Duke Nukem Forever demo out now on PC, 360

Duke's demo launched on Xbox 360 in the wee small hours of the morning, is now available on PC via Steam, and will be out on PS3 "as soon as possible."

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Given Duke Nukem Forever's lengthy development, its release last week was inevitably going to lead to controversy. While different corners of the Internet still curse or praise Duke's return, there's one easy way to see for yourself--play the demo, out today.

The Xbox 360 demo is now available from the Xbox Live Marketplace, presently exclusive to Live Gold subscribers. The PC demo is also out now, available from Steam.

On the PlayStation 3 front, publisher 2K Games notes, "We are currently working with Sony to get the demo out as soon as possible too."

The demo was first made available on June 3, exclusively to members of Duke's First Access Club. Essentially, those members had to pay for access to the demo.

The launch of Duke Nukem Forever last week was fittingly dramatic for the culmination of fifteen years of hype and anticipation. Negative reviews, including our own, were equally praised and reviled as the corners of the Internet split into separate warring factions. Just another day in the life of the Internet.

From The Chatty

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    June 21, 2011 9:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Duke Nukem Forever demo out today on PC, 360.

    Duke's demo launched on Xbox 360 in the wee small hours of the morning, lands on PC later this morning, and will be out on PS3 "as soon as possible."

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      June 21, 2011 9:02 AM

      The battle begins anew, today.

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      June 21, 2011 9:03 AM

      is it the same demo that was released early to select ppl?

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        June 21, 2011 9:04 AM

        yes, it is.

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          June 21, 2011 9:59 AM

          was there no effort to read community feedback about the demo? it wasn't just panned: many people were convinced it was a several months-old build from PAX. i've finished the game twice already and that demo does not represent the product well at all. the game is great; the demo is an insult.

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            June 21, 2011 10:02 AM

            thats dumb of them to not have modified the demo before widespread distribution then

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            June 21, 2011 11:19 AM

            we read everything (or pretty much everything) - i run a community team with two people under me so we cover a lot of ground. however, demos take a lot of work to make - it's not something you crank out in a day or even a week.

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              June 21, 2011 11:48 AM

              i know you do great work and i wouldn't question that. i also know that demos are often a major time investment for the developer; perhaps a better way to word my question: did you find the feedback about the FAC demo so positive that it seemed like a good idea to release it to the public?

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                June 21, 2011 1:35 PM

                well it's out for the public now, and people are excited about it - so there's that. ;-)

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              June 21, 2011 1:49 PM

              How about 15 years? =p

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      June 21, 2011 9:04 AM

      Such a shame, the demo doesn't do the full game justice. It is still fun, but pales in comparison to the full game.

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        June 21, 2011 9:57 AM

        Agreed. It's a pretty boring demo for some reason. I've been having more fun with the full game.

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        June 21, 2011 10:37 AM

        I'm not sure if I'd even go so far as to say the demo is fun.

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      June 21, 2011 9:53 AM

      No mac version. Blah.

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      June 21, 2011 9:57 AM

      At least I'm finally going to find out whether I can run it or not. Canyourunit.com says I can't, but the description doesn't make much sense..

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      June 21, 2011 9:59 AM

      demo does more harm to the game i think :(

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      June 21, 2011 9:59 AM

      Pretty sure this demo ended up hurting their sales and will continue to do so. =(

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        June 21, 2011 11:14 AM

        I'm pretty sure the game itself will handle that. The PS3 version was absolutely abhorrent. Long (really fucking long) loads every 5 minutes of play. The game itself was uninspiring. Was really easy to turn it off and go back to Mortal Kombat 9 after a half hour or so.

        Perhaps it will be more fun on PC. I do intend to give it another shot at some point.

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        June 21, 2011 11:27 AM

        Next time a demo is preorders only even if its been ready for months, take it as a sign

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          June 21, 2011 11:35 AM

          it wasn't just preorders. Borderlands GOTY was another huge way people got it.

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            June 21, 2011 3:45 PM

            It also wasn't all preorders; steam preorders got nothing. Which is retarded.

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        June 21, 2011 1:50 PM

        I don't think the demo had hurt their sales, since they had to preorder the game in the first place

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          June 21, 2011 1:53 PM

          excluding Borderlands GOTY

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          June 21, 2011 1:56 PM

          Well, I think the reactions to the demo also contributed. The morning after the demo launched the entire Internet was slamming the game.

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          June 21, 2011 5:31 PM

          I sure as the hell cancelled any plans to buy it after playing the demo from the Borderlands deal.

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          June 21, 2011 5:44 PM

          No but people who did preorder and played the demo can still bitch or praise it.

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        June 21, 2011 3:21 PM

        It convinced me not to buy the game, honestly.

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      June 21, 2011 10:24 AM

      Besides the AMD Dual Core Optimizer, is there any other hidden thing I need to worry about after installing this?

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        June 21, 2011 10:34 AM

        you'll want to lower steam priority to 'low' in task manager before starting it up. steam and DNF do not play well together and steam will eat up the better part of one core while playing--absent that fix.

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        June 21, 2011 10:40 AM

        Disable post-processing. It seriously makes the game look worse.

        Make sure your drivers are up to date as well. This game, at least for me, is extremely finnicky when it comes to that. I ran the demo on 11.3s, I think, with a 4850 and it was unplayable. I updated to 11.5s and it ran silky smooth.

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      June 21, 2011 11:02 AM

      Good on them for releasing it. Too bad that the demo is not very good according to most people.

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      June 21, 2011 11:09 AM

      I bet this demo does a better job of representing the game than some people want to admit

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        June 21, 2011 11:39 AM

        not really. it lacks a lot of the humor and interactivity of most of the game, and the level they chose to show off is one of the more empty and linear areas.

        i'd have shown stuff from inside the casino and possibly climbing the hoover dam which i thought was pretty cool.

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        June 21, 2011 11:56 AM

        it really doesn't represent the game well at all. you play through the first level--a modern version of dn3d's battle with the cycloid emperor--and then a brief driving segment and some on-foot action, the latter of which is quite atypical for the game in style. the boss battle in the demo will feel familiar as you play through the game but otherwise it is a very hollow type of 'preview' demo. not enough time to get a feel for the game's atmosphere, humor, pacing, etc. no time to play with the interactive bits either.

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      June 21, 2011 11:21 AM

      Fucking finally! Downloading now. :D

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        June 21, 2011 12:30 PM

        Well, that was kind of fun. I certainly didn't hate it./

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          June 21, 2011 12:32 PM

          If you even remotely liked the demo, you will love the full game.

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      June 21, 2011 11:51 AM

      haha, take a look at this whoopsie:

      http://steamcommunity.com/id/foomanjee/screenshot/577800132700823025?tab=public

      View full size, look at the plants in the lower right

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        June 21, 2011 11:58 AM

        it's a throw back to the days when you didn't have transparancy.

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          June 21, 2011 3:49 PM

          It was done on purpose to make it campy. People just don't get it, man.

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        June 21, 2011 11:58 AM

        Look at you all PC gaming it up! You go, guy!

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        June 21, 2011 12:10 PM

        foo, plz try Metro 2033. That's the one game that can possibly cornhole your new system, but it look-a so good.

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          June 21, 2011 12:23 PM

          There's a difference between graphically intense games and really poorly optimized games, though.

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          June 21, 2011 12:25 PM

          no free demo, it seems :[

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              June 21, 2011 12:56 PM

              I'll also off the Crabs Jarrard Guarantee that Metro will be 5-7 dollars in next weeks Steam sale.

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                June 21, 2011 1:02 PM

                In fact, you need to acquire all these games during the sale, no exceptions.

                Just Cause 2 - will be dirt cheap
                Flatout: UC - probably a dollar
                Alien v Predator - maybe 5 bucks (just for the DX11 - game not so good)
                Amnesia - 5 bucks
                Batman: AA - 5 bucks-7.50 tops
                Defense Grid - 2.50
                Stalker 1 & 3 - probably a 7 dollar bundle
                Street Fighter 4 - 7.50
                Unreal Tourney 3 - 7.50

                for like 60 bucks you can be ballin'

            • foo
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              June 21, 2011 1:34 PM

              Installing

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                June 21, 2011 1:38 PM

                Why does installing a game demo require a restart of Windows? Fucking retarded.

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                  June 21, 2011 1:39 PM

                  because it installs that AMD Dual Core "Optimizer" software that fucks up everything else on your machine.

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                  June 21, 2011 1:51 PM

                  the old windows 98 era "we better restart your machine to be sure!" routine

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                June 21, 2011 2:09 PM

                runs like a champ. 60fps with full detail on, 4xfsaa, 1920x1080 etc. for some reason fraps screenshots look like shit, but here you go:

                https://picasaweb.google.com/djrfoo/Metro2033?authkey=Gv1sRgCN64hOK0yMzeBA

                I only played for about 10 minutes but that's some high octane shit right there. Terrible mouse movement though

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        June 21, 2011 4:14 PM

        glad you got your system, foo!

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      June 21, 2011 2:32 PM

      Terrible.

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      June 21, 2011 5:32 PM

      That was incredibly boring. Glad to see that my suspicions are confirmed.

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        June 21, 2011 5:34 PM

        Also, WTF is up with the forced mouse acceleration? Damnit, between this and Bioshock I'm beginning to get real fed-up with these half-ass PC ports of shooters. Is it that fucking hard to program proper mouselook!?!?!

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      June 21, 2011 5:50 PM

      I really wanted to like it but I didn't even finish the demo...

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        June 22, 2011 3:45 AM

        the demo sucks! - i love the full game