Wolfen­stein II: The New Colos­sus

TechLife Australia - - DISCOVER - [ SHAUN PRESCOTT ]

OVER 3,000 NAZIS DIE IN THIS SEC­OND REBOOTED IN­STALL­MENT. $99.95 | PC, PS4, XO | www.wolfen­stein.com

THE SEC­OND PART in a pro­posed tril­ogy, The New Colos­sus is — yet again — about long­time se­ries pro­tag­o­nist BJ Blazkow­icz kick­ing Nazi arse... with guns. Set in the af­ter­math of the first game, which saw the Nazi regime re­gret­tably win World War 2, The New Colos­sus spends the bulk of its time travers­ing a Nazi-oc­cu­pied United States. Think Philip K Dick’s Man in the High Cas­tle, ex­cept star­ring a cast of un­der­ground rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies hell bent on top­pling the sadis­tic fas­cists... with guns.

As you’d ex­pect, the bulk of your time spent in The New Colos­sus is shoot­ing at bad­dies, and that’s fine, be­cause MachineGames’ weapons are ex­plo­sive, pack­ing a punch that few other mod­ern FPS games can. But much like the first game, The New Colos­sus doesn’t cod­dle the player, and most will find this in­stal­ment a huge chal­lenge com­pared to con­tem­po­raries like Call of Duty or Bat­tle­front 2’ s cam­paign. While the mar­ket­ing posits the game as an un­re­lent­ing, cathar­tic Nazi killing sim­u­la­tor, you’ll ac­tu­ally need to re­sort to stealth a fair bit un­less you’re su­per­nat­u­rally dex­trous. But its chal­leng­ing nature isn’t a neg­a­tive: it makes the game more en­gag­ing and im­pact­ful, while fore­ground­ing the ur­gency of both Blazkow­icz and his en­tourage’s ef­forts. Also, the en­vi­ron­ments are much more richly de­tailed and im­pres­sive when com­pared to the first game, so spend­ing a lot of time in a sin­gle level isn’t as drain­ing as it used to be.

MachineGames is a master of game cine­matog­ra­phy... and guns, so the stu­dio has not seen fit to ‘in­no­vate’ much with this se­quel — it’s about as bread and but­ter as a mod­ern block­buster game can be. There are new weapon up­grades which help the player cus­tomise their ap­proach marginally, but all in all, The New Colos­sus will ap­peal to any­one who likes straight­for­ward sin­gle-player cam­paigns: a true rar­ity in this era of mul­ti­player loot box nickel and dim­ing.

There’s a lot to process here, but the he­li­copter should prob­a­bly go first.

Yes, there are Nazi ro­bots and, yes, you ought to throw grenades at them. Prefer­ably from a dis­tance, though.

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