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The Biggest Surprise of the Year!,
This review is from: Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4) (Video Game)
After years of mediocre Wolfenstein games here comes 'The New Order to recapture the magic of old school shooters. Thing is, with nostalgia largely being a set of rose-tinted glasses, with gleeful thoughts of a past you know can never be replicated(i.e. 'it'll never be the same again') 'The New Order absolutely captures this lightning in a bottle by staying true to its roots whilst also updating the formula where necessary. The result- you get the best of both worlds, old and new.
If you were a gamer-kid in the '80s or '90s, this game will remind you of why you ever started gaming in the first place. Remember how the challenge of a game was a large part of the fun? Remember the cool boss battles? Remember how there was consequence for your actions, or how the focus was on tight controls and gameplay? Wolfenstein has all of this.
Wolfenstein nails the basics, it feels so good to simply shoot a gun, this is thanks to the recoil, the sound effects, the way your guns actually do real damage to the environment and Nazi bodies, the way the Nazis react as bullets riddle them, staggering backwards and flailing their arms and torso's all over the place, you can even relieve them of their limbs if for example you were at close range with a shotgun. How so many shooters fail on all of these fronts today is beyond me, but in The New Order, the guns feel real, they do serious damage, in short- you don't feel like your shooting a potato gun.
The controls are also perfection, in old school fashion, you can fire from the hip and its just as accurate as aiming down the iron sights, there is a 'lean' mechanic here where you can take cover say, behind a corner, hold L1 and then tilt the analogue stick to lean around, or you could be crouching behind a box and then use the lean mechanic to peak your head up just enough to return fire. This mechanic adds so much to the game that its hard to overstate its brilliance.
There are also multiple ways to approach each situation in the game, you can go in guns blazing, full-assault with dual wielded shotguns, or you can sneak around, strategically taking guards down quietly without being seen, or a mixture of the two as I did- that is, you start an area by taking out the enemies which can call for reinforcements, after removing them from the equation you go nuts!
Every location you visit in game is very interesting, from an asylum to some place out this world, its all very engaging. The writing and story is also surprisingly brilliant, you really empathise with these characters and are completely in-tune with their motivations. The game is around 18-20 hours long unless you play on easy mode, it has oodles of replayability and lots of unlockable modes of play, such as ''Iron Man Mode'', witch gives you one life to complete the whole game on or ''999 Mode'', witch gives you ''999% more action, 999 health and unlimited ammo''.
I wholeheartedly recommend this game to shooter fans old and new, for a single player only game, there is a lot of substance here, I know I'll be playing this game for years to come, and who the hell isn't already hooked at the concept of a world where the Nazis won the war? Who doesn't want to kill Nazis? This game provides you with that fantasy, if your a fan of shooters, BUY IT!