a decade or more. I think they can be forgiven if it isn't top notch...

That's the spirit, "reward" fans by charging them full price for a molding polished turd.

excalpius said,
If there's money to be made, it'll happen.

1. I doubt that they make a fortune in DNF.
2. Nobody will ever have Apogee make another game…

J_R_G said,
This looks fun, for what it is. I mean, they just seemed to want to release what was already done to reward fans who have held out for a decade or more. I think they can be forgiven if it isn't top notch, and if crude jokes and visuals aren't your thing, why are you even playing Duke Nukem? That just seems silly to me, crude jokes and visuals is what Duke is about. I'll be playing it on release day and enjoying it for what it is, and hoping that the next one is done right now that there's new management, with good graphics, more duke nukisms, and speedy delivery of course.

That and if they had removed what made Duke Nukum Duke Nukem the reviewers would have given it a bad review for changing core of what made the original a great game.

I completely expected (Bad) reviews like this. And to be honest, I don't give a ****.
It is a Duke game hands down, and maybe it is not worth the price tag of $50-60, but is sure beats a lot of other things out there for the same price. I enjoyed what little bit of the demo I played, and am probably going to enjoy the game. I still play Duke Nukem 3D on the Xbox, and love it, so I doubt there is a chance I won't like this either.

Agreed. If it has the same humor as the original, I'll get my money's worth out of it.

Unlike, say Dragon Age 2...which was a rushed through development, released years before ready, ultimate cash grab of utter garbage compared to the original.

excalpius said,
Agreed. If it has the same humor as the original, I'll get my money's worth out of it.

Unlike, say Dragon Age 2...which was a rushed through development, released years before ready, ultimate cash grab of utter garbage compared to the original.

Perfect example!

Zappa859 said,
I completely expected (Bad) reviews like this. And to be honest, I don't give a ****.
It is a Duke game hands down, and maybe it is not worth the price tag of $50-60, but is sure beats a lot of other things out there for the same price.

Agreed. and personally... i think people need to go into it more for the humor/duke character than anything else. if you go in with this mindset i think it might be a fairly good game overall. it's a nice change of pace vs your typical Halo/Call of Duty crap that everyone seems to praise when they are nothing special if you ask me, especially single player wise as i am confident ill enjoy Duke Nukem's SINGLE PLAYER more than those games. (i used to like some of the Call of Duty games back in the earlier days but lately it feels like they just recycling basically the same games but with slightly better graphics etc)

i still think single player wise... it will beat the overrated shooters like Halo/Call of Duty if you ask me on the nostalgia/duke character and his humor alone.

so while i am sure ill agree with SOME of what was said in the review here... i think the person is just expecting to much from it.i think this game is pretty much aimed at most of us older gamers to milk our nostalgia for all it's worth.

i think the nostalgia will also help carry the game for us more old school players who are old enough (people around 30 years old on up (ill be 32 years old in about 4 months)) to really remember Duke Nukem in it's heyday.

p.s. ill be playing it in less than 8 hours. (probably around 6-7 to be more precise)

Edited by ThaCrip, Jun 11 2011, 2:54am :

Zappa859 said,
I completely expected (Bad) reviews like this. And to be honest, I don't give a ****.
It is a Duke game hands down, and maybe it is not worth the price tag of $50-60, but is sure beats a lot of other things out there for the same price. I enjoyed what little bit of the demo I played, and am probably going to enjoy the game. I still play Duke Nukem 3D on the Xbox, and love it, so I doubt there is a chance I won't like this either.

+1.

It cost 550 p. ($19) here, which is still cheaper than most EA games. 5000 p. ($180) for PS3 and XBox. Anyway, most games starts between 600 and 800 rubles. That's around $60 to $80 for US customer's purchasing power.

But anyway, game is still better than expected. May be graphics noting special, gameplay isn't good either, but in overall the game is ok.

And $50 is ok for US. Most world pays a lot more for games.

As if Duke could ever live up to expectations.
I'm not exactly sure what the review was expecting but it's exactly what made the original popular.

ahhell said,
As if Duke could ever live up to expectations.
I'm not exactly sure what the review was expecting but it's exactly what made the original popular.


I enjoyed the first game, but my view is that you should expect better these days, if it was cheaper it would be better value. Everyone has an opinion though, certainly don't knock anyone who enjoys it.

ahhell said,
As if Duke could ever live up to expectations.

Honestly, what to expect? It's been so many years, think the only thing one could expect is a funny game and from what I've seen so far it lives up to that expectation.
It's kinda like when S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was released, it was way overhyped but was actually a good game. Another example would be Crysis - hyped to the death…

ahhell said,
True. Except that Crysis wasn't a good game. It was pretty looking mediocrity.

I played Crysis beginning to end. For me, that defines a game that was good enough to keep me engaged and playing. The ending battle sequence on the ship was truly epic. 8)

MFH said,

Honestly, what to expect? It's been so many years, think the only thing one could expect is a funny game and from what I've seen so far it lives up to that expectation.
It's kinda like when S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was released, it was way overhyped but was actually a good game. Another example would be Crysis - hyped to the death…

Completely agree I pre-ordered the awhile back and have since played the demo. I am looking foreword to the 14th. As far as hype there is no game that could live up to 12+ years of hype. But that does not make it a bad game. As far as consoles I really could care less I have not had my Xbox 360 or PS3 out of the closet in over a year plus as far as I am concerned this should have been a PC only title in the first place.

To each their own, I am going to play DNF for its great gameplay and awesome visuals.....I'm playing it for its nostalgic value considering it was probably the very first FPS I ever played.

Nagisan said,
To each their own, I am going to play DNF for its great gameplay and awesome visuals.....I'm playing it for its nostalgic value considering it was probably the very first FPS I ever played.

Same here. I come expecting nothing more than a almost better graphic version of Duke 3d. I know that is probably still too high of an expectation, but I tend to go for things the average public doesn't anyway