Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

Billy Blazkowisc is back!

Posted by B1ueSeptember   22nd November 2017
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the newly released sequel to the critically acclaimed Wolfenstein: The New Order. Set in an alternate 1960�??s reality in which the Nazis (who won World War II) dominate the globe, the game continues the story of Captain William �??B.J.�?� Blazkowisc in his fight against the Nazi regime. How does Billy�??s latest adventure compare to the original? Let�??s have a look.

The easiest way to describe The New Colossus is as a Quentin Tarantino movie with great gameplay �?? a serious story with compelling characters tempered with elements of dark humor and over-the-top bloody violence and profanity. The opening scene sums it up pretty well. The game picks up precisely where the last game left off. You, as Billy, wake up from a five-month coma to find your body broken. Anya, the woman you love, embraces you and whispers that she�??s pregnant with twins. Then you, because you�??re Billy Blazkowisc, drag yourself into a wheelchair and rampage through the building massacring Nazis with a machine gun. Sound fun so far? Read on.

The game is a classic, level-based first-person shooter with RPG elements. The player embarks on closed missions, returning to the resistance base between missions. The levels are largely linear with meeting goals required to progress but usually with multiple ways to get there. In addition to the story missions are unlockable side-missions in which you can assassinate Nazi officers, gather experience and weapons upgrades, and just have more bloody fun.

Combat can take two forms �?? fast, intense open combat or methodical stealth play. On the normal difficulty setting (you have six difficulties to choose from), enemies are hard-hitting and accurate; you can�??t take it for long. This forces you to stay constantly on the move, gathering ammo, health, and armor, killing those you can and playing keep away with the rest. The game does have a cover system, but it�??s very rudimentary. Considering the Nazi tendency to swarm you, run �??n gun is much more effective. This all translates into hard but satisfying combat. You�??ll find yourself hitting the �??Continue�?� button regularly, sometimes multiple times from the same checkpoint, but it�??s okay since it�??s fun the whole way.

And the best part is how beautifully the game is made. The characters are gritty, unique, and believable, especially the monstrous General Engel. The story is hard hitting with plenty of backstory that helps explain the psyche of our hero �??Terro Billy.�?� We even have a cameo of Hitler, a sick old man (in more ways than one) hiding out on Venus. The game is so over-the-top in every way, but it works to create an amazing ride. It�??s one of those rare gaming experiences that gives a player little to nothing to complain about.

One word of warning �?? this game is mature in every way �?? blood, violence, profanity, sex �?? it�??s all here. If you have any young ones in the house, make sure they�??re not around when you play. This is for adults only.

Score: 9 out of 10

Release Date: October 27, 2017
Platform: Xbox One

Written by Vulcan1770

Stealth David

Stealth David 23 Nov 2017 00:31:09

Another great Job Vulcan! Good luck with that one achievement!
Lethal Hunter

Lethal Hunter 23 Nov 2017 13:46:08

I'll probably get this for Christmas.
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