Unboxing of Duke Nukem's Balls of Steel Limited Edition & Analysis
We check out how 'solid' Duke's Balls Box isby : GrathiusXR
©2011 Arthur KotsopoulosIt's been 14 years in the making but it is finally safe to say that today history has been made with Duke Nukem Forever finally released on the 360, PS3 and PC. What better way to celebrate such an historic day than to fiddle around with the Duke's Balls of Steel Limited Edition and even do it a little early for that matter as well. As many Australians know, as of yesterday the game broke street date and whilst the US will still have to wait a few more prescious days before they get their hands on Duke and his 'Balls Of Steel', us Aussies are enjoying the game in its full glory. So without further ado I give you a summary of the contents that Duke Nukem: Forever's Balls Of Steel Edition, as well as what the build's quality is like, especially given the shelf price on it.
Starting with the price of the Balls of Steel Edition which sits at an ‘realatively’ cheap price of $AU150, which I am greatly surprised at, I might add, as the box contains more content than what many other so-called Limited Edition games often feature. Many other Collector’s Editions are often priced higher and feature less.
Plus, a big feature of this ‘Limited Edition’ is the fact that each box (SKU) is in fact numbered with a production number and comes with an ‘Authenticity Letter’ something most other so-called “Limited Editions” often leave out, and end up rarely being ‘Limited’ as such.
• Duke Nukem Forever Release Trailer
The Collectible Duke Nukem Bust adds a little weight to the packaging and stares out towards you if you look at it from the front. It’s a nifty design and with the bust sitting at quite a reasonable size it would fit perfect on your every day work desk or study desk at home.
Upon opening up the box you are greeted with the smaller goodies that it features in the form of 2 Red ‘oversized’ Dice which feature the radioactive symbol. You’ll also find 2 Poker Chips which also feature the same symbol on both sides, which rest next to the ‘Mini Duke Playing Card Deck’, all nestled neatly inside the top of the box.
If you proceed to take these out and continue to rummage through the contents of the box you will find the Duke Nukem sticker (standard these days), a collectible comic book that is quite the enjoyable read and a Duke Paper craft.
The paper craft is quite amusing even when you haven’t assembled it but the sticker itself is plain and feels quite cheap- perhaps some kind of patch would have been better (I know most wouldn’t sow it to your jumper or shirt but it would have felt a little nicer and more authentic than a sticker).
Moving right along, the next collectible item included in the box is a string of visual post cards featuring Duke in a few different scenarios from boxing champ to shark tamer- there ain’t nothing Duke can’t do!
After this we have the 100 page hard book cover featuring art work ranging from Duke himself to the weapons he uses, characters in the game, and enemies.
For a game that went through 4 different studios, five engines and hundreds of thousands of man hours, as Elizabeth Tobey editor for 2K Games states in the beginning pages for the artbook, this is one collectors item that has a lot of heart and soul in it.
There are a few pages that have statements from a few members at Gearbox and 3D Realms and you get a sense of the hard work that was put into this game over the last decade, and the heart and dedication involved to finally bring it to consoles and PC.
• Duke Nukem Forever Balls Of Steel Slideshow
A great read and it features some amazing artwork; sure it’s nothing compared to the mammoth art book that Bioshock 2 features in its collectors or Warhammer online’s but it’s one that features a bigger story of heart, soul and dedication than any other.
What you will also find inside this art book the moment you open it is a letter of authenticity signed by Duke Nukem himself. Whilst it isn’t anything spectacular it is most definitely a lovely touch by 2K Games/Gearbox and for the hardcore collectors like myself (I like to think I am) it will definitely be a treasured item for them.
Also note I envy whoever has Number 1 as mine is 131675.
Now this brings us to the actual game where all we get is a measly regular green Xbox 360 game case, no shiny letters like Borderlands or Bioshock 2- just a plain game case that isn’t much to look at or enjoy.
It would have been nice to include a tin case like Devil May Cry 4 did or many other games have but then again for the price of $150 and the other goodies received who’s complaining?
Upon opening the game case how ever I was treated to something a little odd…there was no game disc! Just kidding. After the 12+ years it has taken DNF to be released and now it’s finally here, one last jab was needed.
I am yet to notice any kind of difference and I’m not to sure if this was deliberate or not but it is certainly strange. Maybe it’s just mine or maybe thousands of others as well, but if anyone finds any kind of difference between the two do let us know.
The inside of the cover also features a nifty piece of artwork of Duke sitting on his throne with his babes and a message on the left stating ” Hail to the King ” which is a nice touch.
It sits at a perfect study or work desk height, has a healthy weight which adds some quality to it and features the words “Carpe Duke “. Check out the photos below to see the front and back of the bust.
To those lucky enough to have their copy right now I hope you are enjoying this fine piece of gaming history like I am.
Stay tuned as OXCGN will have its review of Duke Nukem: Forever up very soon for those who have any doubts in regards to whether or not to buy the game. You will have to look no further.
Duke Nukem Balls Of Steel Limited Edition
This Australian edition contains a copy of the game in Balls of Steel exclusive packaging along with the following:
- Collectible bust of Duke Nukem
- Numbered limited edition certificate of authenticity
- 100-page hardcover book: History, Legacy & Legend: Duke Nukem Forever Art from the Vault
- Duke Nukem Forever postcard series
- Duke Nukem Forever radioactive emblem sticker
- Duke Nukem Forever collectable comic book
- Duke Nukem Forever foldable paper craft
- Duke Nukem Forever poker chips
- Duke Nukem Forever mini-card deck
- Duke Nukem Forever radioactive emblem dice
• Duke Nukem Forever Balls Of Steel Limited Edition Gallery