Parents' Guide to

Duke Nukem Forever

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Adult parody awash in sexism, drugs, and gory killing.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 18+
Game was a adult game which over targeted children sells because of stupid parents buy adult games for under aged children. Then the parents act mad that a adult game has adult content and the adults who actually understand it was a adult game get mad it doesn't have more adult content. Not enough sex, violence, graphics content which is what dukem nuke is all about.
age 18+

Not for kids tons of sex profanity

I don’t even recommend adults playing this game it’s so full of sex while not very realistic definitely pornographic

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16):
Kids say (28):

Beyond its overtly misogynistic themes -- which should prove intolerable to any man with a daughter or wife -- puerile fascination with drugs and alcohol, and unimaginatively gory combat, Duke Nukem Forever is a by-the-numbers first-person shooter with the production values of a game developed five or six years ago. Dull design makes many levels feel like simple gladiatorial shoot-outs, and an utter lack of visual panache means players never get lost in fantastic spectacle -- something which most modern FPS fans are clearly hoping to do.

Its play mechanics are fairly solid (save the somewhat wonky RC car driving controls), and weapons feel satisfyingly powerful, but the same can be said about the vast majority of games in the extremely crowded shooter market. Duke Nukem Forever does stand apart from the crowd, just not in any way as to justify pride.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Release date: June 14, 2011
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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