The Week in Review - Game, Set, Nukem

The Week in Review - Game, Set, Nukem

On this week's edition, Duke Nukem Forever solidifies from the ether, and Valve's Gabe Newell teases some big announcements.

Nukem Comes Out at PAX


It's the biggest news of the day, and possibly the week too: Duke Nuke Forever has been confirmed as real, and is actually coming out. Apparently, when 3D Realms finally expired in 2009, Gearbox Software took over the reins and finally finished the game. It's a little sad that we won't get to make Duke Nukem jokes any more, but look at it this way: We're not losing a long-running meme, we're gaining a game that - through no fault of Gearbox's - is almost guaranteed to be disappointing. (link)

How Big Is Your Diablo?


Diablo 3 is going to be big. How big, you ask? Well, according to the game's director Jay Wilson, it's going to be roughly the same size as Diablo 2, but with more variety in its outdoor areas and a lot of the irritating elements ironed out. Wilson also said that it was impossible to make a broken character in Diablo 3, something that long-standing fans of the series will no doubt be pleased to hear. (link)

Valve Has Three Surprises For Us


When one of the best-loved developers around tells its fans that it has something special to announce, it's pretty exciting. When that same developer has three special announcements to make, the excitement goes off the charts. The developer in question is Valve, and as for the secret announcements, well, we can only speculate - although hopefully they will include something about the long-awaited Episode 3. (link)

Fan Builds One Blizzard Game Inside Another


The StarCraft 2 Galaxy Editor is a pretty robust piece of software. It's not just limited to making SC2 maps and go-kart games, it can also be used to make some pretty spectacular looking environments. Exhibit A is a recreation of a World of Warcraft-style landscape, complete with trees, flowers and crystal-filled caves. It's incredibly impressive, even if it is a little bit choppy at times.
Hit the link for a video. (link)

Mario Exhibits Remarkable Aerial Prowess


Sometimes things are fun because they work really well, other times it's because they're wonderfully broken, and very occasionally, it's a little bit of both. The seminal Super Mario World has a ton of weird glitches and quirks you were probably never aware of, and a fan has put together a computer-assisted video showing off some of the best over a custom level. Did you know that Mario can phase through walls given the right circumstances? Hit the link for a video. (link)


It is going to be an exciting 2011. Diablo three will last me another 10 or so years.

The link for Mario links to the "WoW inside SC2" article instead.

2011 is going to be a golden silver year for video game fans.

The link for Mario links to the "WoW inside SC2" article instead.

Thanks for the heads up, all fixed now!

Man, imagine if Gabe announces "Half Life 2: Episode Three". Then there'll be two famous pieces of vaporware coming out near the same time!!! :o

At least there's some stuff this year... be a little bit positive!

I'm guessing Valve will announce Half-Life 3, Portal 2's release date (which wont be true anyway) and either a new IP or an expansion to LFD2.

Or LFD3 just to kick their community in the balls a second time.

Still cant believe about Nukem...after all this time...

To be honest I wasn't impressed with the Duke Nukem demo shown. I'm not talking graphics or anything, but I expected the gameplay to be pure 3D realms (Even if t is done by GearBox) with vibrant environments, a buttload of weapons all strapped to your body and the ability to kick a pig cop and then make him lick his own blood of your boots before stomping him one last time. Seriously, why is GearBox just going for regenerating health, bashing guns, and limited arsenal? I know GearBox understands how to do a crazy ass old school shooter all based around action, dark humour, and blowing an impressive environment apart or even just having fun with it once the baddies are all mushed into the ground.

Valve better announce Episode 3. I won't mind hearing about a new IP or even Left 4 Dead 3, AS LONG AS Episode 3 shows up. Hell I wouldn't mind hearing about an Orange Box 2 containing Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 3, a new IP or the like AS LONG AS Episode 3 is there. Valve is known for delays but they usually at least show off their upcoming games. Half-Life 2 and even more-so Team Fortress 2 may have took a looong time to emerge since announcement, but at least we saw screenshots and knew that we could salivate over the promise of the game appearing in the future with more than just text based fan speculation.


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