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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's1946: 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. May 19, 2014
    91
    Wolfenstein: The New Order doesn’t reinvent the franchise or give us anything particularly innovative. Yet what it does do is excel at giving us a deep shooter experience unlike we have seen on the Xbox One to date. This visually remarkable game features memorable characters, a terrific soundtrack and frantically entertaining gameplay. Wolfenstein: The New Order is hard to put down and for good reason – it simply kicks ass.
  2. May 22, 2014
    88
    The intriguing setting and well-crafted story completely drew me into the game, and I enjoyed facing off against the secret weapons brought to life by the diabolical minds of Nazi scientists like robotic dogs, towering walkers, and cyborg mechs.
  3. May 22, 2014
    85
    Ultimately you have to scrape to find a substantive problem with Wolfenstein: The New Order. If you mandate profound innovation in the games you play, it’s possible that New Order may be too traditional for your tastes. Regardless, it’s a well-made, extremely create, and fun ass game. If you want to sit down and just have fun, you can’t ask for more than that.
  4. May 19, 2014
    80
    Wolfenstein: The New Order is 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.
  5. May 21, 2014
    80
    It tries to create stakes that go beyond the basic scope of "kill those bad guys because they're bad," and even when it fails to completely take advantage of those stakes, there's still enough excitement, enough intrigue, enough humanity in its story to keep you interested. Even if its ideas only scratch the surface of something deeper, Wolfenstein: The New Order still delivers an experience well worth your time.
  6. May 19, 2014
    80
    A solid FPS which manages to combine its classic roots with some modern elements, offering us good action variety and some outstanding characters. It could have done better with a deeper plot and some climatic exploration sections, but it won't disappoint once you put the first, boring, couple of hours behind you.
  7. May 19, 2014
    60
    It's built on an impressive world but it doesn't do enough with it, and as a result it's curious, but hardly compelling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 106
  2. Negative: 3 out of 106
  1. May 25, 2014
    10
    If your going to submit a review play the game or watch it on twitch at least. BigSama is an idiot. Only giving this a 10 to balance out hisIf your going to submit a review play the game or watch it on twitch at least. BigSama is an idiot. Only giving this a 10 to balance out his zero. This game was good. Was it next gen? No. Was it fun? Yes!!! It capitalized on game play and if your a fan of first person shooters at all.... You will enjoy this game. Even on normal setting this game was Challenging. It did tend to have its "slow moments" but those were easily overshadowed by its intense shooting/dodging periods. Story was OK not great. Action was amazing. Boss battles were Huge and EPIC ... The kind of situations it presented made you think... Lots of deaths... ... Negative side it was not that visually impressive and sound was poor at times. . This is probably the best Xbox one game out right now. That's not saying much but take it for what it's worthOverall I would really rate this 8.0. Worth the rent that's for sure. Expand
  2. May 20, 2014
    10
    This is what FPS games should be look. Pure unadulterated fun without the forced multiplayer which no on will play anyways.The graphics is notThis is what FPS games should be look. Pure unadulterated fun without the forced multiplayer which no on will play anyways.The graphics is not 2014 gen since it uses the gool ol Rage engine but it still holds up in this era.

    The maps are expansive and not claustrophobic like the on-rail shooters (BF,COD) muricans love so much. The violence and gore is spot, the action and gunplay is intense and Boss battles are long, challenging and sometimes with Dark Souls level of difficulty. This game is a gift for gamers who grew up playing Wolf 3D,and not for 12 yr old COD fan-boys..

    If someone asks for a good example of FPS in current generation, Wolfenstein TNO will be the first thing that comes to mind. I would give it a 8/10 but seeing how shallow FPS games have been in the past 3-4 years(excluding Halo and Resistance series), i'll give it a 10/10
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  3. Jun 4, 2015
    9
    I got this game plus The Old Blood prequel for $45, which I think is a pretty fare price. Not sure I would have been as happy with the gameI got this game plus The Old Blood prequel for $45, which I think is a pretty fare price. Not sure I would have been as happy with the game for $60, but at this time it is fairly discounted. As someone who grew up playing Wolfenstein 3D, I am so happy to return to the franchise with such a strong game. There's no multiplayer, but enough difficulty, collectibles, and some choices(or maybe just one..) that means I'll definitely be replaying it at least one more time. And the game allows for many different playstyles a lot of the time, granting perks that reward how you decide to kill the enemy-a mechanic I found to be very enjoyable.

    The only reason I don't give it a 10 is lack of multiplayer, however, that may in fact be a strength to the game because it allowed the developers to focus solely on the single player experience which is both substantial(at least 20 hours, maybe more if you like to find every secret like me), fun, and surprisingly emotional. Also, killing Nazis never gets old.
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  4. May 20, 2014
    9
    This game is definitely my favourite since the beginning of this year. One of the biggest license of gaming (and the oldest, I think it'sThis game is definitely my favourite since the beginning of this year. One of the biggest license of gaming (and the oldest, I think it's interesting to say it) is back and it will definitely convince you that solo games are still fun to play nowdays.

    It is based on id Tech 5 Engine (the same one as RAGE), and it is doing great. Textures are neat, lightning is good, and it is incredibly smooth. It has a metallic environment and a dark atmosphere, and both really create a true tension. Model and level design are very interesting, since they really give life to the fiction.

    The soundtrack is fine too, very appropriate. They give a true sense of power to the weapons; and musics are accompanying the action well, but somewhat discrete. Voice acting is brilliant.

    Now for the gameplay, it is marvellous. You have a full control over your character, thanks to lying down and leaning options. And the possibility to dual-wield every weapon brings a whole lot of fun. And the best part is that you can go all guns blazing like a walking tank; or you can chose the shadow way, and going stealth all the way. The commanders can call for reinforcements in case of alert, and this really deserves the gameplay, strategizing it a lot, and I must not forget to mention the huge diversity of enemies. However, even on its hardest difficulty level, the AI somewhat fails sometimes (but very little). The choice you are given to make in the very first chapter, is minor, but it is interesting to see how the designers created every level, giving you different progress opportunities depending on that choice. Its replay value is huge.

    But where my heart found its pleasure, is in the fan service. True Wolfenstein fans will find a lot of easter eggs, in reference to the past episodes. And the different cliches are really enjoyable and very well implemented.

    This game is one of the best you can find, if you are looking for a strong solo experience. And the history this licence carries, with its one of a kind feel in atmosphere and gameplay will keep you entertained for long long hours.
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  5. Jun 11, 2014
    8
    General Overview:
    While this is not the old time corridor shooter that we old time gamers fell in love with (but what else was there?) it
    General Overview:
    While this is not the old time corridor shooter that we old time gamers fell in love with (but what else was there?) it certainly has the flavor of Wolfenstein. Great visuals, wonderful voice acting, decent albeit cliched story, and a simply fun game. It will provide hours of play, particularly if you are a completionist, or if you want to rip through it, you can but that would be a shame in my opinion. The introduction of stealth is welcome (at least for me since its my preferred style) but has upset some as it is a departure from the ridiculous power fantasy of the original series. The game also has a darker tone in its story and is a more serious affair compared to the goofiness of the 8 bit classic. All in all a good game, but not one that will set any kind of new standard other than its use of graphic fidelity of the next graphic power of the XBO.

    TL;DNR: 8 - A decent FPS experience with a dark atmosphere, well voice acted, tremendous soundtrack, standard gameplay systems.

    Technology/engine: 7 - id Tech 5 is a solid engine but occasionally shows its age. The draw distance is acceptable and the engine is responsive to player input although when things are intense it can demonstrate a small lag response that is initially irritating but is quickly overcome by altering timing to anticipate movement to be in sync.

    AI: The AI is not the brightest, but is generally responsive and provides movement and life to the game.

    Graphics: 8 - The graphics are well done but show a bit of age in the engine particular around some textures. If this game had been developed on a next gen platform it would have been stunning.

    Sound: 9 - The sound in this game is superb. You get great distance to source sound recognition and it really adds to the game play, be it stealth or guns-a-blazing.

    Soundtrack: 10 - The soundtrack is the strongest part of this game and Machine Games knows it! The atmosphere and Nazi adaptation of classic songs is simply fantastic.

    Voice acting: 9 - Very strong voice acting, well paced narrative and decent dialogue, despite being a bit cliched.

    Crafting: N/A

    Customization: N/A

    Game play systems: 8 - Both guns-a-blazing and stealth are well executed although the AI is not the best. The ability to have a wide arsenal immediately at your fingertips is a welcome reintroduction and truly keeps that Wolfenstein flavor intact. Stealth is decently executed and the acquisition of skills by use is a nice touch - reinforcing how you prefer to play, making that play style more viable. Some players, particularly RPG centric players may be unhappy with this as there is no control over what skills you acquire other than by use.

    Controls: 8 - Responsive and well executed for the XBO although the occasional lag response can be irritating but is easily adapted to.

    Story: 8 - Well written although a bit cliched, but a fun piece of alternate history fiction.

    Multi-player: N/A
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  6. Jun 29, 2014
    8
    The Wolfenstein series as a whole is applauded for being one of FPS games that started that genre, along with Doom. Plus, how can you forgetThe Wolfenstein series as a whole is applauded for being one of FPS games that started that genre, along with Doom. Plus, how can you forget the countless number of Nazis killed in those games along with Mecha-Hitler? The franchise is classic, and it has made a return to be cross-gen. Does it perform the transfer well? In short, yes. The game is just how you remember Wolfenstein. You pick up gear and ammo by pressing X, shoot and decapitate Nazis, blow stuff up, you know what you're getting with this series. The amazing thing? Wolfenstein The New Order is still one of the most refreshing shooters I've played in a long time, and I hope very much that the franchise will continue grandly. Let's talk about the graphics. In my eyes, it seems like so many gamers these days are obsessed on whether or not the game looks good or not. Those people won't complain about the game, but they won't be continuously raving about it. I found the game to please my eyes very much, and in the later missions the far views can be simply stunning. I loved how the guns were detailed, too. Speaking of guns, the arsenal here is creative and awesome. I wasn't a big fan of the guns you use at the start of the game, but once the game forwards many years on, I thought the arsenal got a lot more cool. I don't know why, but the shooting in this game feels so much more fun than other FPSs. Plus, the gore compliments the violence, and it is another incredibly detailed thing in the game. However, I felt the developers could have spiced up the gameplay a bit more with next-gen mechanics. I appreciated how they added optional stuff to the game too, but I honestly didn't care about it. I found there to be a flaw in the combat, and that was that the game doesn't give you good opportunities to feel safe. It feels like you are always out in the open and could die at any moment. There's something about The New Order that will pleasantly surprise you. The game has a very, very good story. While the plot is nothing special (all it is is basically kill the Nazis), the characters, dialogue, and other things are what you're really gonna care about. I surely did. The main character (one you play as), B.J. Blazkowics, feels like a human being, and that goes for every other character. The plot does slow down later on, though. Wolfenstein The New Order, at its core, is nothing groundbreaking. However, the stuff that is there I loved for the most part. Expand
  7. Jun 26, 2017
    0
    I have been playing first person shooters ever since I bought my first video game console and I have never had a worse gaming experience. TheI have been playing first person shooters ever since I bought my first video game console and I have never had a worse gaming experience. The story feels bland, the gameplay is generic and repetitive, and the player movement feels clunky and awkward. I gave this game a 0 because the ratings are way too high for this game and do not reflect how this game really is in any way, shape or form. I would not buy this game even though at this time its 20 bucks. Not worth the money, buy something else, anything. Expand

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