What's Out This Week: May 20th (North America)
Posted by Anthony Bacchus
You did Nazi this coming
So you're browsing your local retailer's Xbox One and Xbox 360 section and have no idea what new games were released this week. No one seems willing to help and you feel alone and scared. Surely, there must be a way — an easy way — to get the info on the latest releases. Rest your worried head young Spartan, because at pX we got you covered on what's hitting retail stores and the Games Store.
Wolfenstein: The New Order (Xbox One / Xbox 360)
B.J. Blazkowicz is back and he's doing what he does best: killing Nazi's. After the disappointing Wolfenstein reboot in 2009 from Raven Software, developer MachineGames is putting the emphasis back on brutal over-the-top violence, bad-ass guns and large robotic mech dogs. Uh, What? Yeah, just roll with it.
The latest Wolfenstein game takes the series to new heights both visually (Yep, 1080p and 60fps on X1) and narratively. Don't expect any multiplayer either as MachineGames wanted to put all their effort into a solid and concise 12-15 hour campaign. We're hoping to get a review up for you anxious fans real soon, but in the meantime you can check out what other folks are saying about this post-World War II alternate 1960's adventure.
| Publisher: Bethesda Softworks | Developer: MachineGames | Release Date: May 20th | Cost: $59.99 |
Polygon (9/10) - The New Order’s got all the workings of a classic shooter. But in their trip back to the well, Machine Games has brought all of its talents to bear. The New Order is held together, even rocketed beyond the basic sum of its smart levels and effective mechanics by its characters. That humanity takes what would be a good shooter and makes it something truly memorable.
Gamespot (8/10) - The New Order's combat intensity and variety have granted the Wolfenstein series a breath of fresh air, whilst still managing to hit the nostalgic highs that I expect from the series. It has injected some substance into the primal pleasure of shooting Nazis by way of an interesting tone that addresses the changing roles of first-person shooter protagonists. Through this, the game is both a celebration of the Wolfenstein series and what feels like a fitting send-off for it. The New Order could be the last hurrah of William "BJ" Blazkowicz, an outing which, for all its excess and bombast, is far from mindless.
Eurogamer (6/10) - It's a decent shooter with a good few impressive moments, but it can be buggy and it doesn't offer much you can't find elsewhere, with little to tempt you back when it's over. Where it most tries to stand out, in its narrative and setting, it often comes off as juvenile. Overall, it's built on an impressive world but it doesn't do enough with it, and as a result it's curious, but hardly compelling.
Not much in terms of quantity this week but Wolfenstein: The New Order is looking like it's one shooter you don't want to miss. Next week, the long-awaited and much hyped Watch_Dogs is finally hacking into stores and we totally can't wait. Will you be running and gunning your way through Wolfenstein: The New Order or are you saving your dough for Ubisoft's next big game? Sound off in the comment section below.