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Duke Nukem Forever
Duke Nukem Forever

PC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: Gearbox Software Official Site: http://www.dukenukemforever....
Publisher: 2K Games
Release Date:
10th June 2011
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Post by Dan @ 02:55pm 14/12/11 | 2 Comments
The ludicrously long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever might have been poorly received by critics when it finally arrived back in June, but it was apparently still successful enough for Gearbox to justify continued support.

The game's first signficant expansion, cleverly titled "The Doctor Who Cloned Me" has been revealed and launched as a new singleplayer campaign with more weapons, enemies, bosses and interactive items and four new multiplayer maps.
Duke Nukem Forever’s new Add-On Content, Duke Nukem: The Doctor Who Cloned Me is bursting with all of the over-the-top Duke goodness fans love. Deep in the heart of Area 51, Dr Proton has been hatching his evil plan. Fueled by new ego boosts, Duke is ready to take on evil clones, aliens queens and anything else that comes his way in order to save the world and his babes!
Check out the trailer embedded below (direct video page) and hit up the official site for more specifics.

The Doctor Who Cloned Me is now available on Steam, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network for around US$10.



Saturday, 20 August 2011
Post by trog @ 09:03am 20/08/11 | 7 Comments
More good news (maybe?) for Mac users today with the recent release of Duke Nukem Forever on Steam as a Mac OS X title. In case you only just spawned into awareness:
The King is Back! Put on your shades and step into the boots of Duke Nukem. The alien hordes are invading and only Duke can save the world. Pig cops, alien shrink rays and enormous alien bosses can’t stop this epic hero from accomplishing his goal: to save the world and save the babes!
If you haven't seen it already our review is probably a good starting point, but if you've been hanging out to see what all the fuss was about and you've been waiting for the Mac, you can pick it up for the slightly redonkulous price of USD$79.99 on Steam now. In case you were wondering, the price for people in the US is currently at USD$44.99.
Friday, 29 July 2011
Post by Dan @ 08:22pm 29/07/11 | 9 Comments
In a rather bizarre move, it appears that an upcoming patch for Duke Nukem Forever will be adding the ability to carry four weapons in the singleplayer -- a strange, untimely and some might say half-baked response to one of the game's most common criticsms. Gearbox Software's ChrisF brings the news in a recent forum post:
The development team has been hard at work combing through the feedback provided here and elsewhere, with updates based on this feedback currently in the works for all three platforms.

Among the changes coming to PC are a new expanded inventory option that allows you to carry up to four weapons in the single-player campaign, Valve Anti-Cheat System (VAC) support, push-to-talk voice chat, the ability to adjust FOV plus other fixes and improvements that are still being tested.
No other details were revealed, so it's currently unknown as to whether this will also be offered to the console versions in future. What we do know however, is that Half-Life 2 on consoles worked fine with a weapon selection-wheel.

Judging by the sentiment we've observed from disappointed Duke fans, perhaps it would be best for Gearbox to put this one behind them and focus on bringing us a new polished Duke Nukem game that doesn't spend fourteen years in the oven.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Post by Dan @ 01:30pm 27/07/11 | 7 Comments
For anyone still playing Duke Nukem Forever, 2K Games have revealed the details of the first downloadable content expansion. Titled the Hail to the Icons Parody Pack, the expansion adds several modes to the game's (poorly reviewed) multiplayer component, and although they're unlikely to change anyone's opinion of the game overall, they're at least taking a humourous dig at other modern first person shooters.

Here's the brief from the official 2kgames blog:
  • Freeze Tag provides some of the most fun team gameplay in Duke Nukem Forever. Players cooperate to freeze and shatter their opponents in succession for huge point streaks and combos. See who can hold on to the babe the longest in Hot Potato and play free-for-all Duke style in Hail to the King.
  • Call of Duke – Duke engages in modern combat in a war-torn city. Foes don’t stand a chance against the Duke when he spams the map with the N00b T00b.
  • Sandbox – Players take the role of mini-Duke in a giant sandbox with two bases at either end made out of children’s toys. This map features Sticky Bombs.
  • Inferno – Time machine engage! Duke does combat in a hellish landscape of lava and teleporters. Who turned on the 16-bit graphics, and more importantly, where did this DFG come from?
  • 2Forts1Bridge – Hats? Duke doesn’t need no stinking hats. Give him a minigun and he’ll beat off all comers.
The blog post also features a couple of screenshots and if nothing else, the Team Fortress 2 style hats are a nice touch.

The Hail to the Icons pack is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 "this Fall" (Spring in Australia) and will be free to anyone that registered their First Access Club pre-order membership before the game's launch. There's no word yet on a price point for everyone else though.
Friday, 3 June 2011
Post by Pirroh @ 02:37pm 03/06/11 | 70 Comments
The Duke Nukem Forever demo has landed.

For those of you in the First Access Club, you can now head over to the official website to get your demo code. The PC version goes through Steam so you'll be getting a code to enter there, after which you should be up and running.

A new launch trailer has also been released as we're only days away now from the day many of us thought would never come. Watch below or in high definition now. promoted/edited forum item


Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:57am 25/05/11 | 4 Comments
Reality has definitely set in since Gearbox Software took the Duke Nukem Forever reigns that we'd actually see the damn thing released, but it's still worth reporting that old Duke has finally Gone Gold.
In 2009, after many believed that Duke Nukem Forever would never be completed, a small team of intrepid developers, known as Triptych Studios, resurrected the dream. Through their inspiring and steadfast commitment to the game and their exemplary talent and skill, they finally assembled the pieces to create an incredible, epic and cohesive gameplay experience. Under the production of Gearbox Software, Triptych Studios, Piranha Games and many other contributors joined together in a heroic effort to complete the long awaited game as a polished, full-featured triple-A title.


So no more delays, no more empty promises, just a game 15 years in the making finally fulfilling its destiny. Will it be any good? We've looked at it here at AusGamers in two parts: single-player and multiplayer, with mixed results, and I'm constantly at odds with many of my peers (and on the same side of many others) when defending Duke in his current form. All I can say in my experience with the game thus far is it's a Duke Nukem title through and through. Take that as you will, but I'm definitely looking forward to it.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Post by Dan @ 03:55pm 17/05/11 | 8 Comments
Via another "very special message" video -- that last time brought us a one month delay -- 2K Games and Gearbox Software have announced that "First Access Club" members will be able to download the Duke Nukem Forever Demo on June 3rd 2011, one week ahead of the June 10th international release of the full game.

First Access Club membership is available via a redeem key that is obtained when either pre-ordering Duke Nukem Forever or purchasing Borderlands Game of the Year Edition from participating retailers, which according to this page is only EB Games in Australian and NZ.

There's no word on when players without a First Access key will be able to play the demo, but the obvious assumption would be on June 10th -- the full game's release day.

Watch the cheeky trailer below or click here for HD.

Post by Dan @ 11:35am 17/05/11 | 4 Comments
2K Games have released a second video in their History of a Legend series that describes the colourful history of the franchise leading up to the upcoming and incredibly long awaited Duke Nukem Forever.

The seven minute clip features commentary from 3D Realms and Gearbox Software developers both past and present, including Scott Miller, Joe Seigler, Randy Pitchford, Allen Blum and Richard "Levelord" Gray, discussing many of the design decisions in the classic Duke Nukem 3D.

Watch the video embedded below, or click here for HD. If you missed Episode 1, you can find that here.

Additionally, we also have a new trailer for Duke Nukem Forever itself. This one was the 60 second TV Spot that aired in the UK during half-time at the recent FA Cup final. Check it out right here.

Duke Nukem Forever is at long-last due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on June 10th 2011.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Post by Dan @ 09:06am 11/05/11 | 5 Comments
As promised we have our own hands-on impressions with the multiplayer component of Duke Nukem Forever to share. Nachosjustice donned the fingerless gloves and mighty boot to give us the low-down from the perspective of a seasoned PC multiplayer gamer and the results are bang on with what most of us had been expecting:
Despite our many gripes with Duke Nukem Forever’s multiplayer, there was a lot of fun to be had; albeit not the sort of fun that we predict will attract the sort of player retention of the Battlefields and CoDs of the gaming world. The more intimate player limit and devastating weapons do slot Duke Nukem Forever’s multiplayer more into the casual gaming demographic; the kind of multiplayer slugfest that will tickle your funny bone occasionally but won’t make you want to devote dozens of gaming hours to it.
Read on for the complete article and stop by our game page (one of the oldest in our decade-long database!) for some new multiplayer specific screenshots.

Duke Nukem Forever is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on June 10th 2011.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Post by Dan @ 11:37am 27/04/11 | 33 Comments
2K Games have released a new trailer for the comicaly long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever, assuring us once again that the game is now almost completed and on-track for it's June 2011 launch.

The latest video is a two minute long set to the tune of Battle Flag by Pigeonhead and features a bunch of new (and uncensored) gameplay footage.

Watch the new video below or click here for the HD option.

Duke Nukem Forever is due on June 10th 2011 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Monday, 11 April 2011
Post by trog @ 10:38am 11/04/11 | 24 Comments
As we edge closer to the allegedly real release of Duke Nukem Forever, the trailers are starting to appear in force. The latest trailer, simply titled "Babes", showcases all the hotties (and acres of raw digital female flesh) that you can expect to see parading around in front of you while you're battling aliens and/or chewing gum.

Stream below or watch the HD version.

Monday, 4 April 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:57pm 04/04/11 | 12 Comments
2K Games gave AusGamers a full preview session locally, where we got to play the first two-odd hours of Duke Nukem Forever, right from the game's opening.

It's the same demo a host of people checked out recently in Las Vegas, and while many of those reports paint a pretty bad picture of the game no one ever thought we'd see, yours truly found a promising title that isn't going to shake the games industry, but it's sure going to make it laugh.

A triumphant return for the shotgun in FPS gaming and lots of self-referential jokes gives Duke Nukem Forever plenty of life - find out why in our in-depth preview.
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Post by Dan @ 04:28pm 30/03/11 | 15 Comments
Even after the recently announced extra delay (of the already unprecedented overdue date) on Duke Nukem Forever, the release date for North America was still a couple of days behind the international launch date. The folks over at the US contingent of PC Gamer were a bit baffled by this, questioning: "why is this game, which stars the quintessential American badass, is made by an American developer, and is published by an American company being released four days later in North America than internationally?".

2K Games responded with a rather simple explanation, that casually points the finger at U.S. retailers and their apparently unwavering procedure to only launch new games released on Tuesdays and these big brick and mortor players don't like getting pipped by online stores.
“We have a commitment to our fans to get the game out as early as possible, and every day counts. New games are available on Tuesday in North America, so we’re getting the game out as early as possible in this territory. The international markets do not adhere to this release timing, and it just happens that they will be able to release the game a few days before North America. We don’t want to hold it back, we want to get it into the hands of consumers as soon as possible,”
Here in Australia, the official release date is now June 10th 2011, which is a Friday, while our friends across the Pacific will have to wait until the following Tuesday June 14 to come get some.

Given the time difference and the international date-line (and assuming street-dates hold), Australians and New Zealanders will actually be the first markets in the world to play this one -- albeit at our usual inflated retail prices. Whether it's going to be any good or not though, is another question entirely.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:20pm 22/03/11 | 31 Comments
In case you missed it, Duke4.net has the skinny on the multiplayer component (courtesy of some OXM scans) to Duke Nukem Forever, the game that was saved by Gearbox Software.

While what we have are only print-magazines scans, they still disclose the first details on the (Xbox 360 version) game's multiplayer, which will apparently offer up eight players maximum at any one time in four vs four teamplay modes. There are four gameplay modes in total which include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Hail to the King (capture the hill) and Capture the Babe (CTF). There'll be 10 maps at launch (meaning more to come in DLC) and in Capture the Babe, you'll have to "smack" the babe periodically to keep her quiet.

These details lack any mention of co-operative campaign play, a feature that was much-loved back in Duke Nukem 3D, so it's pretty safe to assume that it's not happening in Forever.

While a formal announcement has yet to come out of 2K or Gearbox, given that the Xbox 360 version is reportedly restricted to 8 players, it's also a reasonable assumption that the game won't offer any form of dedicated server support.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Post by Dan @ 05:12pm 16/02/11 | 10 Comments
Following up Monday's announcement of the "Balls of Steel" collector's edition for Duke Nukem Forever, 2K Games have now sent word of some pre-order benefits that select Australian and New Zealand retailers will be offering up to those who want to front up early for either edition of the game.

As has been the recent trend, different retailers are offering different incentives, so (assuming you don't mind suffering Australian retail prices for your game) you'll have to choose wisely to receive the right Duke merch. Here's the skinny:
Australia:
  • EB GAMES – Duke’s Big Package - Unlocks in-game EGO boost, Big Head Mode and T-Shirt pack
  • GAME – Duke Nukem Forever ‘speaking’ key ring.
  • JB HiFi – Duke Nukem Forever ‘bottle-opener’ baseball cap.
New Zealand:
  • EB GAMES – Duke’s Big Package - Unlocks in-game EGO boost, Big Head Mode and T-Shirt pack
  • Mighty Ape (online e-tailer) – Duke Nukem Forever ‘bottle-opener’ baseball cap.
  • JB HiFi – Duke Nukem Forever sunglasses.
In addition, those who pre-order from EB GAMES will be granted admission to the Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club, whose members will gain access to the Duke Nukem Forever consumer demo prior to the general public.

For a full list of pre-order and point of purchase incentives, please visit www.dukenukemforever.com/preorder.
You can find full details in the press release and some images of the merch items in question right here. There's no mention of what happens if you have an existing pre-order from 1998 though!

Duke Nukem Forever is due on May 6th 2011 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Monday, 14 February 2011
Post by Dan @ 03:50pm 14/02/11 | 20 Comments
After fourteen years, they'd damn-well want to give you the option to buy the game with a bunch of extra promotional goodies, and 2K Games have, today revealing the details of a collector's edition bundle for the long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever.

Titled "Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel edition", here's what you can expect if you opt to pay a little something extra (although price points are oddly lacking from the press release):
The Duke Nukem Forever® Balls of Steel edition contains a copy of the game with exclusive Balls of Steel cover art and the following cool items:
  • Collectible bust of Duke Nukem
  • Numbered limited edition certificate of authenticity
  • 100-page hardcover book: History, Legacy & Legend: Duke Nukem Forever Art from the Vault
  • Duke Nukem Forever postcard series
  • Duke Nukem Forever radioactive emblem sticker
  • Duke Nukem Forever collectable comic book
  • Duke Nukem Forever foldable paper craft
  • Duke Nukem Forever poker chips
  • Duke Nukem Forever mini-card deck
  • Duke Nukem Forever radioactive emblem dice
Check out the press release for a photo of the contents.

Duke Nukem Forever and the limited Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel edition are due in Australia on May 6th 2011 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

For more details on the game (and a couple of fresh snippets of gameplay), check out this 2K Games interview video with Gearbox Software's Steve Gibson.

Thursday, 10 February 2011
Post by Dan @ 02:51pm 10/02/11 | 11 Comments
To go along with today's news of a game fitting Duke Nukem Forever's description passing the MA15+ classification test in Australia, we've also gotten hold of some new in-game images. These seven screenshots from Duke Nukem Forever were released to accompany various preview articles from a press event held in Las Vegas a few days ago and at 1920x1080 resolution they show off a variety of different scenes, enemies and environments in what appears to be early sections of the game.

Peculiarly, reports indicate that Gearbox are still yet to reveal any details regarding the game's much-anticipated multiplayer component with the Las Vegas event once again showcasing hands-on sections of the singleplayer game. Gearbox Software founder Randy Pitchford has previously inferred that there will be multiplayer of some description but considering we're only a few months out from launch now without an announcment, it's getting tough to maintain expections of a return of the full campaign eight player cooperative play that Duke Nukem 3D offered.

For our thoughts on what we've seen of Duke so far, check out our earlier hands-on preview as well as our interview with Gearbox Software.




Duke Nukem Forever is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 6th 2011.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:34pm 10/02/11 | 1 Comments
Our cool-cat friends over at Gamepron did some sleuthy investigative work this morning, and managed to discover that 2K Games' forthcoming Duke Nukem Forever has passed classification here in Australia, and emerged, unchanged, with an MA15+ rating.
In this latest action-adventure 1st person shooter game from the Duke Nukem series, the player assumes the role of the iconic, hyperbolic action hero, who must navigate through over 24 levels of futuristic scenarios, killing opponents with a vast array of weapons. The primary objective is to overcome an alien race that has launched an invasion on Earth and commenced a hybridisation program using kidnapped Earth women.
Interestingly, 2K Games had submitted the game as titled "000A" to try and thwart such information being made available to the likes of us gaming news entities, but this effort proved no match for Gamepron. Good work guys.

The verdict, however, is still out on just how the game will fare after 12-years in development, despite being picked up and pushed out the door by the capable Gearbox Games. Though either way, the sheer fact it's actually coming is almost worth a high-five on its own.

Duke is due to arrive on PC, PS3 and the Xbox 360 May 6th.
Saturday, 22 January 2011
Post by darkjedi @ 09:41am 22/01/11 | 66 Comments
I've lost count of how many times Duke Nukem Forever has been given a release date, but it seems that Gearbox Software feel that May 6th (or the 3rd for America) is when it's really coming. For real.

Announced overnight in a press release from Gearbox and backed up with an epic trailer, Duke's coming back after 14 years of being the longest running joke in videogaming and the crowned king of Vapourware titles.

Will it be any good? Are we looking at Daikatana 2.0?

Either way, the trailer has lots (and I mean lots) of T&A, drinking, things being blown up and Duke talking smack the whole way through.
New York, NY – January 21, 2011 – 2K Games and Gearbox Software announced today what will be a landmark date in gaming history - legendary hero Duke Nukem will make his triumphant return in Duke Nukem Forever® on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC on May 3, 2011 in North America and May 6, 2011 internationally!

Duke Nukem is one of the biggest and most recognizable brands in the interactive entertainment industry. Irreverent, non-PC, and uber macho, Duke Nukem is the perfect, uncompromising ass-kicking hero to remedy the overdose of today’s gaming archetypes. Duke brings his signature brand of babe-lovin’, cigar-smoking, beer-chugging and ass-kicking action as he saves the Earth and its babes from hordes of invading aliens. Where will you be when Duke Nukem Forever launches? Better mark your calendars, Duke’s legend is being told this May and his brand new trailer, viewable at www.dukenukemforever.com, promises to blow your mind!
Watch the new reveal trailer below or click here for the HD option.

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Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Post by Dan @ 04:55pm 03/11/10 | 11 Comments
A couple of weeks ago, 2K Games and Gearbox Software brought the infamous Duke Nukem Forever playable demo to Australian shores. At a public event at Brisbane's Mana Bar, Aussie gamers we offered the same opportunity as the attendee's of Septmber's PAX Prime expo in Seattle -- to actually play the game that has been cooking for 14 long years.

AusGamers were there of course and you may have already read our interview with Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford and Steve Gibson. So this is a little belated, however since there's been an absolute void of the traditional trailers and screenshots from the game since it's latest resurrection (that one still of Duke with the hogs head is still all that we have), we wanted to share our own impressions for those that didn't get the chance to check it out themselves.

Read on for our first-look hands-on with the elusive Duke Nukem Forever