Can Duke Nukem Forever make a competitor to highly professional titles such as Battlefield, Call of Duty and Crysis? Well, no. It does not even come close to these recognized bestsellers. The new game in the Duke Nukem series does not even try to compete with them and targets, oddly enough for its 18+ rating, a much larger audience.
Like a decade and a half ago, Duke Nukem is a breath of fresh air in a rather stale world of first-person shooters which is overcrowded with WW2 games and special troop missions. It does not offer anything really new or revolutionary. It is just a simple and easy game you may want to play for a couple of hours after your work, just to relax.
Today’s graphics cards are quite good helpers on your mission of kicking aliens' ass. The GeForce GTX 580 is the best, beating the Radeon HD 6990 even. The game’s engine doesn’t work smoothly with multi-GPU solutions as yet. Neither the GeForce GTX 590 nor the mentioned Radeon HD 6990 can run it properly.
The affordable Fermi-based solutions are also better for playing this game than their AMD opponents. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti will suffice if you do not care about high resolutions like WQXGA. It doesn’t mean that AMD products are hopeless, though. The Radeon HD 6950 and the Radeon HD 6870 can also be used to enjoy Duke Nukem Forever.
The entry-level products find the modified Unreal Engine 2.5 rather difficult to run. You can only get a playable frame rate with a Radeon HD 5770 or a GeForce GTX 550 Ti. The latter’s rather high performance might be expected but the old Juniper-based card is quite a surprise.
Today’s games do not care much about your CPU, Duke Nukem Forever being a good example. At the maximum graphics quality settings we had roughly the same frame rate irrespective of the CPU. So, investing into your graphics card would be a better option than purchasing a new CPU if you want to upgrade especially for this game.
Now, don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of whisky and light a cigar. The king is back and we're up to some hot fighting indeed, waiting for new Blood and Shadow Warrior.