STACK AUS May Issue 127

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THE WOLFENSTEIN STORY

with multiple reviews labelling the stealth system especially “simple but effective”. Most recently, the Wolfenstein saga continues with Wolfenstein: The Old Blood . Only a year after The New Order landed, this fresh batch of prequel DLC was announced to be released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this coming May. The DLC will serve fully as a standalone game, with no need to purchase The New Order, however for those who have played the game it will provide a valuable backstory. Set in what looks to be a two- parter, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood pits returning hero BJ against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. Once he’s recovered said coordinates, the hero must travel to the aptly-named city of Wulfburg, where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artefacts that threaten to unleash a dark and dangerous power. MachineGames reappears to create its highly-successful reboot’s prequel, meaning that we can expect all the nostalgia of the previous game to come rushing back, as well as see the return of the sophisticated combat and stealth systems. With MachineGames once again behind the wheel, this next in the long line of Wolfenstein titles will – with any luck - recreate the legacy of Wolfenstein 3D , whilst still bringing enough to the table to excite newcomers to the franchise. Get ready to rewrite history once again.

of the remainder of the game based on what decision the player made. The title stays true to the combat and stealth styles of its predecessors, offering players a choice of how to tackle each individual situation; whether to go in guns blazing, or to be a little more subtle about things is entirely up to you. The game does, however, bring a new depth to character development, with more of B.J.’s (and others’) back-story explained – to the liking of audiences. Players are also able to dual-wield and heavily customise their weaponry – which can be found on the ground or retrieved from dead enemies – with the results being anywhere from RPG-assault rifle hybrids to laser cutting tools. The game managed to achieve a same-day worldwide release, however the German version - once again - had all Nazi symbols

and Swastikas removed, as it is a punishable offense to display Nazi propaganda in the country. As far as The New Order’ s reception went, the title was praised for its combat system and ability to invoke a nostalgic atmosphere, As far as The New Order ’s reception went, the title was praised for its combat system and ability to invoke a nostalgic atmosphere, with multiple reviews labelling the stealth system especially “simple but effective”

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