Wolfenstein: The New Order

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As in every Wolfenstein title, you play as William Joseph “B.J.” Blazkowicz, and as usual you are thrown straight into the action. The game opens with quite a nice cutscene (no spoilers) which leads to you being in a dogfight. You have to do certain tasks whilst the pilot weaves in and out of battle. Your plane almost sinks, but thanks to Blazkowicz getting rid of the cargo, the plane stays in the air. After this, you have to take down a few German fighters whilst protecting your squadron in the process. It’s a pretty nice start to a game. Unlike many other FPS titles, Wolfenstein has always been unique in the way that everything is different. The Nazi’s won World War 2, things changed and you get to see what would have happened if they had have won the war, which is a really interesting take on things. So, the first 20 minutes of the game are quite good. I’m really enjoying the mechanics, the controls and pretty much the way the game looks.

Our protagonist has changed a little over the years

Our protagonist has changed a little over the years

So, after playing for a little while, I’m just about half way through on chapter 4, yet I’ve been playing for roughly 5 hours now. This is what I love about Wolfenstein. I love how you get sidetracked with everything around you, so the main mission takes longer than anticipated. Trying to find collectibles, search every building in sight is what makes this game so interesting. Yes, you can blast through the game without checking out the awesome scenery, or you can take your time and enjoy the journey. It’s such a nice change for an FPS game to not just have a rushed campaign. Wolfenstein: The New Order tells a lovely story too, as well as the gory cut scenes, which is what people want from this game. People want the game to look nice, they want the story to be compelling and above all of this, they want to have fun (me included), and Wolfenstein brings us that. Even though there is a lot of blood, it’s always fun to shotgun a guy in the face, resulting in his head being non-existent. We love things like this in FPS games, it’s what makes them fun. One of the main things that makes Wolfenstein unique, is the enemies. You fight Nazi creations, meaning robots, robot dogs and many more interesting things that you wouldn’t even see today, yet this game is set in 1960, so just imagine if Germany did win the war. Would we have seen this? Maybe, who knows. Even though it doesn’t exist in real life, it’s always amazing to see it at work in a video game. It gives you a sense of what might have happened in an alternate universe, or anything weird like that. This is why I love the campaign to this game. It brings something fresh, something new.

The Panzerhund 1960 isn't friendly one bit

The Panzerhund 1960 isn’t friendly one bit

Gameplay wise, the game doesn’t feel clunky, or slow. The game feels quite good, and with being a fan of the Wolfenstein series, I’m glad that is has stuck to it’s roots whilst adding new features. The lean system is pretty good, there’s no doubt about it. You can use the lean feature to look over objects, around objects and even under some doors. It’s a really nice feature and I’m glad Bethesda have implemented a decent lean feature unlike certain games where it feels like a hindrance more than it is helpful. One of the other new features is the perk system. You have Stealth, Tactical, Assault and Demolition. Completing certain things for each one will allow you to unlock that perk. They all have their uses, and they are a great feature in the game. Now, back to the fun part of the game. My favourite feature in Wolfenstein has to be dual wield. Never have I had so much fun running around with akimbo shotguns before, or akimbo assault rifles. It’s ridiculous, but it’s what makes the game that more fun to play. Without features like that, I don’t think the game would have the same feel to it.

You can never go wrong with dual wielding

You can never go wrong with dual wielding

To end on a high note, I think if you enjoy any type of FPS game and want a change, you should pick this up. I think any fan of the FPS genre would enjoy this game. If you have played it before, you will know what I mean when I say that it’s a very interesting game to say the least. If you haven’t played Wolfenstein before, you’re missing out. Even though The New Order doesn’t have a multiplayer option, that doesn’t make it any less of a good game. Bethesda have done an amazing job once again with this game and I can’t wait to sit back down and play it. So yeah, pick this up, you will enjoy it, I’m sure.

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The Optimist: Project Cars

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I’ve not been active for a few months. I took a break from writing for a while because I had a mental block, which I couldn’t overcome for some reason. Anyway, I’m back now, and hopefully these ideas are what you want to read. In The Optimist¬†I will be writing about a future title and giving my optimistic opinion on what will hopefully come out of them. I hope you enjoy.

 

Project Cars

Project Cars caught my attention about a year and a half ago when I some how came across a website which was showing some images from the game. I thought it looked very interesting to say the least. Fast forward to now and I am genuinely looking forward to the release of Project Cars. With it’s amazing graphics, wide variety and stunning features, it really looks like the total package. I’ve been a fan of near enough every genre of video game since I was very young, and one of those main genres was racing, so you can see why I’m so excited for this. There hasn’t been (in my opinion) a really amazing racing title for a long time, on Xbox at least. I know Sony has Gran Turismo, but I haven’t played that since the 4th title way back when I used to still regularly play on my Playstation. So, to me, this game will be amazing. It just looks too good to be true. We can expect many things from this game, and hopefully those things are amazing. Sometimes a game can look good, but sometimes it won’t play very well, but being the optimist that I am, I’m sure we won’t have any problems with Project Cars.

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Visually amazing

 

What I want from Project Cars is a Forza/GT hybrid, but 10x better than that. I want every kind of racing car you can think of, I want more than 15 tracks (60 confirmed tracks at the moment) to race around and I want the game to be fun. The best part about this, is that Project Cars can do all of this. You choose from 8 tiers of different race categories, starting off from the simple Go Kart racing, working your way up to the spectacular LM Prototype Racing, which sounds more amazing than anything I can think of. The amount of cars you have is still questionable, but with the amount of racing that you can do, I don’t see why this title won’t feature a lot of vehicles. You have Formula 1, you have off road racing, you have GT racing and pretty much anything to do with racing. I’m sure we will see a wide variety of vehicles in this game. Just think of the potential here. You start as a Kart racer, working your way through 8 tiers of racing, meaning that the gameplay should be very lengthy, which is one of the main things any gamer can ask for, especially the gamer who hates playing online multiplayer. It’s going to be great for you and me, the gamers.

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8 Tiers of pure racing

So Career has a few details, but not too many. It still sounds very promising. You start your career by creating a driver and picking where you want to begin. From here you will sign a contract to race for a team (not sure what team) and if you do well in your career, you will be offered contracts from other teams, which sounds quite good. Other features include invitations to special events, growing as a driver, evolving as a driver and hopefully being remembered in the Hall of Fame. Now this is something I want to play. I want to race for a team, and I want to play this career mode because it seems different than other titles. It seems fantastic and I can’t see why we won’t love it. With career mode, I want variety, I want a different approach than all the other titles. Imagine being involved in a crash that is your fault and then your team fire you because you can not be trusted, only to have a less successful team pick you up and offer you a contract. You could take this unsuccessful team to glory, or you could wreck their careers and throw the opportunity back in their faces. Now, I doubt this will happen, but I want things like this. Different things. Being different is not a bad thing in the gaming world, it’s being the same that kills developers.

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It has rain! Something Forza doesn’t have

 

Online Multiplayer is the place where people just love to be destructive morons. My recent experience with this, was in Forza 5. I recently had a 7 day ban for griefing, and I’m not sure it was fair. Every multiplayer lobby you go into on Forza, someone smashes into your rear end and puts you in the gravel, yet I got banned for being a destructive moron, but only when I finally had enough. After countless times of being taken out, I finally lost it and smashed one person off the track (he previously had taken me out numerous times in previous races), leading to a 7 day ban, which was absolutely stupid. Now, this is what could make or break this title. The fact that Forza has no in game penalty system allows people to be destructive morons, and this isn’t acceptable. If Project Cars has a penalty system, it will be a God send. Formula 1 has a penalty system, so I can’t see why this won’t. Anyway, enough of my rant, the online multiplayer sounds very promising. From what I have read, you can create your own team with your friends. Still, I don’t know how true this is, but I’m hoping it is a feature. It would be just a lot of fun having your own team with a bunch of friends. You could have different teams racing in each race, which would be excellent in my opinion. As long as we have something that works, it will be amazing, I’m sure. Another thing that Project has over Forza is the option to be able to practice and qualify for races. This is like Formula 1, and I like it. It allows people to be a little competitive whilst having fun. It does sound very interesting. Let us all hope that the multiplayer isn’t a destructive environment, this way, we can all have fun, which is what we would love.

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This is in game! How ridiculously nice

 

So Project Cars should be one of the greatest racing games to come to console/PC for a while. From what I’ve seen, it can only get better and it is already looking and sounding amazing. There are also community challenges where you can win actual prizes, which is fantastic. The amount of things this game is capable of is quite something. It hopefully will live up to my optimism. It will hopefully be one of the greatest racing titles we have played. Project Cars releases in November 2014 and it it being brought to us by WMD (World of Mass Development). Not a long time to wait now, and considering I’ve been following this game for roughly sixteen months, I can’t wait. Thanks for reading, as always.

 

P.S. Here’s a trailer: Project Cars Trailer

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