Wolfenstein: The New Order is a first person shooter developed by Machinegames and published by Bethesda. This marks the first game in the Wolfenstein series published by Bethesda (the previous games were made by multiple companies). The game was released on May 20, 2014 on multiple platforms. The overall story takes place in 1960, 15 years following the Nazis winning the Second World War, and as a result, they have developed new technology, making them even more dangerous than before. It is up to B.J. Blazkowicz to once again put an end to the Nazi regime.
Graphics-Machinegames pulled no punches with the graphics, and the results are worth it. The character models, scenery and animations are all well done. The enemies look weird but impressive.
Sound-The voice acting is also well done, but some of the non-foreign voice acting sounds a little too cheesy. The foreign voice actors, however, were well done and really bring the atmosphere of the game together.
Gameplay-Machinegames put a little bit of everything together, and while most of it does pay off, some could’ve either been tweaked or removed altogether. An example of a tweak would be the “lean to see around corners.” While this is a blessing, having to hold down two buttons to do one command was unnecessary. Why not just a simple lean left and lean right? Another tweak would’ve been item collecting. In this game, you have to manually pick up ALL items. Once more, why not just pick the item up automatically as you move forward? An example of something that needs to be removed is overcharging health. This makes the game a little too easy. Speaking of health, why both a regenerating and an actual health meter? Pick one or the other. What works is now you can “level up” B.J. by completing tasks in the game (i.e. kills using stealth). The rest remain the same; go from point A to point B, complete objectives.
Concept-The idea of an alternate history plot is something of a breath of fresh air. The idea of the Nazis winning the Second World War and making the story of them more powerful due to their new technology works.
Overall-Wolfenstein: The New Order is clearly worthy of anyone’s collection. Despite minor unnecessary quirks, this game is fun to play.