New previews of Wolfenstein II

Several news sites and magazines got the opportunity to try an hour of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and get some first hands-on impressions about the game – which are usually very good!

According to Ars Technica:

The New Colossus isn’t a smart game—at least not in the traditional sense. But it is subversive, taking classic video game and B-movie tropes and tarting them up with a firmly tongue-in-cheek Nazi-bashing narrative.

Trusted Reviews notes that:

Move around the opening level everything’s a blast. Every gun feels excellent, and combat is as intense as ever, even from a wheelchair. But now there’s a brand-new enemy in the form of cyborg Nazi ninjas. This isn’t a rough description, that’s actually what they are. These robotic enemies can zip around the room in the blink of an eye and dish out lethal melee attacks. They’re also the source of the new energy weapons that work exceptionally well on human enemies.

For DenOfGeek:

By and large, though, New Colossus’ gunplay is much improved. Not only can you finally pick up ammo without having to press a button – except in the case of larger pickups – but New Colossus even sports its own take on Doom’s “Glory Kill” system that allows you to immediately take down a weakened enemy with a melee attack. This adds much more variety to the game’s gunfights as does the use of specialty foes that require you to constantly adjust your strategy. The same can be said of your new ability to mix-and-match dual-wield weapons.

Tom’s Guide writes that:

Despite these improvements, Wolfenstein 2 is not an easy game. Explosions now knock you down, leaving you vulnerable to enemy gunfire if you’re not careful. I fought Nazi cyborgs who could phase through thin air and mow me down in seconds, which made ripping their mechanical hearts out feel like an accomplishment. Even after lowering the difficulty a few times (go ahead, judge me), I still found myself constantly scavenging for ammo and health while barely surviving big firefights.

As much fun as I had blasting Nazis with all kinds of cool guns, I had an even better time watching the game’s story unfold. Many of B.J.’s colorful resistance allies are still around, and clash nicely with new personalities like the no-nonsense Grace and the ultra-neurotic Superspesh. The New Order was made special by its humor, heart and unforgettable cast of characters, and it that same magic formula seems to be present in the sequel.

And The Verge got a very interesting thoughts about the violence in video games, and how the game tries to depict the problems of the modern days in the context of the alternative history of Wolfenstein II.

Here is a video preview of VideoGamerTV:

The BJ actor speaks about the next Wolfenstein

In an interview to the Two Left Sticks website about the next Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, where he’s not only a voice actor, but also one of the writers of the game, Brian Bloom, who also impersonated BJ Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Old Blood – and also the killer in the A-Team movie in 2010 -, spoke about his work on the BJ character in a possible sequel of the games:

I’ll be safe with this answer. If you look at Bethesda’s E3 2016 lineup there was a title hinted at in a cool way. It sparked a bit of wildfire. That subtle, very simple DOS language, going through the titles. Perhaps we’re working on that as we speak.

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About the fate of BJ after The New Order, and what he would like to do with this character:

Whoever B.J. Blaskowicz was, in the content we have so far, he’s the articulation of a promise not kept; a country that surrendered while he was in a coma. He’s fighting a war on his own with a very small group of people, completely outgunned and out-manned. A world taken over by scourge of racism, nazism, and fascism. Anya and their relationship in many ways is B.J. attempting to give redemption to the dream lost. Those ideals that he has that might be idealistic – marriage, children, living in a free world. It’s all part of who he is. Putting my own feelings aside, and giving the audience all room to have their own feelings about this. I think we can agree that his core convictions are related to that kind of loyalty.

Brian won’t tell anything more as he doesn’t want to violate any NDA. He seems very much involved in the games and characters he’s working on. It seems to confirm the development of the next Wolfenstein game, some months after the revelation from the actress playing Anya. Wait&see!

Preorder Doom and get Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

If you bought Wolfenstein: The New Order, you might have received an access to the closed multiplayer beta of the game. Now, by preordering the game Doom on Steam, you can also get Wolfenstein: The Old Blood for free!

Even if the multiplayer of Doom was disappointing for some people as it was quite slow, the solo game on PC with a keyboard and a mouse seems very promising!

Doom will be released on the 13th of May on PC and consoles (XBox One and PS4).

Humble Bundle: Bethesda Weekend Sale

During the whole weekend (until Monday at midnight), the Humble Store sells a special bundle with plenty of Bethesda games with great discounts. You can find Wolfenstein: The Old Blood with a 40% discount at $11.99 and Wolfenstein: The New Order with a 66% discount at $20.39, but also Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Wolfenstein 3-D + Spear of Destiny with a 66% discount too at respectively $3.39 and $1.69. There are also plenty of other fantastic games and DLC from id Software (Quake, Doom, Rage) and Bethesda (The Elder Scrolls, Dishonored, Fallout, Brink, The Evil Within, …).

And if you buy one of these games via the Humble Store, 10% of your purchase will support a charity, so it’s definitely worth it!

Interview of the music composer of Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Old Blood

Mick Gordon has been recently interviewed by the polish website GameMusic about his work on the music of Wolfenstein: The New Order – and not about The Old Blood curiously…

A great interview where he explains how free and inspired he was for the game, praising the work of MachineGames and the good idea of having special “Nazi sixties” hits from the fictional Neumond Classics publisher.

New screenshots of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (and new life!)

If you haven’t finished the game yet, here is a collection of new screenshots from the game (with French texts), taken by me althrough my journey from the dark corners of the Castle Wolfenstein to the streets of the village of Wulfburg… A great and intense moment you should really experience by yourself!

And after having completed Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, I will live soon another great experience: I’ll start working soon for the Ubisoft Montreal game studio as a AI programmer on a great unannounced project – not a Wolfenstein game, unfortunately! Be sure I’ll do my best to deliver you another great game like this one!

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – First reviews

Less than a week after the digital release of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, many reviews of the game have been already posted by some major sites, like Polygon, PC Gamer, Metro UK, Destructoïd, XBox Achievements, Game Informer, IGN, Video Gamer, Games Radar, etc… According to MetaCritic, the reviews scores for the PC and the XBox One versions is around 76%, for PS4 around 77%, which is quite good! Most of reviewers praise the intense action and the fun of the game, but regrets the lack of a scenario that was better in The New Order.

GamesRadar says “Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is another sterling effort from MachineGames, fast proving to be real players in the FPS genre. This add-on clearly has smaller scope than was found in The New Order, keeping things much more ‘down to Earth’, but the core shooting experience that makes the reborn Wolfenstein such a pleasure to play remains perfectly intact. If you like shooting zombies and Nazis with extravagantly powerful weapons (and lets be honest here, who doesn’t?) this is well worth checking out.“, but PC Gamer says also that “The Old Blood is a false start for Wolfenstein’s life after The New Order, a creative step backwards that survives primarily because of the strong groundwork laid in the previous game. It will always be fun to fire these guns and MachineGames’s presentation is still ahead of the curve, but this isn’t the game you should play if you want to explore those qualities—that game was released a year ago.“. So generally, it’s very good, very intense, MachineGames proving all their skills to deliver a high quality action game, but The New Order is generally seen as being better, with a stronger and more interesting storyline.

Here’s a video test of the game by Game Informer:

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – The Easter Eggs (spoiler)

EuroGamer has already spotted some Easter Eggs in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, with some elements of the background inspired from some other games from id Software and Bethesda:

  • A miniature Quake 3 rocket launcher key chain – which was already in The New Order
  • A vending machine selling drinks, including the Nuka Cola and the Supersaft with the Pip-Boy character from Fallout
  • The horned helmet from Skyrim

They’ve even recorded a video with all these items: