It's funny, I played it without letting the 15 years of hype get to me and didn't go on the internet to see what people thought and genuinely enjoyed it. Wasn't ACTUALLY a crap game (though, the graphics could have been better, but that's not incredibly important). People's expectations are what made it bad.
Graphics weren't amazing, gameplay was pretty much the same as DN3D, story wasn't exactly life-changing. What got me was the humour, easter eggs and the fact that despite not being revolutionary, the gameplay was fun. That's all that mattered to me when I played. It may not have been polished enough for 2011, but I still had fun playing it.
I don't really care about the graphics. What I care about is the broken gameplay: ugly animations, lame physics, terrible mouse even handling, brain dead things like 2-4 weapons limit, stupid "press E" and etc. etc. - instead of fast, brutal, violent game like DN3D was we got a
lame invalid. And yes ... I'm still playing this game, since there is not other modern Duke game and will never be. But as one gaming journalist said ... DUKE DESERVES BETTER GAME!!! I totally agree.
No, it didn't live up to that many years of Hype, but there were more than a few bumps in the road to making that game. I wasn't waiting that full 15 years. That said, my friends had to drag me out of a store when I saw the preorder box on the shelf.