|Whoah, New World Order, the game that was created to replace Counterstrike, or at least give it a serious knock and take half their fanbase. In this review I’ll explain why it failed in it’s purpose…
Since I wrote my preview of NWO, and after viewing the trailer which showed a very nice engine, I was very anxious to get my hands on a copy of this game. So after installing the game and patch, and preparing myself for a day of being the good guy for a change, I got started.
Now let’s talk about the AI… This game looks a bit too much like Counterstrike if you ask me, when you encounter an enemy behind a corner, he actually knows you’re coming and he most likely is already shooting at you through the furniture and walls, dropping your hp way down before you even see the guy. Put all of these factors together and you can start panicing. You know there is an enemy on a certain location because you’ve been through this blasted level 20 times already and you’re sure you can kill the infidel now. Well… wrong bet… You try to approach him and he already starts shooting, when you finally get to see the guy, your hp is down to 50% and for some reason, the game becomes almost unplayable (smoothness turns to 0) and before you know it, your’e dead. But for some bizar reason, the “wallhack” is only used in the first level. But anyway, let’s get back to the actual game. I fought my way through the HQ thinking I killed everyone in the building, but the level is huge, when you get out of the HQ, you can still wander through the streets. I finally found a crack in the road somewhere, went through it, and after a small walk through the sewers, I got back to where I came from… The HQ… I suddenly hear something, aha, there seems to be a last enemy wandering off alone in the training area, once I killed that guy, my mission was completed. Um… What the hell? That level is HUGE but only 1/4th of it is being used!? This sucks, I’ve been wandering through this level for over an hour! Come on man! In the second level you’ve got the same problem… You have to defuse a bom and rescue some hostages, after you’ve defused the bom and rescued the hostages, there appeared to be a sole survivor of my rampage somewhere behind the truck where I recently defused the bom… Well well, jolly good! And let it be known, if you die in the game, you get a “mission failed” screen, but the problem is… You can’t get out of that screen or past it to get to the menu or even quit, you can’t do anything else but press enter, the level reloads and only then you can quit. Pretty irritating.
Sound is average, even bad in some levels, but it adds up to create a mental atmosphere. I would talk about the music here also, but um… there wasn’t any.
It was simply like a trading software system without any background music. The automated trading software like QProfit System help in making money in small time but all we get playing this game all day is a lot of monotony which not every player could handle, especially when it does not attract you much.
Multiplayer. No game can do without this feature (unless it’s doom3). Well, when I wanted to play this game online, I pressed “Multiplayer”, but it only showed 15 servers (!?) and only one was almost full (12/16), so I joined the server and started playing… intensive.. irritating.. everlasting lag… Quite a surprise because the server said I’d only have a ping of 20. I could barely defend myself against a camping guy from north-korea (so he told me) who had been camping on that server for over 2 hours so he could buy a sniper. I decided I had enough of this, and disconnected after a “cu later” to the guys on the server, actually meaning a “see you never again in this stupid bleeping game”. A couple of minutes later, I decided to give it another go and started a server myself. Here I discovered that this game had every potential to become a great game. But with all those bugs it was just… Well.. A load of crap. This is a pitty, I think they were forced to release it when it wasn’t finished yet, or at least, I hope so, because if someone would call this “finished”…
I guess you’ve noticed by now that this is definately NOT a game you should buy with your well earned money or precious allowance. Sad to see a game that had such potential to totally crush every expectation I had about it.