Wolfenstein: The New Order Dated, Trailered, and Slapped with Doom 4 Beta
The Bethesda backed, MachineGames developed reboot of id’s famed Nahtzi killin’ vidja game officially has itself a date.
Wolfenstein: The New Order, which sees B.J. “Blast-to-Bits” Blazkowicz launching a counter-offensive against the Nazi force that’s conquered the free world since winning World War II (History 101 Spoiler:...
Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC/PS3/PS4/X360/XOne - Holiday 2013)
Apparently game after game of mowing down Nazis like anti-Semitic grass and blowing Hitler’s head off of his mechanical body have done little to sway the tide of war in the Wolfenstein universe. The Allies lost and Nazism has descended upon the world.
Jump to an alternate 1960, Europe, where the Germans rule with a mecha army and astoundingly destructive weapons.But a resistance is swelling, and the unfortunately named BJ Blazkowicz is not one to roll over and take a conquering lying down. This is where The New Order begins. BJ’s tasked with a one man counter-offensive that resembles “instant suicide” every passing minute. You’ll infiltrate strongholds, sabotage enemy armaments, wield gaudy weapons, and continue the time honored video game tradition of shooting Nazis in the face.
Behind the scenes, New Order benefits from an all-star alliance with Bethesda producing, id’s Tech 5 engine laying the groundwork for the game, and MachineGames – a studio formed by ex-Starbreeze figureheads – developing. While this isn’t the first reboot the Wolfenstein concept has been treated to, it’s shaping up to be the most eye-popping. Battling legions of mechanical Nazis in war torn 1960 in the series’ first next-gen shootout? And the developers proudly position this to be a single-player only affair? Yeah, I’m enlisting.
Currently playing Wolfenstein (2009). It’s a quaint tale about English fluent Nazis harnessing the supernatural in a bid at enslaving the free world as we know it. Only one man can stop them, leaving it up to secret agent B.J. Blazkowicz to thwart the Third Reich by having absolutely the worst fucking name ever.
The story is drunk-dial stupid, the gameplay riffs on Bioshock, the Veil gimmick is fun but sullied by a disorienting color scheme, and the graphics are pretty sore on the eyes from time to time. But it’s not terrible, no. For as much as it gets wrong, it does first-person shooting right, and the game isn’t so schlocky to keep me from working my way to the end. I’m just waiting for a Wolfenstein with more bite.
I’d like to think this would be a better industry if all games took a cue from Roadhouse.