"The New Order's Nazis are taking over the world"
Nazis in mech suits. Nazi dogs with armor. Nazis…IN SPACE.
These are all things Wolfenstein: The New Order will throw at you. You will enjoy them, I promise.
MachineGames has developed an enjoyable, entertaining, and updated Wolfenstein experience that is gorgeous and interesting. The New Order takes place mostly during an alternate timeline where the Nazis won World War II and rule the world. Their superior technology has given them firm control over every nation and full advantage is being taken. William “B.J.” Blazkowicz is an Allied soldier, THE Soldier, who tasks himself with freeing the world by taking down the Nazi war machine, led by General Deathshead. Joining a band of rebels, BJ fights his way through prison camps, Nazi compounds, moon bases, and many other locations that will pique your interest.
Wolfenstein is a First Person Shooter, heavy emphasis on “Shooter”. There’s your standard assortment of killing machines: shotgun, assault rifle, pistol, so on. With a couple of exceptions, the weaponry is not exciting, but they do get the job done. Dual-wielding auto fire shotguns is pretty badass, so I’ll give them that. The tree is the most interesting game mechanic. Instead of traditional experience building, you earn skills by completing specific goals, such as getting a certain number of kills while sliding in exchange for a larger ammo magazine, or getting stealth knife kills in exchange for more throwable knives. It keeps things interesting and have you constantly adjusting your play style to try and complete the challenges. I’m all for challenges that offer in game rewards.
This game looks just gorgeous. Cut scenes on the Xbox One especially are smooth and incredibly detailed. The environments are varied and the color schemes fit the settings perfectly. The dismal locations make you feel as though you’re right in the middle of 1960’s Europe.
Voice acting is great in The New Order. Every character is believable and delivers their lines with conviction and strength. The script gives most characters a definable personality, although sometimes BJ’s lines contradict each other as his cut scenes mostly consist of philosophical banter while in game, he is spewing Schwarzenegger one-liners. Most of the game is accompanied with a electric heavy metal soundtrack that gets kind of bland. Gunshots, laser blasts, explosions are all there, but don’t necessarily blow me away.
With all that is fantastic about Wolfenstein, there are some drawbacks. The first hour or so of the game feels like the most generic World War II game I’ve played, and it admittedly almost made me quit. I’m glad I didn’t, because the story picks up so much right after. Push through it! AI is not the most intelligent and will often beg for death. The difficulty gets randomly ramped up in places which will throw you off. With all that being said, The New Order is still completely worth the play.
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