USA TODAY: Hands-on with Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Hands-on with Wolfenstein: The New Order

Remember Wolfenstein 3D? id Software’s pixelated romp through Nazi Germany helped establish the first-person shooter (FPS) genre as the behemoth it is today, and now it’s back in a brand new incarnation for 2014. Wolfenstein: The New Order, developed by Swedish studio MachineGames and published by Bethesda Softworks, follows series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz as he fights Nazis in an alternate reality. Instead of losing WWII, the Nazis were triumphant. The new Wolfenstein takes place in 1960, when the Nazis have established global domination—and also built gigantic robots. The New Order’s gameplay also feels like an alternate reality: it’s a mixture of old-school and new-style gameplay. During an intense shootout, don’t expect to duck for cover and gain all your health back. That new-age mechanic, popularized in games like Halo and Call of Duty, is nowhere to be found. Instead, you must rely on finding health packs and armor to stay alive, in a world of destructible environments and advanced enemy AI.

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