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Monday, 07 November 2011 07:41

Gearbox says Duke didn’t get a fair shake

Written by David Stellmack

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Reviewers could have been a little less caustic

Gearbox co-founder Brian Martel tells Eurogamer that he thinks Duke Nukem Forever didn’t get a fair review from critics. Critics could also apparently have been less caustic, in his opinion. Martel says he “has no idea of where all of the anger came from.”

While the suggestion that the title didn’t get a fair review is beyond a little harsh in our opinion, what we might say instead is that many reviews were more than a little overcritical. The problem is, however, that Duke comes with a lot of baggage and has been the butt of so many jokes that no mater what Gearbox did, many critics were going to tear it down, if you ask us.

One valid point, however, is that much of the game play in Forever returns back to a more old-school style of game play that perhaps many reviewers were not accustomed to seeing or playing. Duke could have evolved with the times, but should it have?

The bottom line is that the bar and expectations for this title were set far too high. Gearbox should just be grateful that the title turned a profit and move on to the next chapter in the franchise, which we think could be much better if the expectations aren’t as great. In the meantime, we have to wonder if reviewers really remember what they fell in love with in Duke; and maybe they need to re-visit the original before the next title arrives.

Read more of Brian’s comments here.

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+3 #1 DaRAGE 2011-11-07 11:22
I have to agree with this reporter in that the duke was old style shooter and reviewers were not expecting it. I also agree. Duke didn't get a fair review and was judged much too harshly say by receiving at least 20-30-40% less points out of 100% than it would be if it was any other game. i been playing games and reading reviews since i was about 8. 20 years later im still doing the same. I even went so far as to buy 3 review mags as i was shocked by the harsh and unfounded comments of my usual mag. the critics were way too harsh in most reviews compared to the actual product. I'd have given it a score of 65 - 75
+3 #2 JAB Creations 2011-11-07 11:53
Just made it easy to tell which writers were full of crap. I think there's some political agendas laden in there too since the controlled media usually acts in cohesion but if you're reading your news here online instead then you're likely already smart enough to know that.

The game was fun and that's what a game is supposed to be, even if some of the things Duke says or does are debatable in one fashion or another.
+1 #3 DaRAGE 2011-11-07 14:54
Quoting JAB Creations:
The game was fun

Yes it was, Especially driving that big 4 wheeled monster truck with its massive turbo. talk about air time ;-P
-3 #4 Jurassic1024 2011-11-07 15:39
Duke sucks. i could pirate it, but its not even worth it.
+1 #5 thetruth 2011-11-07 18:54
There are some games, like Serious Sam and Doom, that I can pick up and enjoy today. There are others, like DNF, which feel rushed, poorly balanced, frustrating and amateurish. I agree with the reviews. DNF feels confused. It should have had more ammo, more enemies and more weapons. As far as I'm concerned it tried to get the worst of both worlds, and succeeded in doing so.
0 #6 clutch22 2011-11-08 05:48
I didn't think it got a fair shake at all. I recently purchased it thinking it was going to be a pile of crap (because of the "reviews") and it turned out to be one of the funnest games I've played in awhile. There's 2 things I think are going on.

1) There's outside influence in game reviews...we know that from the Gamespot fiasco. They are getting paid to write favorable reviews for certain big name publishers. Whose to say these same companies aren't paying them to write unfavorable reviews of their competitions games?

2) Reviewers are becoming lazy. Some of them only play the first level or two and then skim through youtube videos in order to finish the review. Really?
0 #7 thetruth 2011-11-08 22:38
1) I wasn't paid, and I agree with them.

2) Come on... that's just a silly claim, and doesn't explain why Duke Nukem was hated more than most games.

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