Jan 17, 2012

2011: A Year in Review, Part III: "The Bad"

2011 in gaming hosted amazing and diverse games, and why should the bad games be any different? By all reports, the year had some knockouts with Postal 3, the Blackwater recruitment Kinect game, and the apparently insensitive Techland Games duo Dead Island/Call of Juarez: The Cartel, but I didn't get to experience those myself yet.

This year, I only played one truly awful 2011 game. By virtue, it wins, but even if I counted the bad games from other years that went in and out of my systems it'd still be king.

[From gamebreakers.co]
Duke Nukem Forever (PC/PS3/X360)

Most critics passed this one for their worst games of the year list, citing it as more boring than truly bad, but I disagree. Duke Nukem 3D presented genuine innovation and historical achievement for interaction, but this soils that game's good name; it's a Duke Nukem 3D redux gone hipster and about a decade too late to cash in on that name. All in a year that gave us a perfectly good successor to and critique of Duke, Shadows of the Damned.

Reduced to ironic detachment, Duke quips at his best friend's death and two nude women (formerly his sexy lady entourage) after their stomachs explode from alien rape (“Looks like...you're fucked!” he chortles). 

Not content with that, it compares itself—madly, like head man George Broussard-as-Ozymandias—to Call of Duty, Gears of War, and Halo, claiming superiority by mocking those games/jacking their mechanics. Duke Nukem Forever says, as a forums poster put it, that everything and everyone is shit.

Where's the respect, Duke?


Anonymous said...

I used to love the Duke Nukem franchise. I grew up playing his games. I was extremely excited when I learned that they were finally going to come out with [i]Duke Nukem (its taking) Forever[/i]. I haven't played it yet, but it looks about as ridiculous as the rest of them.

The thing about Duke Nukem is that its supposed to be offensive, stupid, and crude. If you go in expecting a top notch game with any of the games, you'll be disappointed. It's like watching Army of Darkness or most 80's buddy cop movies; quality is shit, but the entertainment is through the roof.


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