Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Standing tall forever
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Reviewed on: Xbox One Also on: PC, PS4 Publisher: Bethesda
Wolfenstein: The New Order was a globetrotting – and occasionally globeleaving – tour de force which took us to the Moon and back. Where could the series possibly take us now? Well, back to the castle – but if you’ve seen one tapestry, you’ve seen them all. Luckily, Machine Games know the fight for freedom should feel free, and The Old Blood flourishes most when it leaves those walls for breathtaking mountain views, a German village that practically glows in the setting sun, and even catacombs with a welcome Indiana Jones vibe.
Stealth takes more of a priority this time, with a compelling opening act that relies on perfectly timed sneaking to avoid hulking super- grunts. That time spent clutching a humble crowbar makes the moments when you get your mitts on the big guns sweeter. There’s not a dud in the bunch of The Old Blood’s cast either. New villain Helga von Schabbs is an inspired addition, never letting her mad search for power distract her from recommending a good wine.
Sadly, The Old Blood is all very familiar. Without the “Nazis won the war” concept, Machine Games struggles to spin an original yarn, pulling in many of the same weapons, systems and setpieces from the previous game. The Old Blood is still a great first- person shooter, but a once winning cliché cocktail is starting to look cloudy, and when you start seeing “ideas” like Nazi zombies emerging, you might wonder if it’s beginning to curdle. Tom Stone The Old Blood started life as a DLC expansion for The New Order before being made into a standalone game.
Aim for where the heart would be.