Wolfenstein: The New Order releases worldwide today, 20 May 2014, for the PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, and the reviews are out.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is set in an alternative history where the Nazis won World War 2 and now exert their evil influence over the world. You play as William “B.J” Blazkowicz, who is tasked with taking down the nefarious superpower.
Is this a piece of history you should reshape? Take a look at the aggregated Metacritic scores below and the accompanying reviews to find out.
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Polygon – 9/10 (PS4)
The New Order’s got all the workings of a classic shooter. But in their trip back to the well, Machine Games has brought all of its talents to bear. The New Order is held together, even rocketed beyond the basic sum of its smart levels and effective mechanics, by its characters. That humanity takes what would be a good shooter and makes it something truly memorable.
GameSpot – 8/10 (PC)
The game is both a celebration of the Wolfenstein series and what feels like a fitting send-off for it. The New Order could be the last hurrah of William “BJ” Blazkowicz, an outing which, for all its excess and bombast, is far from mindless.
Eurogamer – 6/10 (Xbox One)
The New Order has all sorts of war stories it wants to share with you and it knows how it wants you to feel, but it’s not convincing. Where it most tries to stand out, in its narrative and setting, it often comes off as juvenile. Overall, it’s built on an impressive world but it doesn’t do enough with it, and as a result it’s curious, but hardly compelling.
IGN – 7.8/10 (PC)
Wolfenstein: The New Order is the melding of your typical, everyday shooter with quality writing and a cast of believable and relatable characters. Machinegames’ more grounded treatment of the often way over-the-top alternative Nazi history is also a nice touch, and while The New Order is in no way, shape, or form a simulation of the real world, its 10-to-12 hour campaign can certainly make you stop and wonder more than, say, Raven’s 2009’s occult-centric Wolfenstein reboot.
Destructoid – 7.5/10 (PC)
In many ways, Wolfenstein: The New Order is “First-Person Shooters: The Game” but it gets most of the important details right. It’s weird seeing a Wolf game that’s not developed by id Software (who is busy with Doom 4), but MachineGames did a great job adapting the franchise in its own way. With a few tweaks, the next iteration could be something truly special.
GameInformer – 8/10 (PS4)
Wolfenstein: The New Order is a positive step forward for the series after the last dud. Machine Games presents a competent shooter with more polish and a better array of characters, but ultimately the game feels more comfortable recompiling established conventions than it does striving for innovation.
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