Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Cover Art
System: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Dev: MachineGames
Pub: Bethesda
Initial Release: October 27, 2017
Switch Release: 2018
Players: 1 Player
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs

Speaking of levels, the best part of playing Wolfenstein II is how much control you have over any given section. Levels, even enclosed rooms, are full of winding paths, nooks, and crannies. The options for navigating and fighting in a given space are many, with speed, verticality, and dexterity all being important factors. New to this entry are contraptions, devices BJ can use that grant him even more physical options. The gameplay loop of Wolfenstein II isn’t even a loop, really; BJ will tear across the screen, bash down doors, go in and out of vents, circle around to flank enemies by himself and even ram into things. All of this will happen while he is firing thousands of bullets, swinging hatchets around, and searching for enemy captains.

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The enemy captains are back, and so too are the sometimes-annoying stealth sections. In most cases, tracking down and killing the enemy captains quickly means avoiding unnecessary combat. BJ has limited tools for stealth, and tripping an alarm means a huge firefight. These sections can feel like they either slow down Wolfenstein II too much or make it more difficult than it should be, but do serve to shake things up a bit. Other nitpicks include the occasional visual glitch and a waypoint/guidance system that you often have to squint to see. These are minor complaints at best; Wolfenstein II builds on an already solid, established core and rather than make a ton of changes, adds new stuff on top instead. Everything feels in service of either connecting to the game’s story or enhancing MachineGames’ thesis of experimenting with space in the first-person shooter.

By the end of Wolfenstein II; The New Colossus, I felt overwhelmed. It was a lot to take in, so much so that 15 hours felt like so much less. It was like going to a rock concert, riding a roller coaster, and reading a thinkpiece condemning the alt-right all at once. When I jumped in, I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially with so much of the marketing playing up the comedic elements. What I got was more of what I liked in The New Order, but on a much larger scale, with ambitions that cared little for AAA conventions and comforts. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a project that wears its heart on its sleeve, and that sleeve is on a bright yellow motorcycle jacket with a red devil on the back that is being worn by a Texan Terminator who finds great joy in hacking away at Nazi soldiers with a hatchet.

Lucas White
Contributing Writer
Date: 10/26/2017

Looks great, but not afraid to sacrifice fidelity for performance. Character faces can look goofy even during serious moments.
Wolfenstein II is all about movement and momentum, and the controls help facilitate that strong core.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Earnest voice acting combined with a soundtrack that lives and breathes 60s-70s American counter culture when it isn’t rocking out, DOOM-style or hitting the strings when things get real.
Play Value
Bonus content to go through during and after the main story, but no alternative modes of play. Art gallery-style unlocks earned by finding collectibles. A pure single-player, story-driven experience.
Overall Rating - The Best
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • The Mission: Liberate America from the Nazis - Strap in for a heart-pounding journey as you fight the Nazi war machine on American soil. As BJ Blazkowicz, protect your family and friends, forge new alliances and face the demons of your troubled past as you rally pockets of resistance to overthrow the Nazi occupation.
  • The People: Rally the Resistance - Immerse yourself in a world brought to life by unforgettable characters who bring a new level of personality to the franchise. Reunite with your friends and fellow freedom fighters such as Anya, Caroline, Bombate, Set, Max Hass, Fergus or Wyatt, and befriend new characters such as Horton and Grace as you take on the evil Frau Engel and her Nazi army.
  • The Arsenal: Wield Devastating Guns and Future Tech - Blast Nazis to bits with high-tech weaponry such as the Laserkraftwerk, a multi-purpose, high-intensity laser weapon that can disintegrate enemies, or the Dieselkraftwerk, a rapid-fire, gas-powered grenade launcher that can devastate groups of enemies, or get up close and personal with advanced pistols, submachine guns, and hatchets. When you need a little more versatility, upgrade and dual-wield your favorite guns!
  • The Plan: Kill Every Nazi in Your Way - Everyone's favorite pastime! Unleash your inner war hero as you annihilate Nazis in new and hyper-violent ways. Lock and load futuristic guns and discover BJ's new set of abilities as you fight to free America. Regardless of your playstyle, invent all-new ways of stabbing, shooting, and killing Nazis.

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