Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

Wolfenstein has certainly turned up the action to 11 in this latest installment of Nazi slaying. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus surprised me in almost every single way, bringing great characters along for the ride.

It’s a bloody and emotional rollercoaster ride as you take the fight to the high tech Nazi. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is set in an alternative world where the Nazis won the war and subsequently took control of the USA. Now you’ll find a different world to the one you’re used to, filled with SS soldiers patrolling the streets and chatting with KKK members – it can be quite disturbing.

That horrific picture aside, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus offers an amazing story for you to embark on. The transitions between its scenes are done perfectly and one moment you’ll be laughing, the next you’ll find your stomach churning. It’s crazy, cruel and hilarious and it doesn’t pull any punches.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a game that rests on brilliantly well-written characters with superb acting to compliment. I haven’t found an antagonist as good as General Engel in a long time. She’s terrifying in all the right ways and will be remembered for a long time because of it.

There’s plenty to feel uncomfortable about in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Whether is the flashbacks in BJ’s past or it’s the sheer bloodshed and torture, there’s no doubt you’ll feel it at some point.

Above all else Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is another showing that great characters matter so much in video games and having them can only make your title stand above the rest.

The roughly 14 hour-long campaign is full of everything you’d expect and some things you wouldn’t. There are some genuine twists and turns thorough and jaw-dropping moments that remind me of how I felt after Game of Thrones’ red wedding.

Gruesomely murdering your way through hordes of Nazis is great thanks to some fast, smooth and solid first-person shooter mechanics. I felt like I could approach most situations, as I wanted to. Stealth is a real option if you wish in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, but you can also go in all guns blazing and really cause some chaos.

By performing headshots or burning foes to a crisp you can earn upgrades from the game. This reward system encourages you to mix you your gameplay style, which in turn keeps things fresh throughout.

The weapons in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus might seem a little standard on the face of it, but players can customise these and this is where things get really interesting. Weapons can have variants attached to them, which allow for things like extra ammo capacity, scopes and a lot of other interesting changes. Some of these weapons additions are really rare, however, so receiving them makes it feel like a real treat. If that’s not enough, you can also dual wield weapons for some real firepower.

Switching weapons in the game can be a bit of a negative experience. The action is so fast paced at times that it would have been nice to have been able to pause the game to do this – unfortunately, that’s not an option and can result in some unwanted situations.

The protagonist BJ is not an immortal in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. If you don’t take care, you will die, so play smart and don’t try to be a tank. I like this aspect to Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus as it made me think about my actions and where I could find cover. I did find the game was a little picky about which objects you can jump over, however. This resulted in more than a few deaths as I tried to jump over things I was sure I could.

There have been some real positive changes from the last game, not least is the ability to collect items by running over them. I can’t tell you how annoying it was to button bash in order to collect items in the last game, so I’m really pleased this has been changed.

The level designs in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is also great and exactly what you think a Nazi-occupied USA would look like. Some real creativity has gone into some of the environments and I felt fully immersed in the world. Its gloomy at times and the mood can be tense. You’ll find pockets of lore dotted around the world, which tells of the backstory – a very interesting read and some great writing to boot.

You can also have some chilling interactions with NPCs, some of which I must say look a little odd. On the whole, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus looks incredible, but I found some NPCs that looked like they had been forgotten about with PS3 quality textures. I’m not sure if this was a bug or just because they are lesser characters, but thankfully there wasn’t many.

All in all Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a fantastic first-person shooter and includes one of the most engaging stories I’ve played in a while. The characters are so well written and the acting only cements your investment in them.

The action never stops when you’re in the thick of it, but some moments of genuine humor to help with the downtime. This is a game with a fantastic nemesis and an all-star cast to help you overthrow them. It’s fast and its fun and there’s no better place to blow up some Nazis right now.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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