If you played Wolfenstein: The New Order, then you understand the type of world Machine Games created when it rebooted the Wolfenstein franchise a few years ago. That world gets fleshed out a bit more in The New Colossus, which is out now for consoles and PC. The game continues the same excellent FPS gameplay from The New Order, but it ups the bonkers-meter by a factor of 10. This is one of the whackiest games I’ve ever played, which is due in part to its excellent cutscenes, but also to the sheer insanity that its campaign embraces.
I went ahead and did a video review for the game, which you can check out below. If you don’t like watching game reviews you can read the script embedded below it. My quick take on the game is that it gets a bit repetitive in terms of gameplay, but the campaign’s cutscenes and the sheer nuttiness of the game’s concept is well worth the price to play.
Hey now fans of the Wolfenstein, Matt Heywood here to review Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which just so happens to be one of the most insanely outrageous shooters to ever grace the gamescape.
If you haven’t been playing the rebooted Wolfenstein games, then you’re missing out on some of the best FPS gameplay in the genre, and some of the most gruesome and over-the-top action to ever be featured in a AAA title.
The New Colossus, like The New Order, presents you with a major choice early on that will affect how your campaign plays out by changing key story elements, so making this tough choice sets the stage for the brutality you will experience throughout the campaign’s 10-12 hour long campaign.
Once this choice is made you take the game’s protagonist, BJ Blascowicz, on a journey that features gameplay segments in a wheelchair, people getting their heads chopped off and remaining alive, and a cutscene that features a bare chested pregnant lady dual-wielding machine guns while covered in gallons of blood from her foes. I mean how can you not be intrigued by those scenarios? That is what this sequel offers, and if you love outrageousness in your games, then it doesn’t get much more insane than a game like Wolfenstein II.
Plus, how can you not appreciate a game that is literally all about laying waste to Nazis? In this alternate take on history the Nazis have won and have taken over America and have oppressed its people. It’s up to you as BJ and other freedom fighters to fight back against the massive and technologically advanced Nazi regime as you make your way through a war torn U.S. foiling Nazis in anyway you can.
You launch your attacks from the Evas Hammer U-boat, which serves as the game’s hub world and is actually bustling with life and activities to do outside of the campaign missions. I enjoyed the atmosphere on the Hammer, because it made the game have a bit of heart as it allows the player to see and interact with the people being oppressed by the Nazis. It’s just a nice change of pace from the frenetic missions, which feel like DOOM with an even more powerful protagonist.
At this time in the game’s world BJ is a legend on both sides of the fence, so he’s known as Terror Billy amongst the Nazis and strikes fear into their souls. This is probably a good thing, because you literally lay waste to everything in your path, and you also ignite at least two nuclear bombs to make your point.
This isn’t a game about solving puzzles or finding items to progress the plot. It’s literally just about killing ever Nazi in your path in the most brutal fashion possible. You can collect various weapons and even upgrade them this time around, and depending on your choice from the beginning of the game, you’ll also get a special super weapon that can quickly change the tide of any battle.
Now I love the blood-fueled gameplay, and don’t mind the level design of each mission, because they do offer alternate paths to reach your goals, the gameplay does get a bit stale overtime. In fact, I credit the lengthy cutscenes as being the highlights of the campaign in general. The colorful cast of characters each have their own unique personalities, and they’re all pretty large, so with each cutscene you basically watch a mini-movie to progress the plot from one gameplay sequence to the next. They’re just fun to watch, and contain great character moments and storytelling, so while the gameplay can get a bit repetitive, the cutscenes always remind you that you’re playing a very interesting game that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but also doesn’t feel like a lampoon of the FPS genre.
Wolfenstein II’s gameplay may get a bit old, which I don’t remember happening in The New Order, but thanks to its solid FPS gunplay, outrageous concepts, and very entertaining cutscenes, it’s still well worth checking out if you’re a Wolfenstein fan, or just like a solid FPS to play through. Not to mention it also looks pretty damn great, especially on the Xbox One X thanks to a new enhancement download.
The New Colossus earns itself a solid 8 out of 10 review score from Team EB. If you’re up for a completely insane FPS experience, BJ and friends have exactly what the doctor ordered.
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Review Statement: The author of this review was provided an Xbox One code by the publisher for the purposes of this review.