Duke Nukem Forever review round-up - 13 years ends in disappointment?

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Duke Nukem Forever hasn't had a good start. Early reviews have pegged it as a bit of a stinker, but that didn't stop it from becoming the No.1 seller on this week's UK All Formats chart this week.

The weekend has given people plenty of time to spend with the Duke and reviews have been coming in thick and fast. Here's what the critics had to say about Duke's long, long, long-awaited return.


IGN has awarded DNF a middling 5.5, saying "It's a muddled, hypocritical exercise in irritation with solid shooting mechanics and decent encounter design", although "there's some dumb fun to be had in Duke Nukem Forever" overall the "aging icon awkwardly enters a new era," it says.

Joystiq hasn't taken much of a liking to DNF either. The site has given the shooter 2/5. It says DNF is an experience "perpetually stuck in the late 1990s" that may have "been alright a dozen years ago, but by today's standards it simply doesn't hold up".

"However you dress it up, Duke Nukem Forever is Doom with added political incorrectness, or 'same old, same old' as far as the character is concerned", says The Guardian before moving on to deliver the final blow to the 15-years-in-the-making game by saying: "it makes you wonder what they did for the other 14 years and 10 months". It has also given the game 2/5.

Eurogamer has given Duke Nukem Forever a shocking 3/10, advising readers to spend their time and money "reliving his iconic past than bearing witness to this gruesomely mangled resurrection".

Interestingly, while Duke Nukem Forever on Xbox 360 has a Metacritic average of 50, its PlayStation 3 counterpart sits at 62, while the PC version has 76.

PC Gamer's 80% has given the PC version a boost. Its reviewer says "years of anticipation will spoil Duke Nukem Forever for some - there's no getting around that at the end of that long road is only a good game and not an amazing one", although Duke "may not be at the top of his game" he "still knows how to party".

Disappointing stuff. Let us know what you think in the comments below.