Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 73 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. Jul 23, 2014
    100
    Thanks to the quality in both concept and function, this is one of the finest first-person-shooters I've ever played, and the best iteration of one of gaming's most storied franchises.
  2. Jun 23, 2014
    90
    Intelligent level design, solid plot and gunplay options aplenty make this puppy something you'll want to revisit. [Issue#250, p.60]
  3. Jun 19, 2014
    90
    Big and ballsy but with the brains and some brilliant writing to back it up. [Aug 2014, p.66]
  4. Jun 6, 2014
    90
    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.
  5. Jun 2, 2014
    90
    This is still a thrilling shooter with a refreshing fondness for its old school roots, but it’s the characters, storytelling and the horrifying themes it explores – ambitions that far exceed anyone’s expectations – that makes it such a memorable experience.
  6. 90
    Machine Games has taken an aged franchise and brought it into the current world of gaming, yet they’ve done so without compromising the core tenets that are at the heart of Wolfenstein’s identity. As competent as it is a shooter, The New Order elevates itself from your standard run-and-gun action game by crafting a world that is actually worth caring about, and it’s done so with a level of confidence that is worthy of commendation.
  7. May 28, 2014
    90
    It might not be technically the best, but it’s more enjoyable than anything since Modern Warfare, or perhaps even the first time we returned to Castle Wolfenstein.
  8. May 20, 2014
    90
    A shining example of how to revitalize an old-school franchise. Its alternate history of World War II with the Nazis coming out on top is both far-fetched and over-the-top, but it keeps it grounded by being an extremely fun shooter, having a compelling story with well-developed characters, and a main protagonist who you’ll truly care about to the end.
  9. May 19, 2014
    90
    Balanced gameplay, a memorable story, characters with depth, and more than two dozen hours of content scratch a shooter itch that has been long dormant. Wolfenstein: The New Order delivers an experience well beyond my expectations, elevating this venerable series not only into a new generation, but raising the bar for story-driven shooters as a whole.
  10. May 19, 2014
    90
    The New Order’s got all the workings of a classic shooter. But in their trip back to the well, Machine Games has brought all of its talents to bear. The New Order is held together, even rocketed beyond the basic sum of its smart levels and effective mechanics by its characters. That humanity takes what would be a good shooter and makes it something truly memorable.
  11. May 19, 2014
    90
    The best Wolfenstein game ever made and one of the best single-player shooters for years, with a brave attempt to tackle serious issues and still have fun at the same time.
  12. May 28, 2014
    88
    A successful reboot of a classic that manages to meld game design from the old school FPS days with modern elements, giving players the best of both.
  13. May 19, 2014
    88
    MachineGames delivers a solid shooter. Old school mechanics meets an incredible story in a long and compelling adventure.
  14. May 19, 2014
    87
    While part of me is disappointed at the lack of multiplayer (more Enemy Territory anyone?), the lengthy (by shooter standards) and cinematic campaign was an absolute riot from start to finish, tainted only by the strange inclusion of back-at-base missions that included jarring fetch quests. Wolfenstein: The New Order is a fantastic blend of old-school tropes and contemporary improvements that warrants a second play-through.
  15. A brutal and gory game that earns both its rating and place in the franchise. [July 2014, p76]
  16. May 29, 2014
    85
    The story is intriguing, the shooting is visceral, and the journey is one well worth taking.
  17. May 27, 2014
    85
    Wonderfully old-school, brutally intense and surprisingly interesting as far as the story goes... Wolfenstein aficionados and shooter fans in general will definitely enjoy this.
  18. May 26, 2014
    85
    It’s not going to be the best first person shooter you’ll play, but it’ll be one you remember once it’s over.
  19. May 21, 2014
    85
    Wolfenstein: The New Order is a successful comeback for Bethesda's IP. With an interesting plot, a caricature side and very old-school gameplay which brings back memories of id Software's hours of fame with the like of Doom and Quake, a masterpiece of a casting, MachineGames's new FPS has it all, or almost. We regret a story that's a bit short. Overall Wolfenstein: The New Order is a very good game, that fits well in it's family tree, and it's great fun to play.
  20. May 21, 2014
    85
    Marred only by some barely-sentient AI, The New Order is 16-odd hours of beautiful destruction, and the characters get a look in as well.
  21. May 20, 2014
    83
    The New Order is a funny and frantic first person shooter with only a bunch of problems and a light plot.
  22. May 23, 2014
    82
    Wolfenstein: The New Order didn’t just surprise me. It shocked me. My expectations for this one were decidedly low but within the first hour, I was chastising myself for having doubted MachineGames.
  23. May 20, 2014
    82
    It is not a revolution, but a great way to bring a classic back. If you like old-school shooters, you are going to enjoy this one.
  24. May 20, 2014
    81
    Wolfenstein: The New Order bids for flawless fun, with a mix of violence and black humour, with an irreverent result. However, there is a problem: the poor enemy AI is the most notable problem of a game which surpasses every expectation.
  25. Aug 26, 2014
    80
    MachineGames haven’t exactly reinvented the FPS or even Wolfenstein here, but they have put together a consistently enjoyable, well-crafted action game and given you the motivation to blast your way through its stringier bits. If this is the New Order for Wolfenstein, then this is a promising start.
  26. Jul 18, 2014
    80
    We would have preferred a greater freedom of action for the levels, rather than the linear and driven that we've found, but they are trifles for a title that deserves to be played at least once.
  27. Jul 9, 2014
    80
    Wolfenstein is the perfect mindless shooter, and I totally mean that as a compliment.
  28. Jun 7, 2014
    80
    If you’re looking for great gunplay, an amazing visualised alternative Nazi ruled 1960s with a surprisingly good and appealing plot, and of course, want to shoot Nazis in the way of the old school, then Wolfenstein: The New Order is just what the doctor ordered.
  29. 80
    A triumphant return for the Wolfenstein series. Despite some lack-lustre boss battles, killing Nazis has never been so much fun.
  30. May 28, 2014
    80
    The New Order is, above all, brave. Its odd mix of ’90s-style FPS excess and Nazi atrocities could have come across as outdated and crass. But MachineGames maintains just as much respect for its difficult subject matter as it does for its players, and the result is a game that indulges the mature and juvenile parts of your personality in equal measure.
  31. May 27, 2014
    80
    B. J. Blazkowicz is back, and not even the previous victory of the Nazis can stop him. Wolfenstein: The New Order is showing there is not a problem you can solve with plenty of ammo and energy needed for futuristic guns. At the same time, the game is offering a story humiliating most of the genre fellow-travellers. Go for it, a mountain of Nazi corpses, and a lot of fun is waiting for you.
  32. 80
    Limited graphical and audio faults aside, altogether, Wolfenstein; The New Order is a very good game — a true gem among shooters in a sickening sea of shooters.
  33. May 27, 2014
    80
    It may have a few inconsistencies that can otherwise hamper the fine action in front of you, but this is the Wolfenstein return that for the most part, manages to mix deliciously old-school violence with a new generation of visuals and storytelling.
  34. May 27, 2014
    80
    Wolfenstein: The New Order isn’t trying to revolutionize the genre in any way, but it’s a really entertaining and action packed game. The campaign is just long enough and also unusually well written. There are some things that doesn’t work that well, but most of it can be forgiven thanks to the great amount of fun.
  35. May 26, 2014
    80
    Wolfenstein: The New Order is a surprisingly strong shooter that aspires to be more than its premise should allow.
  36. May 23, 2014
    80
    Wolfenstein: The New Order is a decent first-person shooter. The graphics are a bit outdated but the atmosphere is really nice. And besides, what's more fun than killing Nazis?
  37. May 22, 2014
    80
    MachineGames have done a wonderful job capturing the essence of the old-school shooter while avoiding its pitfalls, and presenting it in a way that will attract new audiences. The result is a game that’s as good as you remember its forebears being, even though it facilitates the player in ways that games from a decade ago didn’t. This is Wolfenstein for the new generation, and it’s worthy of the legacy.
  38. May 22, 2014
    80
    The New Order is also easily the most enjoyable shooter in years, boasting a tongue-in-cheek dose of ’80s B-movie action that easily topples the previous entry in the series. There’s a lengthy campaign, some genuinely impressive set pieces and, most importantly, incredibly fun gameplay. And that’s something I did Nazi coming.
  39. May 22, 2014
    80
    The New Order isn't the best shooter you'll ever play, but this doesn't matter: it doesn't try to be excellent. This is 'just' a classic shooter, meant for everyone who wants to hunt nazis with heavy machine guns. That's what Wolfenstein: The New Order is all about; nothing more and nothing less. We won't say 'nein, nein, nein!' to that!
  40. May 21, 2014
    80
    Wolfenstein: The New Order is smarter than a game called Wolfenstein probably has any right to be, yet it still manages to capture the hyperviolent spirit of its predecessors.
  41. The most subversive and suprising new-gen shooter so far, Wolfenstein delivers heart (and a load of entrails) in a gory FPS that should stay with you for years.
  42. May 21, 2014
    80
    A first person shooter that doesn't take itself too seriously but still delivers a fun gaming experience!
  43. May 20, 2014
    80
    As far as shooters are concerned, Wolfenstein: The New Order beautifully taps some of the best elements and mechanics the genre has seen over the last generation. It also delivers on an expansive what-if world vision that can be pretty intriguing, and opens doors with its characters — specifically a franchise protagonist who’s never been too deep — that add some nuance to the exploration of that world.
  44. May 20, 2014
    80
    Wolfenstein: The New Order is the Inglourious Basterds of Nazi-killing video games. All the requisite violence of the genre is there, but there's a well-considered style and grace that elevates it beyond its mindless, dime-a-dozen brethren.
  45. May 19, 2014
    80
    Wolfenstein: The New Order does almost everything right, sliding confidently between gung-ho action sequences to gripping, character-driven story moments. If the pacing were only a little tighter, there would be almost nothing to fault it.
  46. May 19, 2014
    80
    It’s a joyous, preposterous romp which sucks you in and takes you on a thoroughly enjoyable, surprisingly well-paced journey. Along the way, it even manages to hammer home the big advantage games have over films: that they can take “What if?” scenarios and explore them over a considerably longer period of time than two piffling hours.
  47. May 19, 2014
    80
    The New Order takes Wolfenstein's old formula and adds its own crazy world with mechanical war machines and hysterical shooter action.
  48. May 19, 2014
    80
    Despite the lack of multiplayer and fetch-quests that interrupt the blood-spilling action, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a welcome return to form for the series. Its gameplay is good fun, whether you prefer blasting enemies to bits or being sneaky-like. The beautiful presentation makes the most out of the new hardware, and it squeezes some impressive life out of older systems. Blazkowicz's return has a long time coming, but Machine Games has assured that it was worth it.
  49. It’s an unexpectedly satisfying feat of writing – with some fine voice performances, to boot – for a series that hasn’t received much in the way of accolades for its storytelling in the past.
  50. May 19, 2014
    80
    An over-the-top shooter with fun action, memorable set-piece moments, and decent characters, Wolfenstein: The New Order successfully transform an oldschool game into a modern experience.
  51. May 19, 2014
    80
    A positive step forward for the series after the last dud. Machine Games presents a competent shooter with more polish and a better array of characters, but ultimately the game feels more comfortable recompiling established conventions than it does striving for innovation.
  52. May 19, 2014
    80
    Though it falls foul to the old FPS bane of occasionally stupid AI, Wolfenstein delivers a story-driven campaign experience that manages to be less po-faced than Shadow Fall and more consistently enjoyable than either Ghosts or Battlefield 4. Killing Nazis never looked or felt so good and, let’s face it, what else really matters?
  53. May 19, 2014
    80
    A sprawling epic that sometimes doesn't quite hit the ridiculously high bar it sets for itself, but nevertheless delivers an absolutely spectacular, supremely gory, utterly compelling experience.
  54. May 19, 2014
    80
    There is enough variety in the combat spaces, and the enemy combinations within, that The New Order's levels feel well paced, and combat feels tense without being unmanageable or overwhelming.
  55. The legend finally comes back. But, the idTech 5 is not enough for nex-gen consoles. The New Order has many graphical, texture and antialiasing problems. Still, MachineGames tells us the best Wolfenstein story in the entire history of Wolfenstein.
  56. May 20, 2014
    78
    The New Order feels like an anomaly, a single-player led FPS with a focus on run-and-gun gameplay and no multiplayer to speak of. It’s all much more fun than we expected, with high production values (thanks, no doubt, to Bethesda), decent graphics, an interesting story and some awesome guns. Fans of Doom, Quake, and of course Wolfenstein back in the day should find plenty to enjoy here.
  57. May 19, 2014
    78
    The New Order is a old school FPS which provides the rights and wrongs of the past. It has good ideas although it doesn't work them as it should. The idTech 5 engine is old, that is significant. The best part of this Wolfenstein is again its atmosphere with super armed Nazis.
  58. May 19, 2014
    78
    While shooting fascists in video games will likely always be fun, The New Order falters when it’s trying to decide how you should feel about it. Its options and ridiculously sized weapons provide a lot of enjoyment, but the story tries so hard to be serious that it forgets that this is a game that includes Moon Nazis.
  59. May 19, 2014
    78
    With an essential early-game choice that makes it worth playing through twice, the story at the center of Wolfenstein: The New Order props up its competent -- but mostly unremarkable -- shooting.
  60. May 19, 2014
    75
    In many ways, Wolfenstein: The New Order is "First-Person Shooters: The Game," but it gets most of the important details right. It's weird seeing a Wolf game that's not developed by id Software (who is busy with Doom 4), but MachineGames did a great job adapting the franchise in its own way. With a few tweaks, the next iteration could be something truly special.
  61. May 28, 2014
    70
    A nice old school shooter with a great setting, but it has some problems with the enemies' AI and it sometimes takes itself too seriously when, actually, its story is more of the one you'd expect from a B movie.
  62. May 27, 2014
    70
    Wolfenstein: The New Order causes mixed feelings. There are things it does very well, but others not so much. It’s not a perfect game, but depending on your expectations, it can be really pleasant or even a real surprise
  63. May 21, 2014
    70
    Ignore the discordance within its narrative and get your way past the incredibly dull opening stretch: Wolfenstein is a brawny, gratifying shooter experience – the likes of which you probably haven’t played in some time. Consider it a history lesson.
  64. May 21, 2014
    70
    Wolfenstein : The New Order is a classic, but efficient FPS, with horrible nazis to kill during fun and brutal gunfights. But the fact it has no multiplayer mode is hard to believe in 2014, and the poor enemies' A.I. is disappointing.
  65. May 21, 2014
    70
    Wolfenstein: The New Order suffers from minor inconsistencies in nearly every aspect of the game from its storytelling to its action, but the good news is the game never feels consistently bad.
  66. May 19, 2014
    70
    It’s clearly not perfect but it is a very enjoyable and respectably lengthy shooter that embraces its heritage while successfully striving to evolve its core gameplay in a new and interesting direction.
  67. May 19, 2014
    70
    This latest entry into the beloved Wolfenstein series accomplishes pretty much what it sets out to do - deliver a fuss-free roller coaster of setpieces and guiltless butchery. It's not exactly the most impressive of goals, but it's not without merit!
  68. May 26, 2014
    68
    The New Order showcases a few good ideas that would help to bring old school action into a modern era. Unfortunately AI and technical issues hinder the progress. In the end BJ Blazkowicz’s comeback is entertaining though.
  69. May 22, 2014
    60
    The New Order is not only your typical shooter with a fine story, it's also the result of poor and old-fashioned design choices. Therefore, it can be quite the task to complete the ten-hour single-player. It's a shame the game never breaks with the conventions of the genre. MachineGames could have offered the series a new perspective, but they didn't succeed.
  70. May 21, 2014
    60
    Despite its fantastical setting in an alternate Nazi-controlled universe, the new Wolfenstein is disappointingly standard shooting fare. A decent action game, but a missed opportunity to do something crazy.
  71. May 20, 2014
    60
    Wolfenstein: The New Order is not the most sophisticated of games and it's certainly not perfect, but it wears its silly plot and over-the-top action like a badge of honor, and for that we applaud it.
  72. May 19, 2014
    60
    In short bursts, it's everything you'd assume it would be, and if your expectations don't go any further than that you won't be disappointed. Ignore the (awful) narrative, shoot some fools and enjoy...As a total package, though, Wolfenstein continually feels disjointed and doesn't know exactly what it wants to be - the overall experience is jarring. And the boss fights suck...
  73. May 19, 2014
    60
    The greatest problem in Wolfenstein: The New Order, then, is a jarring inconsistency of tone and cohesion... It's almost as if there's a tug of war going between the big dumb shooter and the attempt to be subversive, with the result being a game that's not really slick enough to be an action classic, and not dramatic enough to draw you in.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 746 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 171
  1. May 20, 2014
    10
    Good gameplay.Great story. With 12 hours of action. The new order gives us a similar FPS experience but one with a story well above the rest.Good gameplay.Great story. With 12 hours of action. The new order gives us a similar FPS experience but one with a story well above the rest. This is well worth your money. Full Review »
  2. May 20, 2014
    10
    Great gunplay, good ambient storytelling in the levels, lots of secrets to find! Interesting storyline, sometimes a bit serious for the toneGreat gunplay, good ambient storytelling in the levels, lots of secrets to find! Interesting storyline, sometimes a bit serious for the tone of the game. Dark, suspenseful and interesting levels throughout. Great heavy music with a wide range of styles. Full Review »
  3. May 20, 2014
    10
    well paced over the top shooter! Interesting story elements that helps keep you on the edge for around 15 hours. Awesome weapon feedback andwell paced over the top shooter! Interesting story elements that helps keep you on the edge for around 15 hours. Awesome weapon feedback and the best leaning ever. I recomend it. Full Review »