I can not tell you guys how excited I am for Duke Nukem: Forever. I love Duke Nukem 3D and still play it all the time with my friends on xbox live. So when i found out that by preordering the game I got an early access demo to play with Duke a little early I was like fuck yeah ,AMERICA!! But now that I've played through the demo a few times I have to say I am unimpressed and just underwhelmed.
The demo starts off and you are literally just take a piss. You can control the stream of piss and well this made me laugh. After I pissed for a minute or two ( Duke must have the largest fucking bladder know to man) I decided to pick up some poop and throw it around like a monkey. I got the idea from the trailer i saw on Dtoid and figured ill give it a shot. And again I laughed, some of the one liners duke said were funny as hell. The fifth time I picked up the poop Duke yelled something like "What is this? Shit finger painting?" One of the things this game really has going for it is the fact that its funny. Duke had about 10 different one liners for picking up the poop so I'm guessing there must be a lot of voice acting for Duke.
After i was done with the poop throwing I went into the next room where a bunch of swat looking guys were listening to their commander then running out to fight the big baddie seen in the demo (and above). I figured I would get a briefing on what I was supposed to do but instead the guy pointed me to a whiteboard and said do you have anything to add to the plan. So I just erased the the monster drawn on the white board and replaced it with a penis that had a mustache and looked angry as hell. The swat looking dude was like great plan but in the end the whiteboard was just there to fuck around with and had no real importance.
After running through a few corridors i came face to face with the big monster and the fight went nothing like the trailers showed. The trailer showed Duke punching the big dude in the balls repeatedly then kicking his ass some more. In the demo i was given what looked like dual rocket launchers and just had to shoot the thing over and over till it fell. Then kratos style jump on his back and rip out some tubing which turned off his guns. I wanted to punch the bad guy in the bean bag sooooo bad but i couldn't even switch to my fists for some reason. So i beat the boss then it transitioned to another portion of the game where i was driving a monster truck in some canyon. The driving mechanics were horribly clunky and Im glad the driving part only lasted around 3 minutes. When i got on foot is when the game started to show its shooting mechanics on just standard enemies.
This is where my biggest problem comes to play is when you are fighting standard enemies the enemies never really seem like they are getting shot. I shot this pig five times with my golden 45 and he barely even flinched. The guns are also lacking in weight. The game feels like you are shooting really inaccurate air soft guns at enemies that don't even feel the shots. And the game will give you references to other games which do shooting mechanics so much better. There was a tunnel i needed to go into and a few planks were in my way, obviously i need to smash them. I was hitting them when duke said, "A crowbar would really be useful right now." Reminding me of half life and how much better half life gameplay is during Duke Nukem really didn't strike me as well thought out.
In conclusion, this demo doesn't live up to the hype but did anyone really expect it to? It feels like Duke skipped a few generations and missed the lesson that came with them. If you want a game that feels like Duke Nukem 3D it certainly does that. You move fast, shoot big guns, and kill enemies left and right but the series really hasn't had the huge changes and overhauls that other first person shooters have gotten. Don't get me wrong though i had fun with this game, it made me laugh and the gameplay was decent. It wont be winning any awards but it will be fun for the game it is. I have the balls of steel edition preordered and I am not taking it back.
This opinion is based solely on demo and not the full game