Summary: Building another layer onto a long-running franchise, 'Wolfenstein: The New Order' is an attempt to reboot a series that arguably stumbled in 2009 with Raven Software's paranormal take on the 'Wolfenstein' universe. Muchhas changed since then. Not only is 'Wolfenstein: The New Order' the first 'Wolfenstein' title to grace the new consoles, but it's also the first one developed after the acquisition of id by Bethesda parent Zenimax.
Conclusion: If you are down for mayhem, down for a great story and feel up to a difficult challenge The New Order has you covered on all bases. What it lacks in online play it makes up for in collectables and story length. You can replay the whole game, choosing an entire other alternate time line. What really makes The New Order stands out from other shooters is that it has cheesy big budget cut-scenes and out of this world gameplay grounded in some reality.
Review: Wolfenstein: The New Order (Playstation 4)
4 June 2014
Summary: The New Order has come out of nowhere and done an amazing job of revitalizing a moribund franchise. I very much hope a sequel is in the works. Go get it if you have any love at all for old school FPS games.
Excerpt: Wolfenstein: The New Order opens with a turret sequence, an egregious use of modern action game’s most tired cliché. You’ll shoot Luftwaffe out of the skies as series mainstay B.J. Blazkowicz, leading a barrage of allied aircraft as they converge on General Deathshead’s ominous sanctuary.
Conclusion: It’s a steep price for what you get at release. A rental will suffice for now unless you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Wolfenstein fan, in which case I’m sure you already have the super limited ultra mega edition.
Pros: + Wolfenstein has always been different from other WWII shooters + Decent length + Item pickup is clumsy
Cons: - Story could be stronger - Gun selection is thin
Summary: Firing up Wolfenstein: The New Order for the first time, I wasn't expecting it to be any good. To be honest, what single campaign first-person shooters are these days? Far Cry 3 was probably the last one for me. In fact, I was expecting this game to be a disappointing reboot of such a classic and genre-defining franchise. With a palette bone-dry from a decade of annual Call of Duty releases, I wasn’t expecting much.
Pros: Old gameplay in a fancy suit, what's not to like, Great vocal active throughout, Over the time weapons make a comeback
Cons: Old chunky car models, plucked from the 90s, AI could be improved at times, Some areas in the game felt a little slow or repetitive
Pros: Great implementation of old school game mechanics, Satisfying and viceral combat, Open level design with lots of secrets to uncover, Compelling alternate history setting. Great atmosphere, Supporting cast is well written and interesting, Nazis are bad
Cons: Boring opening mission, Questionable A.I. and difficulty level, Graphical glitches, Perks system not as fleshed out as it could be