The main review has pretty much said it all I'm afraid.
P_R_E_Y wrote this review on .
I never had the luxury of playing the older Duke games, and well I have no intention to do so and thus I want to play it now was solely due to the fact its Duke. The game would be funny, good gameplay and there will be lots to do.
Well they get some of that right....
-The Duke is his good old self filled with his historic one liners and kick a$$ attitude.
-There are a lot of little pieces thrown into the game allowing hundreds of interactions and plenty to do.
-All trophies/achievements are offline so easy and possible to get
-variety of weapons
-He's Duke Nukem....
-It's a game that should have been released three year ago at least....
-CONSTANT loading taking at least 30 seconds every time you either die, or leave a level
-Poor graphics and animations
-One liners get rather boring and annoying
-Duke is a wimp, even on easy settings he cannot take a lot of ego beating
-Pinball game's physics are broken and by far the hardest mini game around due to it
-Not entirely a long game either
Well Gamespot has pretty much said it all.
The graphics are far below par of today's games. Anyone who has looked at the unlocked pictures after beating the game will notice no change in graphics from the 2007 screens to the 2010 screens. They decided for 3 years to change nothing despite the advance in technology. Which is rather shameful. They even decided to cut bits out, wee graphical quirks such as the foot smooshing a shrunken enemy as seen in one of the older trailers for the game (like ones in the 19's) now all we get is the foot covering the enemy and a blood smear.
The game play is pretty back there to, with a lot of poor and boring platforming covering most of the game. The shooting is nothing more than a massacre, to Duke not the enemies. Duke will take no time at all before deciding he is no longer cool and you will have to load the last checkpoint (much more on that later). Perhaps a nod to the old days with medi-kits would have been better. Once you do get something to kill you simply aren't happy about it. If you aren't constantly scrambling to find something to cower behind (somehow making his ego get bigger... isn't being a total wimp not hot? Being the case I'm the hottest man alive) you are simply holding the trigger down until the enemies fall down, it's really as exciting as that. Boss battles aren't anything special either. All they are is cannon fodder, latterly. The only way to kill these guys are with rockets or turrets, so variety is entirely out the window. However to prevent an entirely smooth fall, you don't simply shoot rockets, you have to put the boss into a position to take the rockets. One boss might simply be shoot it, others might be bounce a pipe bomb into it exposing a bit to hurt and simply continue the required pattern until death.
Remember how games like to give you events, scripted scenes of action to help develop a story or get the blood pumping? No? Well you have played too much of this game then. This game has no cutscenes whatsoever. There are simply loading screens upon loading screens and loading screens. Wither it be you dying or simply beaten that short boring level the game feels the need to load. Having loaded a level, gotten into a shoot em up part, Duke decides he is no longer cool and bam! Loading screen. Back into action after that, die, bam! Loading screen. Doesn't matter if you die a minute or a second before the game needs to load and once you have managed to get to the end of the level you will see another loading screen and it follows that pattern until the end of the game. Hope you enjoy that type of thing, cause the developers obviously think we did.
Duke himself is showing his age, humorously not physically, he hasn't changed there (agreeably of course). His one liners become a chore not even half way through the game and the game itself isn't entirely funny either. Interactions between NPCs can only really bring a smirk at best off you and if you did laugh, hope you don't die cause the game will probably bring you back shortly before that making you endure it all over again. Some of the out of the ordinary events, such as RT to Pi$$ or drawing on a whiteboard (keeping spoilers here to a minimum) will give you a laugh but they are merely fleeting and you never think twice about it, even during these events the game cannot be funny. The game will praise you or repeat a line until you stop doing it (yes I'm looking at you whiteboard scene, saying how awesome the "plan" is over and over each time I put a dot on the board isn't entirely smirkable).
The game as a whole then is a major disappointment. It constantly remains bland, not funny and loading and for about the £40 mark is rather a con. The only cure for this was to release it back in 2007 (at the most) when things like this were expected. To give you this now is merely an insult and a total heart breaker.
I'm not going to throw too much into this review, and thus really read the review on Gamespot cause there is nothing said there that I would entirely disagree with or even question it. So there you have it, my advice, if you don't already have this game but want it, find a mate who has it, borrow it, do what you want with it until the fix gets painfully forced out your body then give it back don't waste your money. For those who have bought it (like myself) beat it at least, maybe get all the trophies/achievements (as they are easily gotten) then just hand it in before too many people do the same and you are stuck with it, there are plenty of better games out there.
If you have read this far and wonder why there is no multiplayer review, it's simply as I have no intention of playing this online or care about it... so look elsewhere for that.