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There was a recent PlayStation Access video released for Wolfenstein: The New Order on the PS4, the upcoming game for old-gen consoles, new-gen consoles and PC.
The video rolls through five points or five things that we learn about The New Order, but I wasn't really paying attention to what the gentlemen fops were prattling on about in the video, even though their kindly British accents were enchanting and infectious. What stole the show for me was Wolfenstein... the game.
The upcoming title hasn't really been at the forefront of news lately, other than a brief run during the resolution wars round-up, where it was revealed that The New Order would run native 1080p for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game also received a small boost in the hype sector thanks to including a beta for the highly anticipated Doom 4.
However, getting away from the politics of hype and the fanboy dirtiness of the resolution wars, I think Wolfenstein: The New Order generally looks like a lot of fun. I mean, I wasn't anticipating the game being anything more than another Call of Duty rip-off, and I'll be honest that my experience with the title has been exceptionally limited due to disinterest and that Call of Duty stigma that permeates thoroughly in the AAA sector, but I'm impressed with what's showcased in the video above.
The shooting looks solid, the destruction physics look pretty good, the graphics aren't all that bad and the stealthing looks like a bad case of pin-the-donkey with a bunch of legally blind marksmen. Nevertheless, despite the poor man's stealth mechanics, the rest of the gameplay looks rather solid. The throwback to the old-school run-and-gun tactics looks like a nice breath of fresh air from a lot of the more pseudo-tactical FPS titles running around out there trying to convince 10-year-olds that no-scoping is a real skill employed by the American military.
Now, I'm not “sold! Take my money!” sold, but I am “sold! I'll likely get this game when it's discounted!” sold. That's a lot more than I can say for games like Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Call of Duty: Ghosts or the host of other generically named modern military shooters whose faceless personalities have become lost in a shuffle of profiteering for the greed-inclined.
My only worry is whether or not a lot of the features we see in the video will translate over into the console counterparts. While we already know that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will likely be crap compared to the higher-end outings, and gamers will likely enjoy spending a night spooning with Mike Tyson over playing the Bethesda title on the geriatric twins, but the real question is how well will the new-gen twins handle this game?
Will the physics-destruction stay intact for the Xbox One and PS4? Will they have the same level of physical destruction as the PC counterpart? Will the graphics look as good and run as smooth as it does in the video on the home consoles? Will we see sacrifices being made to maintain the Holy Grail of 1080p at 60fps? Questions, questions, questions.
For the most part, I'm thinking this will be a pretty good game to own on PC and I'm definitely considering the possibility of adding it to my Steam collection. If you don't have a gaming rig, I would suggest holding off on the pre-orders until you can buckle down some legitimate information on just how gimped the home console version of the game will be. No sense throwing away $60 on the promise provided by a cool video where the game was running on a high-end gaming rig *cough*Aliens: Colonial Marines*cough*.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is set for release this May, and will have to compete with the Wii U's resurrection via Mario Kart 8. You can learn more about the game by paying a kind visit to the official website.