It’s The Duke Nukem Forever Launch Trailer

By Quintin Smith on June 2nd, 2011 at 2:18 pm.

The small print on the label reads 'Come get some on your face!' Just fyi

This doesn’t get any less surreal, does it?

Good job, games industry. Maybe for your next trick you can resurrect Deep Cover, eh? No?

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  1. Turin Turambar says:

    Boobs!

  2. Bhazor says:

    “Hail to the king, baby”
    A reference to a twenty year old parody of a parody of a b movie. Says it all really.

    • Dawngreeter says:

      I am one of the people (the only person ever?) who found out that the phrase is older than Duke Nukem yeeeears after playing it. It’s an interesting experience.

    • czerwony says:

      Shurely “A reference to a twenty year old parody of an alternative scene in a sequel to a parody of a b movie”.
      I really hope they’ve updated their riffs on other-similarly genre’d games as well.
      – “That’s one dead space marine”
      – “I don’t see no crisis here”
      – “I ain’t afraid of no rage”

    • Tei says:

      Star Wars is a parody of Flash Gordon. The emperor is really space Fumanchu. These things are deep into pop culture.

    • Maktaka says:

      @czerwony

      Don’t forget:
      “I’m not just a COG in a machine.”
      In response to picking up a pair of glasses on a table “What kind of geek wears glasses when he’s saving the world?”

    • noclip says:

      czerwony:

      Don’t call me Shirley.

  3. OJSlaughter says:

    I am so rediculously exicited about this game, even if it is going to be dated: that will probably be one of its biggest charms.

  4. Kaira- says:

    Well, I laughed a few times for that trailer. Pixelated titties aside, looks good to me.

    • LionsPhil says:

      I smirked at the size of the content rating notice at the start.

      And then…nothing. Gods, this looks bad. So very bad.

    • Veret says:

      It looks like there’s plenty of stupid fun to be had, at the least. If they include an option to permanently mute Duke, I might consider actually buying this.

    • tanith says:

      I am with LionsPhil on this one. Pretty unimpressive.

      btw: is the comments system broken a little bit or is it just me?

  5. Unaco says:

    Thanks, but no thanks.

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      stahlwerk says:

      I’m with you on that.
      Although I’m kind of looking forward to the ‘gun’s WIT on it. If there really is a good game in it, it should be judged fairly and maybe there’s an in-universe explanation or whatever people nowadays use as an excuse for cognitive dissonance. But if they use Dukeisms solely as a smoke screen to hide a crappy game behind, well…

  6. banski83 says:

    Bit too much boobage, but it looks like a *fun* game to me, which is something I’m crying out for. Getting a little fed up of games taking themselves a bit too seriously these days.

    • Mad Hamish says:

      Not to mention people here taking themselves too seriously. Every single time there’s a Duke Nukem post there’s always a rake of whingers telling us how they’re too mature for this and how Duke is out dated and blah blah blah. I for one welcome Dukes sexist sillyness, adopted catch phrases and kick ass early 90s attitude. You’re too good for this gritty post 911 world Duke.

  7. poop says:

    cant wait for the backlash

  8. TotalBiscuit says:

    It’s adorable and also kinda sad the number of people who claim to have grown out of Duke Nukem and feel the need to share that fact with the internet.

    Day 1 purchase.

    • Unaco says:

      It’s adorable and also kinda sad the number of people who cling, almost religiously, to a game purely because of the name… vowing, come hell or high water, to purchase the game on Day 1, despite not having read any reviews, or played a demo.

    • sexyresults says:

      I see 1 person doing that Unaco. Talk less shit?

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      PoulWrist says:

      Indeed, since Duke3D was one of the most innovative titles of its day, featuring more things in it than most other games these days even dream of, and still managing a coherent whole. The perfect mix of oldschool gameplay and innovative features. Exploration levels, violence, some humor, and general awesome weapons and feel, it was the king of singleplayer shooters. Multiplayer was just sort of ridiculous for a good fun time while drunk. Not competition friendly. But fun.

      And people go all “buuuhuu duke3d was all about tits and lude voiceovers” yea, well if that’s all you can say about Duke3D, you never actually played it. Probably cause that “18” sticker on it kept your mommy from letting you buy it :p

    • Dawngreeter says:

      I am saddened in general by the number of people who feel the need to share their opinions of any kind with the Internet.

      Yes, I sadden myself. It’s a vicious one-step cycle.

    • Unaco says:

      @sexyresults,

      You see 1 person here perhaps, but I’ve seen more than 1 person on comment threads on RPS saying “It’s Duke, it’s a must buy!”.

      Besides, all I was trying to say with my comment is that, yes we do have people who want to tout their opinion that Duke is dated, cliched, a throw back to an earlier time, and they’ve outgrown it… but, we also have people who are going to buy the game blindly, based purely on the name itself, and their fond memories of Duke3D.

    • TotalBiscuit says:

      It’s adorable that you think I haven’t played it.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      I agree with Mr. Biscuit. Again.

    • gorgol says:

      OWNED BY THE BISCUIT!

      Well done sir, well done.

    • Unaco says:

      @TotalBiscuit,

      My apologies then… I turned my omnipotence off for a while (it makes winning at Stratego no fun at all) and so was unaware of every single game you’ve played, and what you had for breakfast, and the fact your favourite band is Supertramp.

      Fair enough though, you’ve played the game, you know what it’s like. It doesn’t change my point… there are people who will be crying “Boobies? Mysogyny? No thanks… it’s 2011, this game is so OLD” (as you said in the OP). And then there will be people who will say “It’s DUKE! Risen from the flames, resurrected, reborn and now with proper 3D Boobies!”. To me they’re two sides of the same coin. Both of them are ignoring the game itself, and looking at the package around it.

    • Nim says:

      I’m torn between Day 1 purchase or letting my significant other purchase it for me.

    • poop says:

      its easier to look at the package surround it than to admit that you have waited 50 years for some mediocre titties, weapon carrying limits, no mighty boot and regenerating health

    • Bhazor says:

      “Indeed, since Duke3D was one of the most innovative titles of its day,”

      OK I’ve heard this a few times but I’ve never heard it explained. System Shock predates it by two years, Ultima Underworld predated it by four years, Quake 2 (which included full mouse support) came five months later including fully 3D models and mouselook.

      Why exactly was Duke 3d revolutionary?

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      stahlwerk says:

      Engine tech wise it didn’t bring a lot to the table, that’s right. But compared to doom, the status quo of FPS at the time, the environments were seemingly a lot more interactive and the level design was just better.

      Edit: also, that’s quake 1 that was released in June 1996. DN3d was a january release of the same year.

    • noom says:

      That seems like an entirely unnecessary bit of patronising vitriol tbh Biscuit. Showing concern about peurile misogyny is sad and adorable why exactly..?

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      phuzz says:

      Everything is adorable.
      No really. Everything.

      Also, these drugs are great.

    • Bhazor says:

      @stahlwerk
      You saying the environments were more interactive than System Shock or Ultima Underworld? Also my bad about Quake 2/Quake mix up. Either way if Duke 3D was revolutionary in any way it was definitely surpassed by the games from the year after.

      phuzz says:

      “Everything is adorable.”

      EVERYTHING
      http://www.oglaf.com/nightfall/3/

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      stahlwerk says:

      hm, no, I’d say dn3d is not in the same genre as ss/uo. Environmental interactivity in dn3d is mostly incidental or tangential to other activities since it’s an FPS, while in an FPRPG you need to utilize and learn your environment on a more involved level.

      I’d summarize it as saying that DN3D taught the lesson that developers are allowed to fill an FPS world with (the illusion) of RPG interactivity without detracting from the fun and maybe even adding to it.

    • Bhazor says:

      @stahlwerk

      OK I can understand that to a degree.

    • Nalano says:

      If you rate games by the developers’ pretense towards ‘high art’ or their technical aptitude, then yes, Duke3D’s 2.5D engine and sophomoric humor, along with similar games made at the same time like Shadow Warrior, Carmageddon and Leisure Suit Larry, are an evolutionary cul-de-sac.

      If you rate games by design predicated on and centered around entertainment – and who only innovate in the direct service of entertainment (so no tech demos masquerading as games, for instance) – then Duke3D was one of the greats, and we should laud and thank 3DRealms for remembering first and foremost that we’re playing games, here.

      GTA3 and 4 fell flat, to me, compared to GTA1 and 2 because they took themselves way too seriously, and because of this left open a gap that Saints Row stepped in to fill. The CoDs and BFs of the world have over-inflated opinions of themselves, and we have games like Serious Sam because of this (not to mention the endless zombie shooters that come out like clockwork nowadays).

      Sometimes you need to just have a but of stupid fun, and damn the naysayers.

    • DrGonzo says:

      If you think GTA 3 and 4 took themselves seriously then I would say you weren’t paying attention or were rather stupid.

      Judging by the fact that you thought Saints Row was both good and funny, I’m thinking you are stupid.

      Seriously people, I get that games are subjective and all, but Saints Row was bad on a technical level in every single way. I don’t see how anyone over the age of 13 could possibly find Saints Row anything other than unbearable in every way.

    • kingmanic says:

      Indeed, since Duke3D was one of the most innovative titles of its day, featuring more things in it than most other games these days even dream of, and still managing a coherent whole.
      -PoulWrist

      It’s big innovation was simulating plane over plane maps using hidden teleporting, a few tricks with mirrored enemy placement and clever map design. The shrink ray was a bit novel but other than that it was doom 2 but funny and cruder. I recall only a brief period where my friends were all over it then we all transitioned to quake en mass when it came out. The Duke sequels were mostly garbage cash grabs.

      DN: Forever looks to be much the same. Buy it for the nostalgia if you like. I’ve bought plenty of mediocre things purely because of nostalgia like Dawn of Mana, Children of Mana, FFXII, Doom 3 etc… so it would be silly of me to cast aspersions on people who do so but we have to place it in context. Duke3D was a decent stepping stone in the evolution of the FPS but it’s much less important in the whole grand scheme than wolf 3d, doom, quake, Golden Eye, Counter Strike, half life or Halo.

    • arccos says:

      Wait, actual gameplay footage in a trailer? When did this happen?

      It looks pretty amazing. Sick to death of realistic shooters. Now if we could just get a sequel to Rise of the Triad…

    • Nalano says:

      Wow, DrGonzo, who pissed in your Cheerios this morning?

      Have you played GTA1 and 2? Did you remember its emphasis on just grabbing flamethrowers and killing civilians for the hell of it? And entirely devoid of the sorts of pseudo soul-searching both CJ and Niko were guilty of… while they were roasting civilians with flamethrowers.

      If you’re going to dismiss stupid-fun games as puerile, at least acknowledge that the ones you contrast with them are just as puerile, but aren’t being honest about it.

    • Sangman says:

      So much complaining in here, jeez. Day 1 purchase for me as well cause I’ve been a Duke fan since I was a little dude and have thorougly enjoyed every Duke title I’ve played. The trailers make this look fun as hell too soooo I’m gonna buy this.
      No, I do not need a demo or reviews for this. You just need to have some pattern recognition… all Duke games that were made by 3D Realms/Apogee have been great, Manhattan Project was great fun, 3DRealms and Gearbox have made tons of fun games,… Just in my opinion of course.
      I think this is a pretty solid reasoning to justify a blind purchase of DNF, no?

    • nayon says:

      Sheesh, guys, I don’t care about the name of the game, it just looks fun! If you take all the stupidity of the game seriously then perhaps lighten up a little bit? Or maybe the game just isn’t for you.

    • noom says:

      I should stress that I don’t necessarily think the game will be grossly offensive, but I don’t think there’s anything remotely wrong with any discourse on the subject.

    • Leelad says:

      @Unaco
      You’re saying you only buy games that have good reviews? You only buy games that have demos? So you’re basically a mong..?
      While I respect the opinions of game critics/reviewers/TB opinions are all they can offer.
      Tell you what might be best if you plan on sticking to your “i’m too grown up for obvious OTT testosterone tit games” would be only to ever read/listen too reviews by yahtzee you can then be sure that you won’t have to buy another game again! Super!

    • Zelius says:

      @noom

      Perhaps if it took itself seriously, but Duke is obviously satire. It’s the South Park of videogames.

    • noom says:

      @Zelius

      I’m not disputing that it’s intended as satire, but being satirical doesn’t automatically mean inoffensive. My point is only that there’s no reason to belittle people for showing concern along those lines. I don’t consider sexism to be a minor issue in this industry, so I’m happy to see it discussed.

      I honestly don’t expect the game to be bad in that respect, and I willl in fact almost definitely be picking this up, but the promotional material has massively played up the misogynistic aspects of it, and I think it’s fucking great that people should worry about that.

    • Tams80 says:

      I don’t care much how offensive a game is, as long as people can put it down and not bring it into the real world. I’m against sexism etcetera, etcetera, but in a game, film, book I don’t mind enjoying it every now and then. I just leave it as soon as I stop playing, watching, reading whatever it is.

      In short; let people have their fun, not matter how deprived it is as long as they keep in the game/book/film.

    • Nim says:

      Now that I’ve witnessed the “WTF is Duke Nukem Forever Demo” youtube video, I am cautious to say the least. No mighty boot, aggravating weapon limit and mediocre health systems has wounded my belief in this game. I hope the party responsible for this atrocity suffers shame and regret for the rest of their lives ( or until they’ve patched the issues, weapon limit and mighty boot should be trivial fix).

  9. FLBR says:

    If you edited out the dialogue, girls and Duke you’d think this was SS3.

    • man-eater chimp says:

      That’s basically saying if it wasn’t Duke Nukem then it wouldn’t be Duke Nukem…

    • Dubbill says:

      SS3? I didn’t see SHODAN in the trailer.

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      Daiv says:

      And if it had wheels it would be a Cadillac.

    • ResonanceCascade says:

      Naw, if this game had wheels it would be an orange 1969 Dodge Charger with a Confederate flag on the roof.

    • Eclipse says:

      maybe because it’s Serious Sam that tried to be like Duke Nukem

  10. banski83 says:

    Also, anyone tell me the title of the music track, please? :)

  11. el_Chi says:

    Gentlemen; token ladies… Feast your eyes on what will almost certainly be the World’s Most Pirated Game.

    • Kandon Arc says:

      You really think this will be pirated more than MW3?

    • Nim says:

      I’d be very worried for its quality in case no one wants to pirate it.

    • el_Chi says:

      I meant more in terms of super-entitled “I HAVE WAITED 29 YEARS FOR THIS GAME THEREFORE THE DEVS OWE ME THEREFORE I’M NOT PAYING FOR THIS” moon-logic.

    • disperse says:

      More like: this game is going to appeal to a demographic that isn’t old enough to buy a legit copy.

    • Tatourmi says:

      You can buy a legit copy of anything you like without any check, or at least in my young times it was the case, besides, steam.

      And frankly I don’t think they missed their target demographic, their target audience are the old fans of duke nukem and some people that have just heard about it as a legend, plus maybe some people bored with the FPS we get nowadays. Meh, besides, I am not over some of the jokes in the game and, obviously, it is self aware. I find the fact that Duke’s lifebar is his “Ego” hilarious.

  12. gorgol says:

    Awesome! :D Looks like a very fun shooter.

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    Rinox says:

    Looks fun! Probably gonna wait for a price drop, what with the Witcher 2 and unemployment.

  14. manveruppd says:

    Duke is the PERFECT antidote to all the po-faced, serious games that expect people to take their hokey, cliché’d plots about alien invaders seriously! He takes your Half Lives and your Gears of War and launches them into orbit with a titanic kick of his boot while laughing uproariously!

  15. Daniel Klein says:

    Well, that settles the videogames are art debate then.

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      Carra says:

      What’s next? Porn as art?

    • Tatourmi says:

      There IS artsy porn out there you know? A lot actually, from people who consider the human body as a masterpiece. I couldn’t really give any names but I know people that could.

    • Starky says:

      I think he was referring to the fact that in America porn is legally considered (and thus protected) as art.

  16. jplayer01 says:

    “I’d still hit it.” Really? What kind of retarded shit is this?

    But you know what … I’m still going to buy it. :-D

  17. Jonathan says:

    I don’t care one jot about Duke, and find its pureile nature offputting, but I really want it to turn out to actually be great as some kind of “fuck you” to 3D Realms, because they should have finished this game when I was young enough to find the boobs and dumb jokes entertaining. I totally lusted after DNF when they released that screenshot of the octopus-type creature.

  18. Teddy Leach says:

    I have one hope: That it plays Grabbag on the main menu.

  19. theSAiNT says:

    The big question is, “Will it have LAN?”

  20. applecup says:

    Heh, “Duke Sauce”

  21. fuggles says:

    I can’t believe this is out in 2 weeks. Must just all be a cheese dream….

  22. Jimmy says:

    Cool. Will it be free?

  23. Rii says:

    I like the shotgun.

    Other comments? Umm, it’s very brown.

  24. HeavyStorm says:

    Wow, a shooter with cars! And girls! I’ve never seen this before, this game is revolutionary…

    About eight years ago.

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      Daiv says:

      Looks like somebody is visiting negative-town!

      Lets turn that frown upside down.

      WHO WANTS ICE CREAM?

  25. Groove says:

    Rampant sex/sexism aside, I think this looks amazing.

    Yes, I want to tell the alien overlord to ****** ******** while firing an rpg at it, while we’re both on fire, falling out of orbit towards a giant shark.

    Then everything explodes.

    Then level 2 starts.

    • obvioustroll says:

      Then you stop playing the Nintendo DS version as it’s a bit tame.

  26. itsallcrap says:

    That big grey thing at the end says it all.

    “So, how can we improve on this gigantic, bloodthirsty monster?”

    “Give it tits?”

    “No, it’s got to be better than that.”

    “Three tits?”

    “Perfect.”

  27. killmachine says:

    blood, boobies, jetpack, shrinkgun, devastator, pipe bombs, shotgun, pig cops. thats enough for me. :D

    btw. funny how you can see whos the younger generation here by flaming this game…

    • itsallcrap says:

      Actually my comment (right above yours) comes from someone who installed Duke3d from floppies.

      I think it’s the sheen that somehow makes this more sinister. However camp it appears, it always gives the impression that you’re genuinely supposed to find it impressive.

      The old one – even when it was state of the art – was always just silly, and it knew it.

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      stahlwerk says:

      huh, wouldn’t say it’s a matter of generation if you “get” Duke or don’t. I never got him and I remember playing MS Flight Simulator 2.

  28. Basilicus says:

    I don’t see any screens in which more than one enemy is being fought at a time. This is a potential problem.

  29. Dreamhacker says:

    I’ll believe it when I… err… hold it?

  30. DarkFenix says:

    Utterly ridiculous, rampantly sexist, totally vulgar and dumber than a chimpanzee with down’s syndrome. What a breath of fresh bloody air in today’s market.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      It was back in the day as well. I’m glad to see it’s back.

    • choconutjoe says:

      Word to the wise: Trying too hard to appear intelligent can make you look even more stupid. Especially when you start insulting people with down syndrome.

    • Nalano says:

      Utterly ridiculous, rampantly sexist, totally vulgar and dumber than a chimpanzee with down’s syndrome, which makes it the most honest game on the market.

      What, you thought MW3 was smart?

    • Tatourmi says:

      No, but it seemed like it thought it was.

  31. Nim says:

    Duke Nukem has an uncanny ability to eject the holier-than-thou folks out of the closet.

    • jealouspirate says:

      I only buy shooters where I can play a character that doesn’t conform to traditional gender roles, where I can tastefully murder people and press spacebar to respect women.

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      stahlwerk says:

      Hm, implying Duke Nukem is adhering to “traditional gender roles” is very much like calling this an adequate mode of transportation.

    • Tatourmi says:

      (I think he was kidding)

    • PFlute says:

      @Nim: IRONY

      (It is ironic because your statement was, essentially, “I dislike people who think they are better than other people, I am better than them”, considering the fact that ‘Holier-than-thou’ is meant as an insult or put down.)

    • Nim says:

      Oh noes, I am now stuck in an infinite loop!
      Ctrl + C! Ctrl + C! Please work…

  32. patricij says:

    Solid.

    Also: lol boobs

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    Schaulustiger says:

    Looking forward to the WIT and the subsequent shitstorm in the comments.

    If it’s as good as Duke Nukem 3D, I’ll buy it just for the sake of some mindless, politically incorrect fun. Now please note the “as good as DN3D”. Duke 3D had some cleverly constructed levels, an interactive environment like barely any game before, great weapons and a multiplayer mode that was fast-paced fun. I don’t deny that some nostalgia might be involved, but Duke 3D was more than tits and one-liners – it was one of the best single player shooters of its time.

    • killmachine says:

      true. the level of interaction in the levels still is unbelieveably diverse. all the little things… you could play pool, play on arcade consoles (almost ;) ), start a cinema projector, interact with a cash register, blow walls up, push buttons to open secret doors… and thats just level 1, l.a. meltdown.

      do you know any other game where you can give a dollar bill to a stripper? pff, i dont think so. and thats what duke is all about.

      i actually dreamed about it last night i remember. i was in that game that was supposed to be duke nukem i think. i didnt shoot anything and there wasnt (sadly) any boobs involved, but i could interact with everything i saw.

  34. Moni says:

    It’s very, very deliberately crude. I hope the tabloids take the bait.

    I’m also quite glad they didn’t go with “Duke Nukem 4ever”.

  35. Lagwolf says:

    DukeNukem Forever… or DXIII. No contest, I am gonna wait until DNF is past the hype and cheaper. It is very much the battle of the intellectual (ok for a computer game) DX vs the knuckle-dragging DNF. Popularity wise, no contest, boobs win over conspiracy every time.

  36. mazzratazz says:

    Wait, what did I miss? I was expecting the majority of these comments to be incredibly negative after the whole “a slap on a woman’s butt is incredibly offensive” debacle. But they aren’t. Hurray!

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      stahlwerk says:

      Can’t speak for the other “po-faced” “holier-than-thou” readers, but I’m just tired of debating, since I feel like I have already said all I wanted to say in the last preview/trailer posts. And while I’m still not fond at all of the way this game’s PR is handled, I’m anticipating the release for all it’s inherent absurdity. I mean, come on, it’s Duke Nukem Forever. The fact it’s actually being released is the vaporware equivalent of a flying pig.

  37. Cirdain says:

    lol! looks very fun

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    shaydeeadi says:

    Looks like a fantastic excuse to get lean and shoot aliens.

  39. Cooper says:

    Three boobs?

    Awesome.

  40. vodka and cookies says:

    I miss the megadeath theme tune.

    • Tatourmi says:

      Oh, me too. I sure hope that it will be there in the credits.

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    Stense says:

    I’m comfortable enough with my maturity, intelligence and femininity to say that I did smirk once or twice during that trailer.

    I’m not sure if I’ll get the game, but as a piece of silly escapist action childish fun, it looks like it could serve that purpose. This is sometimes just what the doctor ordered.

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    heretic says:

    it must be the same voice actor as in 3D? either that or the impression is very well done.

  43. Branthog says:

    Durr durr durr comment about only appealing to pre-pubescent boys durr durr durr.

    Because Gears and the rest of the modern ilk is such a class above. And Bayonetta, while you’re at it.

    This looks ridiculous and over the top and retarded and I’m eager to play it and find out if there is anything redeeming about it as an actual game rather than just nostalgia.

    Hoping it’s great, but expecting it not to be.

  44. magnus says:

    Considering I’ve paid for it as a Steam download pre-order, it had better be good!

  45. myaltisa says:

    If anyone thinks this is misogyny, then they have had an ‘irony’ectomy, it’s ok to run about blowing things to tiny little pieces, but not ok to stare at the boobies!!!

  46. Reddin says:

    I have to say, despite all the boobs, it looks like it could be a fun game.
    No way I’m paying full price though, I can wait for a sale :)

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    TheApologist says:

    peow peow wooooshhhh bffffgggghhhh…hummina hummina…peow peow

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    Big Murray says:

    Are we all ignoring the fact that this game being released is a harbinger of the apocalypse?

  49. BobsLawnService says:

    I’m really worried about the two weapon limit. Other than that it looks like a stupid, throwback to a simpler time that really appeals to me.