Duke Nuke Forever Preview

Duke Nuke Forever Preview
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Oh, It’s Real - Duke Nukem Forever Preview

Most gamers have heard of Duke Nukem Forever and have probably even joked about it. For some time, it seemed as though the game would never launch, and fans soon lost hope and eventually coped with the thought of the Duke Nukem franchise fading away into obscurity. Then Gearbox took over the project and brought it back from the grave. The game is very real, and it’s on its way to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC next year.

Typical Duke Nukem Fare

Duke Nukem Forever features a lot of the adult themes that have become common in the series.

The Duke Nukem series has always been known for its over-the-top style and comically dirty humor. This latest entry looks to follow down that same path. Toilets, middle fingers, aliens, bipedal pigs, and huge guns are all a part of the package, and if Gearbox’s presentation of the game at this year’s PAX was any indication, these classic elements will combine with modern FPS gameplay mechanics to provide a truly modernized Duke Nukem experience.

The PAX Demo

Giant alien enemies and powerful guns. Two of the key ingredients in making a Duke Nukem game.

The Duke Nukem Forever demo at PAX showcased two types of gameplay. The first saw Duke in a football field where he faced a massive alien monster. As expected, Duke had massive firepower at his disposal, so taking the enemy down became a thing of timing and precise aiming. After the football field level, Duke got in his monster truck, performed some sweet jumps, and ran over an onslaught of enemies. The demo, though brief, managed to showcase the attitude of the upcoming title, and so far, it looks like it’s headed in the right direction.

Multiplayer Plans

Though no screens, videos, or demos have indicated any type of multiplayer component, the game’s developers indicated that a multiplayer component would be included to fit in with today’s FPS standards. Gearbox has yet to confirm any modes or other multiplayer features, but it’s pretty much a no-brainer that the game will feature a robust multiplayer component. And if they put as much effort into this title’s multiplayer features as they did with Borderlands, the folks over at Gearbox will likely have a solid multiplayer FPS offering.

Forever Is 2011

Duke Nukem Forever brings brutality and comic mischief to home consoles once again.

It seemed as though the day would never come, but the much-delayed game is officially a confirmed title. Set to launch on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, Duke’s latest outing will be arriving sometime in 2011. Though that vague release date may scare some gamers, worry not, longtime Duke Nukem Forever followers, because this title is indeed coming to home consoles next year. Prepare for over-the-top brutality and ridiculous one-liners.