I have just finished playing Wolfenstein: The Old Blood; and it was alright. Developed by Machine Games; Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a stand alone First Person Shooter entry in the Wolfenstein series, acting as a prequel of sorts to Wolfenstein: The New Order. Set in an alternate 1946, the game follows B.J. Blazkowicz as he sets out on a mission to infiltrate Castle Wolfenstein. The game plays well, although does have some control issues such as the inability to jump onto ledges from the water unless there is a specific gameplay mechanic there. Also, why is it that swimming under the water is somehow faster than swimming on the surface? The game’s stealth mechanics do work well when you try, and the story and characters aren’t bad either. The game at it’s heart is an on-rails shooter, which is ok but feels too similar to Half-Life and Bioshock. For a prequel it really does go at a decent length, but unlike The New Order it doesn’t really allow breaks where you can explore a little and learn more about other characters. The Old Blood is a nice and in-depth shooter with a simple story, and there is plenty of shooting to be had and you won’t be disappointed on that part, but it’s not as immersive or deep as The New Order.
Whatever you do though, don’t fall asleep: the music is really Irritating!
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