PAX10: Duke On Screen

Nothing escapes the omniscient eye of the internet, and so it wasn’t long before the hands-on Duke play at PAX was uploaded by winged technologists to our glowing rectangles. You can bear witness to some of the activities of the man in shades, below. It seems to be some kind of action game, focused on the use of firearms. The perspective, sensibly, is set from the view of the protagonist. There doesn’t seem to be any way to talk to the monsters, aside from perhaps making some caustic quips that are basically rhetorical.

So yes. Duke footage.

Shake it, GameTrailers!


  1. K says:

    Yay, gamepads!


    link to

  2. Neil says:

    What’s that strange white thing that they’re using to control the game? Is that some kind of newfangled keyboard+mouse?

    • darktime says:

      it’s called an XBOX 360 controller.
      weird isn’t it ?

    • sfury says:

      I believe this game will be best played with the Apple Tragic Macp …eer Magic Trackpad, none can beat it in whiteness and magicness. Tis true, Steve Jobs told me so.

    • Radiant says:

      It’s Kontroller with a ‘K’.
      Why is it called a 360? Is it round?
      Where do you input your emoticons?

  3. Snall says:

    Strippers? In Duke Nukeum? Weird.

  4. Hideous says:

    Singing the start of Bohemian Rhapsody would be appropriate here.

    Jim, you may begin.

  5. Snall says:

    Also: People actually intend to still buy this? I mean, nostalgia’s one thing….but, can it be good? At all?

    • mrmud says:

      I think morbid curiosity is going to sell more copies of this game than actual expectation of it being a good game.

    • drewski says:

      I don’t think very many people actually expecting this to be good, in the same way you don’t expect the bearded lady to be a supermodel.

    • Snall says:

      I’m just saying…..Snakes on a Plane didn’t exactly break box office records…smells similar is all.

      ..and frankly I hate to see ANY games company lose cash…especially trying to do what they think the fans want.

      Of course the game I am most excited about is friggin Subversion which probably says a bit anyway…

    • Urael says:

      I’m going to strangle with a [megadrive] gamepad cord the very next person who uses the word ‘nostalgia’ (Particularly in reference to Transformers which have actually been continuously sold throughout the 90’s and Noughties). Many things WERE better back then and I don’t even own a pair of rose-tinted specs. And I only had to walk five minutes to my school with my own pair of perfectly serviceable plymsoles.

      I’ll be buying this for many reasons:

      – Because Duke 3D was awesome (You could play a reasonable approximation of pool in the same level that let you pay dancers to jiggle their nipple tassels).
      – Because just about every male gamer wants to kick alien ass, chew bubblegum and rescue hot, very grateful chicks.
      – Because I love Duke. A fabulous character and PC Gaming’s most clearly and cleverly realised un-PC anti-hero hero. He’s the Duke!
      – Because I’ve invested ten years of my life reading articles and engaging in internet chat on the topic, far too long to allow mere cynicism to derail such a significant life investment.
      – Because I’m curious to see what a game in development for over a DECADE looks like.
      – Because Duke-Era PC shooty goodness is becoming rarer and rarer these days.
      – Because a Pig is a Cop or Better Yet a Terminator.
      – Because fun comedic action/shooters are also something of a rarity.
      – Because fun comedic action GAMES are also something of a rarity.
      – Because it’s not set in World War fucking Two.

      Feel free to add more of your reasons, readers!

    • TooNu says:

      I think Urael kinda makes a pretty solid list of points there. Well done.

    • jeremypeel says:

      This demo doesn’t seem to go overboard on the fun, though. It looks like an overly spacious Serious Sam.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      Urael <= /me bows


      Yes but still, you have probably bought worse games, I'm just buying because I 100% support the Idea of using 'Roids to boost your health instead of MedPacks/Shields/Regenerating Health…

    • Skorpeyon says:

      I’m with Urael, especially with the last item on his list: “Because it’s not set in World War fucking Two”. Though I would like to say, in general, the fact that it’s not set in any war is what’s got me. Even Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 annoy me because they’re all just guys running around in camo shooting each other.

      Also, I would like to add, “Because it doesn’t play like modern shooters”. And by that I mean over-the-shoulder-with-my-guy-taking-up-1/4-of-my-view. And also because it doesn’t appear to have a cover system that makes me trying to run PAST an object adhere me to it, then force me to press a certain button in order to jump over it. I can actually figure out how to position myself behind a barricade just fine, thanks. I don’t need to be “attached” to it.

      This looks like a pure-and-simple PC shooter, from back with FPS’s were awesome. That’s why I want it.

    • Flint says:

      Why couldn’t it be good? What makes it automatically poor? Because of what its name is?

    • Oozo says:

      Maybe “Snakes On A Plane” didn’t do all too well on the box office – but it got Samuel Jackson Badass Ale for its premiere: link to
      If the game gets Duke Badass Ale handed out on its launch, its existence is more than justified, says I.

    • Snall says:

      Eh…well I see things differently and quirky does not equal fun. The original Duke was amusing…but not exactly a show stopper on any level. *shrug* I’m not saying it doesn’t have some good ideas, but then again I’m not really an arcade-e shooter type. But whatever floats your boats, buy it, support software you like, etc!

    • TEHDUUUUUUUUKE!!111__IsNowSad says:

      “Because Duke-Era PC shooty goodness is becoming rarer and rarer these days.
      Because I love Duke. A fabulous character and PC Gaming’s most clearly and cleverly realised un-PC anti-hero hero. He’s the Duke!

      So why would you want to reward the people who have now successfully mutilated him into a gimped 2-guns-only-lets-aim-at-gamepad-mechanics turd and taken the Duke out of Duke?

      I’m just waiting for the final nail in the coffin, ultra-low maximum ammo limits to finally confirm that this is no longer a proper and fun Duke shooter with excessive amounts of guns, gores and babes, but our punishment for not having planted pipebombs and thrown in every console factory after the SNES.

    • Rinox says:

      Because Duke is so hilariously over the top that it’ll be awesome?

      We’ve had enough serious-o-shooters like CoD and Crysis in the past few years…time for some unabashed cheesiness! Serious Sam is cool but doesn’t have the Duke’s personality.

      Hail to the king!

    • Acosta says:

      Urael, you get a manly respect knuckles from me. Well put.

      Cynicism means nothing to the Duke. Hail to the King baby!

    • Phydaux says:

      “– Because I’m curious to see what a game in development for over a DECADE looks like.”

      3D Realms’ Pray was in development from 1995, and was released in 2006. 11 years right there.

    • Urael says:

      “Pray”? Was that one of those Left Behind games?

      Middle-class linguistic priggishness aside, I’d forgotten about Prey. I really enjoyed that one. :)

  6. Schaulustiger says:

    I wonder if we’ll also see the official PAX trailer that the stream wouldn’t show. Shaky cam footage makes me nauseous.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Then you’re gonna find it really hard to play this game.

    • RyePunk says:

      The official trailer isn’t worth watching. You need to see the game being played to really appreciate it. The trailer doesn’t do it justice.

  7. Arthur says:

    Why can’t hold more than 2 weapons in duke nukem forever?
    i remember in Duke nukem 3d you could hold more than 10 weapons.

    • JSmith says:

      I’m sure some halo fan would say something smug about Halo introducing this concept, but it’s been around a lot longer than Halo…

      With regards to the Duke, I’m shocked this concept is implemented (and hopefully will get removed in the final release).

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      Modding can do wonders =>
      see ‘Duct Tape’ mod Doom 3 =D

    • poop says:

      yeah after seeing weapon limits, strawberry jam smeared regenerating health and a boring vehicle segment I’ve never felt my interest in a game drop off so fast

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:


      Maybe they’re just implementing some of this ‘hollywood-esque realism’ that has been plaguing games, although instead of having SET weapon limits, It starts out that you can only carry 2 guns, but the more steroids you find, the more guns you can carry oh imagine =D.
      Also a game where pigs are cops and cops are pigs, how can this NOT be win?

    • Luomu says:


      You’re not supposed to get health (or “Ego” as it is called) back by cowering behind a wall but by performing headshots, execution moves and other cool kills. Said a guy who played the demo and talked to the devs.

  8. Po0py says:

    I’m bored to the point of exasperation about this already.

  9. Stijn says:

    Sounds like they at least got the soundtrack nailed.

  10. Corrupt_Tiki says:

    I am going to buy this game, I mean, Duke Nukem, I wasted too much of my childhood on this game to not play it, I don’t even really care if it is a shit game, I’m sure I’ve bought worse, Far Cry 2 Grrr, CoD World at War….

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      World at War was actually fine, albeit a bit ridiculous.

      Modern Warfare was the problem. Because they made it really dumb because they don’t know how to advertise so why not have a Russian citizen killhouse simulator?

  11. Dude says:

    Born to be WAAA-EE-YALD!

  12. int says:

    Oh how I and so many others have waited a decade and a half.

    The horror if they did a Halo/Alan Wake and completely fucked PC gamers. I’d go postal and purchase Postal 3.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      And an M16 and 15 clips and make other people have a bad day as well =P

    • Dude says:

      Goddammit, don’t say that! What next? Deus Ex requiring a permanent online connection? Thief 4 with no lean buttons? Mass Effect 3 with no scientist salarian? Damn you!

  13. Wulf says:

    I wasn’t expecting it to look quite so… monochrome.

    There was mockup footage released that actually had the promise of a much more colourful game, though the washed out videos could just be misleading. But if it’s just Duke in Yet Another Bland Shooter, then eh. I want something as interesting as Duke 3D again, damn it! I, at least, hope it has a shrink ray.

    Please have a shrink ray.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      Plus one to this good sir.
      Shrink ray on MP, oh my god can you imagine…. I’m getting too excited now, my lady friend is getting envious, oh duke :->

      also captcha: pwnm, I read as Pwn ’em , must be a sign from the gods!

  14. aukondk says:

    The mine level looks a bit naff, but the apparent remake of the Duke3D final boss fight in the stadium (complete with field goal) gives me nerdy tingles.

  15. mootpoint says:

    I can’t help but think of Rage seeing the first part of the gameplay. Which is kind of ironic, as one of the first issues of CGS+* I read featured a review-shootout between the two hot shooters of the time, Duke Nukem 3D and Quake. Duke got the best score, a 4/5 if my memory serves, Quake got a 3.5… guess that translates to a 10/10 and a 9 these days.

    * Computer Games Strategy Plus, the weirdest named publication ever, but also just about the only gaming rag worthy of true respect.

  16. Hideous says:

    Shrink- (and freeze)ray has already been confirmed. :)

  17. Longrat says:

    I don’t get why the livestream was plagued with an idiot camera man that, instead of showing people the gameplay footage from start to finish just switched between players, essentially being a constant rewind to show us the same thing over and over again.


  18. Starky says:

    Looks to me like borderlands more than Duke… looks like the same engine too, same enemy AI and gun handling.

    My guess is they just took whatever assets they were handed and shoved them into the borderlands engine and quickly mocked this game up (by quickly less than 2 years).

    Which means it might even be a fun shooter…

    • CMaster says:

      Well, Borderlands engine = Unreal Engine 3, so I’d say same engine is kinda likley.
      Also, with Borderlands 2, Colonial Marines and so on to work with, I do imagine Gearbox were asked to do this job quickly.

    • Starky says:

      True, though perhaps I should have been more specific saying that it is the Borderlands specific customized version they made for Borderlands – just with the cell shaders turned off. Gun mechanics, vehicle mechanics, and all.

      Which is to be expected, they’re given this game to do so they just rip all their existing code for UE3 and plug it in.

      Go look at some of the screenshots of Borderlands before they changed the art style, it is exactly the same.

  19. Starky says:

    Hell it even has the exact same boost mechanic on the vehicles…

    Borderlands was a great game though, so here’s hoping.

  20. Matt says:

    This game is the United Fucking States of America in a box! I wish it was out already

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Does my non interest in this game after seeing how bland and how over the top it isn’t make me un-American?

    • FunkyBadger says:

      DJ Phantoon: why do you hate freedom, son?

  21. MaxwellKraft says:

    Finally, just what I’ve always wanted! A color-drained shooter with regenerating health that only lets me hold two weapons at a time and features third person vehicle sections!

    I think it was pretty obvious that it wouldn’t live up to the hype, but they didn’t even seem to fucking try.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      Bit harsh when it’s just based mostly on videos eh?
      Have faith ye

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Have faith in a game that was announced before the google existed?

      No, Gearbox gets ONE shot to impress us all. It’s not their fault, but actually it is because they picked up the name and license so now it’s their problem and their fault.

  22. manny says:

    Large levels + Unreal 3 + Gearbox = Borderlands Duke Nukem?

  23. Himself says:

    In Duke, monsters talk to YOU.

  24. supdude says:

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks a lot like Halo? In the first video the gameplay, x2 zooming in and melee animation all resemble Halo very much. Even the pigs jumping at him seem pretty much like the brutes behaviour. Not surprising coming from gearbox who ported Halo to the pc at the time.

  25. TEHDUUUUUUUUKE!!111__IsNowSad says:

    Hey, remember when this used to be a PC game?

    Like, in the days before every mention and banner and ad of DNF was phrased in the order of “for console x, y, z! Oh, and uhm that other thing, what’sitcalled, mmmmh, uhhhhh, errrr, uhm…*getsaguytowhisperitintohisear* Oh yea. The PC. Also might appear on the PC. Probably, I guess. But it’s DEFINITELY going to be out on consoles EVERYWHERE! Oh yea.”



  26. Spacewalk says:

    On the bright side, if it ends up sucking there’s still WGRealms 2 as an alternative despite it not being very Duke-like.

  27. Tom O'Bedlam says:

    The field goal put a great big shiteating grin on my face.

    Captcha: NKEM

    Hail to the king, baby

  28. ts061282 says:

    7/10, next

  29. bill says:

    DO you think the mine level still has that Prospector from the old trailers?

    The regen health by performing cool moves sounds reasonably duke-ish.

    Having 2 weapons sounds very un-duke-ish.
    I’m not against it per-se, it works well in some other games, mostly real-world ones. (though it does tend to mean i ignore most of the fun-but-specialist weapons and stick to the reliable-general-purpose weapons for the whole game).

    • bill says:

      PS/ It looks fine. But it looks like a lot of other games.
      Do you think you get to fight more than 1-2 enemies at a time?

  30. Londonistan says:

    Always bet on Gearbox to make a bad game.

    PS: Anyone who thinks Borderlands was a “great” game for the PC should have their heads checked out. If a buggy, poorly optimized, console port is considered “great” then I guess I should just give up video games all together.

    • Tom O'Bedlam says:

      Spoiling for a fight are we?

      Borderlands is, without exception, the most FUN i’ve had playing computer games in my adult life. Its graphics are charming and endearing, the vehicles are batshit crazy, it has sutomatic shotguns with sniper scopers (WTF?) that set people ON FUCKING FIRE. And above all else, stratched the diabolo-y itch for people who’re sick of fantasy.

      I’ll never understand people who come on the internets looking to pick fights with strangers over what games they enjoy playing.

    • Jake says:

      Borderlands is amazing fun. I’ve not had any bugs or optimisation problems, although I remember I had to edit the .ini to enable vsync. Other than that it’s been pretty much perfect.

    • Londonistan says:

      Sharing an opinion = picking fights?

      Borderlands was a rubbish game made by an equally rubbish developer, the game files had to edited to make the FOV bearable, the guns were all reskins of the same couple of models with some hackneyed abilities tacked onto them, the story was pure garbage, the world was uninspired and dead, along with the “characters” who were all just shallow, two dimensional cut outs who served no other purpose then to send you on fetch and kill quests. I could go on about the menus being poorly designed, the multiplayer being a travesty, and the fact that Borderlands only real claims to fame are the bajizllions of guns* and all the hirarious pop culture references.

      I’ll never understand people who have incredibly low standards and will defend bad games on the internet.

      *Guns are all the same except with slightly different abilities and different colours.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Yeah, not normally to rush to someone’s aid, but Borderlands isn’t as good as you think it is. And you mention yourself why you had a pants seizure over it- because you really wanted a non Fantasy Diablolike. Well for the rest of us, it was pretty eh. It wasn’t really immersive for what there was, and ridiculous guns don’t make it better when they forget simple things like “the car should still be just as resilient at higher levels”.

      It’s not that it was bad, it’s just that the rest of us that weren’t looking for a Diablo with guns game thought it was merely okay.

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      The game files had to edited to make the FOV bearable, the guns were all reskins of the same couple of models with some hackneyed abilities tacked onto them, the story was pure garbage, the world was uninspired and dead, along with the “characters” who were all just shallow, two dimensional cut outs who served no other purpose then to send you on fetch and kill quests. I could go on about the menus being poorly designed, the multiplayer being a travesty, and the fact that Borderlands only real claims to fame are the bajizllions of guns* and all the hirarious pop culture references.

      All those points are true. And yet, I still found the game really, really fun. Even moreso once we’d finally got multiplayer working. Brick was probably the most fun character: going berserk, then running up and punching enemies repeatedly in the face while screaming at the top of your lungs. And in the game!

    • Jason Moyer says:

      Has Gearbox made any bad games? The only ones I’m familiar with are Borderlands and the Brothers In Arms series and I’d rather all 4 among the best shooters I’ve ever played.

    • Nick says:

      your problem is confusing low standards with different tastes.

  31. Shadrach says:

    I opened this article at work today and had to consider for a long time whether that first shot was NSFW. The conclusion? Its Duke Nukem Forever damnit!

  32. Unaco says:

    Meh… I’ll probably just get the first chapter as shareware on a cover disk and play that a few times.

    But, I’m not going to give these people any of my money, just to teach them something of a lesson. It’s how I’ve felt about DNF for the last 7 or 8 years… since they announced one of their engine changes… but it was elaborated upon by Yahtzee on Zero Punctuation this weekend, and was clarified for me. Basically, they’ve spent 12 years pissing Allah-knows-how-much money against walls and strippers, or snorting it up their noses, or whatever. A competent company could have taken all that money, made 3 or 4 AAA Class DNF’s in that time, and, on the side, funded a handful of indie/small scale devs to produce 10 or so interesting, innovative and intelligent games, that would have helped this whole video game thing evolve and mature, instead of reaching back to a 15 year old hero, using 15 year old lines, set in a 15 year old game, doing the same things as we were doing 15 years ago (with sparkly graphics!).

    Now, if they were rebooting it as a hybrid of a Real Time Global Strategic based logistics/diplomacy/strategy mixed with a Turn Based Tactical combat portion, then I’d be on board.

  33. +--JAK--+ says:

    This looks a lot like RAGE from id to me.

  34. kulak says:

    I wonder how many people saying “Of course I’ll get it, because DN3D was awesome(even though it looks shit)”, are also the same people who bitched at “WHY DID THEY HAVE TO TAKE THE XCOM NAME, WHY COULDNT THEY HAVE JUST MADE A NEW IP”.

    This is why.

  35. Steve says:


    “What’s that strange white thing that they’re using to control the game?”

    We call them Nerds.

  36. DarkNoghri says:

    I can’t recall if any of the old Duke games were on a console (I think not), but it looks like this certainly will be. Based on Borderlands, I hold little hope that the PC UI and controls won’t be absolute garbage, which is a shame.

    • Unaco says:

      You think wrong. Duke Nukem 3D was on Mega Drive, Saturn, N64, Playstation… and is now available on XBox Live Arcade and IPhones (do they count as consoles?). In fact, I think there have actually been MORE console Duke Nukem games than there have been PC games.

    • DarkNoghri says:

      I stand corrected then. I wasn’t really sure, but the only Duke game I had ever played was one of the 2D PC games. It wasn’t something I was horribly familiar with.

      Was DNF always supposed to be multiplatform?

    • Urthman says:

      Duke Nukem: Zero Hour on the Nintendo 64 was a fun game. If they’d released it at the time on PC with PC-quality graphics and called it Duke Nukem Forever, I wouldn’t have been disappointed.

  37. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    I’m now wondering how it’d be to play Dukenukem’s theme on Audiosurf. And why oh why they decided against releasing Audiosurf on the mac.

    Ah well, at least Duke Nukem Forever is coming out.

  38. Corbeau says:

    This is Duke Nukem. Y’see that guy in the first video? Y’know, the guy hiding behind a rock and sniping with a pistol? HE’S DOING IT WRONG. ;)

    Well, either that or the developers screwed up. I’m not the only one hoping that DNF turns out to be an uber-high-budget version of Painkiller, am I?

  39. Vodkarn says:

    “This is Duke Nukem. Y’see that guy in the first video? Y’know, the guy hiding behind a rock and sniping with a pistol? HE’S DOING IT WRONG. ;)

    Well, either that or the developers screwed up.”

    I can assure you that he is, in fact, doing it wrong.

    I am also curious where the comments of ‘cover system argh’ are coming from, because it has none whatsoever.

  40. DoubleW says:

    When all the cheering for ‘roid-popping Duke dies down, we’re all going to go back and start bitching about how society at large assumes gamers are sweaty manchildren, aren’t we?

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  42. WiPa says:

    That song is kickass.

  43. Scandalon says:

    I want to know why everyone was holding down the “walk” key, ’cause surely that’s not the default movement speed…

  44. Shadowcat says:

    Oh god. It’s so PAINFUL watching people play FPSs with a gamepad. It makes the game look awful. The effect is much the same as if the protagonist was very drunk (but with none of the associated enjoyment passed on to the player).

  45. DoYouReallyLoveTheDuke says:

    If you really are somebody who is against the gamepad / consolification of the Duke, please consider going to the gearbox forums and posting your opinion about a 2 weapon slot system being a stupid thing to do on the _PC_ version.

    So far the polls about this show > 80% shaking their heads at a weapon slot limit, but there also needs to be an absolute figure of people to impress whichever overlords are watching that forum..

  46. RandomDukeFan says:

    The whole concept that is shown in the videos looks cool, but it does seem that it has been predominately designed towards consoles. I tend to agree with a good number of comments posted here about what Duke should be and what the videos fail to show, mostly because it has that “gotta get the game out to as many players as possible” mentality that every development company has. If they want to release it to various consoles as well as PC they should try and perfect each version so it suits what it is being played on. But of course that means more development time.

    What I would really enjoy would be a remake of the classic Duke3D done with a new engine. I’m sure it would sell well with all the fans, and even bring in a whole new generation of people who appreciate what Duke really is.

    Just my lowly $0.02