Review of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus game the new release from MachineGames for PS4, Xbox One and PC
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus: Review
The new Wolfenstein appeared in 2014 out of nowhere and became one of the best shooters ever. The sequel is finally here under the name Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The game is developed by the award-winning studio MachineGames. An exhilarating adventure brought to life by the industry-leading id Tech 6, Wolfenstein II sends players to Nazi-controlled America on a mission to recruit the boldest resistance leaders left.
The intro and beginning of the game are a bit boring, as we saw that kind of plots hundreds of time before… Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus picks up right after the events of The New Order, and unsurprisingly, our hero Billy “BJ“ Blazkowicz is in bad shape, bleeding out. Awakening five months later, he continues his crusade against the Nazis, joining with resistance groups in America to start a revolution.
And from the start game is pretty hard and sometimes frustrating. This first mission sets the tone and shows you just how much skill, patience and luck you will need to complete all the missions. Bound to a wheelchair, our (your) hero BJ Blazkowicz feels oddly vulnerable. Your health bar is at 50% all the time, you move slowly and the odds to finish just first mission seem impossible. Soon you’ll find yourself in a special mechanical suit that raises your maximum armor to 200 and you can leave wheelchair, but you’ll remain at 50% health. And after that first mission, the real fun starts. So if you are not on the edge of your set by now, maybe this game isn’t the right fit for you. You should try some nonviolent titles, or maybe you should try some free games here. There are fun and easy to play, and completely non-violent. This title is for real hardcore fans of the first-person shooter, violent, full of blood games.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is unapologetic about making the player face horrific cruelties, and at crucial points, the game forces you to not only observe but to interact with shocking, gruesome moments. You’ll be forced to make decisions where either outcome is horrifying, with a branching storyline that reflects the bad-or-bad decisions you’ve made. Despite The New Colossus is violent and brutal, it also manages to be funny and human. Every new scene offers fresh surprises for a player.
The thing that I like about this game is an arsenal of weapons that BJ can care. This game isn’t realistic about weapon carrying like Call of Duty for example. No, BJ can carry and swap between weapons at will, and it is really satisfying. There is an improvement to the stealth elements, but you can choose how you will finish your main and side quests. Later in the game, upgrades that allow you to specialize in stealth, melee, and height boost to gain tactical advantage expand our hero’s combat skills even further, turning him into a Nazi killing machine.
Most missions are broken up into rooms with one or two commanders who are capable of calling for reinforcements and who you need to eliminate in one way or another. You can choose to just shoot your way through waves of enemies (my favorite way), or you can try to take out the commanders quietly before you clear rest of the room. Things escalate quickly when heavy enemies show up since it’s sometimes really difficult to take them out quietly. Enemy variety and multiple paths through any given area mean you’ll be rewarded with a thrilling fight regardless of how you decide to tackle it, and that is a great feature in this game that calls you to play it over and over again.
Another really interesting thing in this game are cut-scenes that appear between missions and those scenes reveal intimate details about even minor characters. Each person has their own story of oppression and marginalization.
With all told, I really liked playing The New Colossus, even though I found the game sometimes really hard. If you’re looking for a really fun solo shooter, you could do much worse. Fight the Nazis in iconic American locations, equip an arsenal of lots of badass guns, and unleash new abilities to blast your way through legions of Nazi soldiers. The things I liked are compelling setting, exciting gunfights and clever writing. The things I didn’t like are difficulty and a bit clumsy stealth segments, but if you liked The New Order, you’ll like this, too. If you didn’t…well, this probably isn’t going to change your mind. I completed the main campaign in about twelve hours. Immediately started a new playthrough so I could enjoy it again. This game has my recommendation.