Wolfenstein: The Old Blood: Review

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A glorious return to Castle Wolfenstein. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a mythical beast of epic proportions, the six-hour videogame is a standalone title to 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, it puts you through tense firefights with the Nazis and tense firefights with the undead and memorable locations such as Wulfburg and the infamous Castle Wolfenstein. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood never gives you a break during it’s descent into the Occult and the undead. The unrelenting pace gives you alot of fun and alot of replay-ability once you finish the videogame. It’s a game that deserves to be praised.

Taking place in 1946, the Second World War rages on and once again you’re placed in the blood-soaked shoes of B.J Blazkowicz as he infiltrates Castle Wolfenstein and it’s surrounding village of Wulfburg and the Castle’s village at the feet of the Castle. You escape Nazi prisons, infiltrate Castle Wolfenstein, fighting waves of the undead as the main villain has a strange fascination with the Occult. The story becomes memorable over time, especially in the town of Wulfberg where you encounter the Occult and Helga von Schabbs, the secondary antagonist in the Part 2 section of the videogame. From the torchlight halls of Castle Wolfenstein to the caves and street-fighting of Wulfburg, you move from place to place with brisk pace. It’s an excellent piece of content.

Rudi Jager and the Den of Wolves is an excellent beginning to the standalone title. BJ is cast on a mission to recover Helga Von Schabb’s folder that reveal the location of the fearsome General William “Deathshed” Strasse, quickly it turns into a stealth mission into one of gunfights when the Nazis finally learn that BJ is a spy, he is soon captured and is imprisoned and soon the videogame begins. I got to meet some legendary and memorable characters throughout the six-hour story such as Rudi Jager, the antagonist in the first part of the videogame. Rudi Jager is a memorable character, he’s often friendly and gives you advice and soon he strikes. Rudi is a man that is attached to his dogs, once you meet Rudi Jager, this is where the standalone title becomes memorable.

Also, it’s gunning for nostalgia. Once I saw Castle Wolfenstein on the way there, in it’s all glory, Nostalgia. The setup is familiar to anyone who has played the cult-classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein and the callback to the roots doesn’t stop there. Once again, nightmare levels return where you can play nine levels of Wolfenstein¬†3D. Easter eggs return in the form of oddities, Dovah-kin’s helmet is seen in the beginning chapter of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.

Traces of Wolfenstein’s history can also be found in it’s gunplay, once I got my hands on what seems to be the K98K with requiring a scope later on in the castle, my aim was true and precise. The K98K is a deadly and versatile weapon of destruction, also you can get your hands on the STG-44 rather early on. The two-piece pipe you get in Chapter 1 is fun to use and is a gruesome weapon.

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The second part of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood that is set in the town of Wulfburg where Helga von Schabbs is digging into the ground for the remains of something that belonged to King Otto I, this is where the supernatural and the Occult comes into play. Helga Von Schabbs is as memorable as Rudi Jager and the second part is clearly my favorite part of the whole entire videogame. I can’t spoil much for the second part of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, although I can say it’s memorable. The videogame begins to shine when you enter the town of Wulfburg, it becomes eerie when you set foot into the town.

The gameplay here begins to change and also remains the same, the gameplay becomes tense when you encounter the undead. Although, the undead has a boring implementation into the videogame itself, there is no reason to explain where the undead came from, if there was a reason, I most likely skipped it. When you find yourself in combat in the streets of Wulfburg, the scenarios are large and satisfying. Streets are peppered with cover and hidden passageways which can also be said inside the Castle. Each weapon from the Bombenschluss (K98K.) to my personal favorite, the Kampfpistol which is a grenade-launching pistol that can clear rooms and make suicide bombers out of the undead. Ammo is scarce, knowing what weapons to use against enemy types ( I personally used the K89K.) is satisfying and tense. It’s also nice to see prototypes of enemies that would become normal in Wolfenstein: The New Order like a dog instead of a armored dog.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is memorable and satisfying although some sections can be un-satisfying like the boss fights although that doesn’t take away that Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a great piece of content for an otherwise great videogame. The weapons especially the K98K are fun to use and are satisfying to use, the gunplay is satisfying. The gameplay is satisfying. Everything that the Wolfenstein: The Old Blood does is satisfying. It misses out on the quieter moments that made the last videogame so special

 

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