Posts Tagged ‘Duke Nukem Forever’

Don’t Call It A Comeback: 3D Realms’ Crowd-Funded FPS

Pigs have been flying more often than they probably should lately

I wanted to snarkily write ‘3D Realms’ in the title, but when I added the apostrophe it looked like ‘3D Realms” and everyone would have thought I’d just forgotten what type of speech mark I was using. Anyway! The 3D Realms name is indeed back, even if it’s currently somewhat unclear as to whether it’s anything more than a name at present. The Duke Nukem dev closed its doors after too many years and too much money spent creating the horrible piss-mountain that was Duke Nukem Forever, but owners including Scott Miller and George Broussard kept some intangible measure of it alive afterwards. And so it is that 3D Realms’ name is attached to crowd-funded, post-apocalyptic shooter Earth No More.
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Borderlands 2’s Best Friends Forever Furore

You can't fight here, this is the war room

Here’s today’s scandal, then. The Mechromancer, a post-release DLC character for Borderlands 2 has been revealed, and one of her skill trees is aimed at making the game more accessible to people who don’t play shooters. Officially, this set of abilities is called ‘Best Friends Forever’, and includes skills such as missed shots having a chance to auto-ricochet into their intended targets – i.e. allowing some victory from imprecise aiming. That’s fine. That’s even quite a good idea for anyone who wants to play the game with someone who isn’t well-versed in such things. I quite want to play it with my Dad, in fact.

The trouble is that a dev at Gearbox unofficially dubbed it ‘the girlfriend mode’ when talking to Eurogamer, which is clearly all kinds of offensive and quickly caused online outrage – definitely justified were the skills truly called ‘girlfriend mode’ but rather less cut and dried if it turns out to be just one guy’s personal (and foolish) nickname for the real title of Best Friends Forever. Gearbox are claiming the drama stems from misinterpretation and sensationalism.
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Also: Dukem Nukem DLC On Tuesday


Speaking of that DLC stuff, Duke Nukem is destined to expand for the price of $10, next Tuesday. The DLC, which is called The Doctor Who Cloned me, features a new single player campaign (although presumably it’s only short compared to the main campaign) as well as a bunch of multiplayer maps. Gearbox explain the setting thusly: “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!”

Mmm!

Duke Nukem’s Four Guns Forever

Twice the weapons, twice the fun? Or just the same amount of fun but with a bit more mouse wheel scrolling?

There are many reasons to criticise Duke Nukem Forever. The incoherence, the leaden dialogue, the back-tracking, the unconvincing claimed satire of its attitude towards women, the half-baked mini-games, the oppressive linearity… and, perhaps most acutely for those who were more prepared to forgive such follies due to their fondness for the character and his earlier games, the strict two-weapon carry limit. I can’t imagine there’s much hope of DNF’s recharging health being thrown out, but Duke’s arsenal is about to be made a little less puny…
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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.
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RPS Asks: Cloud Gaming = PC Gaming?

My god, it's full of videoclips

Pay attention, students – here’s your homework for today. Cloud gaming services such as OnLive and Gaikai: discuss. They’re on the rise, and approaching the point where they’re not just a fascinating gimmick but a viable way of playing high-end games at reasonable graphical quality. But what do they mean for PC gaming? Indeed, can they be considered PC gaming? And most of all – how seriously should we, and you, be taking them?
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