Wolfenstein The New Order
Wolfenstein The New Order is a very brave title to be released in this era of gaming. Being a single player only first-person shooter with no multiplayer option is something that has not been done in a long time. Gamers are always complaining about money and how high the cost of games are, therefore replay value is a major factor to gamers these days when making a purchase. Due to this, I wasn’t sure if Wolfenstein would be able to live up to these obstacles, however it delivers all across the board.
The story, which once again follows the angry William “B.J. Blazkowicz, is very well written and right from the start you are drawn in, feeling connected to him and his band of brothers. In the first chapter you are required to pick which one of your main comrades gets to live or die. Even this soon in the game it is a hard choice to make due to the great character development in place. This choice also assists in the replay value. To unlock all of the hidden content you have to replay the game at least twice, killing off a different friend after the first play through.
While slaying Nazi’s, there are many secret items that you have to find to unlock hidden game modes and other features that lie within the Wolfenstein The New Order. This makes it so you have to explore the beautifully designed and laid out maps thoroughly. By completing “Scout 1” on the perk system tree, secret items are now highlighted on the map by stealth killing Nazi commanders. This makes these items much easier to find, making achievement whores, like myself, able to rack up easy points.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the secret content. All of the available firearms are able to acquire upgrades which give them a second ability. For example, the laser cutter can upgraded allowing laser beams to be fired at long range. There is also a mini game that allows you to play the original Wolfenstein game.
Wolfenstein The New Order is fueled not only by great storytelling, but by an excellent soundtrack. It seems these days that not as much time is put into the soundtrack compared to the graphics. However, hats off to Machine Games for putting time into making the soundtrack incredibly noteworthy and bringing this game to life. I found myself running through Nazi war camps, hype as all hell, while brutally murdering Nazi scum in stunning 1080p 60fps graphics with a great soundtrack in tow (yes even on the Xbox One). Everything in classic Wolfenstein fashion.
When Wolfenstein The New Order was announced as a single player FPS for the next gen systems I really was not sure if the world needed another WWII Nazi killing shooter. Nor did I believe that it would be able to impress anyone without a multiplayer component. The AI opponents are pretty bad and I feel like the original Metal Gear Solid had better AI, but it doesn’t take away from the gameplay that much. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality that Machine Games put into the new chapter of this timeless series. Id software also did a great job by using all the capable power of the next gen systems to make this game a beautiful experience graphically. Thus, proving that you don’t need to be a PC gamer to play games in true HD at 60fps. But more importantly this game is just plain fun and reminds you why the FPS genre became popular in the first place. There are rumors that this may be the last of the game series. As much as I would hate to see it end, at least they can put Wolfenstein to bed knowing that they gave it a worthy finale that this groundbreaking series deserves.
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