Put simply, it kicks ass. But I’m a fan of Wolfenstein: The New Order’s latest trailer for a few reasons. Let’s start with the brilliant decision to use the catchy Motown classic, “Nowhere to Run” by Martha and the Vandellas.
I’m a huge sucker for juxtaposing bright, upbeat music with grim-as-fuck imagery, and Bethesda knows this. They used the radio in Fallout 3 to a similar effect: lively swing superimposed on a dying, post-apocalyptic wasteland. And like in Fallout 3, such juxtaposition inadvertently forces you to listen very carefully to the lyrics, which are sometimes deceptively cheerful.
Take “Nowhere to Run,” for instance: “Nowhere to run to, baby/ Nowhere to hide.” That almost sounds like a threat, although in reality it’s about a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. Either way, not as chipper as the song lets on. But back to the Wolfenstein trailer.
We’re in Rio de Janeiro watching a football (“soccer”) match. It’s June, 1950 and there’s some serious foul play going on. A guy gets a penalty card for tripping a player of the opposing team, and then gets shot in the face. Nazis, it seems, are real sticklers when it comes to playing by the rules.
We flash-forward 10 years, and with the Reich in power “Everything has gone to shit.” The trailer’s got everything you could ask for in a Wolfenstein game: punching Nazis with your bare fists, crazy retro-futuristic weapons, and a whole load of mechs.
Sadly no Mecha-Hitler, but I wouldn’t rule it out. Wolfenstein: The New Order is set for release on May 20 (a month after Hitler’s IRL birthday…coincidence?) and will be available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.