WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER
RRP: $ 89.95 ( Reviewed on Xbox One)
THE Wolfenstein video- game franchise dates to the early ’ 80s, and is praised as one of the pioneers of the popular 3D fi rst- person shooter genre.
I remember huddling around the IBM PC at my best friend’s house, watching him play the original game, since his family had the only home computer in our street. After more than two decades, developer id Software has handed the rights for the game to new Swedish developer MachineGames.
The game is set in an alternate reality in 1946 and fast- forwards to 1960, after the Germans have won World War II.
You’re once again placed in the Doc Martins of the series protagonist B. J. Blazkowicz, who awakens from a 14- year coma and seeks to help the Resistance thwart the Nazis’ evil plans.
The campaign mode takes roughly 15 hours to complete and, since there is no multiplayer offering, the developer has introduced interesting ways to keep you coming back. Finding puzzles hidden in various levels unlocks different modifi ers that shake up the gameplay.
Although the story- driven campaign mode is linear, there are often multiple paths to completing objectives. You often have the choice to use stealth but, whichever way you like to play, you’re rewarded with perks the more you perform the same actions. There are different rewards for those who prefer to be sneaky compared with those who like to run around with all guns blazing.
Stylistically, The New Order delivers a visually impressive mishmash of a retro ’ 60s setting and experimental cyborg technology that looks a treat on the newest video- game consoles.
While MachineGames hasn’t strayed far from the series’ traditional gameplay, the focus on its engaging story and characters are a refreshing change.