Wolfenstein: The New Order on PC – The DVDfever Review

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There are glorious, and smooth, graphics running fast in id Software’s id Tech 5 engine, and in 1920×1080 on my PC (although when I captured the footage, the game was accidentally set to 1650xsomething, hence the border), while the sound explodes nicely – although I was on a PC so only got Dolby Pro Logic surround sound.

The weird thing about this game is that while it’s not terrible, it’s also not brilliant, and thus it falls right down the middle. It’s just very… meh. It’s the kind of game I lapped up, up until the release of Quake II (no.3 didn’t work for me as it was multiplayer only), and just couldn’t get enough off, but now, while it’s okay, it just feels a bit dated.

In addition, it’s extremely difficult. Just to give myself a decent chance of getting through the levels to see what there is to see, I had to put it on the easiest setting. I started off on the middle one and kept getting wiped out, to the point where it was just becoming annoying.

Wolfenstein is exactly what we would’ve demanded back in the day. Maybe tastes have changed over the years, as we demand more from games, especially with the scope of some titles like Grand Theft Auto V and The Last Of Us.

And given the time period, it’s a bit like Harrison Ford returning to the Indiana Jones series. You’re intrigued to see what the end result will be, but overall, you’re left feeling quite disatisfied.

In this review, you’ll see some example gaming footage from the first level. I would’ve tried to record whole levels, but the experience was quite bitty and I kept dying all the time.


Wolfenstein: The New Order – E3 trailer


Important info:

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Players: single player: 1; multiplayer: n/a
  • HDTV options: various resolutions up to 1920×1080
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 sound: No
  • Subtitles in English

    GRAPHICS
    SOUND
    GAMEPLAY
    ENJOYMENT
    9
    8
    7
    5
    OVERALL 7

    Directors: Jerk Gustafsson and Jens Matthies
    Writers: Jerk Gustafsson, Tom Keegan, Jens Matthies, Tommy Tordsson and Andreas Öjerfors
    Music: Mick Gordon and Fredrik Thordendal

    Cast:
    William ‘B. J.’ Blazkowicz: Brian Bloom
    J: Leith M Burke
    Bobby Bram: Ian Paul Cassidy
    Bitzy: Liza de Weerd
    Krzysytof Oliwa: Jack Dimich
    Wilhelm ‘Deathshead’ Strasse: Kaspar Eichel
    Fergus Reid: Gideon Emery
    Frau Engel: Nina Franoszek
    Caroline Becker: Bonita Friedericy
    Bombate: Eric LaRay Harvey
    Set Roth: Mark Ivanir
    Blondie: Chris Jarvis
    Roza Oliwa: Aleksandra Kaniak
    Klaus Kreutz: Ken Lally
    Hans Winkle / Bubi: Thomas Mikusz
    Keller: Heiko Obermöller
    Olenka Targonski: Nina Polan
    Gates: Carlos Pratts
    Captain Krieger: Thure Riefenstein
    Roman Targonski: Paul Savior
    Wilhelm ‘Deathshead’ Strasse: Dwight Schultz
    Demonic Voice: André Sogliuzzo
    Max Hass: Alex Solowitz
    Tekla: Carla Tassara
    Probst Wyatt III: AJ Trauth
    Private Prendergast: Nicholas Tucci


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