Gaming Nexus: Does Duke Nukem Matter Anymore?
Gaming Nexus’ Charles Husemann has put out an opinion piece questioning the relevance of Duke Nukem in a time when Gorden Freeman, Kratos and Masterchief have become the new heroic icons. The article asks the question – Is this walking cliché straight from the first Bush administration still a character we can identify with, or is he too much of an overgrown boy scout with heavy weapons?
Gaming Nexus: While there is some nostalgia to the character he’s a product of a by-gone era and I don’t think people are going to settle for such a poor shell of a character any more. Let’s be honest, at this point Duke Nukem feels a bit like the creepy 30 year old guy who’s hitting on high school girls at the mall.
Even the multiplayer aspect of Duke Nukem has been left far behind with today’s destructible environments and complex multilevel scenarios.
Duke Nukem 3D also had some of the best multiplayer I’ve ever played (we still fire it up at LAN parties from time to time) but the bar has been raised significantly by the Halo and Call of Duty games. Sure you can’t shrink anyone and then step on them in these games but I can kill people with a flying toilet in Half Life 2 and that’s just as good.
By the time they update the game and the character, the Duke will be unrecognizable.
Read Charles Husemann’s biting, satirical look at Duke Nukem on Gaming Nexus .