Wolfenstein: The New Order reviews have started to go live to coincide with the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC game's release today.
Bethesda recently brought forward the European and Australian Wolfenstein The New Order release date to match the game's North American launch on May 20, 2014.
The first-person shooter is set in an alternate history timeline where the Nazis were victorious in World War 2, and sees players taking up arms as William B.J. Blazkowicz to lead the resistance movement against global oppression.
CVG's Wolfenstein The New Order review labelled the shooter "big and ballsy but with the brains to back it up." To give you a taste of what critics thought, we've rounded up a number of review scores below, along with short excerpts from the verdicts.
- CVG: 9/10 - Had our preconceptions been correct The New Order would have been a silly but fun game. With its near impeccable ability to deliver an impactful story, even to the point of including one of the most believable, least cliched love stories we can remember seeing in games, it has become so much more. Prepare for the feels.
- GamesRadar: 4/5 - An over-the-top shooter with fun action, memorable set-piece moments, and decent characters, Wolfenstein: The New Order successfully transforms an old-school game into a modern experience.
- Official Xbox Magazine: 9/10: A genuine treat that excels in escapist shooting and rah-rah bad-guy killing, yet still finds time to be soulful, emotional and occasionally melancholy. It's better than it has any right to be.
- GameSpot: 8/10: The game is both a celebration of the Wolfenstein series and what feels like a fitting send-off for it. The New Order could be the last hurrah of William "BJ" Blazkowicz, an outing which, for all its excess and bombast, is far from mindless.
- Eurogamer: 6/10: It's a decent shooter with a good few impressive moments, but it can be buggy and it doesn't offer much you can't find elsewhere, with little to tempt you back when it's over. Where it most tries to stand out, in its narrative and setting, it often comes off as juvenile.
- Joystiq: 3/5: The greatest problem in Wolfenstein: The New Order, then, is a jarring inconsistency of tone and cohesion. It's almost as if there's a tug of war going between the big dumb shooter and the attempt to be subversive, with the result being a game that's not really slick enough to be an action classic, and not dramatic enough to draw you in.
- IGN: 7.8/10: With an essential early-game choice that makes it worth playing through twice, the story at the center of Wolfenstein: The New Order props up its competent -- but mostly unremarkable -- shooting.
- VideoGamer: 6/10: In short bursts, it's everything you'd assume it would be, and if your expectations don't go any further than that you won't be disappointed. As a total package, though, Wolfenstein continually feels disjointed and doesn't know exactly what it wants to be - the overall experience is jarring.
- Destructoid: 7.5/10: A solid game that definitely has an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.
- Polygon: 9/10 - The New Order is held together, even rocketed beyond the basic sum of its smart levels and effective mechanics by its characters. That humanity takes what would be a good shooter and makes it something truly memorable.
- Game Informer: 8/10 - Wolfenstein: The New Order is a positive step forward for the series after the last dud. Machine Games presents a competent shooter with more polish and a better array of characters, but ultimately the game feels more comfortable recompiling established conventions than it does striving for innovation.
- ShackNews: 8/10 - Despite the lack of multiplayer and fetch-quests that interrupt the blood-spilling action, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a welcome return to form for the series. Its gameplay is good fun, whether you prefer blasting enemies to bits or being sneaky-like. The beautiful presentation makes the most out of the new hardware, and it squeezes some impressive life out of older systems.
- Guardian: 4/5 - Despite its nods to the oldest first-person shooter of all, it does feel thoroughly honed and reasonably modern. It isn't the future of first-person shooters, but it does rank among the best single-player examples.
- Digital Spy: 3/5 - Wolfenstein: The New Order is not the most sophisticated of games and it's certainly not perfect, but it wears its silly plot and over-the-top action like a badge of honour, and for that we applaud it.
- Metro: 9/10 - The best Wolfenstein game ever made and one of the best single-player shooters for years, with a brave attempt to tackle serious issues and still have fun at the same time.