Wolfenstein: The New Order is an action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed by MachineGames & published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is the first entry in the Wolfenstein series since 2009’s Wolfenstein. It was released on May 20, 2014 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. The game is played from a first-person perspective. Blazkowicz is tasked with launching a counter-offensive against the Nazi forces, subsequently becoming entangled in other dilemmas caused by their victory. Set in alternative history 1960s Europe in a world where the Nazis won the Second World War, the single-player story follows William “B.J.” Blazkowicz and his efforts to stop the Nazi rule over the world.
Development began in 2010, soon after id Software gave MachineGames the rights. The development team envisioned Wolfenstein: The New Order as a first-person action-adventure game, taking inspiration from previous games in the series and particularly focusing on the combat and adventure elements. Upon release, the game received generally positive reviews, with praise particularly directed at the combat and the narrative of the game.
Gameplay Wolfenstein: The New Order is an action-adventure shooter game played from a first-person perspective with puzzles. To progress through the linear story, players take on enemies throughout levels. The game utilizes a health system in which players’ health is divided into separate sections that regenerate; if an entire section is lost, players must use a health pack to replenish the missing health.
Players use melee attacks, firearms and explosives to fight enemies, and may run, jump and occasionally swim to navigate through the locations. Melee attacks can be used to silently take down enemies without being detected. Alternatively, players can ambush enemies, which will result in an intense firefight between the two parties.
They escape the laboratory, but Blazkowicz suffers a critical head injury, rendering him unconscious. He is brought to a psychiatric asylum in Poland, where he remains in a vegetative state. He is cared for by the asylum’s head nurse Anya Oliwa (Alicja Bachleda) and her parents, who run the facility. Blazkowicz awakes from his vegetative state as he is about to be executed, killing the extermination squad and escaping the asylum with Anya. Blazkowicz watches as Anya’s parents are regularly forced to hand patients over to Nazi authorities, who deem them Untermensch for their disabilities. In 1960, fourteen years after Blazkowicz’ admission, the Nazis order that the asylum is to be shut down, killing all the patients and executing Anya’s family when they resist.
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PC Minimum Specs:
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
- Processor: Intel Core i7 or equivalent AMD
- Memory: 4 GB System RAM
- Graphics: GeForce 460, ATI Radeon HD 6850
- Hard Drive: 50 GB free HDD space required
- Additional Notes: High Speed Internet Connection & Steam account and activation required
PlayStation 4 Requirements:
- Hard Drive Requirements: ~47 GB total install + a day-one 5 GB patch
Voice Commands optional
Xbox One Requirements:
Hard Drive requirements: ~47 GB total install + a day-one 7.3 GB patch
Kinect support for Voice Commands (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish only)
Xbox 360 Requirements:
- Hard Drive requirements: 8 GB minimum
- Game includes 4 discs, including the first disc that is a mandatory installation disc.
PlayStation 3 Requirements:
- Hard Drive requirements for disc play: 8 GB HDD space
- Hard Drive requirements for PSN download: 17 GB HDD space