Publisher Bethesda Softworks' latest FPS title, Wolfenstein: The New Order is releasing its new game on 20 May and the reviews are already out.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is set in a parallel history where instead of the Allies (read World War 2), the Nazi's win the war and are the ultimate among nations and no country poses them a challenge now. The Nazi's have superior power and technology and they rule the world with an iron fist. Players will take the role of Captain B.J. Blazkowicz to launch a counter-offensive and taking on not only the Nazi's but also their robots and Super Soldiers. The game is set in the time frame of 1960 and is set in Europe. The game will involve super weapons.
It has also been announced that players who have pre-ordered The New Order will get access to the upcoming Doom beta that is being developed by id Software. The game is being developed by MachineGames and will be powered by id Tech 5. The game will be releasing for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on 20 May 2014.
Let us look at some of the reviews and what do they think of the game:
- Polygon - Rates it 9/10
"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." Read the full review here.
- IGN - Rates it 7.8/10
"Wolfenstein: The New Order is the melding of your typical, everyday shooter with quality writing and a cast of believable and relatable characters... 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." Read the full review here.
- GameSpot – Rates it 8/10
"Both the laser cutter and the perks system feel like missed opportunities at worst, because even aside from them, The New Order's combat intensity and variety have granted the Wolfenstein series a breath of fresh air, whilst still managing to hit the nostalgic highs that I expect from the series. It has injected some substance into the primal pleasure of shooting Nazis by way of an interesting tone that addresses the changing roles of first-person shooter protagonists. Through this, the game is both a celebration of the Wolfenstein series and what feels like a fitting send-off for it. The New Order could be the last hurrah of William 'BJ' Blazkowicz, an outing which, for all its excess and bombast, is far from mindless." Read the full review here.
- Eurogamer – Rates it 6/10
"The New Order has all sorts of war stories it wants to share with you and it knows how it wants you to feel, but it's not convincing. Its stories are more sensational than poignant. It's a decent shooter with a good few impressive moments, but it can be buggy and it doesn't offer much you can't find elsewhere, with little to tempt you back when it's over. Where it most tries to stand out, in its narrative and setting, it often comes off as juvenile. Overall, 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." Read the full review here.
- Joystiq – Rates it 3/5 Stars
"The greatest problem in Wolfenstein: The New Order, then, is a jarring inconsistency of tone and cohesion. The quiet moments in your Berlin hovel feel like they belong in a more contemplative game, yet each new mission dumps you into the next sewer or train with little substance or explanation. 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." Read the full review here.
- GamesRadar – Rates it 4/5 Stars
"Wolfenstein: The New Order is a great example of oldschool design revitalized by modern concepts. Yes, it's cheesy, dumb, and over-the-top, but it manages to reign in these aspects by following them up with great action, memorable set-pieces, and characters that mostly evolve beyond your typical meathead grunts. This is a shooter that puts shooting first--and the second you dual-wield two laser guns and use them to destroy a dog made out of metal, you'll play the rest of Wolfenstein with a knowing grin." Read the full review here.
- Xbox Achievements – Rates it 85/100
"One of the most flexible FPS titles we've played in some time, Wolfenstein: The New Order is blemished only by some laughably stupid enemy AI in places and a slightly finicky weapon select menu. Otherwise, this is one of the most deliriously enjoyable and engaging first-person shooters you'll play this year." Read the full review here.
- Gamezone – Rates it 7.5/10
"There's also a series of other gameplay elements to encourage replay value since there is no multiplayer. Scattered throughout levels are various collectibles, secrets and enigma codes, the latter of which can be solved to unlock bonus modes... Wolfenstein: The New Order isn't groundbreaking by any means, but it's a solid installment to the franchise that Wolfenstein fans will certainly appreciate." Read the full review here.
- CVG – Rates it 9/10
"Had our preconceptions been correct The New Order would have been a silly but fun game. With its near impeccable ability to deliver an impactful story, even to the point of including one of the most believable, least cliched love stories we can remember seeing in games, it has become so much more. Prepare for the feels." Read the full review here.
- TIME – Rates it 4/5
"And for all it subverts, The New Order still feels slaved to genre conventions: the Nazi in the hallway outside your room will point his gun at the hapless asylum patient infinitely, his bullet forever unfired until you press through the doorway, tripping the algorithmic trigger and forcing his hand... There's a flip side to The New Order's dalliance with moral depth (and concentration camps, and suicide bombings) as well." Read the full review here.