Wolfenstein: The New Order positions you in the action as B.J. Blazkowicz, an American war hero who wakes in 1960, after a 14-year coma, realising that the Nazis have taken over the world, since World War II didn’t go to plan at all. In addition to that, their technology is far more advanced than you’d expect, so early on, they’ve even got drones hunting after you… unless the governments of the world had that already at the time and just didn’t tell us.
Somehow – and violently, you’ve got to sort the Nazis out, and ultimately take down General Deathshead.
Preceeding the Doom series, Wolfenstein 3D was the first first-person-shooter I played and it transformed the way I thought about gaming. Doom followed the next year, and soon after, Doom II, which required me to upgrade my measly 386sx16 PC to a whopping 486dx66! Wow! They don’t build ’em like that nowadays! Naturally, Quake followed and the graphics got better while the monsters got bigger.
Wolfenstein: The New Order – Example gameplay footage No.1 (1080p HD)
Like Lt. Aldo Raine, in Inglorious Basterds, you’re in the Nazi-killin’ business and, cousin, business is a boomin’!
It’s not particularly easy to get into, as initially it’s not a straight forward first person shooter. You have to press this and do that, as instructed, and then go on to shoot robot dogs from a plane turret…. WTF?! Why can’t I just get my rifle and start killin’ Nazis?
When it comes to the spoils from a kill, it’d be a lot easier if I could just collect items on the floor by walking over them. I’m using a keyboard and mouse, and I have to take my hand off the arrow keys to press ‘E’ to pick up… although before too long I added ‘delete’ as an option, so I could keep walking as I go. Since I’m not massively used to using a keyboard for games, I get in a bit of a kerfuffle when selecting a different weapon, for example.
Also, there was a moment when I had to shoot some Nazi’s feet through a low slit in a door. However, this required me to hold down the left ALT and the down arrow while firing. It basically needs three hands. Well, until I hit upon the idea of putting my weighty phone down on the left ALT key. It just about worked, but it’s still madness.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is a fairly linear title, but that’s not a particular issue, since first-person shooters like this are primarily about getting from A to B without any confusion.
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Wolfenstein: The New Order – Example gameplay footage No.2 (1080p HD)
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