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‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’ Review – The Best Wolfenstein Yet

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Wolfenstein: The New Order

Released in 1992, Wolfenstein 3D was one of the first-person shooters to be released and, as such, helped pioneer the genre. A lot has changed since that first game. With more detailed visuals, unique gameplay mechanics and a much better experience overall, Wolfenstein: The New Order attempts to improve on its predecessors in every way imaginable. It’s a gritty and surprisingly old school experience.

Story

Like the previous games, the story of Wolfenstein: The New Order revolves around B.J. Blazkowicz, the same soldier who took down droves of Nazis and Mecha Hitler in Wolfenstein 3D. The game starts off in the midst of WWII, with the first few hours spent in 1946 as Blazkowicz and his assault team attack a major German fortress. Unfortunately, things go very wrong when an explosion sends some shrapnel into the main man’s head, resulting in him spending the next 15 years as a vegetable in a mental institution.

The majority of the storyline takes place in the 1960’s, a period in which Nazi Germany controls most of Europe and the world as a result of winning the war. In a world where resistance seems futile, your primary mission remains as always — eliminate the ultra-evil Nazis. The trailer below summarizes everything:

Gameplay

Frantic and suspenseful gameplay have always been at the core of the Wolfenstein series. In The New Order, both are taken to a whole new level, as you can either choose to create mayhem by going about business like Rambo; by utilizing a new, stealth approach that makes it easier for you to silently enter compounds to take down enemies; or by using a combination of both. When going stealth, there are German commanders who can call in reinforcements in virtually all locations, so you have to be careful not to get detected.

If you decided to go the way of Rambo, know that The New Order plays like an old school shooter, with tough-as-nails Blazkowicz able to carry all of his guns at the same time. In an age where developers try to make their games as realistic as possible, this old school aspect and the freedom it provides remains one of the defining features of the Wolfenstein series.

The weapons are well-designed and are all capable of wreaking havoc when used properly. You will have access to machine guns, dual pistols, miniguns, shotguns, laser guns, grenades and everything you might need in your war against the evil Nazis.

A skill tree is present in the game, but the perks you get from it aren’t that major, making it worthwhile to spend some time finding the various weapon upgrades scattered all over the game world.

Graphics & Sound

Wolfenstein: The New Order looks gorgeous, with most locations being varied in design and beautifully-rendered. From large prisons to open world spaces, underwater locations to even the moon, things look as stunning as you would expect from a game released on the tail end of the Xbox 360 and PS3’s life cycle (it’s also available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC).

True to tradition, the soundtrack is action-packed, so if you’re looking for slow music, you won’t find it here. The fast-paced tunes are heavily influenced by rock and will keep your blood pumping as you plow through droves Nazi soldiers, giant mechs and robot guard dogs. The way the guns sound — they sound loud and sweet — and the character voice-overs are nicely done and contribute greatly to the game’s overall sense of realism and immersion.

Bottom Line

8.5

Great

Having played all of the Wolfenstein games, I have to say that Wolfenstein: The New Order is the best one to date, delivering a memorable, nostalgic and intense experience. Minor drawbacks such as a weak skill system do little to detract from its solid gameplay and great visuals. It’s a great, well-executed FPS game that fans of shooters will surely enjoy. Give it a shot.

PLATFORMS: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

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Fortnite Was The Most-Played Nintendo Switch Game Of 2018

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Fortnite is dominant on every platform its own.

Nintendo has revealed that Fortnite was the most-played Switch games of 2018.

The free-to-play title from Epic Games topped a list of the 21 most-played titles, with Nintendo’s own IPs rounding out the remainder of the top five.

This is especially impressive considering Fortnite launched six months into the year. By October, almost half of Switch users worldwide had it installed.

Here’s the full list of most-played Switch games for 2018. Are you surprised by the results?

  1. Fortnite
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. FIFA 19
  7. Minecraft
  8. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu
  9. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee
  10. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  11. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  12. Rocket League
  13. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  14. Pokemon Quest
  15. Stardew Valley
  16. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  17. Octopath Traveler
  18. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  19. Paladins
  20. Super Mario Party
  21. Mario Tennis Aces
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This Is Mortal Kombat 11’s Official Cover, What Do You Think?

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Mortal Kombat 11 official Cover art with Scorpion

It’s familiar, but different; simpler, but engaging.

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed the official cover art for Mortal Kombat 11, and its of little surprise that it only features Scorpion.

Compared to Mortal Kombat 10, the overall design is brighter and simpler, featuring a yellow, hot background that surprisingly works well with Scorpion’s yellow outfit.

Scorpion’s pose is imposing, and its interesting that NetherRealm chose go with the more modern version of the character rather than the classic one that appeared in the reveal trailer.

Mortal Kombat 11 releases on April 23, 2019 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

What do you think about the cover art? Better yet, what’s you favorite Mortal Kombat cover art of all time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Epic Games Store New Return Policy Allows Unlimited Refunds, But…

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Gamers get more leniency and a simplified verification process.

Epic has updated the Epic Games Store’s return policy to make it more competitive with other digital storefronts.

With the old policy, you were allowed just two refunds per year, but now everyone has unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and with under two hours played.

The Epic Games Store doesn’t have a “self-service” solution, at least not yet, so you will have to go through Customer Support to request a refund.

A change was also made to the verification process for receiving a refund. Customers no longer have to provide their IP address, last four digits of the card used, account creation date, and other information if the return meets the set criteria, though a contact form will still need to be used.

Epic plans to add more regional pricing options to the store. There are currently 30 different regions available, encompassing a total of 130 countries.

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Chinese Minecraft Player Spent Entire Year Creating Awesome Cyberpunk City

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There is seemingly no limits to the scale and creativity one can realize in the blocky world of Minecraft.

Indeed, in Minecraft, you let your imagination run wild, and
we’ve seen some truly awe-inspiring creations

This cyberpunk city by Chinese Minecraft player AZTTER has to be one of the coolest ever.

The man has the patience and persistence of a winner, seeing as it took him an entire year to build it from the ground up.

The results speak for themselves …

Forget about the lights — just look at the scale of it all! AZTTER is bone fide champ.

Have you seen a city as impressive in MinecraftLet us know in the comments below.

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Amazon Is Working On A Game Streaming Service

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The e-Comm tech giant’s ambitions for world domination could span the full breath of gaming.

Looking to get in on the game streaming business early, Amazon is reportedly working on its very own game streaming service.

This particular segment of the video game industry is seen by many as the future of gaming.

According to sources familiar with Amazon’s plans, development of Amazon’s game streaming service is already underway, and the company has been in negotiations with game publishers to use the service. If all goes according to plan, it could launch sometime in 2020.

Amazon isn’t the only company looking to capitalize on the promising segment. Other big-names investigating or actively perusing ways to make game streaming viable include Google with Project Stream.

Sony already has PlayStation Now, and Microsoft is working on Project xCloud alongside the hardware for its next-generation console. Even game publishers like EA are working on their own solutions.

There is clearly money to be made in the game streaming arena, and Amazon wants a lot of that money.

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Sony Has Sold Over 91 Million PS4 Consoles, With About As Many PSN Active Users On Board

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The PlayStation 4 is a runaway hit with gamers, at least when compared to the Xbox One.

Sony has confirmed that more than 5.6 million PS4 consoles were sold worldwide during the 2018 holiday season, pushing the console’s all-time sales to an impressive 91.6 million units since its introduction in late 2013.

Over 50.7 million games were sold on the PS4 during the season, both digitally and at retail, and Spider-Man was by far the best-selling exclusive of the entire year.

Keep in mind that these are sell-through numbers, meaning sold to consumers rather than to retail outlets.

As for the number of monthly active users on the PlayStation Network,
Sony recorded over 90 million users as of the end of November, 2018.

Not every user is a paid Plus subscriber, but the impressive figure is a testament to the large, highly-connected community the company has diligently built with quality games and services.

Are you one of the over 90 million PS4 owners? How has the console treated you?

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