How Wolfenstein: The New Order will change your preconceptions

With The New Order, B.J. Blazkowicz's return could be something big for first-person shooter fans.

B.J. Blaskowicz will make his return this month in Wolfenstein: The New Order. Although many may have brushed the game off last year as just another mindless shooter, the game has come a long way. The hands-on demo shown at PAX East was impressive enough for doubters to reconsider their position on Wolfenstein. At its heart, Wolfenstein has always been about straightforward, gory, and fast action. Wolfenstein 3D birthed the first-person shooter genre and put Id Software on the map. Players take the role of B.J. Blaskowicz, who launches a one-man battle against an army of Nazis. There were some efforts to bring the series back into the spotlight, including a supernaturally themed game developed by Raven Software and published by Activision in 2009. However, none managed to make Wolfenstein relevant again. With so many shooters out now, The New Order has to really shake things up. Here are a few things that might surprise you about the new Wolfenstein…

Save your ammo when you can

No Multiplayer Needed

One major component that will be missing from The New Order is multiplayer. The game will revolve around the campaign instead of throwing in arbitrary deathmatch action, which might not add much to the experience. Although multiplayer is a huge staple in many games, it's not necessary if there's an engrossing single player story. Last year's stunning Bioshock Infinite proved that. With the right amount of focus, The New Order should do just fine without it. Co-op is out of the question too. This is Blaskowicz's war. He has a huge score to settle with the Nazis, and he doesn't believe in backup. A forced co-op experience would work against the game by muddling up the story. A gritty single-player experience is just what the doctor ordered, and it's a throwback to the original game.

Have assault rifle, will travel

Forget About Downtime

The opening for Wolfenstein could hardly be any more epic. You start out by flying a bomber and blasting a barrage of enemy planes out of the sky. This segment works perfectly, as it combines the thrill of blasting figher planes sky with a dizzying sense of dread as your plane crumbles to pieces. It's a visceral but short segment that sets up the game's tone. Soon, you're ripping turrets off their mounts and mowing down enemies. Then you're and scaling the outside of a prison wall while soldiers pop out from windows to shoot at you. It sounds like a lot to take in, but this is still the early part of the game. Instead of fighting against waves of brainless Nazi zombies, these enemies are unpredictable. Soldiers come at you from all directions, and then you'll also have to contend with robotic terrors. Cyber dogs are out to rip your throat out, while huge, stomping mechs are similarly trying to turn you into a bloody pile of dogfood. Blaskowicz has his work cut out for him. Although you'll still be trying to find your way around a castle, you won't be spending a lot of time lost inside a maze.

Gunfire aplenty

Ammo and Health Conservation

Like the classic Wolfenstein of old, you'll need to keep a watchful eye on your health and armor. You'll need every ounce that you can find, which ups the game's challenge and intensity. Players will have to decide whether stealth, or charging in gung-ho style, is the best approach. A wrong move could result in a swift, bloody, death. Likewise, bullets shouldn't be wasted either. You'll be getting your hands on some mean firepower, but you'll need to watch how often you use it. Soldiers carry spare ammunition, while turrets and other weapons can be found throughout. But you'll occasionally need to get by with nothing but your wits and a knife.

These guys aren't too pleased with Blazkowicz's return

Wolfenstein: The New Order might not be everyone's cup o' Joe, but it's poised to be much more than a mindless old shooter. This could be the game that brings the Wolfenstein name back as a must-play game. Players will get a chance to lay waste to the Nazi regime on May 20th on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Robert Workman was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    May 8, 2014 2:00 PM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, How Wolfenstein: The New Order changes preconceptions.

    With The New Order, B.J. Blazkowicz's return could be something big for first-person shooter fans.

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      May 8, 2014 2:32 PM

      Live action movie to go with it too:

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      May 8, 2014 5:19 PM

      Reading this article makes me feel like it was composed from a Zenimax talking points memo. I already played the bomber flight sequence in Call of Duty: United Offensive, and it was in the years before I started to get sick of what are ultimately turret sequence cutscenes.

      I saw a gameplay video weeks ago, and it looked relatively competent in the shooting sequences, but any time there was story development in a cutscene, I felt like I wanted to mute the audio and look away, because it was going to sour my thoughts on the gameplay part of the game.

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        May 8, 2014 6:33 PM

        Yeah, this is a strange article. It reads like a advertorial.

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          May 8, 2014 6:37 PM

          Yeah that "No Multiplayer Needed" section is super weird. Oh shack, what have you become?

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        May 9, 2014 6:37 AM

        but... the new order CHANGES perceptions!!!^1

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      May 8, 2014 6:17 PM


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      May 9, 2014 12:40 AM

      Oh man I am totally looking forward to shooting Nazis in my Jenner.

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      May 9, 2014 5:49 AM

      Ill be shooting Nazis come the 20th. Does anyone know what the secret "thing" was that the devs spoke about after you beat the game. Some kind of a reward.

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      May 9, 2014 6:23 AM

      Hurry up! Need more PS4 games.

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      May 9, 2014 7:56 AM


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        May 9, 2014 8:29 AM

        Not at all, basically. They made a tremendous effort to eventually follow through on the promise of rage modding, and allegedly it's a priority for the new doom. The way idtech5 deals with content does not make it easy.

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          May 9, 2014 4:40 PM

          *clears throat* MEGATEXTURES!!!

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      May 9, 2014 4:57 PM


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