Wolfenstein: The New Order Review - PS4
Epic Fun with Nazi Guns
by Gregory Laporte Editor Vice President on June 2, 2014 at 04:00 PM EDT
Wolfenstein The New Order
Wolfenstein The New Order
Developer: MachineGames
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Price: $59.99

Wolfenstein: The New Order is the latest game from publisher Bethesda and developer Machine Games. In a age where futuristic shooters and space combat adventures seem to be the norm, this ode to old school shooters might be outdated….or is it? Join me as we take a look at the story, game play, and interesting presentation of Wolfenstein: The New Order. 

In Wolfenstein: The New Order, you play as USA war hero B.J. Blazkowicz. You initially start out your mission on a wild goose chase to find and murder Nazi general Deathshead. As you are on your mission, you are captured and must make a plot-changing decision that will determine which path you will take as you progress through the storyline. Upon escaping, you lose your memory due to a head wound. When you awake 14 years later, you find that the Nazis have taken over the world. As you can see, the story is very engulfing, and while you are on your journey to essentially save the world, you go through gore infested moments that involve you doing the unthinkable in certain circumstances. While the story might sound confusing, it really is not. There are a lot of fun and interesting characters to help keep you entertained. It’s not boring at all and is one that uses its timeline very well and creatively. Wolfenstein The New Order
The gameplay of Wolfenstein: The New Order is one that has its good points and bad ones. Let’s start off with the bad. The game does have a Stealth aspect to it, although at times it feels a little short lived and confusing. The issue I have with the Stealth in the game is that when doing sections that require you to use Stealth, if discovered by enemies you cannot re-initialize the sequence even if you are completely out of sight for a certain amount of time. It seems a little confusing that after escaping an area, your stealth status remains discovered. Although the weapons that you get fit into the time that you are playing in, the controls for using those weapons tend to be a little confusing at times. Grenade throwing and the weapon wheel are mapped to the same button, which becomes troubling at times. At crucial points you can get confused and accidentally bring up the weapon wheel when trying to throw a strategic grenade. Dual welding is prevalent and a blast to use. Throughout the game you can find lots of collectibles and backstory items that raise the replay value of the game. There is also a perk system that you can unlock over time that will help improve B.J’s skills. Each perk upgrades a certain attribute, whether it is Stealth or being more tactical. Unlocking all perks allows you to be the ultimate Nazi butt kicker that you are known to be.

Wolfenstein: The New Order takes place in 1946. You can assume that the setting will reflect that, and of course it does. The weapons, environment, and characters mature over time. Cosmetic differences in weapons are just the start. The characters themselves evolve over time and you see the despairing situation that they are placed in begin to take over their decision-making. Traveling through a 14 year gap to the 1960′s would leave some skeptical. However, in Wolfenstein: The New Order it’s a transition that doesn’t leave you scratching your head. Everything appears modernized (as much as it is humanly possible) for a Nazi controlled 1960s world. Wolfenstein: The New Order looks good for a game of its stature and it doesn’t look like anything was really sacrificed in development.

Wolfenstein The New Order

Cons:

  • Stealth is flawed, it doesn’t allow you to reset after you leave an area and away from enemies
  • The controls are decent, but there is some confusion when throwing grenade since those are mapped to the same key as the weapon wheel. Confusion between the two at a critical time can really throw off the gameplay.
  • Minor glitches here and there in terms of being out of place within levels.


Pros:

  • Lots of replay value with different timelines that arise from certain plot decisions you make early on. There are also a lot of collectibles that you can acquire to unlock additional information about the backstory of the game.
  • The story in Wolfenstein: The New Order is pretty decent. The game has different paths that you can take when selecting a certain story plot path. It has moments that will drop your jaw and others that help develop the story of B.J.


Wolfenstein: The New Order Verdict:

Wolfenstein: The New Order has a lot of great moments, and the game is cohesive enough to keep players entertained and involved. The game does a have few shortcomings like Stealth and it’s control scheme which really hurt the gameplay at times. However, there is a heap of replay value with unlocks and collectibles for people who want the full story of Wolfenstein: The New Order. This is definitely a game that needs to be played. You won’t be disappointed. 

Wolfenstein: The New Order gets an 8 out of 10.

Edited by: Avery Osborn

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