COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Wolfenstein' Review

Updated: 08/19/2014 10:55 AM By: Aaron Chalich

Photo: Photo courtesy of Bethesda

The first time I had seen and played the game “Wolfenstein 3D” was at a friend’s house back in the early 90s on the SNES.  I had heard about it but had never seen it until then.  I must say I was in awe because I had never seen anything like it.  It was gory and a very exciting game to play.

“Wolfenstein” is a first-person shooter, and you play as a character named William B.J. Blazkowicz who was captured by German soldiers during WWII and now you must try and escape from Castle Wolfenstein by fighting through a series of mazes.

This past weekend, I got the opportunity to play Bethesda’s “Wolfenstein: The New Order” for the PS4 and I absolutely loved it.

I thought that the story was awesome, because once again you get to play as William Blazkowicz and it takes place three years after your escape from Castle Wolfenstein.  The year is 1946 and you are back in the military. The Germans have developed high tech weapons and you are about to do an air raid with your allies on a fortress that is holding the weapons.  During the mission you and your allies are shot down and you are captured once again. 

General Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse is behind everything and he gives you the choice of killing one of your two allies, depending on what you decide to do impacts the story.  I thought that this was awesome because in order to fully experience the game you will have to play it again and choose the other path.  There are new levels and new abilities that you will be able to do.

You eventually escape once again but you suffer a series head injury and go into a coma.  Years go by, when you wake up you learn the Germans won the war.  They are starting to take over the world, destroying everything in their path.  You must now try and stop them.

“Wolfenstein: The New Order” is full of nonstop action and exciting events.

The graphics are absolutely amazing.  The characters look so life-like and are beautifully animated.  The backgrounds and scenery are extremely detailed, giving the game a very realistic look.

The controls are very easy to learn and there is an in game tutorial that explains what buttons you need to push to do certain things.

William can run, jump, climb, solve puzzles, shoot plus perform many other awesome actions.  For example if you run and push the circle button you can slide under objects.  While you are sliding you can shoot at the same time and it looks pretty cool.

There are many different weapons that you can find and pick up.  They are usually lying on the ground or in crates that can be broken.  Another way you can get weapons is by grabbing them off defeated soldiers.

You can switch between your weapons and you have the ability to hold and shoot two weapons at the same time, which I thought was awesome.

Stealth plays a huge role in “Wolfenstein: The New Order.”  You can sneak up behind unsuspecting soldiers and take them out silently.  There are many different commanders in each level.  If they spot you they will call and alert other soldiers to come and attack.  If you take the commanders out without them detecting you, the locations of the other commanders in the level will show up on your map.  I thought that this was very helpful, because then you knew what rooms you had to sneak into.

There is a “perk system” and I thought this made playing “Wolfenstein: The New Order” stand out from other games.  If you completed certain tasks like doing a stealth attack on a commander, you will unlock special abilities that you can use in the game, such as increased magazine sizes and the ability to throw knives.

There are many different perks and they are divided into different categories. There is stealth, tactical, assault and demolition. 

At first there are only a few perks that can be unlocked by doing certain tasks, but once you start completing them, more will be available to unlock.

Another thing that makes “Wolfenstein: The New Order” so much fun to play is that there are tons of secrets and hidden items to find such concept art, gold, letters and enigma codes.  I think that gives the game great replay value, because you can go back and try to find all of things you missed the first time you played through.  One nice feature is that you can look and see how many of each item is hidden in the level and the game keeps track of the things you found.

The enigma codes are hidden in each level and if you find all of the pieces you will unlock a new game mode.  I won’t spoil what some of them are, but they are pretty awesome.

One thing that I want to quickly mention is that “Wolfenstein: The New Order” comes packaged with a beta code for “Doom” which is going to be another awesome game from Bethesda.

Overall I really enjoyed Bethesda’s “Wolfenstein: The New Order” for the PS4.  The story was exciting and full of intense action.  The graphics were stunning and the animation sequences looked fabulous.  The game was very fun to play and the controls were very easy to learn with the in game tutorials.  I know that fans of first person shooters and of the “Wolfenstein” series are really going to enjoy “Wolfenstein: The New Order” and I would highly recommend that you check it out.

I do have to say that “Wolfenstein: The New Order” is rated “M” and is full of very graphic scenes and adult language, so this is not a game for kids.

“Wolfenstein: ” is rated “M” for blood and gore, intense violence, intense language, strong sexual content and use of drugs.