|Duke Nukem Forever: The 3D Vision Experience|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Games|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 23 June 2011|
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Although I didn't have the equipment to test it, Duke Nukem Forever also supports 3D Vision Surround, where two NVIDIA graphics cards drive three monitors at resolutions up to 5,760x1200. This is an awesome setup if you have the desk space (and money) for it, but even with my relatively puny 1,680x1050 monitor, the Duke Nukem Forever experience in 3D Vision was a treat. Experiencing real 3D graphics makes the "flat" 3D we've grown used to seem primitive and limiting.
Of course, NVIDIA's 3D Vision isn't limited to games: you can use the same equipment to view 3D still images and even 3D Blu-ray movies. For professionals, there's scientific visualization using 3D Vision with one of NVIDIA's Quadro graphics cards. I bought my monitor when 3D Vision first came out, and only 1680x1050 screens were available, but now a number of vendors offer 1920x1080 displays, some with integrated IR emitters. And while Duke Nukem Forever's one of the "A"-list 3D Vision Ready titles, I've played a number of games on the Excellent and Good lists as well, and the experience is still worth it.
Honestly, the only thing I missed from the original Duke Nukem 3D was the buzzy, square-wave-synthesized music and sound effects of the original. A few bars, rendered on modern equipment, has made it into this sequel, but it's not the same. At least they managed to get the original Duke voice actor Jon St. John.
Overall, I thought this game was great, even if most of the pundits in the gaming world weren't that enthused. The flawless 3D support only made it better.
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