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uslinux.net writes "Gearbox Software released the demo for Duke Nukem Forever today, though it's only available to preorders and other promotions for the time being. After more than a decade, it looks like this game will actually hit stores this month. After 12 years in development, will it live up to the hype?" Included with the linked article is DNF's launch trailer. This should go without saying, but just in case: NSFW. Seriously.
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Duke Nukem Forever Demo Released

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  • by Skarecrow77 (1714214) on Friday June 03, 2011 @06:45PM (#36334214)

    Oh wait, it was garbage compared to other games out at the time, and this one has been in development hell 3x as long.

    It'll be lucky to garner a solid 70% average. While this has been in development, we got half-life 1 and 2, gears of war, several halos, freakin mass effect, Modern warfare. Hell even borderlands.

    It won't be hard for this thing to exceed my expectations, because I expect it to be crap.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      But Duke Nukem was fun.
      Seems this is lost on todays generation.

      All those games besides Borderlands and the HLs are the definition of why these past couple generations have sucked.
      You want a fun game? TOO BAD, HAVE SOME RESTRICTIVE NOFUN GAMES INSTEAD.
      GTA IV. What the hell happened there? Where is my fun GTA? Where is my GTA with Elvis impersonators walking around in groups? Where is my SCORE?
      I'm fine with serious stories in games, but if they are laborious and require grinding, it is an automatic failu

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Osgeld (1900440)

        duke nukem was fun for us male teenagers in the 90's, this is out of touch and honestly does not amount much more than mowfest in boring ... look tits!... settings

        and lets be real, its fucking 2011 if your that hard up to see some bad model boobs out of polygons you might want to consider upgrading your Internet service

        • by bonch (38532) *

          Yeah, games today definitely don't have big-breasted women or other sexual imagery oh wait

          DNF will be a hit. That the usual politically correct types will hold their noses up at is is all the more reason it should exist in all its offensive glory. This society has become so incredibly stuck-up and wimpy that it can't take a joke anymore.

      • by Patch86 (1465427)

        Different games appeal in different ways. I like "realistic" games; Operation Flashpoint was excellent back in the day, and STALKER (while not exactly strict realism, being sci-fi) has all the usual realistic feature (weight limits on equipment, bleeding wounds, etc.), and so forth. But I also really like "arcade" style games; the Quake's and Unreal's of this world. Sam goes for other genres- Europa Universalis and Total War are both great series; Mario Cart and Gran Turismo both have spots on my shelf. Som

      • Dude, Nico's character both likable and funny. I didn't play past a few first missions and random actions because I never bought nor had much time to get addicted to it (I remember GTA: San Andreas).

        But GTA is my definition of a fun game whatever you do. You can just explore the city and interact with it. Watch them react to your violent experiments. When you do want to play the story, you find it''s well thought, funny and sufficiently varied to avoid being bored.

        You must be growing old and ranty :P

      • by kalirion (728907)

        You want a fun game? TOO BAD, HAVE SOME RESTRICTIVE NOFUN GAMES INSTEAD.

        So why does Duke try so hard to be as restrictive as the modern shooters? 2 weapons at a time? Checkpoints where you only have access to your most recent checkpoint save? Not too crazy about health regeneration either.

        The only thing that's Duke about DNF is the humour and interactive environments.

  • by RdeCourtney (2034578) on Friday June 03, 2011 @06:54PM (#36334274) Homepage
    Mature 17+ - AWESOME
    Blood and Gore - AWESOME
    Intense Violence - AWESOME
    Strong Language - AWESOME
    Mature Humour - AWESOME
    Strong Sexual Content - AWESOME
    Use of Drugs and Alcohol - AWESOME

    The legal warning at the beginning negates any intro!
  • by Haedrian (1676506) on Friday June 03, 2011 @06:56PM (#36334302)

    The point in giving demos to people who already bought it.

    Doesn't it negate the entire point of the demo? They're sold already, show it to people who aren't sure yet instead.

    I realise part of this preordering thing is making people feel they've got an extra good deal, but really, you've waited 12 years already.

    • by elrous0 (869638) *

      The point in giving demos to people who already bought it. Doesn't it negate the entire point of the demo?

      Not if the demo sucks and the only people you want seeing it are people who are already stuck with the game.

      • by Haedrian (1676506)

        But then they'll tell other potential buyers, and they'll be in a REALLY bad mood because they paid money for it.

  • I've played it... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by CmdrEdem (2229572)
    in the 360 and it's not a awesome game. This release will be important for the team that worked so long on this game, but like other said: there are some awesome shooters out there nowadays and DNF is not one of them. I just fear that reviews can get rough because of the development time and so little accomplishment in all game aspects. Gameplay is typical but a little irresponsive, graphics look good but have no personality. Duke needs more steroids, because he jumps 1 feet high and can't push a mining car
    • graphics look good

      It might be that I'm just spoiled by PC gaming, (and I've played the demo on PC as well) but that hasn't been my experience - frankly, the graphics sucks in the demo. Even more than it usually does for quick console ports.

  • by sega_sai (2124128) on Friday June 03, 2011 @06:59PM (#36334328)
    The demo left me with the feeling that the developers spend more time on textures of naked women than on anything else.
  • Played it. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by bertoelcon (1557907) <.berto.el.con. .at. .gmail.com.> on Friday June 03, 2011 @07:00PM (#36334332)
    I played it earlier today (Thanks Borderlands GOTY), it"s exactly what I expected from Duke Nukem game. Good or bad it's very much a "boy's game" with toilet humor, aliens, a buff dude fucking the aliens up, and chicks. When you start the game off taking a piss you kind of set the bar for expectations low.
    • That's exactly what the 1st game was, and I still to this day do not understand why people thought it was so great.

      "it has a shrink ray and a freeze gun!"
      so? I don't know about you, but there's nothing I love more than when I'm about to kill somebody and they use a cheap gimmick on me.

      "it has a jetpack!"
      ever play starsiege: tribes? That's how you make a shooter with jetpacks.

      "but it's funny!"
      no. Go watch some beavis and butthead or early south park for that brand of humor if you really want funny, or hell g

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        That's exactly what the 1st game was, and I still to this day do not understand why people thought it was so great.

        "it has a shrink ray and a freeze gun!"
        so? I don't know about you, but there's nothing I love more than when I'm about to kill somebody and they use a cheap gimmick on me.

        Cheap gimmick? It's a powerful weapon in the right hands so the reason why you consider it a gimmick, is for me a reason why it's a weapon that requires a little more skill by the player to use well. Variety is always nicer than just guns with various reload times and damage. Besides, when you kill someone with either one, it's extra fun so as long as you get to do it yourself sometimes too, you like it :b

        "but it's funny!"
        no. Go watch some beavis and butthead or early south park for that brand of humor if you really want funny, or hell go re-watch evil dead 2 and army of darkness for the funny that duke obviously really wishes he could be.

        What's wrong with incorporating that kind of humor into a game? Especially when done well. Besides, Duk

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          but it didn't come before Army of Darkness.

          Hail to the real king, baby.

      • by berashith (222128)

        good idea, i am going to go watch evil dead

      • so? I don't know about you, but there's nothing I love more than when I'm about to kill somebody and they use a cheap gimmick on me.

        Couldn't escape eh?

        You must hate fighting games with reverses then. How dare someone actually alter the internal narrative you had built up! And the fact you never could figure out how to escape when small probably didn't help.

        Mind you, that's one of the most rewarding feelings in an FPS...

        ever play starsiege: tribes? That's how you make a shooter with jetpacks.

        And you can th

        • I like South Park but Bevis & Butthead never did much for me.

          B&B struck me as something that I'd probably only find funny while baked out of my head, on an acid trip, or after a lobotomy. Or maybe really really drunk.

          SP, while often offensive, was generally more of a thinking comedy. It wasn't just a series of T&A or fart jokes. Between the cultural references, the double meanings, and attempting to address social issues in whacked out ways. If they targeted something that was personal
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Seumas (6865)

      Calling it a "boys game" because of the Duke character and his sense of self and humor is like calling Idiocracy a movie for idiots, because the movie itself is filled with idiots. Duke Nukem is a parody of its time (though it hardly really fits into the pop-culture of this century). The Duke Nukem humor itself has never particularly done anything for me, though it occasionally gets a slight chuckle. In 2011, it's only really relevant in the sense of "oh man, remember when all the action movies and stars we

    • Re:Played it. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by frozencesium (591780) on Friday June 03, 2011 @09:16PM (#36335016) Journal
      While all this is true...it's Duke. I for one expected exactly what the demo showed.

      Cutting edge graphics? No...It's Duke.
      Juvenile and campy? Yes...again, it's Duke.

      Hard core gamers need to break out of their mother's basements and take Duke for what it is...A guilty pleasure with nudity, toilet humor, and an ass kicking good time. It's the leisure suit larry of our generation. For those who expect Duke to push the technical limits or be some revolution in game play, get over yourselves...those are NOT the reasons we play Duke.
      • Cutting edge graphics? No...It's Duke.

        Actually, when Duke 3D just came out, it had cutting edge graphics, and, generally speaking, quite advanced engine. Sure, it was sprite-based, but Quake was still half a year away, and existing "real 3D" games either looked like crap (Ultima Underworld) or deliberately used the environment where low-poly count was not noticeable (Descent). Meanwhile, Duke had mirrors, and plenty of interactivity on the maps themselves.

  • by damnbunni (1215350) on Friday June 03, 2011 @07:03PM (#36334348) Journal

    I've played through the demo on the PC, and it's about what I thought it would be. It's neither amazingly good nor bad gameplay wise; it's typical shooter gameplay with some goofy weapons and a sophmoric sense of humor.

    Which is what I expected from a Duke Nukem game.

    • I mean there is no way the game would be "worth the wait" or "live up to the hype" because there is nothing useful you can do in 12 years of development. Also this is, of course, a different developer's version who's job was to salvage whatever crap was there and get something on the market.

      I cannot see it being anymore than a normal shooter. Nothing wrong with that. The only reason people would diss it for that is the stigma of the lengthy cycle and all the hype from 3DR and their fans.

      Anyone expecting any

  • Incredibly Mediocre (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ZackSchil (560462) on Friday June 03, 2011 @07:04PM (#36334354)

    The demo is very mediocre. It feels like a fan project that was given some time at a major studio. Which I guess is kind of what it is. The production values are uneven, the graphics are uneven, and the pacing is odd. The flow of the environments in the demo were not up to modern standards. The AI is rudimentary at best, the animations look all funky.

    Unless a lot has changed since this demo was put together, I imagine the game will be a very bland, linear FPS with small, barren environments and stale gameplay.

  • Review (Score:5, Informative)

    by JohnyDog (129809) on Friday June 03, 2011 @07:10PM (#36334392)

    Here's a review showing the whole run through PC demo, including intro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6MjzgTZriw [youtube.com]

    • Looks decent, if average. At least they shipped something.

      I'll probably pick it up off of Steam if it ever goes on sale for say $20 or so.
    • Sounds like they cocked it up a bit with the lack of boot, 2 gun limit and it sounds like it may end up having too many driving sequences. I'll still buy it but certainly not a full price. I'll wait.
  • by Seumas (6865) on Friday June 03, 2011 @07:11PM (#36334402)

    I pre-ordered Duke Nukem Forever quite awhile ago. I hoped for a lot, but didn't expect it. I mostly just wanted to buy a copy so I could play through it and have it on my shelf for purposes of nostalgia. The hope was just that maybe after all that time, Gearbox's intervention to save the title last year might have done some amazing magic on it. After all, they do have a good record and a lot of love for the franchise (Randy Pitchford originally worked on Duke back in the day).

    Some of the videos out there promoting the game made it look like a very competent modern shooter. Lots of stuff going on, nice graphics, big destroyed cities with enormous monsters and all that. Pretty much everything you'd expect, in 2011.

    The demo? It's like they made it with the intention of making you cancel your pre-order (which I did -- I'll buy it again for the shelf when it's $20 or less).

    First, the loading times are awful. They're about 75 seconds and you have to sit through a load screen even if all you did was die.

    Second, the framerate is bad. It is sometimes smooth and looks fine, but then it'll suddenly hitch for half a second. And more times than not, you hitch again when you are hit (melee or a bullet) by an enemy. Sometimes it's enough that you'll die before you can respond to what's going on. Or even be knocked off a cliff and die before you can react to being hit.

    Third, the graphics. The best of the demo is in the beginning, when it looks competent. Not setting new standards, but not a turn off. Unfortunately, everything after that is flat and fairly simple. The interface is pretty boring and uninspired, too.

    Fourth, the audio. Man, the audio is a disappointment. The sounds of the weapons. The repetitive sayings of Duke. The grunt every time he jumps. It sounds like they haven't recorded anything new since 1999.

    Fifth, it is SHORT. And BORING. Like I said above, the videos make it look like you'll be engaged in these huge fights with massive monsters in big bustling destroyed cities with all sorts of things going on in the sky and the background. But what was the demo? The following is the demo:

    The game opens on you pissing in a urinal (press RT to piss). Then you leave the urinal and find you're in a locker room at a stadium. You go out to the playing field and fight a giant monster. After killing him, the camera pulls out and you find out that you are actually Duke playing Duke in one of Duke's games on a console. Two chicks are blowing you and sit back to converse with you. Then, you're in a shitty looking 4x4 driving through a bland canyon dodging rocks for about 90 seconds. Then you shoot your way through a bland canyon for about two minutes, until you reach a cave that you walk around fir about two minutes to find some gas for your truck. You fight a ship by shooting it about 20 times with a weapon handily placed nearby. Then you run back to your truck and fill it up with the gas that you found. Then the demo is over.

    • First, the loading times are awful. They're about 75 seconds and you have to sit through a load screen even if all you did was die.

      OK, I understand its cool to bag the game on here before anyone's played the full thing. But seriously, the LOADING TIMES were a problem??? Did you pre-order your computer in 1998? My LAPTOP never took more than 7 seconds to load anything, and I timed my desktop at 4 seconds off the old spinning disk (never thought to try the SSD because it was so fast anyway). The loading times were similar to Borderlands (a 2007 game) on both machines. Seriously if your computer is too slow to run 2007 games please don't

    • by tehcyder (746570)

      The game opens on you pissing in a urinal (press RT to piss). Then you leave the urinal and find you're in a locker room at a stadium. You go out to the playing field and fight a giant monster. After killing him, the camera pulls out and you find out that you are actually Duke playing Duke in one of Duke's games on a console. Two chicks are blowing you and sit back to converse with you. Then, you're in a shitty looking 4x4 driving through a bland canyon dodging rocks for about 90 seconds. Then you shoot your way through a bland canyon for about two minutes, until you reach a cave that you walk around fir about two minutes to find some gas for your truck. You fight a ship by shooting it about 20 times with a weapon handily placed nearby. Then you run back to your truck and fill it up with the gas that you found. Then the demo is over.

      I think that is enough for a solid 9.5/10 without even seeing the game.

  • Damn. So glad I didn't pay for a pre-order. I wouldn't even take this game if they offered it for free. A man can only take so many puns-per-minute and the video someone posted of walking through the demo makes me want to vomit from exposure to excessive lame.
  • Just saw a TV commercial for it while watching South Park!

    But I still won't believe it until it's in my hands!

  • by meerling (1487879) on Friday June 03, 2011 @09:12PM (#36335000)
    So basically, if you've already paid (preordered) your copy, you get a demo, something that's used to promote the game and entice you to buy it.
    That's kind of like the drunk asking the bar owner if he'd like a drink...
  • I can say this: Duke might not come early but he finishes quick...
  • No Mighty Boot (plain weapon melee), 2 weapon equip limit, (realistically) very inaccurate weapons unless you aim down the sight.

    I wasn't expecting a miracle with this game, and to be quite honest I expected it to be a let down, but I'm downright puzzled that they took the tried and true gameplay of the old Duke games and threw it away in favor of the modern like-every-other-game fare we have now. It really feels a lot more like Call of Duty: Halo than Duke Nukem in terms of gameplay. It might look like Duk

  • What is it with this modern fad of having to join some exclusive, pay-for, preorder list for something that you have NO idea what it will play like, before you get to see (for example) a bloody demo!

    The point of a demo is that people can see what they're buying BEFORE they lay down money and to generate hype. Why do people lay down money to join these elitest little clubs in order to get access to stuff they should already have been given? Does it make you feel big and clever that you can throw money away

    • by asdf7890 (1518587)

      What is it with this modern fad of having to join some exclusive, pay-for, preorder list for something that you have NO idea what it will play like, before you get to see (for example) a bloody demo!

      This, and the comments from people who have played the demo thus far, makes my decision final. Rather than saving 20% by pre-ordering via Steam's offer, I'm going to wait it out and see what happens when the real reviews come in. Then, only if it doesn't turn out to be awful, I'll wait six months and buy it for 50% or less of the release day price. Heck, HMV had DeadSapce 2 for PC at a little less than half price no more than three months after release.

      Also regarding pre-order offers (and DLC, another of

  • Is there one to download or do we have to pirate it? :P

  • I've tried to run the game under wine 1.3.21. It installs perfectly ( as does Steam ) but crashes when you click "PLAY".

    This might not be entirely Wine related though as a lot of other people ( see the Gearbox forums ) have been getting crashes upon start-up that look almost exactly like the one I'm getting under wine and furthermore the demo is *extremely* buggy.

    See the wine AppDB page for it :

    http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=23644 [winehq.org]

    jdb2
    • by tehcyder (746570)

      I've tried to run the game under wine 1.3.21. It installs perfectly ( as does Steam ) but crashes when you click "PLAY".

      The operation was a complete success, unfortunately the patient died.

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