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GF Rating
7.8

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Giving substance to an otherwise mindless shooter

posted by Jon_Hop (LARGO, FL) Jun 5, 2014

Member since Jun 2014

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I did not think it was possible to flesh out the protagonist in a Wolfenstein game, but the developers at Machine Games have managed to do just that in a very crafty, meaningful way.

Where some reviews have knocked The New Order (TNO) for relying on shooting tropes from a bygone era of gaming, I personally find it refreshing and exciting all at once. Gone are the regenerating health and superfluous amounts of shields that have been given out so freely in previous shooters. In their place comes a somewhat tedious, but welcomed, system of picking up your health and armor that is scattered quite liberally.

On top of this, from the moment you "stab" the first enemy on to picking up your first gun and subsequently mowing down legions of Nazis from that point on, there is a sense of awkward, gritty gravity to each of these kills. It may just be me, but the sound design for this game pops, literally, as each shot from your guns hits their targets with an unnerving sonic accuracy. The controls for this game make such kills possible with a dedicated Lean / Cover button and dual wielding capabilities; again, much welcomed additions to such a shooter.

It has been quite a while since any depiction of war-time violence / human rights violations hit home for me, and for some reason the depiction of concentration camps within TNO is done to a viscerally well degree. Smoke stacks, incinerator rooms, filthy bunks with fecal matter and flies, it's there and it's disturbing. For all the mindless killing comes some time for reflection and reverence for what was lost during this war and what we can do as global citizens moving forward into the future.

Too deep for a Wolfenstein review, I know, but as shallow as this game can sink with the violence, it can soar to the proper heights of making you reflect; forced / arbitrary or not, it's welcomed.

Closing: Great gameplay coupled with even better controls and a narrative that handles various WWII moments issues interest

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Total Action FPS with a interesting story

posted by ebounce88 (POULSBO, WA) Jun 2, 2014

Member since Mar 2014

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Although I have played Wolfenstein games before, I always thought they were below some of the better FPS out there.. I rented this on the redbox since I was bored and the games can be so scarce on Gamefly... Still waiting for this and Watch dogs so I can complete Wolfenstein. From what I did play the story is good and interesting, graphics are nice, gameplay is solid.. If you want a challenge and constant brutal action this games for you.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Great game with minor issues

posted by DoktorNein (PORTLAND, OR) May 26, 2014

Member since Aug 2005

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I normally will disagree with the industry reviews (IGN, etc). However, with this title, IGN is dead on. It has weird ties to what "a Wolfenstein game" should be to a fault. These include:

-button presses to pick things up. There's seriously stuff everywhere, and you really won't find a situation where picking it up will hurt you or even hinder your gameplay experience.

-weird dual-wielding. The recoil, accuracy, etc., involved in the dual wielding are stupid. This should be a fun part of the gameplay, but it's become a thing I avoid doing (I'm on a harder difficulty) because it's only useful with the shotguns, and maybe not even then.

If you set those things aside, though, the game is fun. It has a pseudo-level-up system based on how you play, and it has a really cool art style. It also manages to be dark and twisted, and adult in a way that isn't only blood and gore and whatnot. It makes the normally undefined Blaskowitz into a likeable, reasonably deep character who loves and who feels real emotions, and who is well-acted.

The bottom line here is I really like this game more than I was anticipating, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to play a good story-mode-shooter.

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