Time for another controversial, some say not worthy of a review, while thousands more enjoy it across ADG and EGM. Yes, it’s the Short And Simple Review with MachineGames and Bethesda’s Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. I reviewed the original about a year ago and now it’s time for the prequel.
The prequel, The Old Blood, sets the stage for the events of Wolfenstein: The New Blood. You are once again BJ Blazcowitz aka Super Nazi Killer aka Nazi Krytonite. While those personas may only be in my head, Blazkowicz takes the fight straight to these Nazi’s with the help of Rudi Jager that leads into two parts. Part one, Rudi Jager and the Den Of Wolves is all about BJ Blazkowicz breaking into Castle Wolfenstein for the mission at hand. Part two, The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs leads B.J to the city of Wulfburg to come face to face with an obsessed Nazi archaelogist.
The gameplay is more of what you came to love from The New Order, offering different ways to play. You can go stealth or go guns blazing and if one isn’t enough, you can always dual wield! A few puzzles are in play as well, but they are light and won’t cause much of a hassle.
There are only a few things I didn’t like about The Old Blood. Stage design at times are baffling making it easier to get lost. You still have a map, and that occasional indicator pop up once you get going in the right direction. My other issue isn’t even gameplay related, but more directed to file size. The game is over 40 GB. I’m not really a fan of digital cause I know there’s places in the world that don’t have T-1 superb downloads yet and it takes sometimes up to 2 days in some places of the world. All I’m saying is developers need to find a way to compress these digital titles or find a way to make it easier on those that are not so lucky with internet speed.
I still am very impressed with the direction Wolfenstein has gone. MachineGames please don’t mess this up. You have a good thing going here with memorable characters, memorable graphical imagery, and good gameplay controls.
Short And Simple
Wolfenstein’s The New Order’s DNA Is Still In The Old Blood