You may be asking, "How can any game live up to 12 years of hype?"  The answer is simple.  You can't.  It's just not possible.  The expectations for a game thats been in production this long are ridiculous and unreasonable.  But besides that, even if you try to ignore the fact that it's Duke Nukem and try to eliminate all expectations we had because of the hype, the game is still mediocre.  The gameplay isn't anything new.  The controls and shooting feel oddly clunky, and it's just overall a terrible game.