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E3 2013 | A “New Order” Begins For “Wolfenstein”

Posted on June 13, 2013 AT 09:28am

I grew up on Wolfenstein 3D, in fact it was one of the first PC games I owned. Facing off against Nazis as I tried to escape I remember with much happiness my time using the guns, collecting treasures, and killing the giant Mecha Hitler in the end. More than 20 years later a new chapter has begun for the franchise, with a huge twist.

Set in an alternate timeline Wolfenstein: The New Order takes place in the 1960s. Germany won the war, and the world is run under the Third Reich. Your character has joined a new resistance to take down the Nazi regime, hoping to return democracy to the scarred lands.

My demo started up roughly a third into the game. I had to find my way towards a couple special helicopters, which are needed to help the resistance with their cause. Of course it’s not quite easy when you have soldiers hanging around at every corner, not to mention giant mechs that shoot to kill. For the most part it’s a guns-blazing kind of affair, but once in awhile there will be a moment where you can use stealth to take down someone.

On some occasions you will come across areas that will require the usage of brain power to get to the next area. Using the laser tool you can cut chains, elevator brakes, and other hinderances. Later in the level you’ll get your hands on a more powerful laser that can be used to take down bigger threats.

Once reaching the end of the level and killing off the Nazis in the room, a massive mech smashed through, blocking the exit. Using the Gatling gun in the helicopters was the only real way to damage the giant robot, but I had to evade its laser blast, which was easier said than done. Fortunately a ton of rounds to the head and the beast was down, ending the level.

So far Wolfenstein: The New Order is looking to be a wonderful addition to the franchise, one that sometimes feels like I’m playing the original, yet at the same time adding a whole new experience to the gameplay. Controlling the game was a breeze, and the unlimited amount of weapons you can carry had a good old-school vibe to it. The id Tech 5 engine also showcased how much of a graphical marvel the game is, especially when it came to the expressions on the Nazis’ faces as I was about to put a bullet into their brains.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is due to be released on the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC late December of this year. Odds are it’d make a lovely stocking stuffer for those who fondly remember playing the old game years ago.

An accomplished music, anime, and video game critic, Evan Bourgault has been a Contributing Editor and Podcast host with ElectricSistaHood since 2008. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck

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