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Watch out for flying pigs: Duke Nukem Forever is finally released

Duke Nukem Forever was almost lost forever when 3D Realms closed its doors last year. Fortunately for Duke fans, 2K Games released the latest installment of the first-person shooter (FSP) action franchise in the U.S. on June 14, 2011.

Duke Nukem fans have been waiting more than 13 years for this day: 2K Games is releasing Duke Nukem Forever in the United States today. (Some international markets got the game on Friday, June 10, 2011.) The Mature rated game is available for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

The story

Continuing its history of blood, gore, violence, and mature themes, Duke Nukem Forever begins with Duke as a super celebrity living in a casino in Las Vegas. The pig-faced aliens from the previous games show up under auspices of peace, but then attack Earth again. Duke steps back into the action, but this time along-side heroes of a more modern, conservative generation -- heroes that are not completely full of themselves, unlike Duke who embodies every action hero cliché.

Duke Nukem Forever is also quite a bit more open-world than its '90s predecessors. There are several customizable side missions, and the game is much more run-and-gun, which requires more openness to pull off. There are also non-combat activities, such as shooting hoops, lifting weights, and playing pinball, that players can engage in for hours.

Duke Nukem Forever will not disappoint players of the previous games; it is full of crazy FPS action, vehicle driving, and puzzle solving, and the crude humor and behaviors are cranked up a notch for the new generation. Duke is loaded with insane weapons -- some were brought back from the previous games, and some are brand new.

For more details, watch the game's promotional videos. Also check out GameSpot's images from Duke Nukem Forever.

Let's hear from Duke Nukem fans

Will you buy Duke Nukem Forever? What about the Collector's Edition? Did you think this day would ever come?

4 comments
KeithBa
KeithBa

I haven't played it in almost a decade and I don't play many games, if at all, but I will keep an eye out for this one. The programming techniques at the time were very advanced and we're lucky the games ran at all, never mind above 30fps. Besides the graphics and programming the storyline was extremely unique and was cool, funny, and mildly offensive (to some) at times. Awesome.

RipVan
RipVan

A friend bought a copy as soon as he could reserve. He anxiously awaited release day, and the night it was released, I read reviews, and the ones I read said the game was terrible. The next day I talked to the guy and he was unmoved by the reviews, he just loved the game. So I will probably get it eventually, and I'm glad his enthusiasm wasn't dampened. There were lots of phrases in the reviews that turned me off, but there is nothing like the review of a fanboi to make that all disappear! I loved that game back in the day and I will probably Jones as my friend tells me about this every day, but I don't mind waiting for the first price drop before I commit. My yard demands a few weeks of attention, anyway... Edited for speeling.

dave
dave

Very playable after all these years. The spectacular final level of the first episode and many others, big guns, Duke humor, sleeze, it had it all. If you didn't have the cash, the first episode was shareware. I have the well used Duke mousepad that came with the game framed and hanging up above my bedroom dresser. Like mcgonzalezp says, once a gamer, always a gamer.

mcgonzalezp
mcgonzalezp

I've been counting down the days for this release. I am going to buy it and love it. Once a gamer, always a gamer.

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