Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Reviews

  • Mr BlackMagikMr BlackMagik1,575,251
    11 Jun 2015
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    *Originally posted on www.DRMGamecast.com*
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    Wolfenstein The Old Blood puts players back in control of the Nazi killing specialist BJ Blazkowicz and the events that lead up to the 2014 hit, The New Order. Is this $20 standalone worth it for fans of the 'Stein'? Read on to find out!

    "What's that? Kill as many Nazis as I can?"

    The Old Blood brings back all of the key elements that made The New Order so great: funny dialog, classic Wolfenstein missions, and superior shooting mechanics. At the start of the campaign you soon find yourself escaping a Nazi prison and this is where you first get introduced to the trusty lead pipe. Yes it may sound ridiculous, but from this point on you will be using that lead pipe for the rest of the game. It reminded me of the Gravity Gun in Half Life 2, a weapon that is very versatile and one that you will be using throughout the entire game. You can use it to swing for the fences as melee weapon, or take it apart for quick dual-wielding melee slashes. Not only that but BJ also uses it to climb rock walls, press switches that are out of reach, pull down hatches, pry open doors, and of course brutalize Nazis with viscous takedowns.

    But enough of the lead pipe, The Old Blood really shines when you get a few guns in your hands. All of the great weapons from The New Order make a return and dual-wielding two assault rifles or shotguns still feels amazing as ever. I liken the gunplay in Wolfenstein to the combat of the Arkham Series. No matter what else is going on in the game, you can rely on rock solid shooting mechanics that feel very rewarding. Stealth is always an option as well. There are various sections of gameplay that allow players to take a sneaky approach and silently kill, or sneak past, enemies.
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    In terms of replayability, The Old Blood gives players the option of choosing from five difficulties from the easiest "Can I Play Daddy?" to the hardest "Uber". A new feature to The Old Blood are the challenge maps. The challenge maps are sections from the campaign that you play through again but now have a score associated with every kill. Headshots and combo kills earn extra points and players can keep attempting for higher scores to receive medals. To receive Gold and Uber Gold medals, players have to play these challenges on the "I am death incarnate" or "Uber" difficulties which can be pretty tough.

    Although it is a prequel, I couldn't even tell you what the story is in The Old Blood. The game focuses on gameplay more than story with over an hour of gameplay for every one minute cutscene. The cutscenes don't even include BJ, but instead focus on the other characters that you're dealing with. The mission hubs from The New Order, where players could search for collectibles and side missions, are removed from The Old Blood. But as a $20 standalone there is plenty of content here worth the asking price, story or not.
    The Old Blood is a fantastic new slice of Machine Games re-imagining of the classic series. The shooting mechanics are superb and BJ is becoming an iconic Nazi killer. With five difficulties, ten challenge maps, collectibles, and 50 achievements/trophies, there is more than enough content packed in to The Old Blood to warrant its $20 price tag for old fans of the series and new. With only five months into the year, The Old Blood very well might be the best shooter of 2015 thus far.

    + Amazing shooting mechanics
    + Funny dialog
    + Graphics
    + Challenge Maps
    + Classic Wolfenstein levels
    - Minimal story

    Score: 8.5/10 "Great"

    What I Played: 16 hours total completing the campaign on Uber difficulty, five nightmare missions, obtaining Gold medals in all the challenge maps, and unlocking 40/50 achievements.
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    Gilbert PrimeOver the course of the game, you will regularly find yourself in enclosed areas fending off waves of enemies. There will be plenty of supplies but little cover so you will be running and gunning non-stop. This scenario recurs over and over and over (for the most part they are the challenge map areas). Some people might like that gameplay but I thought it was tedious and creatively bankrupt. By Chapter 4, I had switched from Death Incarnate to Can I Play, Daddy? just to get the whole thing over ASAP. Side note: as in New Order, the differences among the difficulty levels aren't huge. I've never done Mein Leben but having replayed a few levels on Uber, it isn't super hard just as Can I Play isn't super easy where enemies stand around while you kill them.
    Posted by Gilbert Prime On 18 Jul 21 at 19:04
    SolidSnakeENDisappointed with the zombies in the game, loved the first few chapters but ever since the zombies appeared the game was ruined for me. A lot of people may disagree with me but zombies has no place in this game, humans + mechs is a perfect combo for enemies. Still a good game though. But The New Order is a lot better, especially in terms of story and cutscenes.

    My personal scores:

    The New Order 9/10
    The Old Blood 7/10
    Posted by SolidSnakeEN On 18 Aug 21 at 18:46
    KriostyxThe horrendously glitched achievements kills this one for me. A fun shooter but both the " collect all 64 gold items " and " collect all letters " achievements glitched out and remain locked after hours of hard work getting them all. The issue is so unacceptable, that it should warrant a refund for the game.

    Other people seem to have had permanent problems with other achievements not unlocking as well, be it nightmare levels or challenge maps, and the devs never deigned to fix the problems.
    Posted by Kriostyx On 27 Jun 22 at 16:00
  • StiltongrenadeStiltongrenade637,185
    04 May 2019 04 May 2019
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    The Old Blood is the prequel to the surprise hit Wolfenstein: The New Order and follows Captain William J. Blazkowicz of the U.S. Army on a mission to find the location of a folder containing the location of a secret compound.
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    This one makes me think of the older Wolfenstein games with the supernatural element and being set when the allies still had a chance, heck, William is only unable to stop the Nazis because the story demands it, give him weapons and a clear shot and he'd destroy the entire Reich by himself.