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"Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:10:07 AM »
Until Thursday, 10/13, 4pm PT,....Steam is offering Duke Nukem Forever for only $9.99...

Well.., finally a price that DNF is worth the buy..... ::)
And to think I bought this game for $49.99 when it was first was released!.....:hammerhead:


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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2011, 07:16:02 AM »
I'd say it's definitely worth $10, even $20.

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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2011, 10:39:15 AM »
Hey, I paid much more for the Balls of Steel Edition.... although in all honestly I'm kinda glad I went that route because paying 50 bucks for the game alone seemed like a worse deal then paying more for a crazy amount of extras.

Mind you, that same edition is about 30 bucks on Amazon now....

Anyway, the whole reason for the sale is for the release of DNF's DLC Hail to the Icons. It's a multiplayer focussed update that adds some new gameplay modes and several parody maps inspired by other (more popular) shooters. Specifically, the parody maps are designed in the style of the Doom, Team Fortress 2, and the CoD/Modern Warfare games. Which is an interesting idea actually..... less amusing? An additional $10 price tag. I'm not begrudging Gearbox trying to make a little extra money off of Duke, but I imagine after the horrible reviews that'll leave a bad taste in everyone's mouth.

Meanwhile, because I'm a First Access Member somehow, I get the DLC for free. Now the question is whether I'll get around to trying it out.  ::)

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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2011, 08:33:23 PM »
Well, I decided to bite the bullet and plunk down the $10 to pick it up (since I just finished Rage), and so far I have one question.

Why does the game look like Duke smeared his sunglasses with Vasoline?
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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2011, 08:38:43 PM »
So you won't realize that it's an 8-year-old engine running the game....

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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2011, 01:20:26 AM »
You mean you paid for your copy of it?
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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2011, 01:30:38 PM »
I actually think that Rogue has a point. The engine is old, true, but that's not the problem. The problem is with the visual effects. They are all over the place and badly designed which give an overall blurred aspect to the picture. It's barely noticeable but it's there. And when you engage the so called "Duke Vision" in dark places it's even worse. It turns from blurry to completely gelatinous. Point is after 15 minutes playing the game I started to experience a headache (a real one) and my eyes really hurt. First game in 25 years that does that to me. I tried again after some relaxing and after 10 minutes of game, same thing happened.

So maybe it's me who's just getting old but this game is a health hazard... At least in my case. I don't think I'll even finish it because I have no intention to swallow a whole tube of aspirin every 15 minutes.

Too bad because despite the old tech and the retro gameplay things were looking fun until the headache. I mean it's certainly not a complicated game, it's just a shooter in the pure Duke tradition but it's a fun one (at least for the bit I've been able to play). The visual totally ruin it for me though (and I'm not talking about a lack quality due to the old engine but something much more insidious -- an overuse of stupid effects maybe in an attempt to conceal the lack of quality).


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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2011, 02:33:13 PM »
I still don't understand why, when I was driving the truck during the demo, blood spatters were thrown onto the screen. I imagine it had nothing to do with intelligence. So far my biggest problems deal with the stupid screen effects and the stiffness of the mouse sensitivity.

I also see a lot of this sort of thing:


And the Duke Vision, complete with buggy alien model:


For only $10, I can overlook a lot of crap...but I probably won't. It's in my nature to nitpick. Even so...

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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2011, 06:57:11 AM »
Wow - those are really bad. I never experienced that on mine. I had some slight pop-in of textures, but nothing like you note.

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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2011, 04:58:18 PM »
Me neither. I'm guessing they never bothered to bugtest the demo...

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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2011, 05:19:45 PM »
Oh, I got the full game...I just haven't had much chance to play much of it yet. (OB mod's almost done, all resources focused on that.)

I'll clarify a bit: the first screen was what I saw a lot, thanks to the various environmental effects thrown at me; I wish a squeegee was a part of Duke's arsenal. Most of the time...so far...if I stand perfectly still and don't walk through a steam cloud or get shot, it's pretty clear:


Side Note: I wish they were the Slardashian sisters, rather than the Holsom twins.  ;D

The Duke Vision screen stands, though. Pretty weird.
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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2011, 05:36:06 PM »
Well, when you think about it, the blurriness actually makes sense. Assuming he was 22 when the first Duke Nukem game was released (in 1991), given 20 years of substance abuse (steroids, beer), smoking, and indiscriminate sex, you've gotta figure a by-now-42-year-old Duke has cataracts that could stop the Death Star's main weapon. :coolparty:

I quit playing the game just after the "Ladykiller Casino" stage. Why? Because the game is stupid. I don't mean "mind-numbingly dull" by that- though, well, it pretty much is- but because the world the game takes place in feels like a seventeen-year-old buildup to a seventeen-year-old joke. I could tolerate the mishmash of old-school/new-school mechanics if I gave a damn about what was going on, but what do you do when you're rooting for the alien invaders before the end of the first act?
"Choice one: we flank them using what military men called tactics, and what religious men call divine inspiration. Or, we charge at them head on screaming various obscenities, in what military men call bravery and religious men also call divine inspiration."

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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2011, 06:09:47 PM »
Well, that means you missed the Alien Hive which just about everyone despised (I tolerated it without incident, but it wasn't especially pleasing to the eye, I'll give you that).

Side Note: I wish they were the Slardashian sisters, rather than the Holsom twins.  ;D

Perfect example of the outdated jokes that keep frustrating people...

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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2011, 02:12:15 AM »
"Hail to the king, baby!"

...what??

"Come get some!"

Again, what??

"I'm here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum."

You're no Roddy Piper, sir.

...and so on. It was one thing to rip off pay homage to Evil Dead 2 and They Live, but for the love of all that's timely, couldn't they have quoted movies made in THIS century, or make references to people that were famous within the last two years? Has anyone seen the Olsen twins lately? Are they still alive? Does anyone care? No!

In addition to the mouldy writing, pop-culture references are so fleeting that it's just futile. No one will remember any of the Kardashians in five years, so why bother making the reference? I try to avoid doing so anymore.  :P

But there's another problem: how many movies have been quote-worthy in the last ten, fifteen years? By that, I mean how many big-budget blockbusters featuring action heroes spewing heroic, over-the-top one-liners have there been lately? It seems that most of the action films feature spandex and CGI and skinny little weasels (such as that Shithead Laboof kid).

(Which distracts me for a moment: what's the point of human actors in the Transformers movies, anyway? Then again, what's the point of Transformers movies? What's the point of anything?? I need a drink.)

I mean, Bruce Willis might mumble something mildly amusing, but beyond that? I think The Last Action Hero was aptly named. I think I need another drink.

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Re: "Duke Nukem Forever" for $9.99........
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2011, 09:43:06 AM »
Agreed about Ladykiller Casino -- unfortunately, I think that's the worst point of the game. After that, you climb around the outside of DukeBurger, which I thought was the highlight. Inside DukeBurger, all the mini-Duke stuff is kinda fun. The Hive was boring and leads to the stripper den, which is purile and worthless in the scheme of things. When you finally get to the truck scenes in the desert is maybe the best sequence of maps in the game. And then they end at the Hoover Dam, which is not too bad.

Just like Daikatana, they led with the worst maps, and it just takes forever to get into the game. Take Duke 3D as an example: you start shooting at stuff from moment 1, and never really let up. Even that would have been more fun. It seems as if they QA testers started at the front, finished a section, archived it for 10 years, and then moved to the next section.

17-year-old joke indeed -- the whole game is antiquated without being retro cool.

 

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