Wolfenstein: The New Order — Complete

I’ve completed another game from the backlog, and this time it was Wolfenstein: The New Order. I picked it up after playing DOOM and deciding that another old school shooter reboot would probably be pretty fun. It turns out I rather enjoy blowing through these story-based FPS titles. Not that there was any question before, but I’m just reaffirming. There’s nothing like being able to complete a game in a few short sessions as well. But that comes down the the value proposition. In the case of Wolfenstein, it was well worth the sale price. I didn’t pay much, I enjoyed my time with the game, and now it’s been uninstalled from my system. Seems like an optimum gaming experience to me.

So what did I think of this title? It seems that I was mistaken when I thought that Id Software had developed this game, which was the primary reason I had bought it. DOOM was fantastic, and was developed by Id, and because they did create the original, it wasn’t a stretch to think that The New Order was their baby as well. Turns out that wasn’t the case, they were only published by the same publisher — Bethesda. To say that the games are dissimilar wouldn’t be the truth, but I think that Machine Games took things in directions that Id might not have. This isn’t to say that Wolfenstein is bad by any means, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be more of the return-to-roots run and gun action game that DOOM turned out to be, and though it has that element, there are more cinematics, more story bits and other elements that have been present in more modern day shooters. I suppose we can chalk that up to they having released two years apart, and game design choices changing dramatically in that time. Our clamoring for things from the past has dredged up some garbage (in the form of reboots, and that can be said for more than just video games), but has also brought about a reflection on what design choices were good way back when, and it turns out that some are still quite viable today. That old school feel that DOOM brought to the table was fantastic; in Wolfenstein there was a feeling of being caught between two worlds. Modern convenience, mechanics, and nuances seem more prevalent in Wolfenstein, whereas they felt completely stripped out of DOOM, and that is exactly why I enjoyed DOOM more than Wolfenstein.

Are you following? I may have lost some of you in this ramble. Basically, Wolfenstein on its own is a great game. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story driven campaign focused first person shooter. I just wouldn’t recommend playing DOOM first. If you played The New Order back in 2014 when it released, you probably loved it more than I did, and I would probably feel the same but DOOM simply colored my lenses, and I cannot rate this game higher as a result. Overall it wasn’t too difficult, it had smooth mechanics, it had great set pieces, and it’s story was pretty well done despite getting pretty damn far fetched near the end. 7/10.

As tradition dictates, I will now spam a shitload of screenshots to commemorate the removal of another game from the backlog:

Summer Oxymoron Sale

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Is it just me, or is the title of this year’s Steam Summer Sale a little bit of an oxymoron? They’re promoting picnics and outdoor activities in the advertising, yet all of the games that are on sale would encourage one to stay indoors. I just thought it was kind of funny, not really a big deal though. I’m a sucker for a sale as you guys probably know by now, and not just counting this particular sale, I’ve come up on a metric shit ton of games in the past couple of weeks.

Somewhere a few weeks back, the daily deal was on Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (the 64-bit version of the game). As of now, I own every souls game besides the latest (Dark Souls III). I really need to make it through some of the older ones before picking up 3, and it’s likely that one will be cheap when I finally get around to buying it. I’ve also downloaded the latest Humble Monthly early unlock, which is called Hurtworld. It’s a survival sandbox-y type game, and it looks semi interesting but with my experience with other survival games it’s likely I won’t spend much time on it. There’s just a couple of days left before the rest of the bundle unlocks, so I’m hoping for a couple other decent titles that I’ve thought about purchasing, rather than what’s been the case where it’s part “meh” and part “gifts for friends.”

The Summer Sale started this week, and I told myself I wasn’t going to go crazy. There were some games I had in mind to look for when the sale hit, because they were still selling for more than I wanted to pay for them, or would just be on a deep discount so I could get more bang for my buck. One of those games was Wolfenstein: The New Order, which Bethesda put out a couple of years ago and I skipped over thinking it wouldn’t be all that great. Then I played the new DOOM and realized that this Wolfenstein would probably be pretty awesome. I haven’t confirmed this just yet, but getting the game for $10 was nice. I also sprung for Pillars of Eternity for $18, and the expansion for that as well. It’s one of those titles I’ve had on my wishlist for a very long time but very rarely goes on sale. I loved all of the Infinity Engine games from back in the day, so I have a feeling I’ll enjoy this one as well. I also sprung for the Baldur’s Gate enhanced editions as well only because of the new content that’s been added pretty recently, but I decided against it. I may change my mind again before the sale is over.

Lastly, I picked up the Legendary bundle of Skyrim for PC. I played the shit out of that game but at the time I had a crappy laptop, so I ended up picking it up for my PS3. I also bought all of the expansion content and finished my playthrough a couple of years ago. However, with the announcement of the new special edition and the fact that it would be free for those who own the original game and all of the content for it, I thought it was a good idea to pick up another copy. I have a feeling it would be too hard to prove that I own all that stuff on PS3 in order to get a PS4 copy of the special edition. I realize too, that I could easily download the game and install a bunch of mods to essentially replicate the new features of the special edition, but I might just wait for the upgrade in October to play through one of my favorite RPGs of all time, once again.

Speaking of favorite RPG series, I finally picked up the GOTY edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition. I’ve been meaning to buy this game for far too long, and having owned and played the shit out of the first two games in the series, I know I’m going to enjoy this. I saw MMO fans complaining because of it’s side quests and similar busy work, but since I don’t play MMOs very often, this shouldn’t faze me. I loved the first two, I’m sure I’ll love this one as well. It’s on sale for $20 on Origin with all of the extras, so it’s definitely worth it for fans of the IP.

All told, I ended up spending about $100 on games. I got some awesome stuff, even if I won’t be able to play it all right away. My wallet was happy that I managed to contain myself, but my backlog has begun to gently weep. More on these titles as I get to them.

What did you pick up so far in the Summer Sale?