WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on May 26, 2014
Yes sportsfans, Wolfenstein is back!! And this time, it's back with a vengeance! You once again pick up your role as William 'B.J.' Blazkowicz, all round hard-ass and Nazi killer extraoridinaire. The man with the plan, with a mission...and with an arsenal big enough to take on half the planet. This might come in handy, because he just might actually have to take on half the planet...
The time is 1960. The Nazi party has won World War II, and has steadily taken over the world. With the resistance quelled and the allied armies in tatters, it's up to you and you alone to save the free world! Well, not quite alone, there's a few people hard at work to help you, but most of the time you will be on your own.
Seasoned players will recognize some of the series signature items, dating back to 1992, when Wolfenstein first rocked our 66 Megahertz world (if you were lucky enough that is...) Even the difficulty settings menu will bring back memories of hours and hours of trying to save the world in a 320 x 240 pixels resolution. Nowadays, the resolution has gone up quite a bit, but the premise stays the same; kill the bad guys, save the world.
What is significantly different in The New Order, is the insight we get into the mind of Mr. Blazkowicz. Through a string of voice-overs, we get glimpses of B.J.'s past, his thoughts about his actions, and his feelings. His feelings? Yes, his feelings. Turns out, our one-man-wrecking-crew has quite a few of them tucked away inside of him. This is, to my knowledge, completely new in the Wolfenstein universe. It gives B.J. more depth as a character, and makes the story more intriguing and personal.
Wolfenstein: The New Order looks, sounds and plays the part. Running through buildings or across war-torn streets, you can't help but notice the amount of detail worked into the game. The characters are all beautifully modeled, and voiced like they mean it. Missions are lengthy enough to support the story, but never too long, so you never loose track of your main objective. During missions you can collect gold or pieces of Enigma documents.
The A.I. is well above average, so the ever trusty run-and-gun will not always be an option. The stealthy approach might just be the best way to go at some points in the game. Then again, if you just want to blast through a stage (when possible), your ever growing arsenal will provide you with the nessecary firepower to do so. All these things combined make for one hell of a Wolfenstein experience.
What can I say about Wolfenstein: The New Order, other than it's a fenomenal game! Excellent graphics, smooth responsive controls, an absolutely fantastic soundtrack, great voice-acting and a story you can truly sink your teeth in. All in all, a game well worthy of the name Wolfenstein. It's so good, that after finishing it, it made me want to dust off my old 486dx2 and start the whole series over again.
Seriously, if you haven't played this game (and if you're into First Person Shooters), just go out and buy it. You absolutely can't go wrong! Take up arms and run screaming into battle; 'This is for all the guys that didn't make it. For Manny, and Moe, and Jaaaaaaack!!!'.
(Runs screaming through explosions and vanishes in a thick cloud of smoke...)