“Do you not see that my cause is just? Do you not see there is no place for you in this world?” echoes Deathshead’s voice over the speakers as you creep through his compound in the last level of Wolfenstein: The New Order. One by one, the mecha-Nazis fall down and you inch ever closer to the final conflict with Deathshead. The story in TNO ends with (spoilers) Deathshead killing himself and B.J. Blazkowicz with a grenade (end of spoilers).
Where can the plot go from there?
Set in March 1946, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone DLC prequel to TNO developed by the same studio, Machine Games. TOB contains two episodes of four levels each, with around 6-8 hours of content in total, depending on the difficulty level and whether you search for all the secrets and collectibles. TOB levels roughly correspond to the first several levels in 2001’s Return to Castle Wolfenstein and cover almost the exact same events.
Weapons will consist of the same arsenal from TNO, with a couple of interesting additions, the most important of which is the lead pipe. The pipe is a melee weapon that allows you to smash certain designated walls and climb up others, offering a completely new stealth experience. Of course, the pipe can also be used for some vicious silent kills.
Enemies in TOB will be similar to the ones found in TNO, but with a twist towards the occult rather then pure sci-fi. This means that you will get the chance to fight the skeletal undead Nazis and flaming mummy Nazis, just like in RTCW, but this time around they will be much more dangerous, using dash attacks and ranged weapons. Mecha-Nazis will still be there, though their technology won’t be as sophisticated as in TNO.
The developers have shown a lot of respect tor the source material, as can be seen in the above scene where you ride the cable car. Other such references will be strewn all over TOB, including the tavern with the drunken singing Nazis. TOB takes the best from the old school FPS genre and mixes it with today’s smooth gameplay and gorgeous visuals. I wholeheartedly recommend this game to all FPS lovers.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood costs $19.99 and will come out May 5th on PS4, XboxOne and PC, with the physical release in Europe slated for May 15th.