Wolfenstein used to be a favorite shooting franchise for many gamers. But when The New Order appeared a few years back, the gaming community hadn’t expected much because the series has taken a couple of downturns. MachineGames managed to reboot the franchise to the delight of thousands of fans. Today, we get the chance to play the latest sequel Wolfenstein II The New Colossus.
The game picks up things where the previous game finished. It’s still the same alternate universe where the Axis won the World War II, and you will again play as B. J. Blazkowicz. In case you didn’t play The New Order (then we suggest you do that because it is a good game) there is a video sequence that will provide all the necessary info about the story.
The Combination of Opposites
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a first-person shooter game. It’s one of those releases where you expect a lot of action, and you feel like the plot is just getting in the way. Yes, there is a lot of high-paced shooting in the game, but your focus will equally be in the story because MachineGames knows how to put together an intriguing plot.
The very first scene sees Blazkowicz insulted by a familiar antagonist who asks him how he expects to be a hero when he is bound to a wheelchair. Yes, the main plot is to stop the Nazis that are now ruling the USA and their idea about the importance of purity and race superiority. But B.J.’s subplot is equally intriguing as we get to see him dealing with such familiar human issues like sadness, worries, and mortality. He has been through a lot, and the game doesn’t neglect the influence the events had on his state of mind.
Can Blazkowicz Find the Strength?
After getting injured at the end of the last game, B.J. Blazkowicz doesn’t look like he is strong enough for another battle. However, with his beloved Anya pregnant in the world still controlled by Nazis, he will have to gather the energy for another fight. At the start of the game, you make a choice that makes specific differences when it comes to the storyline. The main quest remains intact, but you will notice changes in the timeline, as well as in the choice of weapons you can use.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is an incredibly brutal and dark game. Fortunately, the authors lightened up the atmosphere by implementing weird comedy bits at just the right places. It will take you about 12 hours to complete the main storyline, and you will laugh several times on the way.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is Stunning
Everything looks darn well in TNC, starting from characters and moving on to the environments and level design. The comrades that are battling on your side also have their carefully designed stories that contribute to the overall emotional depth of the plot. In fact, some are that detailed that you will wish to play with them.
The game is set in the 1960s, but in the America that is ruled by Nazis. On your trip through the country, you will see that New Orleans now has a wall around the city which should keep the unwanted guests away. Manhattan has been turned into a nuclear wasteland, while the Ku Klux Klan now has thousands of members and plays a vital accomplice to Nazis in controlling America.
It’s Time to See Some Guns!
The story is very intriguing, but it’s time for some action and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus offers A LOT of it. Despite the intricate plot, the premise remains simple – Nazis are bad, and you should kill them. The combat remains mostly the same like in the previous installment of the series, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Although it will eventually get a bit repetitive, it will never stop being exciting because it’s just fun to kick some Nazi ass.
The levels are beautiful, but they remain somewhat linear. There are a bunch of items that you can collect, so make sure that you explore the alternate routes the game occasionally offers. You can choose from a wide range of weapons to blow up the Nazi bastards, and you can use both hands for shooting, which contributes to the already high pace of the action.
Upgrades: More Ammo, More Skills, More Everything
Upgrading your weapons will make them more powerful or enable you bigger magazines, which will improve the shooting efficiency. For example, if you want to increase the ammunition you are allowed to carry, you can do that by using the dual-wield option to perform kills. If you’re going to enhance your stealth skills, you should start surprising your opponents and taking them down quietly.
Unfortunately, although the developers wanted to make sure that stealth becomes a viable option, it doesn’t seem that is the case in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. In short, sneaking around is incredibly tough because enemies can detect every small mistake you make. Some of them can call for backup, and you will soon realize that coming in with your guns blazing is a better option.
A Bit Difficult, but It Is Worth It
TNC won’t be shy when it comes to making things tough for you. You should be prepared to die in the game, especially if you choose one of the harder difficulty settings. Fortunately, the system that allows you to save at any point will enable you to repeat the tricky spots as many times as you like. Oh, and there are seven difficulty levels, so everyone can decide which one best suits them. Just don’t forget we warned when you increase the difficulty settings!
When you need a break from shooting up Nazis, you can return to the base. The headquarters of the resistance is a U-boat called Eva’s Hammer. Here you can find other members of the group, interact with them, and head to several side quests offered. Perhaps the only thing the developers omitted to include is multiplayer, but with the flood of MMO games these days, we are glad that we got a fantastic single-player shooter.