Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Game Review
This sequel dives right back into the action, as a new episode in the fight for freedom
unfolds on American soil.
Shooters are a dime in a dozen these days and most offer little in the way of a compelling storyline. But MachineGames has always enjoyed success with making games that do, especially for the FPS genre. This was proven when it released Wolfenstein: The New Order in 2014 and now they have done it again with the series’ sequel – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Continuing from where The New Order left off, The New Colossus begins with a prologue where the protagonist – William ”B.J” Blazkowicz – is given a choice of which comrade he wants to save, a choice that determines key plot points in the game. Rescued by the Kreisau Circle, B.J wakes from his injury-induced coma to an enemy attack on the Nazi submarine the Circle had commandeered and must hit the ground running, or rolling in this case, in the ongoing rebellion against the Nazis.
At the beginning, B.J is badly injured and has to wheel himself around in a wheelchair.
That doesn’t stop him from turning Nazis into honeycombs. Wolfenstein II is certainly
unapologetic for its violence-solves-all approach and there will be many FPS fans
that like that. The beginning scenario in the U-boat functions as the tutorial part of
the game, in case the player hasn’t played the first game. However, the gameplay isn’t
complicated and most will be able to jump right into the action without missing a beat.
The typical shooter FPS elements apply in this game, so you’ll get to use multiple gun types, jump and crouch (once you get back on your feet again later on). B.J can also
punch his opponents in the face, or sneak up on then for a grisly kill by using a hatchet.
As you progress through the game and perform different actions, some of them will
reach milestones that then unlocks perks for you.
For example, killing a certain number of enemies by dual-wielding guns will increase
your total ammo capacity. You will also occasionally find parts that can be used to upgrade your weapons, such as a suppressor for your pistol, increased damage for rifles,
When you’re not killing alternate universe Nazis, you’ll be looking to complete set
objectives for the missions in the game. There are also collectibles in the game, such as the Starcards and concept arts. Even if you’re not a fan of scrounging around corners for them, you would want to find upgrade kits for your arsenal of mass murder. From traversing the depths of the submarine for hidden enemies to the abandon streets of an American city now conquered by the Reich, the game never gets dull as action (or another cutscene) is always around the corner.
One of the more unique aspects of this game is the power suit, which gives B.J. high armour, super strength and an ability to dual-wield even the biggest guns in the game. Wolfenstein II certainly encourages you to do this and you likely won’t even feel any reduction in firing accuracy.
As mentioned, missions in Wolfenstein II are mostly objective-based. In each mission,
you have to complete set objectives to beat it. Of course, you’ll be waylaid by multiple
types of enemies while doing so. You can either choose to go guns blazing and kill
everything in your way, or be more cautious and stealthily take down the Nazi officers to
prevent them from sounding the alarm. Whichever way you choose is up to you,
since the game doesn’t limit your playstyle in that sense. Choosing the second method
tends to slow down the pace of the game, as you’ll be spending time studying the patrol
route of the enemies and the surroundings, to find the best time to strike. However,
unless you’re playing on the easiest difficulty, charging in Rambo-style isn’t always the best method either, because you might find yourself outnumbered and dead within seconds. A mix of both is the best, so you’ll have to know when to switch tactics.
The narrative in Wolfenstein II is fantastic, easily the best thing about the game. It’s shockingly bloody and doesn’t shy away from depicting social woes like racism,
abuse and more. MachineGames has built a dystopian alternate world where alien
technology helped the Reich achieve victory in the world wars, loaded with a rich cast of
characters that have distinct personalities and feel very real. Our only lament is that
this epic tale is a short one, as is typical for FPS titles.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Genre: First-person shooter, action-adventure
Info: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)
System Requirements Platform: wolfenstein.bethesda.net
Gameplay: 4 out of 5 star
Sound: 4 out of 5 star
Replayability:3 out of 5 star