Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d type: The new Wolfenstein look awesome. Ever since the original Castle Wolfenstein rocketed to fame, the series has survived through mediocre title after mediocre title. Whether series star B.J. Blazkowics was fighting Nazis or Ghost Nazis, gamers responded with a resounding “Ho-hum.”
But Wolfenstein: The New Order looks to mix up the formula. Oh sure, there’s plenty of Nazi’s to shoot. But instead of sticking it to the Führer by helping the allies win World War II, The New Order takes place in an alternate universe where the Nazis won the war and have gone on to conquer the world. Also, they’ve got giant spider mechs, because why not.
It is in this hellish world that B.J. recovers from his convenient amnesia and decides to join the resistance to topple the Nazi regime. But B.J. is out of touch. He finds himself in a world that has Nazi watchtowers on every corner, with terrifying mechs patrolling the street to keep the peace.
Unlike previous entries in the series, Wolfenstein: The New Order puts a heavy emphasis on story. MachineGuns says that they turned to books such as Phillip K. Dick’s “The Man in the High Tower” and movies such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” to help establish a tone. The game takes a hard look at the possible ramifications of a Nazi victor, while also keeping their tongue firmly planted in cheek. While you might see the effect the Nazi dystopia is having on the populace one minute, you’ll be looking at pictures of Nazi’s on the moon and disintegrating bad guys with ray guns the next.
This change in tone helps The New Order to stand out from previous entries in the series. Realizing that it’s a game about Nazis and Mechs, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The game features villains with names like Dr. Deathshead that are so evil that it borders on cartoonish. When B.J. isn’t being pursued by Dr. Deathshead, he has to contend the scheming, psychotic Frau Engel, the leader of the Bund Deutscher Mädel (League of German Girls), who will do everything in her power to see B.J. dead.
To help him deal with the Nazi scum, B.J. will have a wealth of weapons at his disposal. Along with regular machines guns and pistols, The New Order will also feature futuristic weapons that can turn the tide of battles. But the mystery of The New Order lies in how the Nazi’s managed to develop such futuristic technology. Seeing that the game is set in the 1960’s, how have the Nazi’s managed to create robot dogs, mechs, and ray guns? As the game progresses, the developers promise that players will learn the shocking secret behind the Nazi’s technological rise to power.
In the Wolfenstein: The New Order, B.J. threatens Nazis with chainsaws, mows down gasmask-clad Nazis with laser guns, and stabs Nazis in the throat, and it looks like ridiculous fun. Wolfenstein: The New Order has got VideoDunce excited for what is sure to be a crazy fun game. Also, it’s got Nazi’s on the moon, so what’s not to love?