Last Week’s 4 Biggest Video Games: Some Good, Some Not
1. Wolfenstein: The New Order – May 20 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
Gaming has a long history of letting players wipe out Nazis by the dozen, and the latest game in the long-running Wolfenstein series continues that fine tradition. This big-budget shooter pits you against all manner of Nazi soldiers, attack dogs, mechanical giants, and high-caliber tanks. Make no mistake about it, this is a game for mature audiences, and it doesn’t flinch in its depiction of the horrors of war. If you’re looking for an action-packed AAA shooter to play this week, and you don’t mind swearing and gruesome scenes in your games, look no further.
The game is receiving modest praise so far, with more of that praise going to the PC version, but the console versions come pretty close to even. Gamespot says that “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…” PC Gamer adds that “It’s also — and here’s the important bit, really — a very good shooter” but that it also has “a well-implemented set of stealth mechanics” allowing for more diverse gameplay, and that adds up to better replayability. Many seem quite surprised by how good the game is, considering it seems a somewhat campy game focused on Nazi-killing.