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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Duke Nukem Forever: The 3D Vision Experience
Forever Is a Long Time
Come Get Some

Come Get Some

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.

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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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# RE: Duke Nukem Forever: The 3D Vision ExperienceDoug Dallam 2011-06-22 22:58
"Damn, I'm looking good!" I sure wish it had gotten better reviews. I'll probably play it anyway, but I don't have 3D equipment. I guess I'm going to have to start saving up for a 3D monitor because "It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all outta gum."

So many memories of blowing my friend up so many times with those remote detonated pipe bombs and those CCD TV monitors. lol
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# I'll bite,....RealNeil 2011-06-23 06:30
I don't have the 3D equipment. But I'll probably buy this game anyway. I loved the prior Duke games, mostly because of the simplicity, and constant action in them. (mindless 'kill it if you see it' action) It was a good wind-down after a long day at the job. I wonder David, did you happen to play this game without the 3D equipment? If so, how did it look?
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# RE: I'll bite,....David Ramsey 2011-06-23 07:19
Yes, I did, on my 27" 1920x1200 Dell monitor. Still very playable!
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# RE: I'll bite,....Adam 2011-06-23 13:02
You're going to be horribly dissapointed then, DN:F has become little more then a crappy copy paste of other (better) games, such as a lot of the 'puzzles' being ripped off from HL2.
What got me most of all though was how thorougly boring it seemed, large sections with absolutely no shooting in whatsoever. Which for a Duke Nukem game seems like the worst let down of all.


Oh, and the graphics are bloody rough and poorly optimised which doesnt help things.
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# RE: RE: I'll bite,....Doug Dallam 2011-06-23 15:15
What a let down. Why ever bother doing the stupid thing only to destroy it? Thanks for posting.
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# RE: Duke Nukem Forever: The 3D Vision Experiencerich1051414 2011-06-24 21:34
Don't bother buying it, play hl2, gears of war, and look at some porn, you'll have a much better time. It seems the reason it took so long to come out is because 3D Realms had no original ideas of how to deliver the game, and obviously it couldn't even be saved by Gearbox. Instead of making Duke Nukem more than a walking 80's stereotype, which don't get me wrong, was quite entertaining when this character was created, they instead just threw us a pathetic shell of a man made up of horrendous one liners that would make the CSI: Miami guy cringe. You could of given Duke some depth, or at the very least, a new script. The only new line I can remember is the one used in the commercials, about it 'taking 13 #ing years...'. The sad part is, that joke is on him. Making Duke the king of the world doesn't make you like a guy who only speaks in comedic #baggery, that was only funny when he surely didn't stand a chance. R.I.P. Duke, i wish i could say i will miss you, but the memories of you are now superseded by the total fail they made you into.
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