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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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China Blocks Twitch Website And iOS App

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You can no longer access the Twitch website and Twitch iOS app in China, at least legally.

Twitch has confirmed that the Chinese government has blocked all access to its platform in mainland China.

The development comes on the heel of the Twitch iOS app reaching the third spot in the iTunes free apps chart, with the surge of popularly mostly owed to eSports and especially the Asian Games.

Although the reason for the ban wasn’t revealed, the fact that Twitch was the only way for Chinese fans to follow the event was what likely made it a target for the Chinese government.

Twitch now joins a growing list of major websites to be blocked in the world’s video game market, a list that includes the likes of Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Considering that some of the Steam Community features are also inaccessible in China, it probably won’t be long until the main Steam store is also banned.

Valve has been taking preemptive measures should it also meet the same fate, having partnered with a Chinese publisher to launch a localized version in the country.

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The Witcher’s Voice Actor Wants To Work On Uncharted

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Uncharted is not the only series the gravelly-voiced actor behind Geralt of Rivia is interested in.

As a video game actor for nearly two decades, Doug Cockle has definitely left a mark on gaming, however small the mark, especially in the hearts of The Witcher fans. Yet, despite all his experience in games, movies, television shows, and even on the stage, he has never worked in motion capture.

“I have yet to get into a motion capture suite,” Cockle told VG247 in an interview. “It’s something I really want to do – it’s on my bucket list.”

All his voice acting for the The Witcher series was done in the recording booth. He’s actually never met the actress who plays Yennefer, and only met Triss’ actress while passing in the corridors between their sessions.

“I’d love to be part of the Uncharted series,” he said, joking that it would also be a lot fun being in Tomb Raider but just not as Lara Croft for obvious reasons.

He expressed great interest in “getting in bed” with the developer of What Remains of Edith Finch, an interactive graphic novel that he things is beautifully done.

Either way, considering his quality performance in the The Witcher series, Cockle (you can follow him on Twitter) will be a great addition to any developer’s team. Dust imagine what he can deliver in a mocap studio.

What game would you like to see him in?

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Nintendo Switch Is Getting New Animal Crossing In 2019

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No more rumors — Animal Crossing is coming to the Switch.

After gutting disappointments at E3 2018 and subsequent Nintendo Directs, Nintendo has finally confirmed that Animal Crossing Switch is gearing up for a 2019 launch.

Details are pretty scant — all we got is “Animal Crossing” for a title — but we can expect Tom Nook to return and, hopefully, at least a visit from all, if not most, of the other characters when you use their Amiibo figure.

Watch the announcement trailer, and let us know what you hope to see in Animal Crossing Switch…

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