Has Duke Finally Scraped the Bottom of the Barrel?

By Deane Barker on June 19, 2011

Duke Nukem Forever: barely playable, not funny, rampantly offensive: I’m not a prude, by any stretch, but Ars Technica’s review of Duke Nukem Forever made me a little ill.

In the first few moments of Duke Nukem Forever, your character pees in a urinal and then earns an achievement for reaching into a toilet and extracting a piece of human excrement.

[…] Duke arrives at a point where two nude ladies promise to lose their pregnancy weight from bearing their alien children, and they plead with you to let them live. (These are the same characters who performed fellatio on you during the beginning sequences of the game.)

[One] way past this section of the game is to kill both women.

[…] In another scene, a woman sobs and asks for her father. You see, the women in the alien craft are being forcibly impregnated by the aliens, and during your journey, you hear a mixture of screams and sexual noises. After I accidentally blew up a few of these female victims in a firefight, Duke made a joke about abortion.

[…] Multiple developers have worked on this game for over a decade, so I don’t know who to blame for the unplayable, glitchy, ugly, offensive mess it has become. No humor can make up for the game’s rampant hatred of women, and the terrible writing and one-liners can’t even be compensated for by good gameplay. The game’s jokes about other titles are laughable when you see how putrid Duke is upon release.

The entire review is scathing.  Besides being offensive, apparently the game also sucks.

This situation was neatly topped-off when the PR company handling the release threatened reviewers who wrote “venom” about the game in this tweet:

Too many went too far with their reviews…we are reviewing who gets games next time and who doesn’t based on today’s venom

The PR company was promptly fired.

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