Heil the Third Reich
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus makes just as much a compelling story as its predecessor, The New Order, as the hotly-anticipated sequel takes us to an even more unbelievable world of Nazi future tech, Aryan supremacy, and a United States under the Third Reich. Picking up after the events of the 2014 game, which last left us with our hero B.J. Blazkowicz near-dead following an explosive finale with General Deathshead, The New Colossus kicks us back into action and gives us even more reason to shoot Nazis.
Building on its storytelling, one of The New Order’s strongest points, it’s good to see that The New Colossus keeps it up with memorable writing and realistic performances from characters who make us feel equally amused
CONCLUSION A stellar return to one of the most beloved FPS franchises.
and disturbed at the same time. The villainous Frau Engel is even more sadistic and unhinged than before, but it’s the new additions like Engel’s daughter, Sigrun and rebel leader, Grace who give the game renewed spirit. Each character feels flawed, complex, and incredibly human, lending personality to the story, while maintaining a balance between seriousness and comedy.
And while you’ll laugh at some scenes and cringe in others, it’s the backdrop of an America dominated by Nazis that is awe-mazing. Spanning over 15 hours of gameplay, the game puts on an emotional and frightening display of an industrial future under the Nazi regime. From the idyllic streets of Roswell, New Mexico in the middle of a Nazi parade, to the decimated ruins
of nuked York City (heh), every inch of Wolfenstein II’s detailed levels are designed to stir discomfort at its imagery of subjugation, propaganda, and the horrors of war. But when you’re not looking at the large, expansive environments, you’re making your way down a linear path to dispatch murder and mayhem upon waves and waves of Nazis. The action is frantic but satisfyingly smooth, and while the variety of weapons are everything you’d expect of the typical first-person shooter, Wolfenstein II lets you power them up with upgrades that do more than just increase the damage or let you carry more ammo. Additionally, being able to dual-wield also lets you customize the terror you can inflict guns akimbo, so despite enemies coming from every direction, gunfights never feel stale or repetitive.
Play it all too similar in one style, and you begin to unlock perks that change how B.J. can dole out his can of whuppin’, providing buffs that not only help in battles but also give players the edge over their enemies. This helps in the heat of the fight, especially when The New Colossus can be very unforgiving. Expect to die – a lot – even when you’re playing on medium, but it’s this need to mix and match your approach from stealth takedowns to intense firefights that keeps it all fresh.
Wolfenstein has come a long way since it started as a simple shooter back in 1992, and it’s grown up over the years. The New Order set a new standard in storytelling, complete with characters we actually cared for, but The New Colossus does more than just replicate the successes of the former. While it builds on what made the original so good with over-the-top action and brilliant writing, underneath it all there’s a deeper narrative of racism, nationalism, and politics that is not so unfamiliar to the world today. And that makes it a little bit more effective than before.
Gun on wheels, literally.