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Wolfenstein: The New Order review

Chris Thursten at

Wolfenstein: The New Order has been made with love. This might not be obvious to you when you are giving a Nazi both barrels as the world around you collapses in a shower of bone and blood and concrete. It might not seem like the most pertinent observation to make as you hammer the middle mouse button to stab a cyberdog to death. I would forgive you for missing all this evident care and attention to detail when you wrench your first Nazi lasergun from its fixed emplacement and use it to mulch a charging column of Third Reich roboguys.

But it is there if you go looking for it. This alt-history vision of Nazi-dominated 1960s Europe has been constructed with extraordinary style. Every environment expresses a distinct identity through its colour pallette, architecture, and use of light. The interfaces, technology, even the typography of this speculative other-Earth feel correct and cohesive. The New Order is Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds by way of Moonbase Alpha—an x-rated episode of Captain Scarlet starring the world's most heavily militarised jacket potato.

Wolfenstein: The New Order launch trailer is ridiculous, but in a good way

Phil Savage at

Wolfenstein: The New Order's trailers have been perfectly pitched to accentuate the inventive silliness of its premise. From the reappropriated music to the stoic delivery of ridiculous dialogue, it looks to be a fun old time with giant weapons. The launch trailer continues this trend: the highlight undoubtedly being an extremely silly back-and-forth about who's suffered the most long-term damage.

Wolfenstein: The New Order system requirements announced

Phil Savage at

Would you like to shoot robo-Nazis in an alternate universe 1960s? You've got two options: use a time machine, or a videogame-playing computer. Given that you're not reading, I'll assume you've chosen the second. In that case, you may want to check Bethesda's recently announced requirements, explaining what parts are needed to power their bombastic shooter. No, a flux capacitor isn't one of them. That's time machines again.

Wolfenstein: The New Order trailer shows mayhem, violence and... stealth?

Phil Savage at

This is a surprise. Given that Wolfenstein: The New Order features a man dual-wielding shotguns at Nazi robots, I hadn't even considered that a stealth option might exist. Turns out it does, and involves plenty of knife-throwing, lock-picking, patrol-avoiding action. The new trailer gives a glimpse at the quieter way to play, before turning up the volume and showing the louder side of the game. By volume, I mean blood. And by louder, I mean containing more blood.

Wolfenstein: The New Order trailer leaves you nowhere to run

Phil Savage at

In what must be the most incongruously violent use of Martha and the Vandellas since The Warriors, the latest Wolfenstein trailer is giving B.J. Blazkowicz "nowhere to run". (See also: "nowhere to hide"). That's because the entire world is now ruled by Nazis—something the game's non-Nazis are none too happy about. Cue explosions, violence, extreme refereeing, and a gun that disintegrates people into blood mist.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition comes with everything but the game

Emanuel Maiberg at

Today, Bethesda announced Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition, which includes almost everything you’d want in a fancy, pricey special edition of a game. For $100, you’ll get a footlocker-style box containing an assortment of maps, case files, and an x-ray. You’ll also get the obligatory figurine, an 8-inch, hand painted statue of a robotic dog, which you’ve probably seen in trailers and other marketing. The only thing missing in the special edition is the game itself.

New Wolfenstein: The New Order trailer uses Nazis on a train to show off game's writing

Emanuel Maiberg at

There are two important things I’ve learned about Wolfenstein: The New Order from watching this latest trailer. The first is that B.J. Blazkowicz wouldn’t be a very good barista. The second, arguably more important lesson, is that Bethesda and developer MachineGames are proud enough of the writing, tone, and presentation of the game to dedicate a trailer to those attributes, instead of shooting mechanics.

Wolfenstein: The New Order dev says "you will cry blood" on hardest difficulty

Patrick Carlson at

While we have a sense of Wolfenstein: The New Order's visual style, we're still collecting snippets of information about the gameplay in Machine Games' re-imagination of the Wolfenstein universe. The single-player shooter is intended to offer a tough, but balanced experience, according to Andreas Öjerfors, a senior gameplay designer working on the title, who told Gamespot that we will "cry blood" on the hardest difficulty.