Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Preview Roundup

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As you ready for midnight on May 5th, get a glimpse of what you can expect in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood as various sites go hands on with the game for the very first time.

Previews include:

Xbox Achievements/PlayStation Trophies – “Wolfenstein: The Old Blood ought to be every bit as essential as The New Order was”

AusGamers — “There are also other new weapons in the game, including new long-range bolt-action rifles and my personal favourite, a rocket-firing handgun called the Kampfpistole.”

IGN – “The incredible level of world detail MachineGames established in The New Order continues in The Old Blood, and the team remains committed to its pulp vision of an over-the-top Nazi nightmare.”

PCGamesN — “The Old Blood is MachineGames’ victory lap. It’s shorter than the last game, just eight chapters spread across two interconnecting story arcs, and it’s cheaply priced to reflect this.”

GamesRadar — “Built around the same framework of smartly branching, semi-linear map designs, and free-flowing, emergent strategies of brutal stealth and even more brutal gunplay, this is, if anything, a more intense formulation of The New Order’s heady brew. And I’m not just talking about the combat, which is as demanding, exhilarating, and instantly rewarding as it ever was.”

And in case you missed it, check out our very own Gary Steinman’s first look at various levels from the game.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone game releasing on May 5, 2015, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for $19.99 / £14.99 / €19.99 / AUD$39.95. The Old Blood will also have a physical release in Europe on May 15, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood — ‘Get Psyched’ Primer (Preloads, System Requirements, and more!)

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood arrives digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam in less than a week. As you get ready to play, here’s some important info to note before May 5th.

It’s Standalone

As we’ve stated previously, you don’t need Wolfenstein: The New Order to play The Old Blood. They’re separate games, and there is no save file carryover between the two. If you’re into great first-person shooter games, we’d certainly love you to play both. If you’ve played The New Order already, it’ll be exciting to see how the early events of the game were set into motion. If you haven’t played either, the $20 price tag gives you a great introduction into MachineGames’ new take on the Wolfenstein universe.

We’ll leave it up to you to determine how your loved ones experience the two games — deciding between playing the original or the prequel first.

Pre-Load and System Requirements after the break…

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Reviews are in for The Evil Within: The Consequence

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Ready for more survival horror?

With a few days of release under its belt, positive reviews for The Evil Within’s newest DLC, The Consequence, have made their way online. In particular, reviewers are highlighting the game’s storyline, chilling atmosphere, and memorable boss battles.

Highlights include:

Game Revolution (8/10) — “The Evil Within’s story can be hard to follow with all its moving parts and multi-dimensional layers. But there are a lot of fans out there, including myself, who find it fascinating. If you’re one of these people, The Consequence is a must-play as it addresses questions left unanswered at the end of the the main story by allowing you to see what happens from Juli Kidman’s perspective. Things are not as they seem.”

Bloody Disgusting (8/10) — The Evil Within had some memorable bosses, but there are a few here that give them a run for their money. The final boss is just good enough to make me think the whole point of Juli’s story was so Mikami could swoop in and finish it off with a bang.

Videogamer.com (8/10) — Its conclusion is at least as satisfying as that found in the main game, and probably more so given the revelations it contains.

God is a Geek (8/10) — “The Consequence wreaks havoc on the nerves…”

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In case you missed it, The Consequence follows up the events of The Evil Within’s 1st DLC, The Assignment. As for what’s next for The Evil Within… stay tuned for more information on the game’s final DLC, The Executioner.

Roundup – Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

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Believe it or not, we’re less than two weeks away from the release of the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, here we come!

Over the last few weeks on our Wolfenstein Facebook page, we’ve been sharing concept images and in-game created by the team at MachineGames. This past week’s contributions, created by artist Christoffer Lovéus, provide background on SS Paranormal Division’s astute and archaeology-obsessed leader, Helga Von Schabbs.

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What are Helga’s motives? And what exactly makes her so evil. To give some background on her character, here’s MachineGames’ Senior Narrative Designer, Tommy Tordsson Björk :

“Helga is an adventurous, intelligent and obsessive tomb raider, completely callous to the suffering of others, who likes to indulge in finely aged reds from the wine cellar in Castle Wolfenstein. Coming from a noble background, she was infected with polio as a child leaving her with a stiff leg.

She is driven by the need to control her fate and make an everlasting mark on history. For Helga, joining the Nazis was, besides being appealed by the ideology, a means to accomplish this end. Through her archaeological research, she is trying to connect her blood-line to King Otto, the Holy Roman Emperor.”

If you’ve missed any of our other preview art, check out the slideshow below featuring some of the highlights, and LIKE the official Wolfenstein Facebook page to see new content first. And elsewhere, we recommend checking out Executive Producer Jerk Gustafsson interview with Gamespot, as well as his newly-minted podcast with Xbox’s Major Nelson.


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Between now and launch on May 5th, we’ll have plenty more to share on The Old Blood — gameplay content, written features, and more.

You’re My Wolfenwall

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Ready for May 5th by ordering this new screen-print poster for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood at store.bethsoft.com.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone game releasing on May 5, 2015, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for $19.99 / £14.99 / €19.99 / AUD$39.95. The Old Blood will also have a physical release in Europe on May 15, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Skyrim Weekend: You Can’t Beat Free

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To coincide with the newly announced updates to the Skyrim Workshop, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is going to be more accessible than ever. Freely accessible!

If you don’t already own Skyrim, between now(4/23/15 @ 1pm EST) and Monday at 1pm EST, you’ll be able to download and play the base version of Skyrim as much as you want for free. You can even download free mods from the Workshop to enhance your experience.

On top of being able to play for free, this weekend we’ve got some pretty big savings on all content for Skyrim. Deals include:

  • Skyrim Legendary Edition – 66% off/$39.99 or $13.60
  • Skyrim Main Game 75% off/$19.99 or $5
  • Dawnguard 62.5% off/$19.99 or $7.50
  • Dragonborn 62.5% off/$19.99 or $7.50
  • Hearthfire 50% off/$4.99 or $2.50

Note: To be able to access paid mods, you will need to own a copy of Skyrim.

First Look: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s Perks & Achievements

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If you played through Wolfenstein: The New Order, you know that the game’s replayability is strengthened by the gameplay-based, goal-oriented perk system. The standalone Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (out on May 5 digitally, and physically in EU on May 15) shares this in common with last year’s release.

This week on our official Wolfenstein Facebook page, we’ll be previewing some of these perks, which also unlock achievements on Xbox One/Steam and trophies on PlayStation 4.

For a preview of how this system will work in The Old Blood, we’ll be sharing details on some of our favorites this week on the official Wolfenstein Facebook page. Here’s a sneak peek at today’s unveil of the “Can Carry Machine Guns” Perk:

“Can Carry Heavy Machine Gun” Perk

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How to Get It:  Pull off 200 kills using MG46.

What It Does: You no longer need to leave heavy machine guns behind. Can carry a heavy machinegun in your inventory/weapon wheel.

Be sure to tune in every day this week on Facebook.com/Wolfenstein to see other new perks and Trophies/Achievements revealed.

QuakeCon 2015 Shirt Design Contest — And then there were 4! (Updated)

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The QuakeCon 2015 20th Anniversary Shirt Design Contest is down to the four finalists. To everyone that submitted their entries… thanks for participating!

Between now and April 26th, we encourage you to visit the contest page to vote for the finalists shown above. We’ll be announcing the final winner on or around April 29th!

Please view the updated contest rules here.

On the Eve of The Consequence

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If you haven’t been following our Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts for The Evil Within, you might have missed some of terrifying first-look screenshots and animated gifs for part two of Juli Kidman’s quest, The Consequence.

Because we’re more forgiving than Mobius, we’ve got some of the recent highlights — including last week’s TwitchWorks stream — available today on the eve of The Consequence’s release.


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Your Hollywood Moment at the #BE3 Showcase

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Back in February we announced our plans for our first-ever E3 Showcase, and now it’s time to find out how you can attend the event!

If you’re planning to be in the Los Angeles area on June 14th, we’ve set up a registration process for you here. We will select a lucky group of registered fans to receive official invites for themselves and one guest to the E3 Showcase. If you are selected, you’ll receive an invite to the event on May 14th via [email protected] Please add this email address to your email contact list to help ensure you receive your official invite should you be selected.

The deadline to register for a chance to attend Bethesda’s E3 Showcase is May 4th, 2015. Questions? Check out our E3 Showcase FAQ here.

Make sure you subscribe/follow these channels so you’re ready to go. The pre-show begins on Twitch and YouTube on Sunday, June 14 at 6:30 PM PT, and the showcase begins at 7 PM PT!

Be there or be squared … err… be cubed… or how about just #BE3. Yeah, that’s it.