WOLFENSTEIN: THE OLD BLOOD
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on May 17, 2015
Before The New Order, there was The Old Blood… As you can imagine, this little line of text was enough to get me really excited! Why, you ask? This meant that I once more would get to play the part of everyone’s favorite Nazi killing hero: William ‘B.J.’ Blazkowicz. Yes my friends, a new Wolfenstein game has arrived!
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood takes place right before the events of Wolfenstein: The New Order and sees our hero return to the place where it all began: Castle Wolfenstein. The game consists of two parts. In part one: Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, B.J. has to infiltrate Castle Wolfenstein with the Help of his comrade, Richard Wesley. Once inside, he will have to make his way through the twisting corridors of the castle and finally obtain a secret folder from Nazi archeologist, Helga von Schabbs. This is easier said than done, but being a long-time Wolfenstein fan, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Part two of the story sees B.J. escaping the castle and making his way into the town of Paderborn to make contact with the local resistance. With the help of these new found friends, B.J. continues his search for the secret folder. I can hear you think: “All that for just a folder?” Well, let me assure you, it’s not JUST a folder; it’s the folder containing the exact location of Nazi general Wilhelm ‘Deathshead’ Strasse. Reason enough to try and get our hands on it, wouldn’t you agree?
The Old Blood is exactly what I expected it would be: a top-notch game from a top-notch studio. It’s always kind of nerve wrecking when a studio gets its hands on a game series you absolutely adore. But after playing The New Order last year, I reckon Machine Games can’t go wrong in the eyes of the Wolfenstein-loving community out there. And to reinforce their position as the one studio that can continue this epic sage, they saw fit to grant us with the stand-alone prequel: The Old Blood. So my advice to Machine Games would be to keep on making these games, because they rock!
Visually, The Old Blood is absolutely stunning. The level design, as well as the character design are breathtaking. You can really see the sheer amount of effort that they put into making this game as good a game as they could possibly make. It doesn’t matter if you’re sneaking through the bowels of castle Wolfenstein, riding the cable car to the village, or running for your life through the streets of the village itself, every environment is filled with minute details that really bring the levels to life.
And, just like in its predecessor, the voice acting and soundtrack of The Old Blood are sublime! This, together with the graphics and an expansive story makes The Old Blood worthy of the name Wolfenstein. The background music is well written and performed and really serves to enhance the gaming experience! The mood it sets, perfectly mirrors the visual aspects of the level you’re currently in.
Lastly, there’s the easter eggs. Wolfenstein, being the long running series it is, has always had a thing for secrets (just think of the huge amount of secret rooms in the original game…) and is not ready to give that up just yet. You will be able to play some of the levels of the original Wolfenstein game if you just keep an eye out for certain things in the environment. And that’s not the only thing the developers have hidden throughout the game. Now, I will not spoil the fun by pointing them out to you, but let’s just say that a certain Cacodemon might just make a guest appearance…
So if you’ve already played The New Order, just buy The Old blood and have tons of fun. If you haven’t played both games yet or if you’re not sure you’re up for a game of Wolfenstein, please take my advice and buy them both. But be sure to do yourself a favor and play through The Old Blood first, then immediately continue with The New Order. I promise you, you will not be disappointed by either of them… unless you don’t like FPS games, in which case you should probably play Fifa or the Sims or some shite like that.
As for me, there is a world out there, just waiting to be rid of the Nazi regime. So if you’re looking for me, just follow the sound of explosions and gunfire! Count to four, inhale… count to four, exhale… CHAAAAARGEEEE!