Called the “Hail to the Icons Parody Pack”, this first batch of Duke Nukem Forever downloadable content will add four new maps (each with a new weapon) and three game modes to the game’s multiplayer component. Each of the four new levels is designed to parody another first-person shooter that is popular today or is an iconic of the genre. The news comes via an official posting on the Gearbox DNF forums; descriptions for each level follow:
Call of Duke – Duke engages in modern combat in a war-torn city. Foes don’t stand a chance against the Duke when he spams the map with the N00b T00b.
Sandpit – Players take the role of mini-Duke in a giant sandbox with two bases at either end made out of children’s toys. This map features Sticky Bombs.
Inferno – Time machine engage! Duke does combat in a hellish landscape of lava and teleporters. Who turned on the 16-bit graphics, and more importantly, where did this DFG come from?
2Forts1Bridge – Hats? Duke doesn’t need no stinking hats. Give him a minigun and he’ll beat off all comers.
The new multiplayer modes are Freeze Tag (which is a team-based mode wherein you have to freeze opponents and shatter them to earn points); Hail to the King (a new free-for-all mode, but not sure how that is new considering a mode like that already exists in the game); and Hot Potato (a variation on capture the flag that will hopefully have you trying to steal the other team’s GLaDOS Potato, but I’m not holding my breath).
I’ll admit, I loathed Duke Nukem Forever, which depresses the hell out of me, but I did appreciate the game’s humour and constant quips aimed at other FPS title. It looks like that is set to continue with this DLC. Any game that makes fun of the Call of Duty franchise gets a thumbs-up from me, even if it is Duke Nukem Forever.
More good news is that this DLC will be free for those of you who registered for the First Access Club prior to the game’s launch. If you got a code for the First Access Club and didn’t register before DNF launched then, sorry for you, you have to pay for this DLC. No word on pricing yet but if they really want to maintain this whole FPS parody thing, they should charge an obscene amount of money for a few new multiplayer maps, isn’t that right, Activision?