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Wolfenstein 2 – impressions

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+, +, + very high production values

-, -, – the main character has been wimpified, in accordance to the trend of our times. Although he’s doing amazing and heroic things a large part of the game he’s annoying whiny and bringing the whole mood down

+, +, +, + some really great cinematics, with great cinematography, entertaining mood, interesting touches and moments, subtle and well done from the tragic to the humorous, quite impressive (even in the moments I didn’t quite agree with the message I was impressed by the quality)

-, – felt, i don’t know how to put it, somehow weirdly linear/cluttered, a bunch of times I’d get lost, not feeling like i’m exploring, but rather that I’m hitting walls and working my way through a maze. It would sometimes trick my brain that it’s a bit open, which would then get me into even more trouble as it turned out to be linear or i had to figure out some contrived way to advance that I had trouble figuring out

+, + nice energetic sountrack

+, + nice variety of locations

+ pretty interesting story and a steady pace of progressing through story

– a bit censored here in germany unfortunately

+, + even has an arcade with the whole / multiple episodes of Wolfenstein 3d, that was very impressive. Unfortunately again here in germany it’s heavily censored and they also took a IMO bad decision to present the screen at a funny angle.

+, +, +, + there’s some really amazing environments at time, both in the superb, nay, even fantastic at time set design and prop placement as well as

+, + good rendering engine making everything pretty looking

Overall I’d give this one a 1,5 on a -5 to 5 scale. It was a solid AAA game, with great production values. It brought the mood down a bit by being so in tune with our times from the wimpifying of the main hero (there’s even a scene where he literally cries in his mother’s lap if i remember right) to the tendency to a bit reverse discriminate, but hey, all in all a very well done game with high production values, and hey, maybe that will help it sell better as intended even with the compromises. I can’t say the story blew me away (again typical modern stuff, including the complaining about abusive parents blaming), but it was professionally done and the gameplay was also decent, if at times unreasonably hard in a “repeat this section until you get it right” kind of non fun way. Still, I’d call this a good game, well done, entertaining and high quality even if it didn’t blow me away.

gameSketch 385

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Jaco hint: an ax, a Nazi: full of possibility

This week we have a proposal from the gameSketch guessing champ Jaco himself!

 
Usual rules: 3 tries per person. Winner gets to propose a gameSketch. x5 multiplier for first timers. Newcomers: you may ask for 3 freebies even if you didn’t yet guess anything. Outstanding credits: Firefish x34, Jason Clark 10, Jaco x100, Marius, SebastianKErben x18, Radu x45, , 47Crows x19, Ange, PettyX90 x7, Pori x2, Tarpo x5, player347 x9, Diana x6, VideoGamesAsArt x2 , thegazer x9, BiaHawks x7, rsocu x5, Teofil S. Awaiting scenes from you guys.

 

Id Software history: Wolfenstein 3D

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Amaazing story, i especially enjoyed the part about the legal controversy and difficulties overcome.

Wolfenstein: The New Order – quick impressions

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– mediocre start

+, + but then the visuals got a huge bump up, with well done color direction, and at later moments too it had a bit of that blue + orange lights magic that the Killzone games usually did so well

-, -, – the stealth system was barely developed, no branching, no choices

+, + good music

– some missed opportunities, at times it seemed like the game might even play a bit with “it’s in his head” stuff

+, +, +, + some writing, not necessarily the story, but some dialogues and passerby talk was just two notches above everything else

– particularly IMHO uncool mechs

+, + nice variety of locations, particularly the moon base was very interesting and well done

– the villains were particularly one dimensional

Overall: 1 (on a -5 to 5 scale). Enjoyable for the people into shooters, with some extraordinary moments but also in other ways not standing out enough from the typical shooter crown sometimes even wallowing in this “i’m a soldier” stuff and thus missing the opportunity to move to a higher scale. Still, great artwork at times and the writing has some fantastic sections, particularly in some audio journals (though for some reason they could only be listened in the menus).

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