Old school shooters were known for one thing – fast-paced, visceral violence married to excellent shooting mechanics that made them a lot of fun to play.
What old school shooters didn’t have was a variety of gameplay approaches and deep, emotional stories. 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order had plenty of the former for sure – its run and gun gameplay was tight. The carnage you would regularly unleash on scores of Nazi enemies was delightfully fun to play.
It also had viable stealth gameplay, a wonderfully deep cast of characters and a strong narrative with a surprising emotional centre to it.
Of course Wolfenstein II will still be all about over the top combat (they’ve even said they’re dialling it up for the sequel). But it’s the changes and focus on what elevated The New Order from a great first-person shooter to a fantastic overall package that should excite fans.
The gripping narrative is set to return, which juxtaposes drama with shooting Nazis in the face with insane weapons. It’s a juxtaposition that worked incredibly well in The New Order. If the reveal trailer from Bethesda’s E3 press conference is anything to go by then we’re in for a treat, the glimpses of personal storylines and compelling characters look fantastic.
One of the biggest surprises from The New Order was the fact that stealth gameplay was a viable option. Players could sneak around entire levels, taking out Nazis in complete silence rather than with dual-wielded shotguns and explosions everywhere.
Machine Games are diving further into offering differing play styles for the sequel:
“A bit into the game you can find these different contraptions, which gives you a new ability. These contraptions are tied to a specific play style. There’s one for stealth, one for the tactical gameplay and also one for the mayhem gameplay. The “stilts” are the tactical one, it allows you to get up to higher ground. Also you can use vertical cover.”
If nothing else, the game looks damn funny.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 27, 2017.