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Wolfenstein: The New Order

It is time for a review of a quite new game. Today I will focus on a new Wolfenstein game.

wolfensteinYou like shooters? So you remember Wolfenstein 3D, the remake of Castle Wolfenstein (1981), which removed stealth and managing resources and put the base of the 1st person shooters? Yes, it is 22 years now from the release of Wolfenstein – the father of the 1st person shooters. And in fact this game’s influence is still strong and present in nowadays shooters. Funny, isn’t it? It took almost 10 years to get a new Wolfenstein. It was Return to Castle Wolfenstein from 2001. Then others came: Wolfenstein: Enemy territory (2003) and Wolfenstein (2009).  The successors were a slight better or avarage games with focus on multiplayer.  But I want a robust story, which can start up my imagination, in other words I am not interested in multiplayer, but in robust single player.

So what is new Wolfenstein trying to give us? Oh, it is a lot. After fiasco with Duken Nuken Forever, I was quite sceptic, if I will ever play a good oldschool 1st person shooter. But, believe it or not, it is here. Storyline starts when you wake up and find out that not Nagasaki was nuked, but Time Square. But you are B.J. Blazowicz and even 16 years in the madhouse you have ugly square face and muscle like Arnie in his best years. And what more, you have experience with such things. So as you see there is an alternate history build up from scratch. And we all do love alternate history, especially when it is connected to the World War II. The game design is perfect, the humour is on a high level and the creativity is not missing. The perfect graphics hand in hand with the alternate world, which is detailed and the storyline about the ancient artefacts made this a A game. In fact the storyline is like from a C grade movie, but authors of the game were able to server this story, including the Nazi concentrations camps, the US anti-nazi resistance together with romance and the straightforward shooter into one nice product, where the story is server in the RIGHT moment and by the RIGHT method.  I think that even the best storyline games can be jealous.  This is one part of puzzle. The next one is the brilliant future world (yes future as this is the another timeline), where the Nazi won the war by mastering the electricity and the science went another way than we know it. So you will be surprised that under the red flag there will be robotic dogs, robots and mad scientists marching. Don’t forget the super futuro-weapons.

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The new ideas are server until the very last moment to the great finale. So you will not be bored at all. And if you are fan of the old school 1st person shooters, here it is. And we all do love shooting Nazis, don’t we? One thing to notice: Albert Speer was the Nazis main architect during WWII and he planned to build a magnificent huge building in Berlin. Checked the old pictures on google about it and compare to the corridors and places in this game. And that storyline….

Games from the Alien universe

Today I will present you the games from the Alien universe and I will try to find out if any is worth the name of Alien and the first Alien movies’ atmosphere.

Let’s have a small history overview with some dates:

First Alien was released in 1979 – did you know it? Aliens (the second one in Alien universe) was released in 1986.  Alien 3 is from 1992 and Alien Resurrection is from 1997. There is also one prequel, which is not relevant to our excursion to Alien games, but for the reference I will mention it here. It is a prequel to Alien quadrilogy – Prometheus from 2012. Personally my best of best is Alien and Aliens.

So, you know them and watched them? I am pretty sure yes. But, have you watched them lately? No, then get your ass to your TV and watch the extended editions from blu-ray.  You do not have them on blu-ray? Shame on you and get a copies from amazon or ebay.

Alien movie

So now we will get back to the games. It is already a habit to have a game made from the successful movie. But usually – do not lie to yourself – it is an expensive garbage.  I will not mention the Alien games for 8bit or 16bit computers as they are out of our interest in this post. Let me show you the small overview with the marks for each game:

Alien Trilogy (1996) – 8/10

Alien: Resurrection (2000) – 5/10

Alien: Colonials Marines (2013) – 4.5/10

Alien: Isolation (2014) – 8.5/10

I mentioned only pure Alien games, no versus predator.  But is any of this game worth get it and play it? Let’s ask ourselves what we expect from the Alien game. I personally do not expect the shooter, this movies were not about shooting, about pure and strait-forward action, but it was horror, isn’t it? The best description is survival horror. Hmm, from the perception of Alien: Colonials Marines and as it is action, we can exclude it. First two titles are  pretty old and are for Playstation (who has these days the old playstation?). So what we have here left? Alien: Isolation. It is pretty new game. It was released for PC, PS4, Xbox One, xbox 360 and PS3. Hmmm, the perception of critics and reviews is also very positive. Genre is survival horror. So let’s see if it is worth buying and playing it. Maybe the first real Alien game with the atmosphere of the movie?

Alien: Isolation’s main character is Amanda Ripley. Do you remember the scene from Aliens, where Ripley is woken up after 75 years and she get information about her daughter? No? In that case stop reading and watch the extended version now! The place is the space station Sevastopol. And you are not alone there. The atmosphere is pretty scary like from the beginning, you will be scared by the various noises. Suspicious noises, like lock on the automatic door, the noise from the hot steam, ventilation system. And there will be Alien, you will not seen him much, but you will have shit in your pants that is what I guarantee you. Yes this is the right Alien game for me. This is what we wanted. This is what we – the fans of first Alien – dreamed of.  And now I can tell that buying of PS4 was not wrong. So if you really want to live the Alien atmosphere, get this one.

 

 

 

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