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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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EA Says Old Console Cycles Were “Painful;” New One Better

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At the Nasdaq 35th Investor Program Conference, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen praised the mid-generation console refresh being carried out by Sony and Microsoft and condemned the old console cycles as “painful”.

The executive pointed out that in previous console cycles investors always tried to identify the peak earning period, seeing as moving from a generation to generation involved huge expenses to upgrade.

The fact that consoles were also highly customized didn’t help matters — each iteration of the Xbox and PlayStation were very different mainly as a result of being built on customized chipsets that were difficult to program for in the early years of their release.

And then there was the issue of compatibility between between cycles, which forced gamers to stop buying games for the older consoles…

According to Jorgensen, EA cut down the number of game engines from 25 to only two in a effort to control the high costs of developing for drastically different platforms, but games were still not compatible across generations.

The situation is of course different today, with both Microsoft and Sony releasing micro-upgrades more often, allowing for more compatibility of games with previous generations.

That’s to say the market now looks a lot more like a traditional PC market than the specialized console market of yore, which Jorgensen believes is “great for the industry, great for their [Sony and Microsoft’s] production, great for software costs, and great for the consumers.”

Consoles will still continue to get more powerful, making older software less appetizing, but “the whole notion that investors had of the cycle is gone away.”

What do you think about the new direction Microsoft and Sony are taking with this console generation? Was it long overdue? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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PSVR Will Sell 750K Units in 2017, Fewer Than Expected

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One analyst that expected Sony to sell a around 2.6 million units of the PlayStation VR in 2016 now estimates that the company won’t even sell half of that.

Revised 2016 sales forecast for the PSVR by SuperData Research, a market research and analytics firm, reveals that Sony’s virtual reality headset will shift fewer than 750,000 units by the end of the year, a far cry from earlier estimates.

SuperData conceded to its overestimated of the PlayStation VR’s performance at retail, adjusting its forecast accordingly. Its report stated that “notably fewer [PSVR] units sold than expected due to a relatively fragmented title line-up and modest marketing effort.”

The company, however, remains confident that the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift will sell 420,108 and 355,088 units, respectively.

You can purchase SuperData’s full report and other industry insights on its website.

Did you or will you buy a PlayStation VR? Has it lived up to the hype? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Is The PlayStation 4 Good For Casino Games?

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When people think about the PlayStation 4, the first thing that usually comes to mind are big-name games like Uncharted and God of War. However, what few people know is that the console is also a gateway to many great and addictive gambling games.

While some games like The Four Kings Casino and Slots are apps, the fact that you can use your PS4 as an interface for the world wide web means you can also enjoy a plethora of browser-based titles without needing a PC, many of which can be found at betway casino.

Granted, the selection of such games will be smaller on the PS4 (or on any video game console, for that matter) than on a PC, especially when it comes to poker, but you will nevertheless have a lot to choose from.

Now, why would anyone want to gamble on the PS4 rather than on desktop or laptop, you might wonder? Well, the PS4 makes bragging to your friends about your exploits easier, thanks to the accessibility of social share buttons. When you play a great hand of poker or win a jackpot in slots, for instance, you can share images and/or video of the act a lot more easier than you can on a computer of any other type.

So, you now know that the PS4 can be used to play many different casino games, but does that mean you should? Social sharing aside, is gambling using the PS4 any fun? The short answer? Yes!

You will be surprised at how well gambling works on the platform, but it does take some getting used to. Video slots, for example, are as easy to play on a PS4 as they are on a desktop or laptop machine, while games like Blackjack and poker, where a single misclick can cost you big, don’t work quite as well but are still perfectly playable.

Have you played any casino games on the PlayStation 4? Would you recommend any?

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