[Review] Wolfenstein: The New Order

Dual-wielding machine guns

Wolfenstein: The New Order

WolfensteinI’ve been a fan of the Wolfenstein series from a very young age, Wolfenstein 3D being one of the very first games that I played as a child so I was very excited when I heard that The New Order was coming out. I was also pleased that Machine Games were given the opportunity to make this one as I was confident that they would do it justice.

System Requirements:

MINIMUM: 

    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8 
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 or equivalent AMD 
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM 
    • Graphics: GeForce 460, ATI Radeon HD 6850 
    • Storage: 50 GB available space
RECOMMENDED: 

    • Additional Notes: AMD Radeon users: Please install AMD Catalyst™ 14.4

Running on idTech’s idTech 5 engine, the game looks great and even if you don’t have the most powerful PC, it will run well as the engine is fairly scale-able. But with this engine comes large files so make sure you have plenty of spare space before installing Wolfenstein as it will take up roughly 50GB minimum.

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The game starts off with a bang where you and your comrades are fighting for your lives and it doesn’t take long before you are duel-wielding guns like Rambo. The usual pickups are available on the floor (ammo, health, armour) and on tables just like in the original Wolfenstein game. I like how Machine Games kept this style and there’s also many other easter eggs and nods towards the earlier Wolfenstein games throughout the single player campaign so keep an eye out for them. Some can be tricky to find so you might not come across it on your first playthrough.

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There’s attack dogs in this game which I remember used to startle me a lot in Wolfenstein 3D but in The New Order, they are covered in heavy armour so take a bit to get rid of. There’s also plenty of other heavily equipped enemies you’ll come across so make use of any grenade pickup that you see and always keep your ammo stores topped up. Thankfully the game is fairly generous in that regard where enemies will drop ammo and sometimes armour. The only times you may run out is when coming across a boss so you will have to come up with strategies for victory.

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Not only are the visuals in Wolfenstein: The New Order great, but the music is perfect. Featuring a gritty, metal soundtrack composed by Mick Gordon.

All songs written and composed by Mick Gordon.

No. Title Length
1. “Deathshead” 1:40
2. “Adrift” 1:46
3. “The New Order” 3:43
4. “14 Years” 1:21
5. “Frau Engel” 2:26
6. “Papers, Please” 2:10
7. “Kill Everyone” 2:18
8. “Concrete for Miles” 1:51
9. “Zellenblock B-2” 2:09
10. “The Kreisau Circle” 1:23
11. “London Nautica” 2:49
12. “Konzentrationslager” 3:07
13. “Herr Faust” (with Fredrik Thordendal) 2:55
14. “Der Mond” 5:03
15. “Kybernetik” (with Richard Devine) 2:06
16. “Ransacked” 5:04
17. “Prototype” 3:44
18. “Ende” 6:10
Total length:
51:45

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Wolfenstein: The New Order features some great cinematic sequences, filled with some truly evil villains and you will be drawn in by it’s atmosphere. The single player campaign isn’t overly long, I finished it in 10 hours and currently doing a second pass now, but I feel that it’s a good length. Quality over quantity after all. The game does encourage multiple playthroughs as there are different decisions that you can make, easter eggs you may have missed on your first pass etc.

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Conclusion

MachineGames have done a fantastic job with this game, I also enjoyed earlier games they have created such as The Darkness. They are becoming a really underrated development team and I can’t wait to see what they bring out next

Rating : 4/5 Stars

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