After reading and hearing about all the negative reviews regarding Duke Nukem Forever, I felt it necessary to play the game myself and come to my own conclusion.  Especially since I am a fan of the old school Duke Nukem games.  I finally got around to renting the game at a local Red Box, popped the game into my PS3 and never looked back.  I must say all the negative reviews and reviewers were very harsh.  For whatever reason, instead of just reviewing the game and the gameplay for what it is they were just simply hating all over Duke Nukem Forever.  I got the sense that even if the game had an amazing story, top notch graphics, and superb gameplay, they would have still found ways to nitpick Duke Nukem Forever and still give it a negative score.

For the most part I personally enjoyed playing Duke Nukem Forever.  Is it a perfect game?  Absolutely not.  Is it a fun game?  In my opinion, yes it is.  All the Duke'isms from previous games are back.  His classic one liners, his bad ass attitude, his crazy alien enemies, etc.  This is a Duke Nukem game after all.  I don't know what people were expecting from this game.  The game knows what it is and so should people who play it.  I laughed out loud many times from the subject matter and quotes coming from Duke's mouth.  All the complaints about the subject matter of Duke Nukem Forever being too vulgar and over the top I disagree with.  I was actually expecting it to be far worse than it really was.  Nothing that offensive in my minds eye, especially nothing that offensive from a Duke Nukem game nonetheless.

The gameplay itself was solid.  I liked most of the weapons that you were able to pick up along the way.  There are better first person shooters out there but this game as a first person shooter was still fun to play.  I don't think I could get any more joy blowing the head off of a pig cop with a shotgun.  Another complaint about this game was that there wasn't that much shooting in the game.  I'm not sure if these reviewers were actually playing the same game.  Yes there were little sections here and there were you played little driving or puzzle games but I found myself in plenty of areas were I was simply shooting aliens.  Again, this isn't the best shooter out there but you do get to shoot aliens a lot in this game.  It is a first person shooter after all.  Again I found that many reviewers blew this aspect of the game way out of proportion.  The bosses in this game were also a blast to fight.  They were big, they were loud and they were fun to take down.  If you got a chance to humiliate them at the same time all the better in classic Duke fashion.

The graphics were hit or miss for me.  Some sections looked great, up to par for this generation.  Other sections looked fairly mediocre.  Nothing looked so bad that it turned me away from the game though.  Yet another complaint I came across often was the loading times between each section.  Honestly I didn't think it was that bad.  I believe gamers this day in age are somewhat spoiled in that they expect everything to load instantly.  They need instant satisfaction.  Come on, have a little patience.  The loading screens were not that bad.  My only complaint would be that they break up the action a little bit.  But before you know it, the game loads and you are back into the thick of things.

Overall I would say that this was a slightly above average game.  I had a lot of fun playing it, the game made me laugh quite a bit, the boss battles were big and raunchy, and it was just another enjoyable Duke Nukem game for me.  The game could have been better yes, but I applaud the developers for sticking with it, staying true to Duke's roots and releasing this underrated and for whatever reason very hated game.  A lot of reviewers gave Duke Nukem Forever a rating of a 3 or 4 out of 10.  Really?  Come on, the game wasn't that bad.  I say Duke Nukem Forever is a solid game and deserves at least a 7 out of 10.  I gave it just a few extra points because I like the franchise.  Although I wouldn't pay full price for the game right now, definitely check it out when the price dramatically drops and have some good old Duke Nukem fun on this generation of consoles.