I’ve seen a few reviews of Wolfenstein: The New Order and some are actually a little off putting. But 8 hours + into the game I can confirm these are way off the mark. Wolfenstein (for me anyway) has been a blast and a very enjoyable experience from the start. A lot of people have said it’s old hat and that the graphics don’t represent what they want/expect from a next gen shooter - But when it’s done as well as this, then really I don’t see the problem. A few things that did surprise me is the depth of the characters. You end up feeling for the main protagonist and his side kicks in a way I just didn‘t expect from a Wolfenstein title. For every insane thing Blazkowicz does is followed by an emotional human touch or tender moment between characters. Blazkowicz is more then just a jarhead Nazi killing juggernaut. They have added a level of humanity. Some of his foes are scary as hell. Frau Engel for me being the scariest of them all. The alternate 60s world now dominated by the Nazi’s is well portrayed and the little Easter Eggs are fantastic (I personally love finding the old records) The game also poses some serious questions on this alternate world. Newspaper clips for the most post a positive light on the Nazi regime and comment on lower crime rates, less murders and prosperity for the conquered countries - But of course in the game you also see the harrowing crimes committed by the Nazi’s with death camps and the industrial size extermination of PoWs. The gun mechanics are tight, the variation from gun running to stealth is very welcome and adds to the whole experience. I thought the game screamed Half Life - The regeneration packs on the walls, the level design and even the story it’s self is not a million miles away from Half Life 2. I really think fans of the Half Life franchise will love this game and it certainly has replay value for those who like to collect all the collectables and discover all of the secret areas.
Well worth the money even without a multiplayer or additional game modes.