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Steam Summer Sale, an embarrassment of riches

Jun 24 // Nic Rowen
Wolfenstein: The New Order Embarrassment factor: A Neville Chamberlain ass-tattoo From the moment I first laid eyes on Wolfenstein: The New Order I thought “that looks like a great game!” followed almost immediately with a second thought “I'll wait for a Steam Sale.” And so it was. Yes, I know, I'm the kind of scumbag that disincentivizes publishers from backing games like Wolfenstein, and I feel bad about that, really. But I know in my heart of hearts that between work and every other game tugging at my arm, I will probably never find the time to run through a single player shooter, no matter how much fun the nazi-murder spree looks. At least it's there for me now if I ever re-watch Jin-Roh and feel compelled to dump a belt-fed machine gun into a human wall of Wehrmacht. Long Live the Queen Embarrassment factor: Mortified monocle dropping Look, sometimes I buy games because I think they might be fun to play with my girlfriend. Stop judging me. Also, the trailer was cute, and it was $2.00, and sometimes I like nice things, and you're going to stop judging me right now or I will cut off your head and parade it around court on the end of a pike. Iron Brigade Embarrassment factor: Serving with pride I don't think I need to make excuses for wanting to ride atop a glorious mobile trench/mecha, obliterate endless waves of lethal cathode ray enemies with ridiculously oversized cannons, and sport a splendid hat while doing so. If you don't understand the self-evident joy of such things, we're just never going to see eye-to-eye. Sunless Sea Embarrassment factor: Muttering about mutiny Sunless Sea looks like Darkest Dungeon, but on the water, so it's bound to be a delightful time. The embarrassment factor isn't too high here because I'm sure I'll get some play out of this one and I love to support indie devs like Failbetter Games. Besides, any game recommended by our very own Ben Davis has to be worth a look. Borderlands 2: GOTY Embarrassment factor: C:/My Documents/DankMemes Ever hear of the sunk cost fallacy? Well this is it. I loved Borderlands 2, played through the main campaign with my brother, did a bunch of co-op and challenge stuff with Dtoid's StriderHoang, and bought the big dumb fancy DLC pack. Problem was, I did most of that playing during the first three weeks of the game's launch and never quite got back to all that expensive DLC. This is why you never buy the season pass folks. It's always loomed over me and I'd like to revisit those characters and see all that content I missed, but most of my 360 friends have moved on to other consoles and it's not like I'm going to solo another character through the game, that's not how I get down with Borderlands. But, the Steam sale gave me and my brother a chance to grab the game on the cheap on our PCs, so we can delude ourselves all over again that somehow we'll find 30 hours of mutually schedule-friendly time to plunder, raid, and explode all over Pandora again. Look forward to next year when I tell you all about how I picked up the Pre-Sequel Definitive Edition on the cheap and will toootally play through it.. Sometime. Westerado: Double Barreled Embarrassment factor: I aim to misbehave No embarrassment here. Everything I hear about Westerado makes it sound like a hell of a game. Rustlin' cattle, solving mysteries, and laying down the law by whipping out a gun mid-dialog scene, these are all things I can stare at over the horizon and give a knowing nod. Gravity Ghost Embarrassment factor: WHEEEEEE! Mea culpa. I did not do the research before I bought this game and I just assumed that you played as the deer wearing socks that you always see in the screenshots. 100% of my purchasing thought process was based on loving the idea of a deer wearing socks. Sadly, you do not play as a deer wearing socks. On the plus side, it's a beautiful, charming, and magical experience and all that... Sigh, I really wanted to play as a deer wearing socks. The Fall Embarrassment factor: File not found The only embarrassment here is that I didn't pick up The Fall sooner. Seriously, this is a gorgeous indie game about a possibly malfunctioning robot-suit trying to save his unconscious pilot while stranded on a planet populated by insane drones and fascist super-computers. Just saying that last sentence out loud activates my saliva glands. Payday 2 DLC: Clover Character pack, Alesso Heist, and the Butcher's BBQ pack Embarrassment factor: A poster of Waingro in the family room I picked up Payday 2 during last summer's Steam Sale and it was a gift that kept on giving. Surprisingly fun co-op heisting with months of content patches and bug fixes behind it, and I picked it up for a song. I ended up playing it for months before my attention drifted and I don't think I ever spent more than $15 or $20 on it all told. With that in mind, even though I'm living on the straight and narrow now, I thought it might be a good idea to pick up some of the cooler looking DLC bits I've missed just in case the bastards ever pull me back in. See, smooth over the truth enough and you can justify something as dumb as buying DLC for a game you don't even have installed any more. That's the kind of moral flexibility the Payday crew can respect. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Embarrassment factor: Listening to “Love Deterrence” by Paz Oretga on loop It's Metal Gear for like $5.00, how could I not? I know, buying Ground Zeroes is essentially paying for the privilege to play a demo of The Phantom Pain (which is not too far away from coming out itself now), but you know what? The demo from Metal Gear Solid back on the PS1 was dope as hell and I ended up playing it over and over again FOR HOURS. That demo was basically a loading dock and the front yard of Shadow Moses, so imagine the kind of fun I can wring out of an entire military base. Again, I miss demo discs. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Embarrassment factor: Mistaking a shadow for a ghost and making a little yelping noise The Vanishing of Ethan Carter looks like a positively beautiful mystery/horror game that will sit in my Steam backlog with pride. I'll be glad it's there, and think of playing it often. “Maybe around Halloween” I'll say. But then the month will come and some big name title will drop hoping to get a jump on the November rush, or Team Fortress 2 will do some adorable ghost themed event and I'll end up plugging hours into an eight year old game again, and poor Ethan Carter will be forgotten. Left to haunt my backlog forever. More like The Vanishing of my Free Time, am I right? Wait, no, that doesn't make much sense. I'll show myself out. Alien: Isolation Embarrassment factor: Closing your eyes in the theater and hoping no one notices Oh man, I hope I don't lose this one to the backlog, because so far it's pretty great. Alien: Isolation is one of those games I was really interested in at launch, but just couldn't bring myself to cough up $60 for it. Now that I've had a chance to play it, I'd say it probably would have been worth the full sticker price (but I'm much happier paying the $10 or so it ended up costing me). The best part of the game so far has just been noodling around the station, checking out all the little touches and messing with the retro-future computers and technology. It's a lot like Gone Home, only instead of being “a little spooky” it's a full-on assault on the nerves that ratchets up the tension until finally skewering you on the end of a Xenomorph's spiked tail. I'm still holding out hope that Amanda will just find some nice girl to elope with and get out of the station. Marine Sharpshooter 2 Embarrassment factor: Marine Sharpshooter 2 I didn't buy this one. A friend “gifted” me a copy, and oh what a gift. Marine Sharpshooter 2 apparently came out in 2004, but after five minutes in it's muddy, jagged jungles, you'll swear it was 1999 all over again. With what I would describe as a “generous” Metacritic score of 52, it doesn't have many upsides. So of course I immediately installed it instead of any of the other many fine games I spent actual money on. In the clinical world, this is what they call “self hate.”
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We all have our vices
I still firmly believe that one of the greatest upsides of being a PC gamer are the twice annual fire-sales hosted by Steam. Those sales, alongside the multitude of other deals and bargains that can be scooped up from Humble ...

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Bethesda.net

Bethesda games gets new hub, called Bethesda.net


One place to rule them all
Jun 14
// Darren Nakamura
At Bethesda's E3 press conference tonight, the publisher announced its new hub Bethesda.net (pronounced without a "dot"). The hub will handle all of Bethesda's online games. The list of games that will go through the centralized hub is shown above, including a lot of big names: Dishonored, Doom, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, The Evil Within, Quake, Wolfenstein, and newcomer Battlecry.
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Wolfenstein

Bethesda to release Wolfenstein: The Old Blood on disc


Pre-order today!
Jun 09
// Vikki Blake
From July 21, North Americans will be able to pick up a copy of Bethesda's Wolfenstein: The Old Blood on disc for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Until now, you could only purchase the title online and download the 40GB ...
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Old Blood, New Eggs

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has some awesome Easter eggs


Fallout, Skyrim, and Quake!
May 06
// Jed Whitaker
The Wolfenstein series is no stranger to Easter eggs and the just-released Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is no exception. Captain Eggcellent shows us just a few of the eggs he has found in the first 45 minutes of gameplay, incl...

Review: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

May 05 // Chris Carter
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (PC, PS4, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: MachineGamesPublisher: Bethesda SoftworksReleased: May 5, 2015 (Digital), May 14, 2015 (Physical - AUS, EU, NZ)MSRP: $19.99 The Old Blood is a genius idea on paper. Set as a prequel to The New Order, anyone can pick it up and find themselves on equal footing. When coupled with the budget price of $20, that prospect is made even more appealing. The team was also able to provide some slight enhancements to the engine due to the core focus on the PS4 and Xbox One editions -- it's nothing that noticeable, but it is smoother overall if you really look at things up close. So what is it, exactly? You're basically getting more New Order set the tune of two "episodes," once again starring the heroic B.J. Blazkowicz. The whole bloody affair is roughly eight hours long, filled with secrets and the return of the perk system, which are both implemented to encourage multiple playthroughs. Just like its predecessor, The Old Blood runs at 1080p and 60 frames-per-second on both consoles. In the first episode, "Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves," you'll quite literally return to Castle Wolfenstein, as you attempt to obtain a document that sets up the events of the previous game. It doesn't go quite as planned of course, and you'll encounter a few new enemy variants like a sniper, as well as some puzzle-like encounters, and a good mix of stealth and action scenes. It's not mind-blowingly different and it's a tad slow at the start, but it does feel like a proper expansion, and the labyrinthine tunnels of the castle work well when juxtaposed to the mostly open areas from New Order. [embed]291497:58425:0[/embed] The second half, "The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs," is a little less traditional. Well, okay, it has zombies in it, so it's a lot less traditional, but perfectly fitting for the gaiden "B-movie" feel Old Blood is going for. While the first episode is good in its on right, the town of Wulfburg in the follow-up episode is something completely different from what you're normally used to with MachineGames' reboot. There are a few really tense scenes, and the mystery of Helga and her adventures to uncover occult objects kept me engaged throughout. All of the classic FPS mechanics return, like the glorious multi-weapon wheel that outshines the two-gun limitations usually found on consoles. There's also a few new weapons like the melee-centric pipe and the explosive Kampfpistol, and existing guns have been refined, to the point where everything feels more viable. The perk system is still attached to challenges like stealth takedowns or weapon-specific kills, and is just as inspirational when it comes to driving players to experiment with new playstyles. The old adage "if it isn't broken, don't fix it" works here. Where Old Blood truly shines is its brevity. Both episodes are laser-focused, and don't waste as much time as some missions in the original. Both Castle Wolfenstein and Wulfburg are expansive enough to justify an entire game, and the development team does a good job of managing the pacing between stealth and action. I will say though that both core villains are a little less compelling than Deathshead, the experience is a tad more linear, and there's less character development here in general. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood operates just like an old school PC expansion should, and if you liked New Order, this is a no-brainer. In fact, due to the pulp feel of the second half I even slightly prefer it to the original, and the two interconnected plots are incredibly easy to swallow in an afternoon. [This review is based on a retail build of the game purchased by the reviewer.]
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Remember when PC expansions felt expansive?
Wolfenstein: The New Order was a refreshing reboot for a series that has a history of having many different development teams at the helm. After a five year hiatus, MachineGames came in and made the franchise its own, pu...

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Wolfenstein

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood's new video is a pipe dream


Not in the impossible sense
May 04
// Brett Makedonski
We haven't gotten our grubby little hands on a copy of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood yet. Chris expects to have to buy that at midnight. However, we did get our grubby little hands on this widely-available gameplay video i...
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Wolfenstein review?

Where is our review for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood?


We'll be buying it at midnight
May 04
// Chris Carter
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is set to release digitally tonight, but Bethesda Softworks hasn't given us a copy yet. It's supposed to arrive "sometime at launch," but that isn't fast enough, so we'll be buying it tonight at mid...
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Big bad wolfenstein

PSA: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost 40GB


Up for pre-loading on Xbox One
Apr 27
// Steven Hansen
How much room is left on your Xbox One? I have no idea. I don't think I've had to delete anything yet, but I also don't use it that much. Anyways, I ask because the standalone Wolfenstein prequel, The Old Blood, comes out next week and is eligible to pre-load if you've already pre-ordered it on Xbox One. Which is good, because the $20 game clocks in at a big, bad 37.14GB.
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Wolfenstein: TNB

Check out 20 minutes of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood in action


Mein Luftkissenfahrzeug ist voller Aale!
Mar 07
// Brittany Vincent
There's a $20 standalone expansion to Wolfenstein: The New Order, and it's called Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. You aren't nearly as excited about this as you should be. I've got just the remedy here. Check out 20 minutes of f...
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Wolfenstein

Bethesda announces Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, coming this year


A prequel to The New Order
Mar 04
// Chris Carter
After a string of questionable franchise entries, Wolfenstein: The New Order was pretty good, and hit it off well critically and commercially. It's smart of Bethesda to capitalize on that success, and that's just what i...
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Softporn II

Wolfenstein, Prince of Persia, Softporn II: 2,400 MS-DOS games playable free in-browser


The short-lived adventures of pornman and porngal
Jan 06
// Steven Hansen
The Internet Archive has added to its archive with nearly 2,400 MS-DOS games that are all playable right in your browser, right here. I've flitted between between Prince of Persia, Donkey Kong, and Aladdin within minutes...
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Wolfenstein card

Wolfenstein's Deathshead looks like a creepy uncle in this Christmas card


The creepiest?
Dec 03
// Jordan Devore
I'm a total sucker for the holiday season. Christmas cards, particularly those featuring creepy-ass uncanny-valley videogame men wearing festive sweaters, are no exception. In the hope that I'm not alone, I had to share this ...
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Deals

Tempting! Wolfenstein: The New Order PC for $30 on Amazon


And $24 on Green Man Gaming
Jul 17
// Jordan Devore
Our own Chris Carter gave Wolfenstein: The New Order a favorable review but in the weeks since I've come across even higher praise for MachineGames' take on the iconic series. Some of you out there really, truly dig this game...

Reviews In Review: Wolfenstein The New Order, Transistor, Drakengard 3

May 24 // Ben Pack
Kero Blaster (PC [reviewed], iPhone)Developer: Studio PixelPublisher: PlayismReleased: May 11, 2014MSRP: $7.99 (PC) $4.99 (iPhone) If Cave Story was Amaya's answer to Super Metroid, Kero Blaster is his Mega Man X. It's dense and perfectly paced, just begging to be replayed over and over. If I were to have to introduce someone to the genre of 2D action/platformers, it is probably the game that I'd give them, as it starts off easy-yet-engaging, and ends with giant bosses, swarms of enemies on screen, and everything else you could want in the genre. It's a game you may beat in a day, but will be playing off and on for a lifetime.  Verdict: 9/10 - Read the full Kero Blaster review Moon Chronicles: Episode 1 (Nintendo 3DS)Developer: Renegade KidPublisher: Renegade KidReleased: May 15, 2014MRSP: $8.99 It's really difficult to give Moon Chronicles a strong appraisal one way or the other. It's far from a stellar experience, but isn't a bad one either. There just isn't anything here that hasn't been done better elsewhere, and I can't see anyone other than FPS-starved 3DS owners or hardcore fans of the original being too interested. Verdict: 6/10 - Read the full Moon Chronicles: Episode 1 review Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PS3, PS4 [reviewed], Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: MachineGamesPublisher: Bethesda SoftworksRelease Date: May 20, 2014MSRP: $59.99 In many ways, Wolfenstein: The New Order is "First-Person Shooters: The Game," but it gets most of the important details right. It's still weird to me seeing Wolf games developed over and over by new devs, but MachineGames did a great job adapting the franchise in its own way. With a few tweaks, the next iteration could be something truly special. Verdict: 7.5/10 - Read the full Wolfenstein: The New Order review Drakengard 3 (PS3)Developer: Access GamesPublisher: Square EnixRelease Date: May 20, 2014MSRP: $59.99 It's not too challenge of a game all things considered, because the difficulty curve is meticulously designed to not overwhelm or frustrate players. It's well made to the point where you won't feel like everything is too easy, and if you really need that extra edge to overcome a certain task, you can go back and level-up with sidequests. If you want to do everything you'll probably find yourself around a 100-hour completion rate, but the story is roughly at the 40-hour mark. Drakengard 3 is a bit unconventional at times (like its developer) with tales of extreme hair cutting and dragon piss, but action fans will want to seek this one out immediately. Within 15 minutes I was drawn into its world and its cast of characters, and I wanted to see Zero's journey through from start to finish. If you like games like Nier, you'll loveDrakengard 3. Verdict: 8.5/10 - Read the full Drakengard 3 review Transistor (PS4, PC [reviewed])Developer: Supergiant GamesPublisher: Supergiant GamesRelease: May 20, 2014MRSP: $19.99 / £14.99 While Transistor initially feels like a whole new game, structurally it sticks closely toBastion. Both games feature a beautiful but abandoned city that has undergone huge tragedy. In Bastion it was called the Calamity; in Transistor, it's dubbed The Process. Both feature areas where the player can rest and take stock; Red finds special doors which take her to a deserted island where challenge rooms are located (much like the Proving Grounds in Bastion). If the game isn't sufficiently challenging, Limiters can be installed that will make things harder for Red but at the benefit of gaining extra XP or other bonuses. These can be installed like Functions, swapped in and out at access points, but work the same way as the Idols in Bastion.  Verdict: 8.5/10 - Read the full Transistor review R-Type Dimensions (PS3 [reviewed], Xbox 360)Developer: Irem, Tozai GamesPublisher: Tozai GamesReleased: May 20, 2014MSRP: $9.99 If you have any fondness for the series, or if you're just looking for a solid side-scrolling shooter that's about as hard as can be, R-Type Dimensions faithfully re-creates the original experience and before long you'll be wondering why you did this to yourself. Verdict: 9/10 - Read the full R-Type Dimensions review  
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See how Wolfenstein: The New Order is censored in Germany


Thank you. They can happen. Drive
May 23
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Wolfenstein: The New Order is the first game in the series to be officially released in Germany, and to make that happen developer Machine Games had to do a little self-censorship on their Nazi killing simulator. The main ch...
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Wolfenstein

Play Wolfenstein 3D in Wolfenstein: The New Order


Escape from Castle Wolfenstein again
May 20
// Jordan Devore
Wolfenstein: The New Order is out today and that's all well and good. Instead of talking about what's new, let's take a look at this easter egg in which you take a nap and play through the first level of Wolfenstein 3D. It's...

Review: Wolfenstein: The New Order

May 19 // Chris Carter
Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PS3, PS4 [reviewed], Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: MachineGamesPublisher: Bethesda SoftworksRelease Date: May 20, 2014MSRP: $59.99 While the premise may not be as wildly different as Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, The New Order tries something different this time. Taking place a few years after the events of 2009's Wolfenstein, Order once again follows the footsteps of American hero Captain "B.J." Blazkowicz as he attempts to topple the Nazi regime during World War II. There's just one major problem -- he fails in the prologue chapter, the Nazis win the war, and the US surrenders. Blazkowicz is rendered unconscious, and as a result of an encounter with General Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse, he is stuck in a mental institution for 14 years suffering from brain damage. Oh, and the Nazis have giant robots now in this alternate 1960s universe. Yeah, this is one messed up future. For those who aren't aware, The New Order is a single-player only game, which is probably for the best knowing how half-assed developers handle multiplayer these days. While the story isn't exactly Oscar-worthy material, the genuine surprise that Blazkowicz's voice actor exhibits when he finds out that the US actually surrendered to Germany sounds authentic, and it sets the tone for the eerie landscape to come. The developers really went all the way with this concept, and it does wonders for essentially rebooting the franchise without rendering all the previous stories moot. [embed]274633:53892:0[/embed] But Blazkowicz isn't a thinker -- he's a doer -- and you'll get off to killin' Nazis in no time. To do this, he'll utilize a number of different playstyles (stealth, tactical, assault, and demolition) all with upgradeable perks in tow. The cool thing about this system is that players can opt to go for all or none of the skill trees, and they don't have to switch between them because every upgrade is permanently unlocked once you earn them. By looking at the perk menu you'll be able to spot different challenges (kill five enemies undetected, or achieve 10 headshots), which will unlock perks like throwing knives and stronger headshot damage, respectively. I generally preferred the stealth element, as the throwing knives were particularly fun, and sneaking around isn't nearly as slow as it is in other games. If all hell breaks loose I opt for assault weapons, most notably guns with dual-wielding options. The only real annoyance with this "choose your own perks to upgrade" mechanic is that you can't "pin" goals anywhere on the UI -- you have to go back to the menu every time and pause to action to find out your requirements. Thankfully, it does allow pretty much every playstyle to flourish, and completionists will have a great time mastering everything. The New Order is also old-school at times, chiefly because it employs the classic multi-weapon system that's eschewed so often these days for a simplistic two-gun loadout. There's a weapon wheel that allows you to switch from everything to rocket launchers to silenced pistols to dual assault rifles, and if you want you can use the weapon switch button to quickly swap between two of your favorites -- opting for the best of both worlds. The health system isn't entirely retro as there is some form of regenerative health, but it's severely limited and medkits are still a thing. Starting with a maximum health of 100, your life regenerates in multiples of 20, so if you have 80 health you'll have to find a kit to get back to 100. It's challenging enough as every hit will bring you that much further from a maximum of 100, and the later difficulties can get pretty brutal. Another refreshing feature I found is that The New Order doesn't hold your hand at every turn. We've become so conditioned to blindly follow bread crumb trails no further than inches from our faces, and only press buttons outside of the confines of the game in QTE-like situations. But thankfully the objective reticles are kept to a minimum, you're expected to improvise in certain situations, and maps must be filled out by hunting down and killing special "Commander" NPCs throughout each level. The maps are a good mix of multiple paths and linear hallways, although they tend to err on the side of the latter far too often. It's not nearly as open as say, the new Rise of the Triad or even older Wolfenstein games, as you'll usually know where to go, or where secrets are hidden. You'll also get to make a major choice at the start of the game that will influence your skills and the storyline ever so slightly, but the differences are marginal. New Order's main ingredient is simplicity, which can feel a bit grating at times as you ostensibly repeat the same actions over and over. After you've unlocked a fair bit of abilities and have seen most of the enemies it can feel like a grind at times -- a feeling that is alleviated the more you enjoy FPS games in general. The tesla packs and iron soldiers are a neat concept, but the more you play it the less developer MachineGames does with the occasionally mundane reality. If you're looking for more after the roughly 10-hour campaign, you'll want to hunt for every collectible, unlock all the concept art, and search for the elusive "Enigma Codes." The codes are basically the ultimate secret in The New Order consisting of 18 individual pieces for each of the four codes. If you can find them all and solve the numerical puzzle in the extras menu you'll unlock additional modes, which are mainly just modified difficulty levels. In many ways, Wolfenstein: The New Order is "First-Person Shooters: The Game," but it gets most of the important details right. It's still weird to me seeing Wolf games developed over and over by new devs, but MachineGames did a great job adapting the franchise in its own way. With a few tweaks, the next iteration could be something truly special.
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What if the Nazis won?
Along with Catacomb, Wolfenstein was one of my first FPS games. One of the fondest memories I have of my father is playing it "co-operatively," where one of us moved and the other shot enemies and opened doors. It was on...

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Wolfenstein

Enter the House of the Rising Sun in Wolfenstein: The New Order launch trailer


...And God, I know I'm one
May 15
// Brittany Vincent
We're turning the bend now ever-so-quickly to May 20, when Wolfenstein: The New Order is finally releasing, so I'll finally stop talking about it and play it whenever I can purchase it, and so you can put the anticipation to...
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Wolfenstein

Wolfenstein: The New Order international edition geo-locked outside of Germany


An adapted version will be available for fans in Germany
May 07
// Brittany Vincent
Due to stringent regulations under German law about the restricted sale of Nazi-related content and symbols, Bethesda is geo-locking the international version of Wolfenstein: The New Order. The New Order's copious usage of Na...
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Wolfenstein

Is your system man enough to run Wolfenstein: The New Order?


Is it woman enough, too?
May 01
// Brittany Vincent
If you've been shamelessly gearing up for Wolfenstein: The New Order like me, you're probably ready to get your hands on the game by now. If you want to get your affairs in order and get your PC and/or consoles ready for its ...
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Tuesday Newsday: Star Wars, Nintendo at E3, Mad Max & Wolfenmelons


Don't do coffee, kids.
Apr 29
// Max Scoville
Put on your current events helmets, everyone, because Tuesday Newsday is here. Because it’d just be an Ephant Mon in the room if I didn’t address it, the Star Wars Episode VII cast has been revealed, following t...
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Wolfenstein

It's 'Stealth vs Mayhem' in latest Wolfenstein: The New Order trailer


I will not apologize for the following wordplay
Apr 29
// Brittany Vincent
Wolfenstein: The New Order’s new trailer is out, and the good folks at Bethesda play the same segment twice for our amusement: the first, a little like Hitman, and the second time, like Serious Sam. From the moment I s...
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Here's 30 minutes of Wolfenstein: The New Order gameplay


What was shown off at PAX East
Apr 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Bethesda hosted a livestream recently showing off about 30 minutes of Wolfenstein: The New Order gameplay. This was the demo fans got to play during PAX East, but now you can watch it yourself thanks to the power of the worl...
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Wolfenstein: TNO

Pre-order Wolfenstein: The New Order on Steam and wear swanky hats in TF2


Deck yourself out in some sweet new hats for buying early
Apr 16
// Brittany Vincent
Wolfenstein: The New Order is up for pre-order on Steam, and while my finger is hovering over the mouse to pull the trigger and make it Steam official, here's an interesting tidbit that might sway you into giving it a chance ...
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Wolfenstein

'Nowhere to Run' in new Wolfenstein gameplay trailer


Gentlemen! Ve are Nazis und ve vill have var!
Apr 08
// Brittany Vincent
I've got kind of a thing for Wolfenstein 3D, since it was one of the first PC games I ever played, but also World War II and alternate histories in general. So excuse me while I indulge in some inappropriate levels of excite...
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Rock out with Bethesda at their Wolfenstein PAX East party


Check out The Evil Within at their booth too
Mar 31
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Last year Bethesda threw a really killer fan event based around Elder Scrolls Online at PAX East. It was seriously cool. It was like in a castle, and you were given a sack of fake golden coins to trade for stuff, and that's a...
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Wolfenstein

Wolfenstein: The New Order 'Panzerhund Edition' comes without game


$100 package now available to order
Mar 26
// Conrad Zimmerman
Bethesda announced today that pre-orders are available for the "Panzerhund Edition" of Wolfenstein: The New Order, a limited-edition package which includes an 8" articulated statue of the Panzerhund enemy, documents, patches,...
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Wolfenstein

It's not all shooting in Wolfenstein: The New Order


Sometimes you get tested by a creepy Nazi lady
Mar 20
// Jordan Devore
Wolfenstein: The New Order is one of those games that sort of just exists. While there are neat aspects to the game -- I'm a sucker for alternate realities and mechs, to be clear -- it's hard not to be largely uninterested e...

Wolfenstein: The New Order is as middling as I feared

Feb 24 // Abel Girmay
Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: MachineGamesPublisher: Bethesda SoftworksRelease: May 20, 2013 Yes, B.J. Blazkowicz is back, and your mission is to cut down the Nazi war machine and their twisted creations. As fate would have it, the Nazis have won the war, leaving B.J. to head on a revenge mission 20 years later. There's obviously a fair amount of story details I'm leaving out of that abbreviated synopsis, but just know that outside of the alternate history setup, there's not much to the story but every military story trope imaginable. For a game that's part of a series whose name is built on occult Robo-Hitlers, it's not a great offense. It's what I played that's left me cold on The New Order. As a shooter, The New Order is just fine. It's a mechanically sound shooter that plays just no better, and at plenty times worse, than any other shooter around. On its default setting, Wolfenstein couldn't be described as difficult, but it is rather uneven. For the most part, I found myself running through corridors and trenches, blasting through enemies with relative ease. In these moments, the enemies feel more like fodder than anything to worry about. Out of nowhere though, I would hit points where every enemy was imbued with the aim of Hawkeye, and waves upon waves of them appeared until I advanced to some invisible trigger that made them stop spawning. It also didn't help that enemies would throw an endless amount of grenades at my feet with the precision of an NFL quarterback. It was really the oddest feeling, as on one hand the game suddenly gave me a reason to sit up straight and actually have to make an effort, even though it went about it in the cheapest way possible. It also didn't help that the damage indicator was so off that figuring out which direction I was getting attacked from was too often unclear until my health and armor were critically low. At the very least, Wolfenstein: The New Order packs a solid visual presentation. We're of course very early in the console generation, but Wolfenstein still looks really damn good. The version I played ran on PS4, and although it didn't turn heads like Killzone: Shadow Fall, it's still a pretty game. While most of the environments are grimy brown military bases and bunkers, there is a good amount of steampunk weirdness and tech that makes good use of showing what this current gen offers. Here's the long and short of it. My time with Wolfenstein: The New Order left me with nothing to write home, or you readers, about. It looked and played like a thoroughly competent first-person shooter with more than a fair amount of blemishes and the A.I. can be dumb as rocks until it decides to put Stephen Hawking's IQ to shame. Outside of its namesake, I'm not seeing anything that makes Wolfenstein: The New Order stand apart from its genre peers. Wait, but don't anticipate, unless you fancy yourself a diehard Wolfenstein fan.
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