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  • Summary: 1946: Europe. World War II rages on across Europe. Where the Allies once pressed advantage, the Nazi forces have turned the tide in dramatic fashion behind the technologically advanced war machine of General Wilhelm Strasse, aka Deathshead. When a final Allied assault on Deathshead's compound fails, the Allies’ greatest hope falls with it. 1960: Europe. The war is over. And the Nazis are triumphant victors. Using unrelenting force and brutal intimidation, the Nazis have brought even the most powerful nations to their knees. The Nazi regime now rules the globe with an iron fist. You are Captain B.J. Blazkowicz, the American War Hero. After delving into this world of darkness, you must launch an impossible counter-offensive against the monstrous Nazi regime. Only you dare stand up against an unstoppable army of Nazi robots and hulking Super Soldiers. Only you can stop Deathshead. Only you can rewrite history. Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. May 28, 2014
    100
    Wolfenstein 3D changed how we looked at first person games in 1992 and The New Order, while not as big of a step, may be just as important of one for the future of the genre.
  2. May 26, 2014
    90
    To put it briefly: The New Order deserves a sequel. And to make sure this dream comes true, I can do only one thing: convince you to buy the new Wolfensten game. Perhaps great trailers boosted expectations too high, perhaps fanatical Return to Castle Wolfenstein players won't be as amazed, as I am, but I'm sure of this: all FPS fans will have a great time and after finishing the game they'll want more.
  3. Jun 9, 2014
    90
    While the story never reaches the level of Bioshock or Portal 2, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a great experience both narratively and gameplay-wise, and has way more heart than it has any right to.
  4. May 22, 2014
    80
    Who was expecting such a big Wolfenstein return four years after the previous title? Not many, but MachineGames has developed a very good shooter with mixed gameplay (shoot&stealth), an interesting plot and great characters.
  5. 80
    If you've enjoyed shooters of old, you'll love how freshly packaged this one is.
  6. Jun 8, 2014
    80
    Wolfenstein: The New Order is an electric veg-o-matic of FPS gaming bits and pieces set thrown into the hopper and set for puree. It lacks some stuff that we’re sort of gotten used to seeing in our FPS games these days and adds, a thousand collectable widgets aside, not much that we haven’t seen elsewhere before.
  7. Jul 25, 2014
    50
    The only thing in the new Wolfenstein that turned out really well is music. Shooting is decent and some weapons give proper sense of power, but developers failed to build an interesting game on these foundations. It has some good moments but none of them lasts long enough to be satisfying. Plus the writing is terrible and the way the game constantly forces all that ‘war is evil!’ preaching and Blazkowicz’s moral dilemmas down your throat is ridiculous. I actually couldn’t decide whether the game is being serious or not. [07/2014, p.56]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 241
  1. Jun 2, 2014
    10
    Highest settings keeps fluidity, awesome atmosphere, I love the characters. It really brings me back to the first Wolfenstein episodes

    Solid story, funny dialogues, and action fps with no excessively tricky parts, 10 / 10 for me, it was a long time since my last fps, thanks for taking me out of Diablo grinding :)
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  2. May 21, 2014
    10
    Is it worth $59.99? Debatable, price tag aside. This game for what its worth is probably one of the better games I have played this year, if not the last as well. It really goes back to its roots when it first came out so many years ago, and they were able to create a system and story that is not only creative but entertaining. Who doesn't like shooting Nazis, I mean come on. Expand
  3. May 20, 2014
    10
    Although not bringing masses to the fps market, Wolfenstein is propped up by successful writing, plot and graphics. The characters are relatable and Wolfenstein is an overall very good game. Expand
  4. May 22, 2014
    9
    Excellent game, starts of easy and begins to bring out the story in a very sinister way. Story is so good and this game has to be the only time I have ever actually wanted to watch the cut scenes. And I don't know why people are mad about the graphics, I think the graphics are fine. The way the textures are and the way the characters look remind me of the series, but better visually. To me it has a black ops 2 feel to it with great weapons and they bring new ideas to the weapons that boost how fun game play is. I would no doubt purchase DLC. The only qualm I have with this game is that I have started the game on uber difficulty and I am on like chapter 4 and the first couple chapters were extremely easy but still fun, but then it got somewhat more challenging. But when I choose the highest difficulty in a game, in this case uber I am expecting a serious battle. I want to have to be at my best to be able to complete a mission and if not would die over and over. But it seems like I am just strolling through. I hope they release a patch or something adding a new difficulty level and I hope they do it fast because I would start my game over and use that difficulty. Anyway, GREAT game with great shooting style, mechanics, story and content. I would give it a solid rating of 9.4 out of 10.0 (come on now... 7.5 is too low, if Ghosts is rated an 8.0 than this game is definitely a 9.4!) Worth the 60 dollars IMHO. Expand
  5. May 20, 2014
    8
    Wolfenstein is back! It is really amazing the creators of Wolfenstein can come with this and make alternative history. The single player campaign is awesome and a good story. The only problem I have with the game is that it looks like Activision made it and It looks too much CoD style. Beteshda did a good job on making a new unique Wolfenstein game. Expand
  6. Jun 10, 2014
    8
    The new Wolfenstein is a game of irrationality and emotions. And one well played, too.

    Why? Because the gameplay itself is fun, true... but
    is it exceptional? I don't think so. I'm no FPS expert, but dual wield? Seen that. Peeking around the corner? Done that. Perks? Seen better.

    However, there are the "soft" aspects beside the gameplay that make this game stand out.
    - first and foremost, the game wasn't overhyped. It could have been, very easily. But pre-release, it was handled carefully with more focus on building the atmosphere rather than on advertising new features, hours of gameplay and whatnot. As a result we ended up getting more than expected.
    - going on, the setting is superb. It is familiar thanks to countless clichés, but still very compelling and well supported by game's grey-red colour scheme, good design and architecture and audio extras. And it can be surprisingly oppressive at times.
    - Last but not least, the story - It is based on how uber Blazkowicz is... but it's enjoyable and you don't feel the need to stop and think how the hell is he still alive, much like in good action movie. So that's fine. And for most of the game I felt curious, what will happen next, so that's ok, too...

    ...however, story is in the end the reason I gave 8/10, not 9. More specifically, the story (for me) failed in two things:
    - your romantic interest is one of the blandest characters. There is better bonding scene with "human computer" than with a girl you plow.
    - but most importantly, the ending is disappointing. The story sets up some pretty cool stuff, but in the end, there is either weak or no pay-off. And that's really a shame.

    So, final comment: I enjoyed Wolfenstein very much for most of the time. However, final ~15mins were quite a letdown to a degree that it did manage to spoil my overall memory of the game.
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  7. Jul 14, 2014
    0
    When experiencing this game, you have two options. Either id Tech 5 works and you can play the derivative game, or it doesn't work, and you can't. I am part of the latter category. I grew up on id games and Quake 1 is one of my favorite games of all time so it saddens me to say this but id is utterly screwed. They are so totally dead. The last programmer worth at least his weight in short-grain rice from the bulk food aisle, John Carmack, is longer working there, and even then his most brilliant idea for this engine series in the past decade or so has been megatextures, something that no one is terribly likely to use in the near future even with multi-thousand-dollar graphics and storage setups (not to mention the bandwidth required to download these games). What is so horribly wrong about id Tech 5 here? Lack of graphical options. Lack of scaling. Options that are forced off on the consoles in order to get it to run on 10-year-old technology are not present on the PC. The game doesn't even go below 720p!! You can't turn off antialiasing, nor anisotropy!! These things must all be forced off manually from your graphics drivers' control panel. Currently I'm sitting on a $60 turd that I cannot play despite meeting the minimum requirements because of the poor technology - also catalogued in the RAGE release, by the way - released by one of the former greatest graphical engine programming teams. Rest in peace John Carmack; hopefully your over-enthusiasm for Rift will result in something productive for video gaming. Expand

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