Posts Tagged ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’

Dirty Bomb Extraction Dirty Bomb Beta Is Live

gettin' those tax credits, eh?

It might appear that we didn’t cover the news that Splash Damage’s upcoming team shooter Dirty Bomb has been unrenamed Extraction and is now Dirty Bomb again, but what really happened was that all the chopping and changing sent our tags system into quantum disarray. There are in actual fact 418 posts about Dirty Bomb in our system, but they can only be seen if you can correctly guess which name the game is going under at any split second. It was called Dirty Bomb 655,315 times for the duration of the last sentence, and Extraction 641,978, so good luck with that. You’ll probably have more luck getting into Dirty Bomb Extraction Dirty Bomb Extraction Dirty Extraction’s closed beta, which went live today.
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The Bestest Best FPS Of 2014: Wolfenstein The New Order

‘FPS’ can mean an awful lot of things, but for this award we’re narrowing it down to ‘singleplayer, lots and lots of bullets, moving primarily forwards.’ Does that cover our backs sufficiently? Excellent. In which case, Wolfenstein: The New Order is our Bestest Best FPS of 2014.

Warning – some spoilers.

Alec: Here’s a true story: someone from 2082 with long-harboured regrets about the premature death of the Wolfentstein series got into a time machine, went back to around 2012 and interfered with the development of an inevitably uninspired sequel to a long-running shooter franchise.
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The RPS Verdict – Wolfenstein: The New Order

In a bunker deep beneath the blighted surface of The United Blokes Of Great Britain For 100% British Blokes Only, at the halfway point between Brighton and Manchester, Alec and Adam shelter from Farage’s dread Lager Sentinels and think of an alternate reality where Osborne hadn’t privatised oxygen to the highest bidder at Bilderberg and Milliband hadn’t ordered that we all eat bacon sandwiches via our ears. If only some lost hero could arise and save them from this terror.

While they waited for salvation that would never come, they cast their minds back to a videogame they once played. A videogame about fighting Nazis, and Nazi dogs, and robot Nazi dogs. A videogame named ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order.’ Perhaps discussing it would remind them of better times. As their miserable existences might end at any second, they did not even try to avoid massive spoilers.
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Wot I Think – Wolfenstein: The New Sequel

Wolfenstein: The New Sequel Order is part-reboot, part-sequel to the 21st century Wolfenstein games. Primarily set in an alternate 1960, this big, brash, violent, occasionally moving, singleplayer-only first-person shooter tells the story of a fight-back against a hitherto undefeated, planet-conquering Nazi empire wielding otherworldly technology. Despite having to downgrade graphics card to play it, I’ve spent the last few days with its remarkably long campaign.

I’m fascinated by William Joseph “B.J.” Blazkowicz’s eyes. Someone’s put an awful lot of work into those eyes. His is the quintessential first-person soldiermanhero’s face (indeed, it’s based upon the archetype of that grizzled beefcake design, from his first appearance in 1992’s Wolfenstein 3D), but the eyes come from someone else. Haunted, sad, soulful, sometimes tender – they reveal that this mass of muscle is also a walking wound, and in that they represent the anachronism at the heart of this latest, surprisingly excellent Wolfenstein game.
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Damn & Blazkowicz: Wolfenstein New Order PC Tech Issues

Update – I’ve borrowed on oldish GeForce and the game’s now running fine. Definitely primarily an AMD incompatibility, presumably at driver level.

What time is it? It’s WHINY MOANY GRIPEY O’CLOCK, that’s what goddamn time it is. I’d hoped to have made decent inroads into Wolfenstein: The New Sequel* by now, but no PC code was available before release, and post-release the thing’s all but unplayable on my system, even on its lowest settings. I’m not alone in this, but while troubles are reported on a myriad of systems, AMD-ATI graphics card users have been hit particularly hard. I even bought a Radeon R290 yesterday for the express purposes of this and Watch Dogs, but I’m looking at 10-20 FPS most of the time. It does spike to 40 on occasion, but not often or consistently enough to enjoy the experience. Even the Bethesda and Machine Games logos at the start play like a cellphone video from 2004. At least I’m not suffering from the crashes to desktop that many others have reported.

A few possible performance aids are below, but they haven’t helped me.
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BJ Sneakowicz: Wolfenstein’s Stealth Vs BANGTHOOMPSH

Make so much as a peep and the barrels get it

There is stealth. In Wolfenstein: The New Order, which is, as you might have already guessed, a Wolfenstein game. That might strike you as strange, but a) the first games to bear the Wolfenstein name were actually stealth-focused, and b) I dunno, I mean this doesn’t look terrible. Just functional. Stealth is an option, if it’s up your gentle whisper of an alley. Blast-kowiczing your way through all that draws breath, however, looks a lot more fun.

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Chow Down On 30 Minutes Of Wolfenstein: The New Order

Bang bang

Wolfenstein: The New Order is a curious bird, going by a recent half-hour livestream showing a hearty chunk of the first campaign chapter. Yes, BJ Blazkowicz does stab dogs in the neck in QTEs and stand behind turrets in scripted sequences, like those modern video games wot all the kids like nowadays. He can also eat dog food to regain health and collect maps and treasure, like those old video games wot were proper games and not for babies. Then there’s stuff that’s just plain fancy, like dual-wielding knives and sliding and I think “interesting” is the word I’m feeling around? The game’s interesting. I’m interested in playing it.

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Robonazis A Go-Go In Wolfenstein: The New Order Trailer


We broadly accept space-Nazis and robo-Nazis in video games because they’re so fantastical, but Wolfenstein: The New Order‘s marketing strikes an odd note. Take this new trailer, which mixes Nazi robodogs with a Nazi referee gunning down a player in the 1950 Brazil World Cup. This is comic book villainy, certainly, but it’s a touch tone-deaf to have goofy Nazi atomic robomen while cracking jokes about what else the Nazi regime might have killed people for had it continued. The blurring of real and fictional is a bit off.

Curiously semi-serious plot aside, it is looking awfully pleasant, with chunky great guns, power armour, robodogs, and leaning to shoot around corners (leaning in a mainstream FPS! oh joy!).

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I Did Nazi That Coming: New Wolfenstein Footage

BJ Blazkowicz is probably regretting his choice of transport. When he clicked on The Trainline’s website and booked his tickets, instead of grabbing a seat in the “Moving HQ of the Aryan Race”, he should have selected “Quiet Coach”. That way the worst that would have happened is the that someone might be playing music on tinny earbuds DESPITE THE CONDITIONS OF THE COACH BEING CLEARLY DISPLAYED. He chose poorly, and this footage of Wolfenstein: The New Order shows the peril of accidentally sharing space with an Aryan matriarch and her pet ED209.

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Hands On – Wolfenstein: The New Order

Update: This article has been updated to reflect the following factual corrections: your co-pilot is called Fergus, not Rufus; the cover system is still present in the game; a painting on the wall was of Deathshed, not the Fuhrer.

“In my dream, I smell the barbecue.
I hear children.
A dog.
I think I see someone.
Someone I love.

These things are not for me.
I move by roaring engines.
Among warriors.
We come from the night.”

Gawp. Yawp. Goggle. B.J. Blazkowicz does beat poetry. This can’t be Wolfenstein? But it is.
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