Voice of Duke Nukem defends Duke Nukem Forever

The critics have not been kind to Duke Nukem. More specifically, a majority of reviewers have panned his latest appearance in Duke Nukem Forever; a game currently fetching an average score of 49 (out of 100) on the review aggregate site Metacritic. In defense of Gearbox's Duke Nukem revival, the voice of Mr.Nukem himself, Jon St John, recently offered his own mini-review, delivering a subtle jab to the game's harshest critics in the process.

"I have no comments regarding bad reviews by clueless critics," he told TheJoyPads, immediately commenting, "They seem to want to compare Duke Nukem Forever to Call Of Duty and other FPS' and they are missing the point. My thoughts about Duke Nukem Forever: It freakin' rocks! Lots of action, lots of fun, sexy, funny, irreverent... It's everything I hoped it would be."

Fair enough - you can't blame a guy for standing up for his project. You can, however, stare disapprovingly at the founder of The Redner Company, on 2K's PR outlets who recently threatened critics on Twitter, writing,  “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 ...Bad scores are fine. Venom filled reviews… that’s completely different.”

The message was deleted shortly after it was spotted by the gaming press, and 2K Games was quick to make it clear The Redner Group would no longer be representing its games.

As for Duke Nukem Forever developer Gearbox , studio head Randy Pitchford perhaps summed up the whole review row best when he  tweeted: “With sales data, It seems like *customers* love Duke. I guess sometimes we want greasy hamburgers instead of caviar...”

GamesRadar wasn’t exactly thrilled with Duke Nukem Forever. We stand by every word in our review, which awarded the return of the Duke with a “Decent” six-out-of-ten score. According to Senior Editor Mikel Reparaz, “Duke Nukem Forever’s world-record development time has produced an ugly, buggy shooter that veers back and forth between enjoyably average and outright boring, with occasional surges of greatness along the way.” Let us know if you side with Jon St John and Pitchford or tend to agree with the 'clueless critics'.

[Source: EurogamerTheJoypads]

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  • raptorak - July 14, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    I really like this game to be honest, it had great gunplay and executing enemies was a lot of fun. Played in higher difficulties with the shotgun, pipebombs and tripbombs, you can do some pretty cool killing sequences especially with the ego recharge. My personal score would be at least 8/10, for your average dude though, give it a 5 or a 6 and have done with it. And that battlelord is easy as hell. I dunno maybe I'm just totally awesome at the game :P
  • RedhawkAce - June 20, 2011 12:38 a.m.

    I think Duke was a fun game no regrets in buying it. People say it was dated but what most people don't think about is when Gear Box got it they already had an almost finished game so it was up to them to just update the graphics and gameplay. Yes they didn't do a great job but at the same time it's hard to update something thats already dated for a different generation of console that's what make it hard to make the game mind blowing. Overall I believe Duke was a fun game and people ripping on his cheesy humor are just stupid, that's what duke is known for is his toliet humor not his seriousness but in a generation where serious characters exist everywhere it's hard to see what we used to enjoy back when Duke 3D was but hey it happens. All I know is that The Duke still has a lot of potential and I will gladly buy the next game that comes out why because my standards aren't only for games that are the years blockbusters. There are games that have that charm and Duke was one... Hail to the King baby!
  • Hauntlink - June 19, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    i know people care about the 2 weapon limit but as i said earlier COD and halo have the same limit the only thing they have different is ammo count which is high...running around with 28 rounds of shotgun and 200 rounds of ripper ammo isnt conferring when ur use to duke having like 9 guns on him
  • Shinn - June 18, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    So many people complain about paying 60 US for a game. Rrp for the standard versions of Black Ops (on release) and MW3 is 120.84 USD. You're lucky everything is in a much lower price bracket, because the rest of the world suffers as publishers make up for their lost income buy taking more out of our pockets. In NZ, Duke was in a lower price bracket than COD, just fyi dude complaining about the publisher wanting an insignificant amount of your money.
  • CRASH - June 18, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    We live in the age of the Internet and bloggers are now the "new" critics.Anyone can give a shitty review and I have yet to see a real "bad" review that wasn't anything more than a personal rant against DNF.99% of games coming out now are around 7's 9 or 10's better bring something never seen before to earn those scores.
  • Turbonutter - June 18, 2011 7:40 a.m.

    What really irks me is that the stagnant franchise that got boring 2 releases ago - Call of Duty - is still the "yardstick" in the mind of reviewers. Black Ops got pretty good reviews, despite being - at the end of the day - just another semi-tactical military shooter. There's nothing wrong with liking that type of game, but for crissakes, why is doing something different looked down-upon so? There are perfectly valid critiques of DNF too... stiff animations, blurry textures, THE IRRITATING-AS-HELL TWO WEAPON LIMIT... but the vitriol with which it was received by the majority of the reviewing community was not at all deserved in my opinion. And being decried for having too many "boring," "action-less" sections really irks me. Seriously, when did all gamers start to suffer from acute ADD? There's my two cents anyway... or maybe twenty with inflation.
  • QWERTYCommander - June 18, 2011 6:02 a.m.

    Some of the reviews on there are downright mean. Some people seem to forget that some game developers have families, a house, etc. Even shovelware companies are made up of real people.
  • ElwoodFiore - June 18, 2011 3:26 a.m.

    I stand by Jon St John and all of GearBox. Whos making the games? And whos reviewing them? Thats the whole point here ;) The devs are making more money selling a game than you review whores are actually getting for lying... IGN gave brink a 4... I didnt even hate that game that bad i i hated it Id give it a 6-7 And people mostly bash the graphics of forever.... Stop useing a shitty Standard AV Cable and get an HDMI.... Its clear as day, Brink was cel shaded and zelda wind waker type i didn't like it one bit. But still had its own point of view of a shooter game. And for those of you whining about how shitty this game is, take it back to gamestop for 40$ less then you paid for it and shut up. Dragon age II got bad very few bad reviews... and i dont understand why, the games single disc is like 55 hours long... You should be happy with that.... Oh and side note, Duke nukems boss battles are a mix of zelda, with shooter in them i like it alot, and i stand by my score of 7/10 campaign and 9/10 for multiplayer, The multiplayer has glitches and bugs but all make funnier for a hilarious kill cause somebody got stuck and you humiliated them ahaha. Blow it out chur' ass!
  • Charlie_Fubar - June 18, 2011 2:34 a.m.

    I side with Jon too. While the begining takes longer than it should, I am really having a good time with it. Its not the best game this year, but its good solid American fun. Anyone who scored this bad was just too offended by Dukes attitude (and is probably an anti-american liberal). Im happy this finally came out.
  • AuthorityFigure - June 18, 2011 2:12 a.m.

    There is no controversy. There are many games out there that received much more critical reviews than this fizzer, and nobody is going out of their way to soften those blows. They need to care about the game BEFORE it's release, not AFTER, then they wouldn't be in this embarrassing postiion.
  • shadowreaper72 - June 18, 2011 1:56 a.m.

    I completly agree with John. It seems like if the game isnt exactly like Call of Fucking Duty then the game is automatically a peice of shit by reveiwers. Whatever. I brought the balls of steel edition and i dont regret it one damn bit.
  • Hauntlink - June 18, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    look im not trying to sound cliche but duke it duke, he's not your soap he's not your master chief he's himself, yea the 14 years hiatus sucked but people who are picking this game up have been waiting for it for 14 years and have played duke nukem 3d and want to continue the fun of duke nukem yea the load times suck the 2 weapons at a time suck, but nobody bitches about cod or halo which have a 2 weapon system, we were spoiled on the "hold all the guns you can" of DN3D people who are picking this game up is to play the game, and it sucks that no one gives it a chance, the only gripe i have it is the amount of ammo you can have, if they wanted the 2 weapon layout eaither give more ammo or even make the m1911 a 3 weapon by tapping y (360) twice, i give this a 7 1/2 and thats just me
  • hanktherapper - June 18, 2011 12:31 a.m.

    I'm about half way through and I'm enjoying the game for what it is.
  • sharker - June 17, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    No bias there.
  • darron13 - June 17, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    I'm with the critics. Although to be honest, I didn't have high hopes for the game to begin with. I'm not surprised that it sold well though...I mean fans have been waiting over a goddamn decade.
  • seanbidwell - June 17, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    Hail to the King, baby.
  • jasoncarter - June 17, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    The game was wonderful and everything I could have dreamed for. IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE SERIOUS. It was a total funfest. So happy I got the collectors. The Guy0526- Couldn't have said it better myself sir. As for the review scores everywhere, piss on them. I cannot believe how out of touch they are. This is the fourth time this year alone reviews for games I have played have been dead wrong. I've given up on reading any of them in favor of going back to the old ways of gaming, picking up or watching the game and seeing if you like it yourself. A toast to gearbox, may this be the beginning of Duke's return! What's next!
  • MACGRUBER7693 - June 17, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    @ParagonT. I don't think that's what they're complaining about. They modernized a lot of stuff in the game and in almost every review I've seen it's been criticized for it. Regenerating health, linear corridor shooting, only being able too carry two weapons, a sprint button, ect. No one liked the modern gameplay elements that were put into it.
  • MACGRUBER7693 - June 17, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    I do however think that some of the stuff critics was pretty over the top, especially their criticism of the humor. At the worst it might be kind of lame but to call it horribly offensive is just stupid. I also don't think it deserves an F like what it got in the 1up review. It's a mediocre game that has a few really bright spots and a few really ugly ones. It's not terrible but it in no way lives up to 3d.
  • MACGRUBER7693 - June 17, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    Like db1331 said the critics didn't hate this because it was an old school game. They hated it because it was a crappy and boring game. If anything I think the critics thought it was too modern. It was almost completely linear, had a recharging health system, little to no level interactivity that actually affects gameplay, had a sprint button and you could carry only two weapons at a time . That isn't what a sequel to duke 3d should be. Another thing I'd like to mention is the fact that forever seemed to focus more on humor and gags than the actual gameplay. In duke 3d the humor while very clever was usually understated and subtle, more like easter eggs. In forever it's the biggest part of the damn game. Duke Nukem 3d was one of the best games of all time and forever doesn't measure up to it.

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