Wolfenstein The New Order is fantastic. I’m loving the storyline, the voice acting is superb and the action is compelling (although I think I have turned it down to easymode). I also love that the German dialogue is actually well pronounced and correct.
The game is set in an alternate 1960s, in which the Nazis have won World War 2. Awakening from a coma, your mission is to survive and get revenge.
The game really pushes the envelope technically, and so you’d expect some teething problems. But when I started the game for the first time after waiting for an entire afternoon for the game to install a 40Gb patch, I was presented with a white screen. The game didn’t even crash out – it just… sat there.
So as I did for Fallout 3 some time ago, here’s a short guide to getting Wolfenstein to work on your PC.
Assuming you meet the game’s minimum requirements (see the box), work your way through this checklist. Feel free to try running the game after each step:
- Are your Graphics Drivers up to date?
- Are you running the latest version of DirectX?
- Find out by downloading it here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35
- Are you using the latest Latest Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package?
- Find out by downloading it here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5555
- Do the compatability fiddle!
- Right-Click on the shortcut of Wolfenstein. Choose “Properties” – Compatability and choose the version of windows you’re using.
I was fine after step 1: I was already running the latest version of DirextX and had the latest C++ package.
I also didn’t need to do the compatability fiddle despite running Windows 7 64bit.
Your mileage may vary of course, so feel free to ask questions in the comments section. Good luck!