Yesterday, we covered the basics for Wolfenstein: The New Order, Bethesda’s return to the first-person shooting genre. Controlling long-time hero B.J. Blazkowicz, players will put a huge dent in the Nazi regime, reducing robots to scrap metal while helping a group of freedom fighters gain the advantage.
Today we’re covering more of the in-depth stuff for the game, including the best weapons to use and how to make your stealth techniques count. Hold on tight, because this is going to be a wild ride.
Choose the Right Weapon for the Job
Over the course of your journey in Wolfenstein: The New Order, you’ll get your hands on a lot of weapons. You’ll start out small with a knife and pistol, but eventually you’ll get to the better guns in the game.
First up is the assault rifle. This is a good beginning weapon to have when it comes to taking out enemies from long range. You can also draw it quickly if you need to take out automated turrets, and it can do great damage to the smaller robots and dogs in the game. However, you’ll want to be careful dual-wielding, as it takes more time to reload, and you’re not always going to be accurate, since your left hand will hold a gun instead of letting you aim down sight.
The automatic shotgun is your best bet for up close combat. This sucker packs a punch, shredding Nazis up close and even doing damage to those further away. If you have soldiers pinning you down from a higher ledge, this isn’t the weapon to get the job done. On the ground, though, it’s greatly effective – and even better if you’re dual-wielding. Just remember you won’t be as accurate, and you’ll need to reload often.
Finally, you’ll find a modified laser cutter midway through the game. You can turn this into a powerful assault weapon by flicking to the right on the d-pad. There’s a pro and con side to this, however. On the plus side, this gun is powerful enough to bring large enemies down to size – and it evaporates Nazis into soup with one shot.
On the downside, however, when in gun mode, the cutter will quickly run out of ammunition, and you’ll need to find a recharge point to fill it up again. Try to save this weapon for when it really counts, ideally when surrounded or facing the larger robot in the hangar midway through.
Other weapons are available, but these main ones will be your best bet to stay out of trouble.
The Master of Stealth
Wolfenstein: The New Order has terrific stealth gameplay, one that rewards you if you play your cards right.
Here’s how stealth works. You’ll want to sneak up on guards that don’t suspect your presence. Otherwise they’ll trigger an alarm and bring reinforcements your way. Try to single out guards that have their backs turned to you, or a patroller that doesn’t see you coming. Either pick them off with a headshot using a silenced pistol, or walk (don’t run!) over and stab them quickly with a tap of the R3 button.
In addition, you can throw knives, but this isn’t nearly as accurate a weapon as your silenced handgun. That’s because of its poor range, though if a target is close enough, you can easily take him out with a knife throw. NOTE: this isn’t as effective against robot enemies. Put a gun in your hand for these guys, because most of the time, the knives will bounce right off.
Remember to use the environment to your advantage. Hide behind objects while a guard makes the rounds, and take note to where his colleagues are in their separate patrols. If you’re crafty enough, you’ll soon unlock some perks that will help your overall performance, including reloading your weapons faster (this is helpful in later levels, especially on a higher difficulty) and being able to run quicker while dual-wielding.
Easter Egg in the Resistance Hub
Finally, if you want a blast from the past in the Resistance Hub, visit your bunk upstairs. Approach a mattress on the top level, and when you get close to it, you’ll see the word “NIGHTMARE”. Go ahead and get some sleep, and you’ll get transported back to the first level from Wolfenstein 3D, only with B.J. Blazkowicz’s new hands holding his weapon.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is available now for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.