Duke Nukem Forever: Epic Commercial Failure
Duke Nukem Forever was supposed to come out last century. The game somehow survived the demise of its developer, 3D Realms, and was resurrected by Gearbox. It appears that they should have just left the game for dead.
The general critical consensus of the game has been far from kind. Of course, no game could live up to 12 years of hype, but Gearbox really shot itself in the foot when it decided to “complete 3D Realms’ vision”, to quote Gearbox head Randy Pitchford. They left the game exactly the way it was when 3D Realms handed it over. Someone should have told them that 3D Realms’ vision was f***ing terrible. The gameplay is unchanged since Duke 3D, save for regenerating health and the Halo-inspired choice to only be able to carry two weapons at a time.
I really don’t even want to think about how many man hours and how much money was poured into this abysmal product over the years. With the game being sh*t on left and right, I’m sure most of the guys that worked on it are burying their heads in the sand and don’t even want to be associated with it.
Here are some choice quotes from the critics:
IGN: Score 55/100: “It’s a muddled, hypocritical exercise in irritation with solid shooting mechanics and decent encounter design. There’s some dumb fun to be had in Duke Nukem Forever, but the game tries hard to ensure it’s only fleeting.”
Gamespot: Score 35/100: “While much of Duke Nukem Forever is embarrassingly bad–the kind of game you point and laugh at–its biggest problem is that it’s so tedious.”
Giant Bomb: Score 40/100: “If you’re not willing to play a sloppy, cobbled together first-person shooter just because it has some kind of weird historical meaning, though, just forget this ever happened and move on. It’s great, in some ways, that Duke Nukem Forever was released at all. But don’t be confused into thinking that it’s a great game.”
And the rest of the scores:
1UP.com – F
Edge – 3/10
PALGN – 5/10
GameSpot (PC) – 3.5/10
GameSpot (Xbox 360) – 3/10
GamesRadar – 6/10
Eurogamer – 3/10
IGN – 5.5/10
Joystiq – 2/5 stars
Short and sweet, I don’t think a sequel is happening, at least not for another 15 years. I hope this doesn’t ruin Gearbox’s reputation, either.