I would agree with that.
It’s something I’ve noticed in recent games like DNF or World Tour. And something I’ve noticed when returning to titles like Manhatten Project or Zero Hour.
Duke doesn’t have a wide range of inflection in his voice. Everything seems about one tone, not yelling… but in that style. Loud, gruff… and almost without emotion. Which does detract from him in some ways.
Now, I’m a huge Duke fan. I have a shelf in my office just for Duke. I’ve loved each game for different reason (except Land of the Babes… just… awful). And being in the credits for DNF (no matter what public opinion) was awesome for me.
But, I want Duke to be more then what he has been in the past. I want Duke to show the kind of growth that Grayson does in Bulletstorm. That Lo Wang does in the 2013 reboot of Shadow Warrior.
To be human.
And, it’s a fine line.
It’s why I was hesitant about this thread. Topics like these have a trend of devolving into nothing but issues, which leads to more work as a mod. I partially expected it to be nothing more then “Bash GBX, blah, blah”… which would’ve gotten it closed.
But, I’m glad to see this thread continue in a decent manor. And, as long as it does so… I’m fine with it.
But, Duke fans are very fickle. And, there’s no way to really make everyone happy. Some want DN3D again. And that’s all they want.
Others, saw possibility in game’s like Zero Hour and want more of that. Some, loved DNF and are happy with that.
And others, like me, want something… new, but serious. Darker in tone, but engaging in action… and just a thin slip of sarcasm and black humor.
And, sadly, no matter what… there will be those that will be upset.
I know Duke Nukem fans, people that have been fans since DN3D that think the Bulletstorm DLC is hilarious and great. I know some that hate DNF, some that love DNF. Some that hated every side game like Zero Hour or Time to Kill, some that were only okay with them.
It’s a tricky situation to try and handle, and I think what GBX are doing right now is trying a few different things to see how people feel about it.
And, the more mature and decent fans can communicate that to GBX, the better the chance of them taking the feedback seriously.
Cause, I can tell you first hand, if you have two people telling you something. But ones just telling you how awful something is because of you… and the other is offering criticism and suggestions, the second guy is gonna be heard more clearly no matter how much or how loud the first guy screams.