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All Articles: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Two, count ’em, two games about fighting the undead in the waning days of World War II will be available on stores this week. And, interestingly enough, both are currently available to download through digital storefronts. The public has spoken, and they want discs!
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood brings B.J. Blazkowicz back to the frontlines on the PS4 and Xbox One. As a prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, Blazkowicz will get to do some 1940s-style Nazi hunting, but he’ll also tangle with an entire village of zombies. Ach du lieber!
But Blazkowicz won’t be fighting alone as Zombie Hitler himself is behind the undead shenanigans in Zombie Army Trilogy for the PS4 and Xbox One. A standalone spinoff of Sniper Elite III, Zombie Army Trilogy is a team-based game where the Allies have to stop this final solution for Nazi world domination. Ach du lieber, wieder!
A third round of zombie hunting is available to shoppers this week in Onechanbara Z2: Chaos for the PS4. Published by XSEED, Onechanbara Z2 features the further adventures of the “bikini zombie squad,” a group of Japanese sisters who kill zombies with swords while wearing bikinis… obviously.
Finally this week, Codemasters will release F1 2015, the latest Formula 1 racing sim, and first to be released for the PS4 and Xbox One. If you love open wheel racing, this is the game for you. But sorry, no zombies.
Due to “popular demand,” Bethesda has announced (via the Bethesda Blog) that Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be available on store shelves for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on July 21.
Originally released as a digital download on May 5, The Old Blood’s file size weighed in at a hefty 37 GB. I don’t think anymore needs to be said about why fans were clamoring for a physical release.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order, sending B.J. Blazkowicz back to the frontlines of World War II. There, he’ll tangle with “Rudi Jager and the Den of Wolves,” a maniacal prison warden who runs Castle Wolfenstein; and “The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs,” a Nazi archaeologist who uses occult artifacts to raise the dead.
The physical version of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will retail for $19.99, which is the same price as the digital download.
There’s just one new addition to the Xbox Games Store today, but it’s a big one. How big is it? How does 37GB sound? Yes, Bethesda’s Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will put a strain on your broadband connection, but if you’re interested in the Xbox One title, it’s only available as a download through the Xbox Games Store.
So what’s Wolfenstein: The Old Blood all about? It’s a standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order that tasks B.J. Blazkowicz with infiltrating Castle Wolfenstein and giving an Allied 1-2 punch to a bunch of ghoulish Nazi zombies and primitive Nazi cyborgs.
More information on Wolfenstein: The Old Blood can be found right here…
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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood ($19.99)
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone prequel to the critically acclaimed first-person action-adventure shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order. The adventure, which spans eight chapters and two interconnected stories, features the hallmarks of MachineGames – thrilling action, immersive story and intense first-person combat. As war hero B.J. Blazkowicz, arm yourself with new weapons such as the bolt-action rifle and grenade-launching Kampfpistole as you attempt to thwart the advancing Nazi war machine, and take advantage of duel-wielding pipes that can be used for wall climbing – or for vicious take-downs of never-before-seen Nazi adversaries.
Are you ready to head back into Nazi Germany with B.J. Blazkowicz and his particular set of skills (for dispatching Nazis)? I hope so, because Bethesda and MachineGames added Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, to the PlayStation Store last night.
Other new games to download this week include…
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition, a special PS4 re-release of the well-liked game that includes all the previously-released downloadable content.
- AirMech Arena, a free-to-play strategy game on the PS4 that is currently available for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
- Ether One, a PS4 “first-person adventure that deals with the fragility of the human mind.”
Bethesda brilliantly marketed Wolfenstein: The New Order last year. From the outstanding early trailers to a complete soundtrack of German pop hits, the publisher did everything it could to reintroduce players to the world of Wolfenstein. And we responded by making it one of 2014’s biggest hits.
Today, B.J. Blazkowicz is back in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel now available to download on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Bethesda has once again pulled out all the stops and produced a beautiful launch trailer with an old-timey vibe that doesn’t skimp on the action. That’s on top of yesterday’s gameplay trailer and walkthrough.
I don’t know what’s next for one of gaming’s earliest heroes, but The Old Blood looks like a Nazi-killing good time.
Bethesda plans to release Wolfenstein: The Old Blood for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One tomorrow. In an effort to get everyone excited, the publisher has released a new gameplay trailer, an extended gameplay walkthrough, and the first details on its Wolfenstein 3D homage.
Get reacquainted with B.J. Blazkowicz in the gameplay trailer embedded and watch as he single-handedly dismantles the Nazi army with two pieces of lead pipe. And if you’d prefer a more in-depth look at the game, Bethesda has uploaded an extended hour-long gameplay walkthrough, which is available after the break.
Finally, an interview with Jerk Gustafsson, an Executive Producer at MachineGames, sheds some light on The Old Blood’s expanded “Nightmare Mode,” which recreates the entire first episode of Wolfenstein 3D within the game. Be sure to check out everything Gustafsson has to say at the Bethesda Blog. (more…)
New Releases: SMT Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker, Project CARS for PC, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, More
This May is going to be rather underwhelming when it comes to the quantity of new video games. But there doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of quality sprinkled in from week-to-week.
For example, Atlus will bring Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker to the 3DS this week. Originally released for the DS in 2012, Record Breaker will add a brand new scenario, the “Triangulum Arc,” to the RPG, as well as new difficulty options and improved controls.
Also available this week is the PC edition of Project CARS, Slightly Mad’s ambitious auto racing simulation. In addition to Oculus Rift and 12K UltraHD monitor support, Project CARS will offer dozens of vehicles and over 100 courses. Project CARS will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One next week.
Getting about as far away from the world of simulators as we can is Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. The downloadable prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One as a standalone game. You can grab this World War II shooter on Tuesday, just a few days ahead of V-E Day.
Finally this week, WB Games and Monolith Productions will release Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition for the PS4 and Xbox One. This ultimate edition of one of 2014’s best games will include all of the previously downloadable content including both major expansions.
As always, more new releases will be available this week exclusively through the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, Nintendo eShop, and Steam. We’ll keep you updated on those titles as the week goes on.
Wolfenstein: The New Order was one of 2014’s most interesting surprises. MachineGames brought the franchise back from the brink of obscurity and completely knocked it out of the park. So I’m quite pleased that the developer (and publisher Bethesda Softworks) have announced a standalone prequel known as Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.
The Old Blood will take players back to the waning days of World War II and one of B.J. Blazkowicz’s final missions. The famed Nazi fighter will have to venture back to Castle Wolfenstein in search of a missing map in this digital download for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One (which has been priced at $19.99). You can read more about Blazkowicz’s mission here or watch the debut trailer above, which excellently apes the style used by movie trailers in the post-war period.
The year is 1946 and the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. In an effort to turn the tide in the Allies’ favor, B.J. Blazkowicz must embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria. Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – “Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves” – pits B.J. Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – “The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs” – our hero’s search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artifacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be available on May 5, but if you’re attending PAX East this weekend, Bethesda’s Pete Hines and Matt Grandstaff will host a gameplay walkthrough at the Twitch booth. If you’re not attenting PAX East, you can still view a livestream of the event at Twitch.TV/twitch on both Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 AM (Eastern Time).