Duke Nukem Forever 1.61/5 (3)

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Put on your sunglasses and prepare to step into the boots of Duke Nukem, whose legend has reached epic proportions in the years since his last adventure. The alien hordes are back and only Duke can save the world, again. Pig cops, alien shrink rays and enormous alien bosses won’t stop our hero from accomplishing his one and only goal: to save the world, save the babes and to be a bad-ass while doing it. The King of All Shooters is back with over-the-top weapons, massive aliens and unprecedented levels of interactivity. This game puts pedal to the metal and tongue firmly in cheek, among other places. Shoot hoops, lift weights, read adult magazines, draw crude messages on whiteboards or ogle one of the many beautiful women that populate Duke’s life; that is if you can pull yourself away long enough from kicking ass and taking names. Duke Nukem was and will forever be immortalized in gaming history, and this is his legend.

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The game started development in 1997, using the Quake 2 game engine. After missing an unofficial late-1998 release date (the company has always claimed "When It's Done" as an official release date), the company decided to restart the production of the game with the Unreal engine. Since then the game switched publishers, engines, and release dates multiple times, until it was finally released in 2011. The game now holds the record for the longest time a single video game has spent in development, clocking in at 14 years.

According to an Internet post made by a senior designer, all work done before 2003, minus textures, has been scrapped and is in the process of being redone. Since then, the designer has confirmed that the texture work is also being redone.

This is the first Duke Nukem video game where Duke is known to use the word "fuck" and "motherfucker" throughout his quotes and dialogues.

This is the first Duke Nukem video game where Duke has to perform a finishing move on the boss upon depleting the boss's life gauge. If Duke doesn't perform the move, the boss will be revived over and over again with full life gauge until Duke finishes it.


Duke Nukem: I promised I'd kill you last, I lied!

Duke Nukem: I'm back, baby!

Duke Nukem: What kind of shit ending is that? I ain't dead, I'm coming back for more!

Easter Eggs

When Duke awakes in his strip club after being knocked out in the Duke Dome, if the player is uncertain if he is imagining being there or is actually there they can confirm that he is still unconscious by going to the room with the security terminal ("Exit - Employees only" door easy to find) by the terminal on the desk is a constantly spinning-top a reference to Inception (2010). In that movie Leonardo DiCaprio's character uses a spinning-top to confirm if he is still dreaming as in dreams it constantly spins.

The first sign that Duke is still unconscious when he's at his strip club and a reference to Portal (2007) is that the lap dancer at the beginning of the level promises a lap dance and cake for completing a task. In Portal (2007), cake is promised for completing a series of tasks. It's only later revealed by writings on the walls that "the cake is a lie."

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