Hands-On Preview: Wolfenstein: The New Order

on April 11, 2014 5:04 PM

For all intents and purposes, Wolfenstein is the grandfather of all modern first person shooting games. The series made the jump to 3D graphics with mixed results. The latest iteration, Wolfenstein: The New Order, aims to bring the series back to its roots while bringing in something fresh and new.

At PAX East 2014, I played a rather lengthy demo and had a PR rep fill me in with a rundown a bit about the game. This Wolfenstein takes place in an alternate history where the nazis won the second world war. All of this happens while series protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz is in a coma. He and a rebel force band together to free the world from the nazi menace.

Now, as a guy who isn’t really into first person shooter games, I actually really liked what I played. I played this in on the PlayStation 4 and it handled great. I was able to make headshots frequently and the overall controls were extremely precise. There is a cover system in place which I found to be fantastic because it prevented the game from being a brainless run-and-gun shooter.

The game is built in a way that missions can be approached in different ways. The levels are expansive and provide players the choice of completing objectives either as aggressively or stealthily as possible. There were some sections which confused me a bit with regards to where I needed to go but I was told that objectives would be clearer in the final game.

I was told that this game would have a large emphasis on story and characters. This was something that I could not see from the demo but there will be many main characters and a few plot twists along the way.

The Wolfenstein series deserves its moment back in the sun and The New Order definitely has the potential to bring the series back to prominence. Wolfenstein: The New Order is set to release on May 20th for the PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One.

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Tony has been a gamer ever since he came to the United States from the Dominican Republic when he was a kid. He's been a geek since he could draw his first breath and will be one until he draws his last. In addition to video games, Tony loves Comic Books, Anime, Science Fiction and Fantasy. If it's geeky then Tony is most likely into it.