January 1, 2020 at 10:01 PM #1546
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Rating: 3.5 – Good
A whole lot of dead Nazis
Wolfenstein: The New Order was a solid FPS that proved first-person shooters can do well without tacking on a multiplayer mode just for the sake of it. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone expansion, was disappointing, pointless filler. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is definitely not pointless filler in terms of the plot, but the gameplay does sometimes feel rather mediocre and uninspired, so it falls somewhere in-between.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is an FPS game, and that’s basically all you need to know about it. The game does almost nothing to differentiate itself from other games in the genre, and can sometimes feel tedious or uninspired because of that. Having said that, it absolutely nails the FPS formula, and while it may feel like a by the numbers FPS, it’s one of the most polished first-person shooter experiences on the market.
The New Colossus gives players plenty of guns to utilize as they slaughter endless hordes of Nazis. The game is basically just an endless stream of death from start to finish, with some breaks thrown in like busy work on the submarine home base. The endless bloodshed becomes rather ineffective by the time the credits roll, and it almost feels like the game is just absurdly violent so that it can claim to be.
In terms of gameplay, Wolfenstein II is largely the same as its predecessor, though the checkpoints are a little more spread out and frustrating. The difficulty level is also higher, though players can alleviate it a bit by upgrading BJ. BJ is at half health for about half the game, though, which doesn’t help matters, and makes getting through the first half a lot more difficult than it needs to be.
Speaking of BJ, this game really tries to make him a believable or sympathetic character and it absolutely falls on its face trying to do so. Players are bombarded with shocking imagery of BJ’s rough childhood and problems, but BJ is just such an unrealistic character that it’s hard to take it seriously. BJ slaughters hundreds of people on a daily basis, he fights off robots with ease, and completes unrealistic feats of strength and athleticism. He’s like a superhero, except he is supposed to be a regular human being.
While that aspect of the plot doesn’t work, that isn’t to say that the story is a complete waste. The cast of characters all have unique personalities and very entertaining, and choices players made in the first game influence parts of the second. There are a few different story moments that are brilliantly executed, and as the plot picks up near the end, each cut-scene feels like a real treat.
Overall, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is one of the most polished FPS games on the market. However, it feels like a lot more of the same, and that prevents it from reaching its full potential. Anyone that really liked the first game will find plenty to love here, but those looking for a bit more substance in their games may have to look elsewhere.
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