Replay – Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

One thing we can all agree on is that the Nazi’s were dicks. If you’ve been around the Twitter streets long enough, you know people disagree with one another on just about everything: You like bone-in chicken wings better than boneless? You vile disgusting pig! 

While at the same time a video is being retweeted thousands of times of a modern day Nazi getting punched in the face and people are uniting together over it’s glory. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I say it all the time, two things unite people together more than anything else:

  1. Mutual Love – Boston Sports fans. All outside fans of other sports franchises have been on the recieving end of a Masshole’s rage defending their team at some point in their lives.
  2. Mutual Hate – Nazi’s. The biggest assholes to ever exist on Earth is quite the feat to have accredited to your brand. If you don’t hate Nazi’s, you’re no friend of mine.

Which brings me to the epic PS4 game Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order. Other games like Battlefield 4 or Call of Duty Modern Warfare have story campaigns surrounding the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. Politics are always mentioned along with the morality of whether the US should be fighting in that country to begin with. That’s NOT the case with Wolfenstein.

In Wolfenstein the player takes the role of a hardass Army Ranger Captain William “B.J.” Blazkowicz working alongside OSA Agents (the precursor unit to the CIA) as they attempt to destabilize the Nazi regime in 1946. An alternate history reveals the Nazi’s have developed advanced technology and plan to take over the world. Blazkowicz and his small team of agents must infiltrate Castle Wolfenstein to obtain intelligence revealing the location of Wilhelm “Deathshead” Strasse, the castle’s commander, and those within his inner circle, before they enact their plans for world domination.

The public opinion of WWII is that the Allies headbutted every Nazi prick into submission. Hitler allegedly shot himself to avoid getting beaten to death by cigar smoking, beer drinking, and hand grenade tossing Americans later earning the nickname “The Greatest Generation”. Personally I think Hitler escaped to Argentina or Chile or one of those South American countries. Watch the show Hunting Hitler on the History Channel, it’s nuts.

What other game can you duel-weild automatic shotguns sliding and shooting like the one man death-dealing badass that you are as you’re exploding Nazi Officer’s guts onto a dinner table creating the first course meal of the night – gut soup?

Wolfenstein is definitely a FPS treat and provides a balanced mix of gun-ho can of whoopass mixed with stealthy knife throwing mayhem, it’s truly up to the player. Old Blood lacks in story compared to New Order, however the gameplay is on par.

I particularly love the vibe I get from this game. It’s eerie and relentless. Fighting an enemy as committed to their cause as the Nazis is a respectable nightmare.

The player is on their toes not knowing where the story will progress.

Wolfenstein is one of those rare games that has a high replay value. Most FPS’es get boring because the gameplay isn’t real exciting. The player picks up new details they missed during the first play-through. Already understanding where to go, who to shoot, and how to defeat certain enemies, Uber difficulty changes the flow of everything. It forces the player to strategically place each shot and utilize the cover system in order to continue fighting.

If not, you’ll share the same fate I experienced many times in the video above. Trial by Fire.

If you haven’t played Wolfenstein, you don’t need to know the history of the series, just jump right in and enjoy the fun!

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