Wolfenstein: The New Order 3D pioneered the first-person shooter genre as we know it. This is a game series that has been reinvented many times over, giving players new ways to mindlessly shoot down bad guys from World War II. While Wolfenstein may seem like a simple, no-brainer shooter, there’s a lot more to this game that’s worth appreciating.
The Skills System
There are no skill points, experience, or other similar methods of earning new abilities. Instead, the game has a series of requirements to unlock the starter called Combat Perks. This is a twist on a known recipe. It might not be a good design choice for many people, and that’s understandable. However, it is quite fun and exciting for other players.
It’s not the most fun way to force players to try different things, but the game provides an incentive to try different guns and styles. Also, it sometimes checks the player. The Skill system in this game is an Achievement system with some increased rewards.
Most of the First Person Shooters of our time ignore health scores, armor, and other aspects of the old games. Wolfenstein: The New Order decided to go with it, ignoring modern regeneration systems in which players recover from damage from not being shot for a while. Instead, Wolfenstein forces the player to collect health packs and armor packs by pressing a button while near it, it is a game that proudly references older games of the genre.
While this isn’t even a terrible idea, manually collecting Health, Ammo, and Armor is a bit annoying. It would be much better if the player could go through it like in the first game.
For those who don’t get all the work out of the Perks system, there’s no reason to panic. While things like being able to carry more ammo are great, it’s the Weapon Upgrades that change the battle the most.
There are some very cool upgrades to the weapons that set them apart. Upgrades can be found in many amazing levels in the game. Add to that the fact that you can wield two weapons at once and have a great upgradeable weapon called the LaserKraftWerk and it’s guaranteed to be fun.
Following in the footsteps of nearly every other Wolfenstein game, New Order offers a lot to explore. Game developers have tried to give players a reason to check every nook and cranny of every area they are in. Secret rooms can be found and some interesting items can be hidden.
In the many secret compartments and rooms that the player can find, there are a number of different collectibles to be discovered. There are many letters and gold found by people who like to investigate things.
It’s not like the game praises such an attitude. In fact, the violence is directed at innocent people, and the graphic scenes in which such acts of violence occur are intended to make it clear to us just how cruel the Nazis were.
However, those scenes may not be for everyone. Some people just want a game that doesn’t make them feel bad or sad. Wolfenstein isn’t the most insightful game out there, but it can be frustrating for some players.