Platform: Xbox 360, PC, PS3
When you wait 15 years for a game it's either going to exceed all expectations or disappoint. Duke Nukem Forever unfortunately excels at the latter.
The shooter genre has changed utterly several times since Duke Nukem 3D in 1996. Unfortunately, no one told Duke. If you're going pitch marines against aliens today, you better do it differently. And yet here the graphics are poor, the levels generic and despite the in-game references to Halo and Crysis the shooting mechanics are uninspired.
Sure there's strippers, sex scenes, one liners and more than enough machismo for a Duke title but the experience comes off as embarrassing rather than entertaining. Even Duke's famous catchphrases - "come get some", "it's time to kick ass and chew gum and I'm all out of gum" - sound old and tired. He acts like someone going through a mid life crisis and there were times when I wanted to look away rather than play on.
That Duke Nukem Forever is here is an achievement in itself, and at least the game pokes fun at the numerous delays, but any gamer with found memories of the previous titles would do well to leave alone.
Rent or Buy: Rent
Replay Value: 2/5
Reviewed By: Bryan Collins