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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Review – Out with the New in with the Old
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Available For: PS4, Xbox One, PC
ESRB Rating: M for Mature
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a great follow up to Wolfenstein: The New Order. With the majority of FPS games turning out to be multiplayer centric or multiplayer only Ala Titanfall and Evolve, it was nice to see a single player focused FPS. With its tight and gory gun play to the striking visuals and a main character that you actually care about, Wolfenstein: The New order was a breath of fresh air to the now declining single player FPS experience. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood may just be more of the same but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad thing.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a $20 standalone downloadable title (retail in the near future) that is a direct prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order. It is a single player only experience that isn’t trying to rewrite the book on FPS’s but it does focus on all the things that made Wolfenstein: The New Order great.
The same gameplay elements that were present in The New Order are also in The Old Blood such as dual wielding weapons, switching weapons through your weapon wheel, take cover behind obstacles and the ability to play stealthily if you wish. There are also the same perk system that was in the previous game though a bit smaller. In the course of your journey through castle wolfenstein you gain access to some new weapons such as the bombenschuss a scoped bolt-action rifle that allows you to pick off Nazis from a distance, the schockhammer a semi automatic shotgun, and last but not least the kamppistol a single shot pistol that fires grenades. There is also another important addition to the game and that is the pipe melee weapon. This weapon not only allows you to not only beat the Nazis to death but it also allows you to climb up walls and gain access to areas that you would not be able to on your own. You will need all the firepower you can get as you fight your way through legions of Nazi soldiers and other enemies through out the game.
The story of The Old Blood is a simple one. Infiltrate Castle Wolfenstein and gain the location of General Deathshead’s fortress so the allies can launch one final assault to end the war. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is divided into two parts both set prior to the events of The New Order. In the first part, titled Rudi Jager and the Den of Wolves, William “B.J.” Blazkowicz attempts to break into Castle Wolfenstein to steal the coordinants to the compound of General Wilhelm “Deathshead” Strasse. The second part, titled The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs, Blazkowicz travels to Wulfburg, where he meets a Nazi archaeologist who is discovering several artifacts that threaten to release a “dark and ancient power”. Each part consists about 4 chapters each and if that isn’t enough there are also challenge levels that you unlock through out the game. These challenge levels are basically taking the firefights that you encounter through out the game and turns them into score attack mode. There are also collectibles such as gold that you can find through out the game. The nightmare Easter egg from the New Order also makes a comeback though in a more fleshed out form. It took me about 4 hours to beat the story on normal difficulty so if you do decide to pick this up I suggest you up the difficulty a bit.
The graphics on the version that I played looked great the only downside being that if you look at certain textures up close they start to look muddy. The dialogue that you have with the other characters in the game is pretty good and the two main antagonists of the game Rudi Jager and Helga Von Schabbs are fantastic. It is nice to play a fps that actually try to make the characters feel like actual people and not just cardboard cutouts. If there is one gripe that I have with the game it would be the forced stealth section at the beginning of the game but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. If you are in a mood for a single player focused shooter or if you enjoyed Wolfenstein: The New Order you would love this standalone single player experience.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood was reviewed on a digital version on Playstation 4.