Wolfenstein: The Old Blood ended up being quite a bit shorter than the other two titles from MachineGames. Being a prequel to the events of The New Order, and only 8 chapters long, I had estimated that it would take me around 8 hours to complete — but I managed to finish it off this weekend after having spent just over 5 hours on it. As I said in my initial post on the game, it looks and plays much like the other Wolfenstein games from this company, but there are a couple of big differences.
The first major difference is the inability to manually save, and despite there being frequent check points where the game is auto saved, you’ll still end up dying quite a bit — even on the normal difficulty. Some checkpoints are harder than others, and for the most part it’s a manageable difficulty but I did find it more challenging than The New Order and New Colossus. The other major difference is that this title is pretty story light. The other two games were very cinematic in look and feel, and while this game does have some cut scenes, there are very short and to the point. Everything is very short and to the point. Your mission here is to find out the location of Death’s Head’s hideout, and it takes the entirety of the game to do so. You’ll start by infiltrating Castle Wolfenstein, and eventually escape and fight your way through the nearby town of Wolfsburg and finish things off in the catacombs underneath the city’s graveyard. At some point Nazis start turning into Zombies and its a bit reminiscent of the DOOM games, culminating in a final fight against a huge mummy monster thing. You’re rescued by Fergus, and he will be your buddy through the next two games until his untimely demise in The New Colossus.
Overall it’s a short romp with less focus on story and more focus on killing Nazis. I enjoyed it, and it did fill in some story gaps from the overall epic. I’m very curious to see how things go in Youngblood, but we have to wait until next year to find out. That one being co-op is exciting, I’ll have to try and find a partner to play it, or perhaps pick it up on PS4 and play with my bff. One way or the other, my journey through this alternate timeline is complete for now, and I’m satisfied with the experience. I’d recommend all three Wolfenstein games highly, particularly if you enjoy killing Nazis in your spare time!
You’ll have to pardon my absence over the last few days, I went on a mini-vacation for Independence Day to visit family and was pretty disconnected during that time. Just before we left, I finished off Wolfenstein II and was thrilled with the game. When I was nearing the end I got to talking with my lady and she was asking if there were any other Wolfenstein games out there, and aside from the original and older reboots, there was a lone game I had yet to play. Back in 2014, Wolfenstein: The New Order released and I played through that one, but when its prequel released in 2015, it was overlooked. The Old Blood is a prequel to The New Order, and thereby another game in the series that I hadn’t played and wanted to. It was still discounted via the Steam Summer Sale while we were having the conversation, so for $10 I would be able to complete my collection and potentially fill in some plot holes. I didn’t start it until we got back into town last night, but I can already tell it’s going to be enjoyable.
What I have gathered so far, is that this game takes place in the 40’s, and at least starts in Germany. You’re still B.J., but you’re a younger version of him compared to the other games. In this timeline, you are facing the Nazi war machine head on, but the Allies are clearly losing the war. Continuing on, during the events of The New Order, the war is over and the Nazis control America. During The New Colossus, B.J. and co manage to start a revolution during the 1960’s and potentially start the downfall of the Nazi regime… we were teased with Youngblood during E3 this year, and that is supposed to take place during the 1980s and focuses on the twin daughters B.J.’s lady is carrying during The New Colossus. Perhaps then they will finally force the Germans out of America? Time will tell.
Back to The Old Blood. Thankfully because it is a prequel, playing it after the other two games hasn’t really affected the telling of the story. You’re undercover as a Nazi officer and entering into Castle Wolfenstein it seems. Much of the set design is reminiscent of the old Wolfenstein games we played decades ago, being a big sprawling castle and having a ton of Nazis inside to kill. There seems to be more puzzling portions, and you’ll gain some different abilities as compared to the other titles. One piece of equipment becomes a mainstay in your inventory – a big metal pipe. You can use it to climb walls, pry open doors, and most importantly stab people in their necks. Otherwise it’s a very similar game made by the same developers so you should feel right at home. I know I do. I’ve enjoyed the couple of chapters I’ve played through, but this does feel like a game I’ll complete faster than the others. At this time The New Order took about 10 hours, while The New Colossus took just under 9. I’m a couple hours into The Old Blood and on chapter 3 of 8 so I assume this one will clock in around 8 hours at this rate. Either way, still fun to be blasting Nazis and filling in story gaps.
I will report back once I’ve completed it, most likely by the end of the week if not sooner.