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Can Wolfenstein's 'New Order' Resurrect Old School FPS?

The New Order looks old school to me.

That's what has me so interested. Not that the advancements made in FPS over the years haven't been terrific, but when you start to mentally classify the really good ones like Bioshock as something else then you know run of the mill FPS gaming is in a bit of a jam gameplay-wise.

As such I find myself in a tight spot. On the one hand I've been a little critical of the mindless action in modern FPS, but on the other hand old school games from the same genre could be considered quite a bit more mindless. Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, they weren't exactly thought provoking titles. However a person ought to note that we didn't have an indicator telling us exactly what to do, never ending health, and the inability to fall off ledges back then either.

Watching some of the gameplay for the new Wolfenstein has me reminiscing about the good old days of FPS where they hand you a gun, stick you in a level and let you figure out what to do. It is largely mindless fun, I mean take a look at the video below. You are a total bullet sponge; the developers aren't aiming for reality based warfare here. I hope there's a market for that because the straight up war games just aren't as interesting as they were when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare first hit the scene. Since then I've really gotten tired of hiding behind cars and pretending my squad mates are helping so that I can walk to the next indicator on my radar. Just let me figure a few things out for myself between point A and B, save the world by myself, and not be hampered by some multiplayer mode I never plan to touch (there isn't one). B.J. Blazkowicz may be the hero we need to accomplish this mission.

After having gone back to Doom 3 with the BFG edition I realized why the genre hasn't topped my list in years, the last generation of FPS have made me stupid. In a room where they showed me a ledge and a controllable robotic arm it never occurred to me to turn the arm on, jump onto it in time, then ride it to the ledge. Why? Because no modern game would expect you to figure that out, it is so simple that it is complex. I stood there like a knob using the arm to put some canisters into some slots in the back wall (as if that mattered). A modern game would just place a marker where you need to go and have you press Triangle to do the action. That's the kind of mindlessness I can't get behind. Running headlong into a gaggle of Nazis while dual-wielding machine guns? That I can do.

Now don't get me wrong, we mustn't go too far back in time. Duke Nukem Forever was way too old school. We shouldn't ditch all the advancements that have been made. There needs to be some kind of successful fusion done. I think the health system in The New Order will work well. You'll have segments of health that can regenerate but when the full segment is lost it will have to be replenished with a health pack. I'll rejoice if I find out I can hold more than two weapons at a time. Yeah I've got an old school itch that needs scratching. On that point, a comment made by Gamesradar back in August has my hopes up:

"The New Order could be the most genuine, most satisfying follow-up the original games have ever had. It looks, sounds and feels completely modern, but the staunch dedication to creating fast, smooth, brutal fun on a moment-to-moment basis resurrects Wolfenstein’s spirit as efficiently as its occult Nazis resurrect their own dead."

What do you think of the direction of the upcoming entry? Promising return to FPS roots or another generic shooter?


Related Game(s): Wolfenstein: The New Order

Tags: Wolfenstein: The New Order, Bethesda, Machine Games

12/16/2013 9:46:27 PM David D. Nelson

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Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 10:52:24 PM

Not seeing anything that says excitement for me. In as much as the Wolfenstein series has not had compelling stories it was fun. RtCW was fun with a basic story. And definitely nice weapons.

Mindless games where its just shooting and blowing up are fine. You do not have to worry about things too much in regards to direction. You were somewhat guided by your actions in the direction you went... and shot to heck anything that go in your way. BUT I that can get old quick these days.

I can imagine what the MP will be like for this and maybe thats where it should be. OR since everything seems to going that way, make it an open world game. That might prove challenging and may help the series.

Since the story does not seem much here, possibly more to come, the graphics are not compelling either although its probably early stage at this point before going all hog. Definitely looked a last gen game.

We shall see.

Keep playing!

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Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 11:06:58 PM

No MP, which means someone cares about the campaign.

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Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 10:55:07 PM

I think old school FPS games can still be done, and still be fun in the process. I'm one of the few that seems to have enjoyed Duke Nukem Forever as I enjoyed the old school style of the game, besides I didn't expect it to bring anythin really new to the table anyway so I guess that's why I wasn't as disappointed as most were. Rise of the Triad also did really well in bringing back the old school FPS style games back to the forefront. This one should do just as well.

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Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 11:07:59 PM

I actually enjoyed Duke to an extent too, but ya can't say it was a great modern update of the franchise or anything.

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Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 10:58:27 PM


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Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 11:11:46 PM

Couldn't agree more, but it most likely won't happen until Unreal Engine 4 releases.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 5:07:03 AM

tis where cliffys new game comes in.
as for UT4 dont hold your breath, arena shooters are far too niche these days.
epics got bigger fish to fry.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 7:58:00 AM

You're niche.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 @ 7:40:52 AM

looks like someone needs to grow the f*ck up!

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 5:07:34 AM

Was thinking this was Ben's work until reading that you stood there like a knob. Thanks for the chuckle, Dave.

In a lot of ways, this new Wolfenstein reminds me a bit of Resistance (1 & 3, let's please not talk about the second game) and that is a GOOD thing. Still not really sold on the project; it's rare that an FPS can do that for me, as most here should be aware by now, but it is a blip on my radar. It will be interesting to see how it pans out.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 7:44:54 AM

British media influence, lol

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 5:12:10 AM

seeing it a few months ago just put a massive smile on my face it SCREAMS old school thick and thin!
towards the end of the demo we wielded dual heavy machiene guns, and blasted through a room emptying like 100 guards in seconds!
balls to the walls fast paced action shooter, it does not get more old school than this.
finally a game worthy of the wolfenstein name!
yea return to castle was a decent game, so was the recent reboot, but come on they were not wolfenstein games.
this, now THIS is how you do a wolfenstein game!
big big guns, no regenerative health, lots of enemies in big warehouses, and balls to the walls action.
no pussyfooting behind cover, no dodging grenades every 2 seconds, just balls to the wall action!
love that the difficulty names are back too, from help me daddy, to i am death incarnate!
heck this is so old school i wouldent be surprised if it came on a A drive!
hey, maybe thats what they should include in the collectors item, a little cool nudge to the past.

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slow and smart
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 9:38:06 AM

I Always liked wolfenstein,and this looks really great!Glad there is no mp,so the attention go's completely to the campaign

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Solid Fantasy
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 3:37:30 PM

This guys seemed to be complaining about everything I want to be in this game. The story has the base to be really good. Chances are it won't happen, but with out any MP there's still hope.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 4:24:00 PM

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Sunday, December 22, 2013 @ 8:25:14 PM

yeah i think some old school FPS wud be gud for the genre do you

happy gaming =)

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