Fans of one of the greatest franchises in gaming history will be overjoyed at the latest game in the Wolfenstein series, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. In our Wolfenstein 2 review, we are going to take a look at how William “B.J.” Blazkowicz returns to provide players with an opportunity to wreck enough damage on Nazis that Aldo Rayne would blush. To see it for yourself, check out the trailer.
|Type of game:||FPS|
|Total Play Time:||14-18 hours|
|System Requirements:||CPU:Intel Core i5-3570/i7-3770 or AMD FX-8350/Ryzen 5 1400
GPU: Nvidia GTX 770 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
HDD Space: 55 GB
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The World of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
While the Wolfenstein franchise has brought Nazi killing to a fine art, the fact is that The New Colossus does actually bring a few new twists to the series. For starters, the Nazis have won the war and the events take place as B.J. fights his way around New York as part of the Resistance; players of the New Order will immediately recognize where the game begins. Other campaigns are available as DC. While it may sound obvious, it bears repeating that Wolfenstein’s reliance on killing, some drug use, killing, some sexual content, and, well, killing, means that the game earns a M for Mature rating.
Atmosphere & Location
To describe Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus’s atmosphere in a word would be to call it unsettling. Yes, a lot of the battling with Nazis takes place in a nuclear wasteland in what was New York City. But scenes of places like Roswell, where the population enjoys an almost normal life, albeit speaking German, provide plenty of opportunity for players to face the realization that some people the player interacts with during gameplay are quite happy under Nazi rule.
Do not think that you will forget just how horrible the Nazis are. Without giving too much away, the first fifteen minutes provide players an opportunity to see just how heartless the opponent is. Needless to say, this makes stacking an impressive body count much easier, with the notable exception of one of the first times that a trigger is pulled.
As a result, the music and effects present in the game change throughout. While the player is on a captured U-boat, the mood switches from one of desperation to hope. Meanwhile, a parade attended by Klansmen may have the sort of sugary-fake patriotism that can make the player’s stomach roll. It is all focused in the end on creating an environment in which players will have no qualms about taking Nazi lives.
From the onset of the game, we get the idea that BJ stands up for those values of pluralism that make America what it is. Despite getting disciplined by his father for playing with a girl of a different race, he still manages to grow up to become someone who thinks that Nazism is wrong.
Unfortunately, BJ is not in such good shape when we find him. Stuck in a wheelchair, he is not the BJ that has been at the core of Wolfenstein since the 1980s. However, while the world may seem against BJ, fate is not. Hard work gets him more abilities, ultimately restoring his mobility.
BJ needs that mobility against the plethora of bad guys along the way. As alluded to earlier, a Nazified America has brought an unholy alliance between the occupying Nazis and the KKK, and BJ will have to fight his way through plenty in order to complete his objectives. Luckily the game makes it easy to hate enemies, starting with the very first racist that BJ encounters in the game.
BJ gets help from a number of friendly characters throughout the game. Anya returns, happy to kill Nazis and provide eye candy. From the start, other characters provide plenty of ways to help BJ. However, just as BJ is saved by the cast, he will be forced to make difficult decisions along the way.
Finally, a great deal of depth comes from the characters that simply exist. While the crew of Eva’s Hammer may be focused on destroying Nazi rule around the world, they are still surprisingly human. BJ’s conversations with them add an incredible amount of depth to the game, even when the exchanges have absolutely nothing to do with the mission at hand.
Wolfenstein has always been about killing Nazis, and the addition of a few Klansmen to the mix certainly doesn’t hurt matters. However, it is not simply blind killing. Instead, BJ is on a mission for the sake of America, and struggling with some pretty powerful personal demons of his own.
Fans of the Wolfenstein franchise will recognize that you start gameplay almost immediately following the end of The New Order. BJ is in rough shape, but takes it upon himself to find a way to topple Nazi rule in the United States, with the eventual dream of ending the plague of Nazism around the globe.
That will be no small task from a bombed-out New York City. However, if that were not enough, BJ also is threatened by the evil Frau Engel, the widow of a vanquished opponent and true believer in all the ideals of Nazism. Early in the game he is cornered, but finds a way to escape; that said, it is not without a heavy cost.
Ultimately BJ realizes that to make a Nazi-free America a reality, he will have to pull off the impossible. Along the way, he revisits the site of his first run-in with racism and hatred, finding it relived in far too painful detail. What follows is one of the greatest plot twists in the franchise’s history.
We won’t give away exactly what happens, but rest assured that with a little help from his friends, BJ is able to make a comeback that ranges from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial all the way to outer space, ultimately ending in true Wolfenstein fashion (meaning more dead Nazis). In the end during the post-game credits, BJ’s life comes full circle.
DLC & Expansion Packs
Three paid DLC content packs are available, but each is simply another campaign. Set in Chicago, California, and Alaska, characters like a former OSS assassin and an ex-sports star become American heroes. While their stories are fun, they simply do not measure up to the depth, and especially the plot twists, that occur in the vanilla version. As such, if you really can’t get enough of Wolfenstein 2, you’ll probably find them enjoyable, and they are around 10 bucks each on Steam (or 25 for the season pass, that gets you all three). Otherwise wait on a sale to complete your collection.
While the DLC is a bit more of a mixed back, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus brings engaging gameplay, a compelling storyline, and even more reason to want to kill Nazis. While the game can get a little agonizing in its sugar-coating of pre-war America (an irony that is not lost on the designers, given the first 15 minutes of the campaign), it has solid mechanics and a great storyline that help to keep players engaged throughout.
What about you? What did you think of your journey through Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus? Feel free to share your thoughts, as well if there is something you think we missed.