Bethesda Unleashes a New Order (And Some Doom) with Wolfenstein

By February 19, 2014
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In my (close to a) year writing for GeekNation, I’ve written plenty on popular culture of the 1980s and 1990s. I don’t mean to toot my own horn (well, maybe a little), but if Pop Culture was a college major when I was growing up, I’d have aced it. Maybe I’m just easily entertained, but there’s an endless amount of entertainment I’ve soaked up in the past 3 decades. In the early 1990s, the personal computer became a big deal with the advent of Windows, America Online, etc. The gaming world was also introduced to the earliest stages of First Person Shooters.

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Way before titles like “Call of Duty,” “Battlefield,” or “Halo” existed, there was “Wolfenstein.” A game with a simple plot (to quote Brad Pitt’s Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds: “Killin’ Nazis”) and I have plenty of fond memories of doing just that. Wolfenstein paved the way for FPS’s like “Doom,” “Quake,” “Half-Life,” etc., and since then the game has had various sequels, mods, and reiterations as the genre has evolved into what it is today. Now, 12 years later, Wolfenstein: The New Order brings a new chapter as well as a new spin on the legendary game series.

For those unfamiliar with Wolfenstein, you play as B.J. Blaskowicz, a soldier in the U.S. Army during World War II. In the original, Blaskowicz fights the Nazi regime tooth and nail, using every weapon at his disposal (in the original, only three or four), until he personally takes down Hitler and ends the war. The New Order, however, takes a different turn as Blaskowicz wakes up in a 1960s mental hospital in Poland and learns that Germany won the war.

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Yours truly was graciously invited by publisher Bethesda Softworks into NYC last week to sample Wolfenstein: The New Order. I have to say, this game certainly gives Call of Duty a run for its money. New Order looks and feels extremely edgy, and to me, it gives off a vibe where it’s a cross between WatchmenInglourious Basterds, and (at certain points in the game) Terminator. This is a minor spoiler, but suffice to say the Fuhrer appears to have some rather advanced technology for 20th century Germany.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is being developed by MachineGames, published by Bethesda Softworks, and will be unleashed on May 20th, 2014. The game will be available for Xbox and Playstation consoles as well as PCs. In addition, if you pre-order Wolfenstein today, you will gain access to a beta for the next installment of Wolfenstein’s successor, “Doom.” Nazi soldiers today, hell demons tomorrow. I can’t wait.

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New York-based John J. is the creator/Chief Operating Officer of [adult swim] central as well as the co-founder of ACPN. He is also the host of The Swimcast, co-host of Adventure Club Podcast, and writes for various outlets such as The Other View and GeekNation. John J's favorite movie of all time is Back to the Future and his favorite color is blue. John J. is available for podcast fill-ins, birthdays, and bar mitzvahs. Never submerge John J. in warm water. Email.
  • I loved the old school Wolfenstein game – it was one of the first things I remember playing on my dad’s old PC back in the day. Looking forward to seeing how far the series has come with the newest installment this summer.

    • John J. Galbo

      If you didn’t play Wolfenstein and Sim City 2000 where I lived… you were considered lame.