AU New Releases: Wolfenstein: The New Order launches this week

Fight back against the Nazi-regime of an alternate 1960s in Wolfenstein: The New Order.

This week sees the return of Nazi-killing soldier William "B.J." Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein: The New Order. The first-person shooter is the ninth entry into the Wolfenstein series, released five years after 2009's Wolfenstein.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is set in an alternate 1960s after the Nazis were able to win World War II with the aid of mysterious technology. Players assume the role of Blazkowicz as he bands with other resistance fighters to take them down.

Players can choose to make their way through the game in a stealthy manner or go in guns blazing. According to developer MachineGames, the game can be 20 hours long should players choose to collect everything.

Wolfenstein: The New Order launches May 20 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Preordering the game will guarantee access to the upcoming Doom beta, though it will be available only on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

For more details on games being released in Australian retailers this week, check out the list below.

May 20, 2014

Transistor (PS4, PC)

Wolfenstein: The New Order (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Zorine Te is an associate editor at GameSpot, and you can follow her on Twitter @ztharli
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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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44 comments
RyogaRod
RyogaRod

My local Walmart has had this on the shelf since Saturday the 17th. They just don't seem to care anymore lol. I've never played Wolfenstein but seems pretty cool. It was either this or Watch Dogs. I've been waiting for Watch Dogs forever. So yea, had to pre-order it instead.

real7a
real7a

I've pre-ordered, nearly no FPS to play recently and Dom 4 beta sounds still interesting :)

bubba_666
bubba_666

Cousin has it for 360, and a guy a work with for PS4, pirated I would imagine. It's a horrible game, they said it's riddled with bugs, sometimes the AI just walks around aimlessly. Into walls, even into YOU. Not to mention the graphics are horrid on 360, it comes on 4 discs!! And the load times to the HDD are up to an hour. Texture popping worse than Rage, and yes a day one patch is suppose to be released. The guy I work with said on PS4 it's decent, but basically just like every other shooter on the market. Said the graphics are average at best, with a few framerate drops. That's all I know. But then again what I've come to expect. I'm only looking forward to Alien Isolation, The Evil Within, and Uncharted next year. Course I'm just a casual gamer anyway. ;o).......PS4/PC here.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Review embargo, if the rumour is true, is worrisome. 

Ever since Jeff G was fired from Gamespot I'm skeptical of all review sites. I usually wait for a few to come in and see what the consensus is. As well as actual player reviews.

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

Never seen a game take so long to specs on steam page.......kinda worrisome

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

I'm skeptical how good the game will be. I was really looking forward to this, I even bought all of the others to catch up. Then, I noticed that there seems to be a review embargo and some leaked gameplay suggests the AI is absolutely inept. Can anyone enlighten me on this?

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

No MP...meh. 12 hours later you're trading it in for something that does. Irony.

unreal849
unreal849

@bubba_666 My totally-not-fictional cousin says your totally-not-fictional cousin is full of crap.

wsanfordmay
wsanfordmay

@GSGuy321  I think that's changed, though.  Review embargoes have become the order of the day for games.  Sony used to let game reviews out a month, sometimes more, in advance of release if the game was finished and they JUST KNEW it was at least very good.  But now seems almost everything is embargoed until mid-morning release day, even when the scores come out at least very good across the board.


Movies, though.  It's still a bad sign if movie aren't advance screened for critics or critics' reviews are embargoed.

jeremy-
jeremy-

@GSGuy321  I'm not so sure that you can definitively correlate review embargoes with video game quality.


Case and point:


1) They have done multiple, long-length twitch streams, you can watch the first 30 mins, and the a later 30 mins of the game if you choose to (Ive watched a few mins but i dont want spoilers).

2) Many reviewers such as Totalbiscuit, who are 'consumerist' reviewers, have stated that review embargo isnt necessarily correlated with quality. For one, it can just be that they dont want story spoilers. and secondly, when there is a smart publisher involved, they may just decide to let the pre-orders ship before they send it off in case there was some odd variable that hurt sales, (perhaps server outage etc), its just smart business, but it wont necessarily mean its a bad game. Those two are logical, but there is a third one that i didnt think of until i saw a blog from TB about it.

3) Controlling the review sources. By using an embargo, they can ensure the day 1 reviews are from their trusted locations, then stagger a second wave of reviews from all the rest (as they get their shelf copies). This may seem dicey, but from a marketing stand point, its okay. As long as its not to cover up a bait and switch.. all will be well, but if this was misused, obviously it would be bad. With great power comes great responsibility.


As an anecdote, with a game like The Last of Us 2, i would hope they do review embargoes because i want to ensure i dont spoil the game.


Now, i've seen a youtube that showed buggy AI in the past week so i'm slightly worried, but I trust IDTech5 and bethesda as a publisher, i find it hard to believe this game will be any less than a slam dunk. I also think that the twitch streams are MORE than the average amount of transparancy about a game, which is contrary to your statements about the embargo being the end of the world.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@GSGuy321  Score is not the point of an review. Everyone has different taste, for example i would give Dreamfall The Longest Journey 10\10 but many people and websites went 7 or 8. Reading can impact the purchase decision but only in the way of your taste. I wont bother with reviews on this one, im just buying it. This is kind of FPS i can actually play, story, action and cheese one liners.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Not just Jeff G but where are all the other US editors, writers and vid hosts? It's all British. I'm cool with the Brits but Has anyone noticed this?

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

The bad A.I was just in one spot, guy said other levels were fine, this was on ps4 I think so hard to to say how complete it was.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@CriticalCritic  was it incredibly intelligent in the original? wasnt this game about hordes of enemies and just shooting everything that moved? I thought they were moving back to its roots with this. A fun shooting gallery.

real7a
real7a

@Infinity_Gauntl @real7a We'll get it to know tomorrow, hope it's going to be at least better than Rage %)

Mastrius
Mastrius

@unreal849 @bubba_666Well my totally-not-fictional cousin says that, obviously, as one would come to expect, every Xbox version of the game actually plays worse than every PlayStation version of the game, and that all of the Xbox versions also come with an actual poop inside the case. Also all PlayStation versions are made of gold. Take it for what you will, but my totally-not-fictional cousin is pretty trustworthy when it comes to these things.


strangelove_1
strangelove_1

@jim_peterson

no reason to act like such a jerk about it.

jecomans
jecomans

@jeremy-  The problem with this embargo is that legal copies can now be bought (in certain parts of the world) and reviewed, but any actual journalist in the US is bound by the embargo until tomorrow. That's silly.


About the dumb AI: They've shown other AI that is quite aggressive, so I get the impression that switching difficulty to the lowest setting is intended to turn the game into a shooting gallery.


The other major reason to keep reviews to the day (not necessarily past the release date like Wolfenstein) of release is publishers wanting prime media exposure to actually coincide with the time players can purchase the game. 


WereCatf
WereCatf

@Gravity_Slave Can't say I have. I simply do not care where the reviewers come from, it's simply irrelevant.

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

@CallMeDuraSouka  Google search "Wolfenstein: The New Order Video shows off laughably bad AI" and watch the video. It says it's on a lower difficulty setting, but one of the enemies was literally just standing there as his partner's face was getting melted off. I'm sincerely hoping this is just an early build.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@nyran125tk

I wouldn't say hordes of enemies either. Which game do you refer as being the original Wolfenstein?

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

@nyran125tk  I wouldn't say the AI was awful in the earlier ones, but I played on the hardest difficulty. You really need to look up the leaked footage. One was called "Wolfenfall." i'm still concerned why there's a review embargo. Only games that anticipate poor reviews put out an embargo, whereas Mario Kart has reviews out everywhere, but is going to be released a few weeks later.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

You must be awkward and lonely. Do you recoil in a freaky self defensive posture when someone attempts to touch you in a comforting manner like some kid who's been raised by wolves?

WereCatf
WereCatf

@Gravity_Slave I wasn't actually trying to insinuate anything, I was merely responding to the question posed. In general I don't care about the reviewers' gender, age, nationality, sexual interests, political views or such and as such I very rarely go any further than just looking at the name of whoever wrote the review I'm reading. As such I don't even *know* where they come from, let alone think about it.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Then you must be a post 2008 GS member. FYI: my question wasn't the merits of the reviewers, it was the nationality. Way to twist it like I was biased against the tea drinkers!

(That last bit was a joke, prob went over your head too)

jecomans
jecomans

@CriticalCritic  I've watched a stream on a clearly harder difficulty and the AI was aggressive. It looks to me like AI on the very lowest difficulty has been toned down to the point where your average coma patient could complete the game. 

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@CriticalCritic

I don't know guys, it's probably that someone hates me here, but every time I tried posting a link or even talk about that awful AI, my comment was deleted.Maybe this comment will get deleted too. Anyway, I really doubt they made a specific AI for a small specific area or a couple of enemies. I hope I'm wrong, but so far I'm staying out until reviews are in.

sirdan357
sirdan357

@Gravity_Slave  Or they just don't like or have time to deal with MP. It's nice that you have to get approval from the few dorky friends you have before you decide what you will buy. Maybe someday you'll be able to think on your own, but that day isn't today.



In all seriousness, a lot of people couldn't care less about a high score on a virtual scoreboard and just want to get lost in a game world for a little while.

WereCatf
WereCatf

@Gravity_Slave Sometimes. Sometimes I just let out a blood-curdling howl, resulting in any such attempts being withdrawn.