Why Duke Nukem Forever Will Kick Ass

It took 15 years and a whole lot of false promises, but Duke Nukem Forever is finally coming our way June 14, and needless to say, we're excited as all hell.

Duke Nukem 3D (www.dukenukemforever.com) To many, Duke Nukem Forever is like a forgotten and abused step-child. It's been in development since 1997 and was scheduled for release multiple times over the years. But ultimately, its developer, 3D Realms, failed to finish the job and put it on shelves, opening the door for Gearbox Software to come in and deliver a final product.

With a game that has built so much built in anticipation and history behind it set to finally release, the question on everyone's mind is whether or not it will live to its massive expectations. So far reviews are mixed, but here's a couple of reasons why we believe it kicks ass.

1. Nostalgia rocks: Even if the game is just somewhat entertaining, which is basically how many reviewers have described it, for those of us who grew up playing the original Duke Nukem, it's going to be a pleasure to play as the misogynistic, gun-slinging protagonist again. It's like when you go to a bar and play bad pinball games. They aren't that exciting and they eat up your quarters, but you keep wanting to play because it reminds you of how much cooler your youth was than the real life of taxes and bills you have at the moment.

2. Everything is better in 3D: If you're going to play a game that involves lots of hot virtual women in skimpy outfits and crazy monsters, then it sure as hell better be in 3D! Because the only thing more exciting than monster truck madness, jet packs and juvenile humor is all of those things coming at you in beautiful 3D.

3. There's only one Duke Nukem: In the 15 or so odd years that it took for Duke Nukem 3D to finally arrive on shelves at your local Best Buy, a lot has changed in the gaming world. First person shooters that rely on amusing avatars like Duke are a thing of the past. Today people want to join together (through the Internet anyway) and play Call of Duty or World of Warcraft. It's all about multi-player. But this game proves that you can still follow one man around in a game and have a blast doing it.

Just check out these awesome video clips and try not to get excited:

I'm a former Associate Editor at Zimbio.