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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood review

Like it’s older brother, The New Order, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood brings the same nostalgic, mostly hip firing, fast paced action of old-school FPS titles but with precisely the kind of refinements you’d expect from a modern shooter. The result is a spectacular romp through Castle Wolfenstein and a neighbouring village, fighting the advanced World War 2 tech of the Nazi’s paranormal division, and, a little on in the story, a horde of Nazi zombies.

Indeed this is more than just a side story or expansion to last year’s Wolfenstein, The Old Blood is instead a standalone adventure acting as a prequel to the events of The New Order, placing you in the boots of B. J. Blazkowicz once again as he battles the Nazi menace. It’s far less story focused affair this time around, but snappy dialogue between the few characters that are present, and some introspective monologues, set the scene and drive the tale brilliantly through this 6-7 hour adventure.

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It’s also less reliant on grand set-pieces and shoot outs than The New Order. Whilst these are indeed present, and offer a wonderfully intense bout of frantic shooting, weapon switching, and copious amounts of blood and dying, the focus is instead on stealth and evening the odds through guerrilla tactics. Ammo, as abundant as it is, is heavily outweighed by the sheer amount of enemies you’ll encounter and the amount of damage they can absorb, and an aggressive, cunning AI, takes cover, attempts to flank, calls and waits for reinforcements, and sets about hunting you down and killing you in a highly effective manner, making the title a true challenge throughout.

Ammo is also liberally varied across your arsenal, forcing you to use different weapons frequently, which proves a terrific way of making each shootout more intense and unique depending on the terrain. You’ll find yourself moving through a cave network where a shotgun is most effective only to run out of ammo and have to switch to the single shot sniper rifle and change your tactics completely. And whilst this can get a little frustrating as it compromises your desired playstyle, the level design allows for just this kind of flexibility, hinting at the depth below the superficial run ‘n gun shooting.

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Indeed, The Old Blood is a far more cerebral game than it seems. The aforementioned intelligent AI makes even a solo enemy dangerous, areas are teaming with cover, crawl spaces and multiple paths with ammo and health littering the battlefield but turning out to only barely be enough to get you through the enemies you encounter. Additionally, you unlock perks for performing certain actions frequently, such as scoring kills with particular weapons, these perks then improve your weapons with increased clip sizes, provide you with new abilities, or result in better yields from ammo, heath and armour pickups, this once again encouraging you to switch tactics and weapons often. It’s marvellous.

Remarkable visuals and lighting, matched by equally impressive music and sound effects truly immerse you in the adventure, with the castle itself offering a wide variety of aesthetically different areas before you venture outside to a nearby village for a completely new environment. Additionally the majority of the weapon you find are new, although many boil down to different looking variants on weapons found in The New Order. It certainly feels and look fresh enough to warrant a standalone.

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Furthermore, multiple collectables and secrets are waiting to be found; documents shed more light on the narrative and world, gold bars are tucked away amongst the ordinary pick-ups. Meanwhile, each level has a hidden bunk which triggers a Nightmare, taking you back to the old Wolfenstein 3D corridors with a level or boss fight to complete. Finally 10 combat challenges taken from the shootout scenarios in the campaign are available to conquer individually and post high scores on an online leaderboard, adding a terrific asynchronous multiplayer component.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a fantastic standalone experience that further immerses you in the alternative history of Wolfenstein with its challenging, intense and highly enjoyable action. Adapting to the focus on stealth and switching weapons frequently is going to challenge some more than others, but the all-out action scenarios between them make for delightful rewards for sticking with it – and you can always brute force your way through if dying a bunch doesn’t demotivate you. Indeed, The Old Blood is superb.

TiX purchased their own copy of the game for review

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Wolfenstein: The New Order – Out Today for Xbox One and Xbox 360

Europe, 1960. The tide of World War II has been turned using a new kind of mysterious, advanced technology. Using unrelenting force and intimidation, a ruthless world power has brought even the most powerful of nations to their knees. The regime now dominates the globe with an iron fist. You are the only man capable of rewriting history.

In Wolfenstein: The New Order, assume the role of super soldier B.J. Blazkowicz as he uses elite combat tactics and an arsenal of uber advanced weaponry to take down the most powerful empire the world has ever known. Join forces with a band of dedicated resistance fighters and launch an offensive battle that spans the globe and beyond, as you seek to uncover the truth behind how this regime conquered the world so quickly. Take on massive mechs, super soldiers, and an army of seemingly unstoppable might as you fight to free the planet from a nightmare of unimaginable tyranny.

Wolfenstien: The New Order – Launch Trailer

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The Resistance has gathered and the time to rise against the Nazi’s is upon us. Wolfenstein: The New Order releases next week — Tuesday, May 20th for Xbox One, Xbox 360 in the US, On Friday for UK and Europe. As an added bonus, everyone who pre-orders the game will be invited to access the DOOM beta with their copy of Wolfenstein.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is a fictional story set in an alternate universe in the 1960’s. Names, characters, organizations, locations and events are either imaginary or depicted in a fictionalized manner. The story and contents of this game are not intended to and should not be construed in any way to condone, glorify or endorse the beliefs, ideologies, events, actions, persons or behavior of the Nazi regime or to trivialize its war crimes, genocide and other crimes against humanity.

Wolfenstein: The New Order – Nowhere to run

wolfenstein-the-new-order-revealHitting shelves on May 20th for Xbox 360 and Xbox One is Wolfenstein: The New Order, in development by MachineGames & published by Bethesda. Wolfenstein A new trailer has surfaced to 1) show us a little more of what to expect and 2) add to the hype machine in preparation for launch. Of course, we enjoy adding to said machine so enjoy the below and don’t forget to let us know your thoughts below.

Wolfenstien: The New Order ‘Nowhere To Run’ Trailer

1960. There is no more war. The Nazis control the globe and hope is lost.

But not for everyone. A resourceful team of resistance fighters, led by B.J. Blazkowicz, are fighting back against the Reich forces led by Colonel Deathshead. Learn more about their movement in this all-new gameplay trailer.

Wolfenstein: The New Order reignites the franchise widely recognized for pioneering the first-person shooter genre. Set in the 1960s, the monstrous Nazi regime has used mysterious advanced technology to win World War II. They now rule the globe with an iron fist. Wolfenstein: The New Order sends you across Europe on a harrowing mission to bring down the Nazi war machine.

Released May 20th on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Wolfenstein: The New Order – Release Date, Trailer and Pre-Order News

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First announced last year with a demo available at last years Eurogamer Expo in September, today the release date and pre-order information was revealed along with a new trailer for the game. Release date will be May 23rd in Europe for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in Europe, May 20th in the US.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order reignites the franchise widely recognized for pioneering the first-person shooter genre. Set in the 1960s, the monstrous Nazi regime has used mysterious advanced technology to win World War II. They now rule the globe with an iron fist. Wolfenstein: The New Order sends you across Europe on a harrowing mission to bring down the Nazi war machine.

If you pre-order the game, you will also gain access to the beta for a new Doom game:

I got to play the demo at EGX in September and really loved the back to basics FPS gameplay it had which is a shout back to the original Wolfenstein games. It was a refreshing story driven FPS game with amazing weapons and gameplay and could be a surprise hit in the same year of the big FPS shooters.

HD Wolfenstein: The New Order – Announcement Trailer

Yesterday the announcement broke, but sadly the only way you could view the trailer was via Gamespot – whilst we can not stop you visiting other gaming websites (how dare you), today we can finally post the Wolfenstein: The New Order announcement trailer here on thisisxbox.com.

The year is 1960 and the Nazi’s have won World War II. War hero B.J. Blazkowicz must launch an impossible counter-offensive against the monstrous Nazi regime that has conquered the globe. Intense, cinematic and rendered in stunning detail with id Software’s id Tech 5 engine, Wolfenstein sends players across Europe on a mission to bring down the Nazi war machine. Infiltrate their most heavily guarded facilities, battle high-tech Nazi legions, and take control of super-weapons that have conquered the earth — and beyond. Wolfenstein is under development at MachineGames, a studio comprised of a seasoned group of developers recognized for their work creating award-winning games.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is scheduled for release in Q4 2013 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and next generation consoles.

Bethesda’s Next-Gen Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Bethesda has today announced a new title, Wolfenstein: The New Order, described by the devs’ as an action-adventure shooter slated for release during quarter4 of 2013. The game is being developed by MachineGames, a studio comprised of seasoned developers known for creating compelling, critically-acclaimed story-driven games.

Wolfenstein has been widely credited for helping establish and popularise the first-person shooter genre, and Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reimagining of this franchise – offering players a gripping and dramatic experience. It’s a fictional story set in an alternate universe in the 1960’s. Names, characters, organisations, locations and events are either imaginary or depicted in a fictionalised manner. The story and contents of this game are not intended to and should not be construed in any way to condone, glorify or endorse the beliefs, ideologies, events, actions, persons or behaviour of the Nazi regime or to trivialise its war crimes, genocide, and other crimes against humanity.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is scheduled for release on both current and next-gen consoles.

Look out for more information in the coming weeks.