Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Tried and trusted gameplay is boosted with a generous, if slightly monotonous, serving of genuinely fresh content in this budget prequel.

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GTA 5 physical sales pass 5m mark in UK

GTA 5 physical sales pass 5m mark in UK

Rockstar's astonishing success continues.

The Grand Theft Auto 5 sales behemoth knows no end: Rockstar's epic has now sold over five million copies in the UK alone.

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood review

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood review

Hassle in the castle.

It's ironic that one of the first publishers to earn gamers' ire for ropey DLC is now one of the few publishers to be doing expansions properly. Bethesda was rightly notorious for its decorative horse armour, sold separately for players of The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, but it's now making amends with add-ons that are not only substantial, but robust and distinctive.

The two narrative spin-offs for The Evil Within offered new environments and new enemies, and that's also true of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a two-act expansion so sizable - eight chapters that take around seven hours to complete - that it's being released as a standalone budget game rather than plain old DLC.

It's a prequel to last year's surprise hit, The New Order, picking up the story of B.J. Blazkowicz in 1946. In this alternate timeline, the Second World War is not only still going, but the Nazis are winning thanks to supernatural advantages unearthed by Helga von Schabbs. Your mission is to infiltrate the infamous Castle Wolfenstein and remove that advantage, giving the Allies a slim chance to regroup.

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First gameplay of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

UPDATE: The Wolfenstein: The Old Blood gameplay stream has finished, but we grabbed the footage and popped it on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

It's worth noting the video is not representative of the final game and was recorded from a Twitch.tv stream. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will run at 60fps on all formats.

ORIGINAL STORY: Bethesda will unveil the first gameplay of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood later today.

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