I will maintain that the Wolfenstein series by Machine Games are the best shooters out there. They are certainly my favorite shooters. Though chronologically proceeded by Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, in terms of the order of the franchise, this game technically came out first with The Old Blood being a standalone prequel game. So obviously this game put forth the groundwork that The Old Blood and future installments of this franchise will and have built upon. The game picks up after the events of The Old Blood, with BJ and the struggling Allies attempting a last ditch effort to stop the Nazi war machine. However things don’t go the way they were intended and ultimately the Allies lose the war. BJ wakes up in 1960 to a world controlled by the Nazis. BJ must find the resistance and fight to take back the world from the Nazis. The game embraces the absurd both in story and in gameplay and mechanics. It takes so many points from Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) but it also feels organic from this team. I am a sucker for alternate history to seeing the Nazis rule the world (as disturbing as it is) is a cool setting to place a narrative let alone a video game in. The characters in the game are fantastic and each have their own unique personality and quirks that you can pick up on. There are a few historical allusions and historical figures in the game. The game is an exaggeration based largely upon the very concepts and reality of the Nazi party. So in extension, the gameplay and violence is also exaggerated. The game stresses your weakness and the overwhelming nature of the enemies before you. But at the same time, the game is a “heavy game” in as far as gunplay and weapons are concerned. It’s all about obliterating and destroying your enemy using their own awesome and destructive firepower. The lack of a multiplayer element to this game is so enjoyable. The aesthetic and world is so surreal and effectively presented ( I don’t want to say beautiful as we are dealing with a world ruled by a totalitarian murderous regime, but the game presents things in a way that draws you in to it all.). There is a lot of world building and references to events that really help establish this bizarre world through readable items throughout the game.The music is very bombastic and sounds more modern than period appropriate, but you’re butchering, maiming and killing Nazis…..the heavy metal score is right at home in that environment. One of my favorite games and one of my favorite series to play.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»