Hello everyone, hope you're doing well, and welcome to my review of Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus! First off, I'd just like to say that I had to take a little break from posting on here because not only do I work full time, but I've been sick as a dog for the past few days and just didn't have the mental focus to write anything. I'm feeling a bit better now though and I'm ready to talk about my experience with this new game.
Wolfensein 2 The New Colossus is an action adventure game developed by MachineGames, and published by good ol Bethesda. This was released on October 27th 2017 for both Playstation 4, and Xbox One, with a release coming for the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2018. Believe it or not it's the eighth main entry in the Wolfenstein series, and this one picks up right where The New Order left off.
Anyone who played Bethesda's, The New Order, will already be familiar with the story of part 2. This takes place in an alternate reality where back in World War 2 the Nazi's won instead of the Allies. Now the year is 1961 and the world looks very different than it does now. Horrible Nazi's have control of everything, and only small groups of resistance fighters exist as the worlds last hope of ever getting rid of these terrors.
Since this is an alternate timeline, the speed at which technology has advanced has changed as well, and the Nazi's are in possession of some crazy futuristic weaponry, huge airships, and god knows what else. So when playing through the game you can tell it's back in the sixties, but it also feels like it's in the future sometimes. I find all this to be very interesting and it makes me think what would have happened if the Allies lost World War 2, what would the world we live in look like today?
You play as returning protagonist, B J Blazkowicz, who suffered life threatening injuries at the end of The New Order. You somehow manage to survive this but you're relegated to a wheelchair since your legs no longer work. So at the start of this game, the first level has you wheeling around shooting Nazi's, trying to escape from a submarine. I wont spoil anything, but something happens, something in a scene I found to be very disturbing actually, where you end up in a futuristic suit of armor that allows you to stand and move freely from now on.
The New Colossus is full of interesting characters that are pretty well fleshed out. The people on your team that you can interact with at your base, are all likable, well done, and even though you don't spend a whole lot of time with them their back stories make them three dimensional. The main antagonist, General Engel, is probably the most memorable though because of her over the top cruelty. She is just the epitome of evil and she loves it, to the point where some of the scenes with her were kind of hard to watch for me. Some very disturbing things happen whenever she's around, and I couldn't wait for a chance to give her what she deserves.
Not only are the parts of the game with General Engel pure evil, but right at the beginning you see some flashbacks into B J's past where he's a child hiding from his abusive, racist, horrible father. The scenes with B J's father and General Engel are there to show you what comes from somebody who is full of hate, and what they're capable of. This kind of unchecked cruelty can turn people into monsters and make them do terrible things. That's where B J and his group of resistance fighters come in, they're the only ones brave enough to stand up to these people and try to do something to stop it.
After being exposed to the terrible things these Nazi's do, you don't feel bad in the slightest for mowing them down with machine guns whenever you can. It's a very effective storytelling tool, that gives you proper motivation for wanting to go to any lengths necessary to kill every last one of them. Although it is very effective, it's also very disturbing as well, so if you're faint of heart you might want to look away during some of those scenes, or maybe skip them. But any story where the Nazi's win World War 2 is bound to be hard to watch at times, that's to be expected, it doesn't change the fact that this game is incredibly fun to play once it gets going.
Gameplay is where Wolfenstein 2 really shines, that combined with level and enemy variations made this a joy to play through even with it's heavy subject matter. Right from the get go the action ramps up and rarely ever subsides. You're a one man Nazi killing machine with the right tools for the job, but you're not invincible. As you run around the level the action is fast and smooth as can be, but sometimes there are just too many enemies. I found myself getting killed quite a bit and having to rethink my strategy for taking everyone out. You do get plenty of weaponry to make it through, but sneaking around and being stealthy is encouraged and should not be overlooked. If you can take out some bad guys without being seen and thin out the heard, it makes it much easier to finish off the rest guns blazing.
You will find all the weapons you'd expect in a game like this, pistol, SMG, machine gun, shotgun, grenade launcher, etc. There's also some heavy weapons that require two hands to operate, that you can scavenge from fallen enemies. These are incredibly powerful and are very useful against larger armored bad guys, or mechanical dogs. All normal weapons can be used with one hand, allowing you to duel-wield any combination you wish. If you want to have two machine guns and just mow down anything in your way this can be very effective. Or maybe you want to use a silenced pistol in one hand to sneakily kill as many as you can, with a shotgun in the other hand just in case you get caught. It's really up to you how you want to mix and match guns, so feel free to experiment.
The only thing about duel-wielding is that for one thing it takes up a lot of the screen, at first this was a little distracting, but I got used to it pretty quickly. Also there is only one weapon wheel to cycle through what guns you have, and this is for both hands. So if you want to change a weapon during a shootout there's no way to pause the action so you can think for a second, making this a clumsy way to switch guns. This led to me dying a lot, but wasn't really a big deal overall, just make sure you find secure cover before attempting to change weapons.
The perk system from the first game is still here this time around, basically how it works is whatever means you use in combat will level up the more you use it. So if you throw a lot of grenades, the grenade perk levels up, if you duel-wield a lot that will level up, if you stealth kill a lot that will level up, etc. Making the way you play more powerful and efficient, with prolonged use. I like this style of leveling because it encouraged me to try new things I wouldn't normally do, just so I could get stronger and well rounded.
Another thing that I enjoyed was the linear level gameplay. So many games nowadays think they have to be open world, when that's not the case. Wolfenstein 2 has you going from place to place and is able to tell an engaging story because of it's linearity. There are collectibles and upgrades to find in each level so exploring is encouraged, but once you finish a level you're on to the next. Each new place is usually very different from the last and gives you the feeling of going on an epic journey, where the action and tension never lets up. I don't want to spoil any of the locations you'll be going to, but there's no lack of variety in location or enemies.
The experience I had with this game was very engaging and a lot of fun. Combat is incredibly smooth and tight, the characters are well done and likable, and the enemy is very intimidating. The actors playing these roles all gave excellent performances, and even General Engel felt believable as the most evil woman to ever live. MachineGames and Bethesda really knocked it out of the park with this one, and as long as you're not to squeamish I think you'll be blown away. Any fan of first person shooters should definitely go out and pick this game up, it's well done and pretty long too. I give Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus a score of...............................
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