Jun 14, 2011

Posted by | 1 Comment

Critics Trash Duke Nukem Forever

Critics Trash Duke Nukem Forever

Well it’s been a long time coming for fans of the Duke Nukem franchise but with numerous delays and with the game changing developers so many times it looks like critics and fans alike aren’t all that excited about this latest title.  I normally don’t make a big deal about review scores but gamers have been waiting years for this game. Looking at Metacritic DNF is averaging around the 50 point mark with the PC version rating the highest at 59 and the 360 version coming in at 49.

With many critics already posting their reviews it is not looking good for DNF, at least in terms of review scores. After reading many reviews it all seems to boil down to the same issues: DNF’s gameplay feels dated, it doesn’t live up to current shooter standards, the crude humor can only go so far, the graphics are subpar. Basically what I figured it would be like after being in development for so long. Once the nostalgia wares off what you are left with is a mediocre shooter and that’s disappointing for such a storied franchise.

Even gamers have been trashing the game. On Metacritic the average user score is on par with the overall meta score. On IGN and GameSpot the user score is also low with an average score of 5.8 and 6.1 (this is with over 400 users rating the game). Obviously with user scores you have to take it with a grain of salt what with all the people who love or hate the franchise, but I normally find that user scores are higher than critic scores unless the game is absolutely terrible.

It is still early but with so many critic scores already in, the low metacritic score is definitely disappointing. Personally I never expected much from DNF. Yes I used to play the old games and found it to be hilarious and fun, when I was twelve, now that type of humor gets a little old. Sure I can still laugh at fart jokes here and there but an entire game full of that, I’m not so sure I can handle it. Plus nowadays we have games that are funny without having to resort to swearing and grabbing poop out of a toilet to get laughs.

It’s always a big deal when a storied franchise tries to jump back into the industry after being gone for so long, so for DNF to turn out the way it has that’s just disappointing. When I played the demo I could tell this wasn’t going to be a game for me and it seems like a lot of people are just finding that out. I don’t doubt that nostalgic fans will rush out to buy this game and if enough people buy it maybe we’ll see a sequel to this in a few years, but with a whole new gameplay design that fits with what gamers now expect from shooters. For now we’ll have to wait and see if gamers don’t care about the review scores or if enough twelve year old boys can find ways to buy this game to make it possible for a sequel.

[Source: Metacritic, IGN, GameSpot]