Duke Nukem Forever
PAX 2010: Duke Nukem Forever Hands-On Preview - Chew On This
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Throwing faeces. Taking a slash. Scribbling on a dry wipe board. I’m not just listing a few of the things I did when I first woke up this morning. Oh no, these are just a few of the things that we did with Duke Nukem Forever when we finally went hands-on with the title at this year’s PAX in Seattle.

With development now firmly in the hands of Gearbox after the unfortunate goings on at 3D Realms and lawsuits galore, Duke is finally coming… after a 12 year wait. It’s clear that there is possibly no better developer in the industry to take on the mantle of the once-industry-inside-joke, you know, what with their uncanny ability to add a level of humour to their titles and all that jazz. What isn’t clear though is which parts of the 2011 title is from the minds of Gearbox and which is the product of the original developers, 3D Realms. Regardless, the Duke is back. Yes, it may be the Duke as we know him, but this time, he’s got a 21st century look.

The basic premise of Duke Nukem Forever is simple. Duke scared off the aliens from earth in the original games. They went home and got their bigger, more powerful brethren and came back down to earth to finish the job off. Duke though, he wasn’t too fussed about their return… well, that was before they went after the hot women and that was enough to drag the Duke out of retirement. The vain bastard.

In typical Duke fashion, we pick up the demo during the opening moments of the game, with Duke relieving himself at a urinal. Pulling the right trigger literally lets Duke open up the valves, with the X button to zip up and move away. We find ourselves in the bathroom of the aptly named Detonators’ stadium, where not only can we relieve ourselves in the many urinals, see our man Duke in all his glory in a cracked mirror, but we can also enter the stalls and pick up the faeces that lies in the bowl. Wait, you want us to throw it? You sick puppy... in case you were wondering though, we did.

Moving through into the locker room we see a downed police officer with one of his limbs snapped clean off lying on the floor, with his bone dripping blood onto the floor of the bright orange and blue branded room. Before we leave the room, we step up to the dry board as one of he officers informs us of the situation out in the winding halls of the stadium. Changing coloured markers and using the eraser to remove the action plan for “Operation Cock Block,” we brand the board with X360A before we continue on. Graffiti has never been so fun.

Fighting through the tunnels - weaponless in true Duke style - we run from cover to cover, punching the grotesque beasties in the face when necessary. Who needs the Bruce Lee one inch punch  when you can use Duke’s pulsating muscles to pulverise the invading alien scum with a punch of epic proportions. After navigating the maze-like tunnels of the stadium, we eventually find ourselves pitch side, facing a huge 75 foot armoured alien on its hind legs firing a bevy of rockets our way.

Circling the monster, we give as good as we get, using our dual-barrelled rocket launcher to overwhelm  the beastie’s face with rocket after rocket. After running out of ammo and then circling the yard numerous times, a helpful 2K assistant pointed out there had been an ammo drop on the other side of the field - an in-game marker would have been much appreciated. Picking it up and a sustained barrage of rockets later and the beast was slain. All it took was a simple quick time event sequence and Duke was climbing the beast’s back and ripping out his lifeline. As if that wasn’t humiliating enough, Duke reached into the dead beast, ripped out what seemed like his heart, and then leathered it over the goalposts to net himself a field goal.

It turns out that the opening sequence was nothing but a game inside a game and as the camera pans out, we find out it was Duke himself playing through the short mission. When asked whether it was any good, Duke shot back making a comment that after 12 years, it better be. As the camera continues to pan out, revealing a luxury apartment in the process, as the controller drops from sight two scantily clad women rise from down below, after obviously pleasuring our main man while he had been playing his own game. Such a stud.

Jumping forward ever so slightly to chapter 15, the hands-on concludes with a short, more first person shooter orientated section. But first, a short car sequence which involves Duke in a monster truck boosting away from an alien aircraft somewhere in a dusty, cavernous desert environment. After running out of gas though, it was time for Duke to get out and dish the pain the best way he knows… on foot with guns and shit.

Switching from sniper rifles and shotguns, to nail guns and RPGs, we move through the desert environment picking off the beasties as they come into sight. A headshot here, a shotgun to the face there and our progress was slow, but steady. The gun play, truth be told, is nothing amazing or even awe-inspiring. In fact, it’s competent and that’s about it.

Incidentally, the aiming has a snap-to mechanic tied in with it, so despatching your foes is made relatively easier because of it. The slow push up the hill ends with us taking position on a turreted Gatling gun and pumping thousands of bullets into an alien space ship and the waves of beasts it dropped off. Smokin’.
Considering Duke Nukem Forever has been in development for well over a decade, the gameplay itself is hardly overawing. Duke isn’t about the gameplay though - although that aspect is as solid as you’d expect from an FPS in this day and age - Duke Nukem Forever is about everything else. The humour. The attention to detail. The balls to the wall, over the top combat. Duke is your typical 1980s action hero and while the gameplay might seem a little dated itself, everything else is as fresh and interesting as anything else out on the market. Hopefully Gearbox can instil that same level of humorous one liners, over-the-top action and amusing easter eggs throughout the rest of the game, if so, the Duke is back baby. The. Duke. Is. Back.

Duke Nukem Forever is currently slated for a 2011 release. Looks like Did Not Finish is no longer applicable…

Note: The screens have nothing to do with the gameplay segment we went hands-on with at PAX, which funnily enough, Gearbox didn’t release any screens for.


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Comment #1 by DocRevolt
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 10:49:27 PM
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Wow, this looks like it's gonna be great. Pity it won't be out by the holiday season, but at least it's coming out in the end.

Oh, and I hope I'm not first, but if I am I hope I've stopped stupid firsters from posting.

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Comment #2 by lostmotiv
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 10:52:01 PM
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sounds awesome, can't wait for this.. finally

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Comment #3 by EMP
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 10:54:35 PM
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Comment #4 by xtkbilly
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 10:57:30 PM
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Cool. Glad to know they actually had some sort of demo/gameplay for people to try out.
I don't think the game could live up to ANYONE'S expectations for a 12-year-long development. But I hope it's good enough to be worth a buy-and-keep.

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Comment #5 by xxXI Dave IXxx
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 11:02:47 PM
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Where can I pre-order :p

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Comment #6 by Devalaous
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 11:04:21 PM
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I couldnt stop laughing at the "after 12 years it better be" comment from Duke

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Comment #7 by B Dog116
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 11:05:08 PM
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They said it wouldn't get done, they said it couldn't get done, they said it shouldn't get done...And now it will be.

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Comment #8 by xX Out$id3r Xx
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 11:07:43 PM
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The sad thing is that people actually built up greater and greater expectations due to the extremely long and often mocked development time. With all the issues that plagued 3DR it was to be expected. At any rate, Im not expecting the second coming of the messiah here just the second coming of Duke. He was never "Good" the gameplay was always simply solid, no matter what dimension he was in (2D, 3D, 3rd Person) and nothing more. The character of that game is what has brought the love, and it sounds like the King is back in action. Thats all I care about, thats all I expect and thats all I look forward to.


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Comment #9 by Jmashed
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 11:10:19 PM
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This game is obviously not going to revolutionary but it should be good for a few laughs (which to be honest, is pretty vacant in main stream games these days). Just because it stood the test of time doesn't mean it'll automatically be great, I'm just tankful it's finally coming out so we don't have to hear about it every 3-4 years (unless it gets delayed again, in which case I'm going to try my hardest about forgetting about it all together).

@1 you still mentioned being first, and that's all you need to get bitched at but I do like your enthusiasm for aiming at stopping those jack asses who post "first!" all the time.

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Comment #10 by Jmashed
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 11:12:11 PM
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we could use more original content but it's always good to see the return of a character we haven't seen in ages, here's hoping they won't run him into the ground like many of the other beloved character's of my childhood (sonic, mario, link, you name it.)

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Comment #11 by ColdSpider72
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 11:27:40 PM
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Faeces? I think it's "feces", Webb. Just saying...

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Comment #12 by ColdSpider72
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 11:29:46 PM
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Sorry Webb, Just saw that british spelling for feces is faeces. I'll shut up now.

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Comment #13 by StephenJ360
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 11:32:02 PM
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I keep telling everyone that this just is not going to live up to its hype. It. Just. Will. Not.

No matter how excited I am for it, I know it will be awesome, but it won't get as good of a reception as it deserves because everyone is going to take it for a game that's been in development for 12 years, not just a new awesome game like it is.

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Comment #14 by Carpet
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 12:12:33 AM
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There is an in-game notation for the ammo, text appears at the top of the screen telling you where the ammo is.

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Comment #15 by SovietCrusade
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 12:32:34 AM
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Comment #16 by toonsage
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 01:11:07 AM
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Yay ^.^

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Comment #17 by MoldyClay87
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 01:12:09 AM
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God I'm excited for this. lol

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Comment #18 by glitch12
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 01:31:51 AM
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hmmm. might be one to watch for

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Comment #19 by mjc0961
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 01:57:25 AM
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Well, we may not have "Did Not Finish" anymore, but we still have Half Life 2 Episode 3 to mock.

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Comment #20 by asilent boom
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 02:13:56 AM
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I just read another article that said Gearbox bought full property rights to the Duke Nukem brand. Gearbox is a perfect fit imo, I can't wait to see what else they have planned for Duke in the future.

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Comment #21 by green117
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 02:25:47 AM
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America, removing letters from words since 1776 :p

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Comment #22 by hiden
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 03:09:11 AM
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And thats where you've been going wrong, longer words are cool ^_^

After 12 years I can't wait to pick up poop and throw it in high def!

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Comment #23 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 03:49:04 AM
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We have Duke Nukem Forever... Now we just need Half Life 2: Episode Three.

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Comment #24 by Blue Thunder28
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 03:57:06 AM
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I've got balls of steel!

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Comment #25 by Astrex
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 04:22:16 AM
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bring on the strippers!!!

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Comment #26 by Kaboozez
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 04:37:01 AM
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@23 Indeed we do

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Comment #27 by Kroesis
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 05:13:47 AM
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As other have mentioned, I'm not expecting groundbreaking gameplay or originality. I'll be happy with solid gameplay, the detail (which, from the screens I've seen and the streamed video from PAX, it seems to have quite a bit of) and the humour within the game and from the Duke himself!

Shake it baby!

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Comment #28 by Or!on
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 05:21:59 AM
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It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I'm all outta gum!, This is KTIT! Playin' the breast, uh... the best tunes in town! and [Examining a Duke Nukem II arcade machine] Hmm, don't have time to play with myself.

Ah I miss the quotes, wonder what we will see in the new one.

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Comment #29 by Dr Bob
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 05:40:11 AM
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This should never get released.

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Comment #30 by l.maciver
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 07:48:38 AM
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hope they have space lvls like they did in manhatten project cause it has one of the best lines ever...

space, the final frontier. these are the´╗┐ voyages of duke nukem. my continuing misson: to explore strange new babes. to seek out new aliens and kick their asses.

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Comment #31 by PnPTheDealer
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 09:55:46 AM
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I'm someone lucky enough to have played all the original games when they actually came out, from the 2D segments of the Duke series, and played the shit out of the 3D segment(i still have the atomic pack and all the other add-ons sat proudly in my CD rack above my desk).It really lifts me to see so many fellow gamers acknowledging finally that it doesn't have to have epic story lines etc etc,its just about the character and having fun! As many have said this game isn't going to be revolutionary its just going to be solid game play and fun and i'll be putting my pre-order in as soon as its ready!

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Comment #32 by NolanCraig94
Monday, September 06, 2010 @ 06:58:34 PM
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looks good ill buy it

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Comment #33 by biniwoo
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 04:13:03 AM
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Hell yeah, Welcome back Duke!

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Comment #34 by Gilganomics
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 06:20:30 AM
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and SW: Battlefront 3...and Timesplitters 4...and Elder Scrolls 5...and Onimusha 5 (now I'm just fucking around).

All the old "DNF will release before that ever does" jokes have been proven true and must now be laid to comes "of course they'll make it, they made DNF didn't they?!"

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Comment #35 by TwiIight
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 09:03:32 AM
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Comment #36 by DarkShephard
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 01:00:20 PM
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Loved Duke on 64, can't wait for it.

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Comment #37 by wyte
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 04:36:05 PM
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it'll probably just get delayed again

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Comment #38 by tigersrule
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 04:48:22 PM
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@29 You should never have been born.

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Comment #39 by gooseysnoop
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 05:01:57 PM
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28, that rules! ...and I'm all outta gum! From waaay back! I'll play this for nostalgia no matter what it rates!

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Comment #40 by Mister_Sandman
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 08:56:54 PM
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*Jedi trick*

You will buy this game.

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Comment #41 by menoknow88
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 09:25:37 PM
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i know this game has been in development for a long time now. i just hope that this game will not be a big disapointment because of the wait and hype of it.

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Comment #42 by raptor_256
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 10:57:31 PM
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if the humor of this game is anything like borderlands and eat lead: return of matt hazzard, then it could be a decent play (easy/easier gamescore could help -plus a few pun achievments)

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Comment #43 by Jleek1992
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 03:30:13 AM
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This game looks awsome i might buy it as it's a great game Duke Nukem.

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Comment #44 by Dragon83uk
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 05:15:08 AM
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Always been a big fan of Duke so this ones a definite for me! Can't wait to see what gearbox manage to do with this.

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Comment #45 by Rewave Acid
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 06:07:05 AM
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@34 just went on Future Perfect and Battlefront 2 for old times sake. :'( :'(

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Comment #46 by kfitz9
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 09:41:14 AM
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@12 HA HA HA Although you backed down pretty. Don't say the 'BRITISH' spelling. It's the 'proper spelling given that the language is english after all. I'm pretty young but enjoyed the gameboy Duke games.. This one looks like fun!

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Comment #47 by Santaslave
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 11:03:36 AM
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"after 12 years it better be"

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Comment #48 by Reaper_Grim
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 11:36:37 AM
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it's once again time to kick ass and chew bubble gum....and i'm all outta gum. this should be good!

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Comment #49 by Opiate42
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 01:46:12 PM
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Regardless if it's incredibly awesome or a complete piece or crap, I will play it at some point.

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Comment #50 by Virgin
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 01:49:43 PM
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Hail to the king baby

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Comment #51 by master_shake_350
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 07:19:36 AM
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Yeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! I can't wait for this. But it will probably be banned here.

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Comment #52 by big red marino
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 05:11:07 PM
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I say BUST! Too many expectations and anticipations. I say regurgitated sound bites and a reused story coming right up.

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Comment #53 by Lord Forbes
Friday, September 10, 2010 @ 10:27:01 PM
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To quote The Duke, "Damn, I'm looking good!"

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Comment #54 by xdiamondxinfernox
Friday, September 10, 2010 @ 10:39:00 PM
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@52 story? thats why you play duke nukem? not because of pure AWESOMENESS?!?!?!? i never even realized duke nukem had a real story. just ran through the game listening to awesome quotes and blowing up aliens.

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Comment #55 by Beta thorgo
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 07:13:56 PM
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This game is from one of the crappiest series ever made....It did have strippers though....Suck on my Boomstick!

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Comment #56 by The Tarbender
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 02:46:31 PM
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can't wait, i have always wanted a new duke nukem game

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Comment #57 by ramarcos
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @ 09:34:20 PM
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Shake it Baby!

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Comment #58 by daltonVader91
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 02:16:11 AM
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Fuck Yes. That's all I got...

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Comment #59 by Vigorous Ninja
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 08:15:31 AM
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I swear Battlefront 3 was confirmed? if not they need it asap because the online on the PS2 game was absolutely epic. All I am hoping for in the future of sequels/prequels is TES:5. Timesplitters 4. Half Life Episode 3. Etc.

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Comment #60 by Hoffnungstod
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 06:45:15 PM
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Really looking forward to this game! And with Gearbox developing the game, it should be awesome, by all means!

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Comment #61 by Katarn84
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 09:34:44 AM
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That infamous vaporware is finally getting out? At this point Mayan prophecies are not totally worthless BS...

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Comment #62 by ViNyLek
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:05:54 AM
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Sounds awesome!! And a lot of variety too. I ope they can keep this up all the way through the campaign. Graphics are neat, but I'd like more screenshots and even that gameplay demo!!! What are we going to make fun of now that Duke Nukem is on the horizon:-P

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Comment #63 by Jack Pumpkinhed
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 11:50:20 AM
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So are there any other screens or are these it? I've seen these a while ago and want to see a more updated screen list or even gameplay video. That would rock.

I'm glad this shits finally getting done, about time. I loved Duke Nukem 3D, and this is going to rock

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Comment #64 by samjustsam
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 04:41:23 PM
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i still think this is an early (or late) april fools prank waiting to happen. i will have to see it on store shelves to believe it. even then i would still be shocked.

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Comment #65 by samjustsam
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 04:44:11 PM
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it didnt show all my comment. and i love strippers.

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Comment #66 by gamerscorhunta
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @ 11:55:59 AM
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Duke Nukem was the star FPS 20 years ago. Let's all hope this destroys most of the other Just-go-play-our-multiplayer campaigns video games have been throwing at us here the past 5 years.

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Comment #67 by lord verh
Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 04:50:58 PM
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how many people who wanted to play this game died during the long, long development I wonder?

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US June 14, 2011
Europe June 10, 2011

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