Three Words are known to every true games fan: Duke. Nukem. Forever. The last of these words, Forever, can almost be taken at face value. Indeed, during the incredible 14 years in which Duke Nukem Forever was developed, you could have had the sense that it would truly take forever for the Duke to return...
In 1996, developer 3D Realms raised the action genre to new heights when Duke Nukem, a Jump 'n' Run hero of the early 90s, became the ultimate action hero in Duke Nukem 3D. The high amount of interactivity, the brisk oneliners of the Duke and lots of crazy ideas quickly turned Duke Nukem into a cult figure of the games branch.
Logically, a sequel was announced just one year later: Duke Nukem Forever. Nobody would have guessed at that time that it would take 14 years until it would finally be released. During all these years, Duke Nukem Forever reached a dubious kind of fame as the lengthiest running gag in games history. In midyear 2009, the closure of developer 3D Realms because of financial problems was announced. There was hardly anyone left who thought that the game would still be released someday.
In 2010, developer Gearbox Software assumed control of completing Duke Nukem Forever. Surprisingly for many games fans, the project DNF considerably picked up speed. In early May 2011, the longest and most popular running gag in games history and a development period that truly seemed to extend to forever, will actually be released – Duke Nukem Forever.
First screenshots and trailers of the final version suggest that Duke Nukem Forever continues in the tradition of its prequel Duke Nukem 3D, relying on no-compromise action, an epic amount of interactivity and loads of insane ideas coming to virtual life. Once more, aliens attack Earth and only one person can save the world, and especially our lightly dressed, hot girls: Duke Nukem!
Welcome back, Duke. We have been waiting for more than a decade for your return so you would once again tell the world: It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum... and I'm all out of gum.
HAIL TO THE KING, BABY!
Step into the boots of Duke Nukem, whose legend has reached epic proportions in the years since his last adventure
Beat back the alien hordes
Face off against pig cops, alien shrink rays and enormous alien bosses
Featuring over-the-top weapons, massive aliens and unprecedented levels of interactivity.
Only Duke can save the world
Minimum: OS: Windows XP, Vista or 7 CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.0 GHz GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600 Memory: 1 GB RAM Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
Recommended: OS: Windows XP, Vista or 7 CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.6 GHz GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS / ATI Radeon HD 3850 Memory: 2 GB RAM Hard Disk Space: 10 GB