As do some missions that are more mundane than enjoyable. Wading through tunnels in search of a lost welding torch is just plain boring, equalled only by the yawn-fest that is navigating sewers filled with obnoxious, flying drones. These feel out of place, especially when weighed against New Order's otherwise awesome set-piece moments. Plenty have action at their core, but some of the more tense, subtler scenarios are the ones that stand out. Stowing away on a train filled with Nazi officers while adopting an undercover identity is a harrowing event, especially when one of the game's more wicked characters sits across from you in a lunch car, testing the "purity" of your blood via a nerve-inducing mind game.
However, The New Order isn't just about the action. B.J. is a pretty interesting character, and delivers several internal monologues with just the right amount of drama. These provide some insight about his wants, needs, and fears, and though they're occasionally cheesy, the fantastic voicework makes them believable. Most members of the supporting cast also come into their own, making you feel more invested in their anti-Nazi cause, though a couple feel woefully underdeveloped. It's hard to care about some of the story's more dramatic moments when all you can think to yourself is, "Wait, who was that character again?"
That said, it often feels as though The New Order can't decide how serious or silly it wants to be. Deep, introspective monologues give way to cutscenes in which heavy rock music blasts up to full gear while B.J. engages in brief exchanges with his resistance comrades. These typically occur in some riveting variation of:
NPC: "Hey, B.J., go kill a bunch of Nazis for me, OK?"
B.J.: "Dude, I'm gonna kill every Nazi I can find lol"
NPC: "Cool man, good luck killing literally hundreds of Nazis!"
At times, the serious drama and B-movie comedy fuse really well, simultaneously pumping you up and making you laugh. Sometimes they'll just leave you scratching your head.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is a great example of oldschool design revitalized by modern concepts. Yes, it's cheesy, dumb, and over-the-top, but it manages to reign in these aspects by following them up with great action, memorable set-pieces, and characters that mostly evolve beyond your typical meathead grunts. This is a shooter that puts shooting first--and the second you dual-wield two laser guns and use them to destroy a dog made out of metal, you'll play the rest of Wolfenstein with a knowing grin.