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games have been a running trend for the first-person shooter; it was until only
a few years ago the steam had settled. Developers understand the fatigue in the
era, which why if a game takes place in this time period than there is most
likely a twist thrown in to keep things fresh. Machine Games, developers behind
this latest entry, have succeeded in bringing the beloved series back into the
light, with a more "serious" and grounded story.
You're opened with the series hero, B.J. Blazkowicz, engaged in an all-out
dogfight high above the ocean. Things of course begin to go wrong and you are
tasked to care of certain objectives in order to keep your plane flying. Your
overall mission is to reach a compound that is holding a rather disturbing general;
General Deathshead, and to simply eliminate him. This opening scene acts like a
tutorial to get an understanding of the games mechanics. However, the opening
can leave a bad taste in your mouth and can get you discourage from wanting to
continue. Fight through this section, and things will begin to roll.
After being in a vegetable state for 14 years, Blazkowicz comes through just in
time to save his own life from the terrorizing Nazis. He quickly learns that
the fascist army had won the war and rule nearly the whole world. He takes
matters into his own hands and sets out to find the resistance army to help
stop the evildoers and take revenge on General Deathsheads. I found the story
very interesting and the solid voice acting helped to sell it. Wolfenstein has never
been about taking itself too seriously and neither does this one, however; out
of all the entries this one has a more serious tone to it. Another reason the
story is interesting is because the setup is almost plausible. History has told
us that the Nazis did secret experiments on bodies and put a ton of resources
into developing world destruction weaponry. In this story you see that, and it
makes the story more grounded.
grinding through a forgettable opener you'll begin to see that Wolfenstein has
a lot more going for it. Its fast pace first-person action leaves you gripping
your controller and feeling satisfaction with every bullet penetrating your
enemy. The weapons are unique in a way that they don't stray too far off from familiar
but also don't get carried with the "high tech" advancements. Most weapons can
be duel-wielded, even though there is really no advantage into having two
weapons out. In fact, I rarely used duel weapons, it was highly inaccurate and
the recoil of two guns [mainly machine rifles] was causing bullets to spray
everywhere, hitting targets if lucky. If surrounded by a ton of enemies then
maybe bringing out the second gun will help, but I recommend sticking with just
the single weapon in hand.
The games presentation was remarkable but with its flaws. The changeover from
gameplay to cut scenes can be inadequate, and takes you out of the intense
action. Although during the cut scenes you're addressed to some believable
acting, with great body and facial animation, along with the already mentioned,
superb voice work. The in-game scenery can leave you in awe with its Hollywood-esque
set pieces, and the gratification of seeing a Nazis brain burst onto a wall
with a faithful headshot. The game earns its mature rating, with limbs being
blasted off and heads popping off like grapefruit from explosions. Hearing the
kick of your arsenal mow down your foes pumps the action up. Shotguns blast
with a devastating shockwave, assault rifles echo through hallways. Even the silence
of a muffled pistol makes the noises realistic.
FINAL SAY: Machine Games did a
sensational job bringing the classic Wolfenstein brand back into the light.
With an unfortunate snooze-fest of an opener, the game quickly picks up the
pace and provides a solid first-person action that fans of the serious will
adore. With its more serious tone in storytelling and a diverse set of
characters, Wolfenstein is a game everyone should check out.
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