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Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches 167

Back in 1992, Wolfenstein 3D helped kick off the fledgling FPS genre. Today, the saga continues with Wolfenstein: the New Order. It's set in an alternate-history world where the Nazis won WW2, with hero B.J. Blazkowicz setting out to join resistance fighters. Unusually for a modern FPS, the game has no multiplayer element — it's single-player only. Early reviews for the game are generally positive. Polygon's says, "First, stealth is a valid option for extended portions of the game, with silent melee takedowns and a brutally effective suppressed pistol. There's also a form of progression in Wolfenstein: The New Order's perk system. Performing certain actions in combat unlocks new abilities and upgrades over time, which can make a significant difference in the way you can tackle firefights. You can also find weapon upgrades that further escalate the raw, over-the-top violence on display. This combination of old ideas and new hooks seems mismatched, but I was taken aback by how well it all worked together."

Eurogamer had some criticism: "Less impressive are the plot and the characters, which often feel like they exist only to amplify the opportunities for violence and sensationalism. ... I wouldn't say it's offensive, but Wolfenstein: The New Order isn't a very tactful game, even though it's often trying to be. ... This is a game that does everything it needs to to earn an 18 certificate but rarely manages to achieve a sense of either gravity or maturity." The game is out for the PS3/4, Xbox 360/One, and Windows. It's build on the id Tech 5 engine, and that's causing some graphics issues on the PC, much like RAGE did when it launched in 2011. The game's massive size (~50GB) is causing problems for PS4 owners as well.
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Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches

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  • Re:Pay up! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Slugster ( 635830 ) on Tuesday May 20, 2014 @07:47PM (#47052311)
    Not having a multiplayer element makes it MORE interesting to those that don't play online much (there is still a few of us)...

    I managed to get Left For Dead 2 on Steam the day it was available for free.... the first new game I had played in a few years (I am rather beyond the typical game-buying demographic, most likely).

    Due to a dated PC I tend to prefer playing single-player, but it has a few glaring problems when used that way. It is obvious that they intended it to be played by four people cooperating, and many situations involve coordination that bots can't or will not do. You almost need to resort to using cheat codes to get through many stages, as the bots are often more hindrance than help. And while there is a "last man on earth" variation to play, it doesn't present you with the usual assortment of enemies to fight.
  • by Nemyst ( 1383049 ) on Tuesday May 20, 2014 @08:37PM (#47052645) Homepage
    Check out Spec Ops: The Line. It may not be perfect, and it's third person, but it's the sort of story you could be doing in an FPS, instead of another hoo-ah Call of Duty.
  • Re:50 GB?? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Jahoda ( 2715225 ) on Tuesday May 20, 2014 @10:32PM (#47053319) Homepage
    Processing power is cheap and plentiful, disk bandwidth is not, especially on consoles. And, 50 GB is still quite a hit on your average user's SSD.

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