Parody Pack: Duke DLC Detailed

Haha, jokes are funny.
The Gearbox forums have announced the inevitability of the Icons Parody Pack, a multiplayer add-on for Duke Nukem Forever. It’ll contain new maps and game modes, and be available in the autumn at some point. The post explains that the DLC will be free “to all First Access Club members who registered their FAC membership before Duke Nukem Forever launched in their country (subject to availability).” Presumably everyone else will have an option to buy it. More details below.

Three All-New Modes – 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.

“Beat off all comers.”


  1. Tetragrammaton says:

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  2. Symitri says:

    The real joke will be on the people who buy it.


  3. Pemptus says:

    I looked at the official forums via the link in the article and whoa – this game has fanboys? DNF? Really? Whyyy? Are they paid to post drooling comments?

    • Avish says:

      Every game deserves fanboys….

    • jon_hill987 says:

      Even Games for Windows LIVE has fanboys.

    • Brutal Deluxe says:

      To be fair though, at least half the comments there are complaining about the lack of a patch.

    • lurkalisk says:

      How could it possibly be surprising? There are alot people about. They all like rather different things.

      I myself absolutely despise the music of that Justin Bieber, but I don’t sit around thinking “I don’t like this, so why does anyone else??”

  4. Spacewalk says:

    I’ve heard that Duke’s fallen on such hard times these days he’ll even take as little as $20 to beat off all comers.

  5. Gnoupi says:

    And there I thought Magicka lacked subtlety sometimes in its references :-]

  6. Merus says:

    “Freeze Tag provides some of the most fun team gameplay in Duke Nukem Forever.”

    As opposed to the team gameplay that came with the game? That’s a novel approach. Most games start with their most fun gameplay as the base and add ways to extend it later.

  7. lurk says:

    Is “parodying” other games really a good idea for Duke Nukem Forever? Won’t it just remind people that they could be playing something better?

    • Groove says:

      Even reading the news about it made me lose focus and realise, I could play TF2 when I get home…I should go do that.

    • Churba says:

      Parody is literally the main purpose of Duke Nukem Forever. It’s not exactly subtle about it.

    • Magnetude says:

      Churba: D3D was a parody because it was actually better in many ways than the games it made fun of. This is more like trolling, sadly.

      Also, “Inferno – Time machine engage! Duke does combat in a hellish landscape” – does battle, surely? The way they’ve phrased it has tinges of “Debbie Does Deepthroat” to me.

    • Tusque D'Ivoire says:

      then again, “parodying” actually has some subtlety to it. pity they didn’t think of that.

    • pipman3000 says:

      3D Realms idea of a parody is playing it completely straight but also adding nudity and toilet humour. Yeah it’s a pretty great parody, 3DRealms/GearBox/Whatever they’re calling themselves these days are nearly as good as the masters of comedy Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.

  8. magnus says:

    So I take it everybody who’s posted on this thread have got a touch of Invisible War syndrome again?

    • Thants says:

      A what of what?

    • Zakkeh says:

      Comparing a sequel to it’s predecessor. Invisible War syndrome comes from the Deus Ex: Invisible War game sucking, especially in comparison to the first

    • Magnetude says:

      I think he’s implying that the game is a victim of hype, and that in 5 years’ time we’ll come back to it and think “oh, this isn’t *that* bad after all”, as it seems is happening for IW at the moment.

      Having not played DNF, I can offer no opinion. But based on what I’ve heard and seen, I doubt it.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Yeah, Invisible War doesn’t ‘suck’ and the original Deus Ex isn’t as good as you remember.

    • The Sentinel says:

      The thing about IW Syndrome, though, was that it was entirely correct. It may try to offer the same player choices and elements from the first game but the implementation of these things sucked – and continues to suck – really really hard. The awful engine was only part of the problem. by comparison to the first game, built on an older engine, IW is agony to actually play.

      I haven’t played DNF but by almost universal agreement the game is not going to go down in history as one of the under-valued classics.

      And yes, DrGonzo, Deus Ex IS as good as I remember, because I’m one of those clever people who doesn’t rely solely on memory for his opinions – it’s a game I play quite regularly, and it’s still every bit the work of genius I thought it was when it first released.

    • Xerian says:

      @ The Sentinel
      I played the first Deus Ex the other day (with a ton of graphic-mods, textures, lighting and everything became soooo sweet. <3) – And I'd agree that its as brilliant as I thought it was when I was a kid playing it. One simply cannot deny that it has great gameplay, and an immense amount of replayability.

  9. skinlo says:

    I can’t wait to not buy this.

  10. Out Reach says:

    And we all thought when this terrible piece of junk came out people would finally stop posting news about it…. *facedesk*

  11. Joe W-A says:

    Fuck yes!

  12. P7uen says:

    When the devs changed hands I thought I would buy it anyway for nostalgia value, but there is no part of me that believes that any part of DNF is better than any part of D3D, so I have not found a reason to buy or play it. :(

  13. Jody Macgregor says:

    So they’re charging people to play a parody of Team Fortress 2, which is better, and free? That’s… brave. Yeah, I’m going to go with brave.

    • Kirioth says:

      In that respect this entire DLC is fantastically brave. Possibly the bravest thing I’ve seen for months.

      We are using “brave” in place of “fucking retarded”, right?

  14. meatshit says:

    I’ll admit the name 2Forts1Bridge got a chuckle out of me. I’ll also admit that I’m an immature manchild.

  15. poop says:

    oh nooooo

  16. poop says:

    hte minigun has two balls

  17. gwathdring says:

    Parody tends to work better when your content is more interesting, more enjoyable, or more witty than the content you are trying to parody. Though I guess sometimes a runaway exception does favorably. When you parody a much loved game that already makes fun of itself, reviews well, and is now free, you’re already looking rather unfortunate … But Duke Nukem reviewed terribly and seems like the gaming equivalent of a leering sixty year old trying to act hip and fresh with catch phrases from thirty years ago while hitting on college students in at Taco Bell. Not only does Duke seem utterly desperate, but it’s only a matter of time before he gets arrested half out of pity to prevent further embarrassment and half out of genuine worry over his improper advances. Someone needs to stop that man before he gets it into his head he can still drink like back in the college days. I mean, he can barely handle a beer–a bender might kill him.

    • Magnetude says:

      “I mean, he can barely handle a bear–a bender might kill him.”


      Otherwise, I agree with everything you just said.

    • gwathdring says:

      Ooops. :P Fixed the typo.

  18. Joe Duck says:

    The next one should be Duke Nukem: The XXX parody.
    By moving the franchise that way, the subtle comments on the woes of our society and the solitary angst of the oppressed individual could be even more undertoned that in the current game.
    And also boobs, it would have more boobs

  19. misterk says:

    I like their commercial strategy of continuing to reward pre-order customers. I’m sure that’ll greatly encourage everyone to buy DNF. Or have they just given up on that?

  20. JackShandy says:

    See who can hold onto the babe the longest!

  21. Very Real Talker says:

    two forts one bridge… OH MY GOD! HIlarious! Because get this, it’s a reference to both 2fort and the internet meme 2girls1cup! Very funny and hilarious, would laugh again, I just told everyone in my house about this funny joke but they didn’t react to it and looked at me in a way I didn’t like, so I punched them, or better, I have beat them off, these stupid comers!

    Goddamned comers, I hate them.

    Jokes aside, I think it is a shame that duke forever turned out the way it did. Also why the hell didn’t they put the minigun in the original duke forever???

  22. westyfield says:

    “Duke don’t need no stinking hats”, they say, whilst demonstrating this with a number of pictures of Duke Nukem wearing various hats.

    • Dawngreeter says:

      Duke is a highly emancipated and very intelligent member of the human species who clearly differentiates between his needs and wants. He doesn’t need hats, especially if they possess an odor of some kind. But he wants them.

    • Thants says:

      Duke wears the hat. It does not wear him.

  23. j3w3l says:

    poor poor duke

    its like if the pet you love has gotten rabies, you love him but damn you really should just put it down already.. for theirs and your sake

  24. MythArcana says:

    DLC? And here I thought they were going to sweep Duke under the carpet again for another 20 years until they get it right. Silly me.