Hands on with Wolfenstein: The New Order

Last week we shared release date information for Wolfenstein: The New Order. This week we’re excited to share new hands-on impressions based on early chapters from the game..

We start at Polygon, where Michael McWhertor reveals that it was some of the game’s dark moments that surprised him most about the game. Here’s an excerpt:

“MachineGames has described its take on Wolfenstein as ‘a dark-roasted blend of drama, mystery, humor,’ but it was the game’s injection of horror that stood out most during Bethesda’s recent preview. And it reignited my interest in The New Order.”

Learn more about the game’s dark humor, mature storytellling, and old-school gunplay (it’s Wolfenstein after all) in our extensive roundup below…

IGN — “After three hours with Wolfenstein, I feel comfortable saying this: It seems like a solid shooter with lots of action and fun stealth mechanics.”

Game Informer — “Wolfenstein: The New Order asked me to shoot pistols, man turrets, and quietly knife guards to avoid detection. But it also did something I wasn’t expecting. It made me feel something.”

New Gamer Nation — “Overall, Wolfenstein: The New Order presented beautifully and offers a promise of something great. The game looked amazing visually and controlled perfectly which are the hallmarks of any great game.”

GameTrailers — Watch their new three minute preview based on the game’s early chapters.

Associated Press — Learn five ways Wolfenstein is being reinvented by the team at MachineGames.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun — “Machine Games can do well-written, well-animated cutscenes that, amazingly, I didn’t want to skip.”

Xbox Achievements — “It’s a fun game, with great set-pieces, a diverse set of experiences, clever level design, enjoyable shooting and worthwhile stealth.”

Push Square — “Wolfenstein: The New Order is shaping up very nicely indeed. It’s managed to expertly blend older and newer gameplay mechanics to create an extremely satisfying experience.”

Tech-Gaming — “Either way, first-person shooter fans should keep an eye out for Wolfenstein- it’s one of the rare entries in the genre where the storyline isn’t disposable.”

Joystiq — Sinan Kubba discusses how the game’s tone, pace, and charisma could offer charm similar to one of the action genre’s greatest films, Die Hard.

PlayStation Blog – “Old-school in all the best ways”

Gamerzines — “MachineGames’ reinvention of Wolfenstein is the most inventive and emotionally-charged first person shooter we’ve played since Valve unleashed Half Life 2 way back in 2004.”

PC Gamer – “The game is loud. Guns crack and Nazis bellow, cover collapses, robots leak flaming oil and explode. Drone enemies buzz like someone receiving a text on a chainsaw set to vibrate. ”

Capsule Computers — “…a meaty FPS experience. ”

CVG — “Thankfully, there’s a sardonic wit about The New Order which saves it from becoming the excruciatingly po-faced video game it could have been. The speculative sci-fi setting allows MachineGames to have a lot of fun with the environments and plot, and there are cute nods to the enduring appeal of the Wolfenstein series, especially when an old Polish man excitedly summons you to “kill everyone”. Wolfenstein is a series about killing lots of Nazis.”

PCGamesN — “… a confident and competent shooter that recognises precisely what’s appealing about the subject matter of robotic super Nazis and bionic dogbots, and presents it with total conviction. Wolfenstein: The New Order is bound to be one of this year’s best shooters.”

The Sixth Axis — “What delighted me at every turn was the plot, script and characterisation. The jump forward in time is a clever one, allowing MachineGames to shift the game away from the occult and supernatural elements of before to the retro sci-fi stylings of this alternate universe, with robots, mechs, lasers and more to hand.”

GameFront — “Mixing tragedy with triumph and making a variety of gameplay styles and mechanics all viable options could make Wolfenstein: The New Order a standout among shooters.”

And after the break, check out a few of the most recent video previews to go live.

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Weekend Update: Polygon explores the journey of Shinji Mikami

From developing the SNES  adaptation of Aladdin to a whole new world — Shinji Mikami became the king of survival horror. During your weekend, head to Polygon and read Matt Leone’s feature, “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth”. The article chronicles his career and focuses on the youth movement he believes is important for the success of Tango Gameworks and the games they develop.

As announced last week, Mikami’s latest game, The Evil Within, releases this summer on August 26th in North America and across Europe on August 29th

Read “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth”  and read others stories from around the web…

That’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend!

ESO Roundup

The countdown to ESO’s PC/Mac release continues (six weeks to go!) and there’s plenty of news and happenings for the game. In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up the latest and greatest news in one convenient place.

Recently press outlets spent a weekend playing The Elder Scrolls Online. Read PvE and PvP roundups on the site. And now that the Beta NDA has lifted, be sure to share your thoughts and reaction on the official ESO Twitter and Facebook pages.

Get Psyched: Wolfenstein release date; First details on DOOM beta

The FPS legend that started it all returns this May! Today we’re excited to announce that Wolfenstein: The New Order will release on Tuesday, May 20th in North America and throughout Europe on Friday, May 23rd. And as a bonus to everyone that pre-orders, we will be letting you into the beta for the next DOOM game!

Wolfenstein marks the first Bethesda-published game to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will also be available on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Developed by MachineGames, a studio comprised of a seasoned group of developers recognized for their work creating story-driven games, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reimagining of the FPS franchise from id Software. The game offers a deep game narrative packed with action, adventure and first-person combat rendered in stunning detail with id® Software’s id Tech® 5 engine. And typical of a classic Wolfenstein game, expect plenty of hidden secrets, too.

Wolfenstein: The New Order once again centers around the series’ iconic war hero, B.J. Blazkowicz and this time faces alternate version of the 1960s in which the Nazis won World War II. As the only man capable of rewriting history, with the help of a small group of resistance fighters, infiltrate their most heavily guarded facilities, battle high-tech Nazi legions, and take control of super-weapons that have conquered the earth – and beyond. See the game in action on our official YouTube channel.

For community updates, visit www.wolfenstein.com and follow the game on both Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the DOOM beta access pre-order bonus, as well as applicable terms and restrictions, please visit: www.wolfenstein.com/DOOM.

The Evil Within Release Date: Evil Takes Hold in August


Announced today, we’re happy to share news that The Evil Within, the new survival horror game from Tango Gameworks (led by Resident Evil’s Shinji Mikami) will release on Tuesday, August 26th in North America and three days later (August 29th) in Europe.

To celebrate the occasion, for the first time we’re showcasing the game’s final packaging in the Vine above.

We’ve got much more coming on The Evil Within. Discuss the game in our forums and be on the lookout for news and updates on our Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Now Available – Bundles You’ll Love!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day week, there’s a 2K/Bethesda love-fest with today’s release two new bundles — Dishonored/Borderlands 2 & Skyrim/Bioshock Infinite. Both bundles for these award-winning games are available in North America on both  Xbox 360 & PS3 for $29.99. That’s right around the cost of a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries and sure to last much longer!

Be a sweetie and order the bundles below…

  • Dishonored/Borderlands 2 – PS3 or 360
  • Skyrim/Bioshock Infinite – PS3 or 360

Around the web – beta access, interviews, and more!

We’re back with another web roundup.

The Elder Scrolls Online launches on PC/Mac two months from today, and today at elderscrollsonline.com, you can get details on the latest wave of invites for the game’s closed beta. And if you still haven’t gotten in yet, don’t worry, we’ll be sending out even more invites leading up to the game’s release.

Can’t wait to get into beta? Beginning this week, our friends at Curse will be giving away beta keys. Visit their site and follow them on Twitter.

Elsewhere around the web…

Finally, if you’re in the Dallas area and interested in providing feedback on future Bethesda titles, check out our new Temporary Play Tester position. You can apply for that job and others at jobs.zenimax.com!