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Video Game Haiku Review – “Wolfenstein: The New Order”

Published: May 25, 2014, 3:55 pm, by Terry Terrones

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Title: Wolfenstein: The New Order
Format: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC
Price: $59.99
Publisher: Bethesda
Developer: 
Machine Games
ESRB Rating: M (Mature, for gamers 17 and older)
The Grade: B

Wolfenstein: The New Order Haiku Review

Nazis rule the world

 You are the Earth’s only hope

What? Robot Nazis?!?

Synopsis: Europe, 1946. World War II rages across Europe. Nazi forces have turned the tide in dramatic fashion behind the technologically advanced war machine of General Wilhelm Strasse, aka Deathshead. When a final Allied assault on Deathshead’s compound fails, the Allies’ greatest hope falls with it. Europe, 1960. The war is over and the Nazis are victors. Using force and intimidation, the Nazis have brought even the most powerful nations to their knees. The Nazi regime now rules the globe with an iron fist. You are Captain B.J. Blazkowicz, the American War Hero. You must launch an impossible counter-offensive against the Nazis. Only you dare stand up against an unstoppable army of Nazi robots and hulking Super Soldiers. Only you can stop Deathshead.

If you’re a long time video game player, you know that the “Wolfenstein” series is one of gaming’s most established franchises. First seen in 1981, this series is one of gaming’s best, letting players tear hated Nazi’s apart for over 30 years. “The New Order,” the ninth entry in the series, doesn’t disappoint. This shooter isn’t going to reinvent the genre, but there’s plenty of enjoyable running and gunning to be had.

Positives:
+ Revitalizes an old school franchise
+ Quick paced shoot’em up combat that doesn’t take itself too seriously
+ Plenty of collectibles lead to high replay value
+ Destructible environments
+ Dual wielding
+ Blasting Nazis is always fun

Negatives:
- Weak story
- Lacks multiplayer
- Moronic enemy AI

Gazette Media Columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran video game journalist. He has written for numerous publications including GamePro, GamesBeat, PC World, GameZone, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/terryterrones.