Review: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4)

Review: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch *2018
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
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Title: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (56.37 GB)
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: MachineGames
Original MSRP: $59.99
ESRB Rating: M
PEGI: 18
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Audio Review:
The audio review for this game is available on Episode 549 of the podcast at 73:00.

Gameplay:
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the latest in the Wolfenstein series and the first sequel ever made by MachineGames. This one was designed to be the middle part of what has been planned as a trilogy.

This game aims to get more into the backstory of our protagonist, BJ Blazkowicz (aka Terror Billy). It’s not a happy story and the developers really aren’t pulling any punches here. Right off the bat you’re thrown into a flashback with young William Blazkowicz that’s just brutal. Seriously, I was incredibly uncomfortable with what was going on in the scene and really didn’t want to be a part of it. It was great.

You eventually wake up on Eva’s Hammer, a massive U-Boat the resistance has commandeered but you’re a broken shell of the man that BJ once was. Your health is constantly hovering at 50% and Anya, the love of your life, is pregnant with twins.

You’ll need to make a choice near the beginning of the game which relates to events in the previous installment. Each of the two choices will open up a different set of weapons and make some changes to the characters and storyline. It’s well worth trying both ways under different saves.

This time around, you’ll be headed home to America. In this alternate timeline however, the Nazis have nuked and invaded the country and are now in control. Not everyone was unhappy to see them as the KKK has greeted them with open arms and the country is full of collaborators. You need to gather up what’s left of the resistance and start planning an uprising.

The game takes you around the country to some really cool locations including New York City, New Orleans, Area 51 and some other places that I don’t want to spoil. Eva’s Hammer serves as the hub between missions and you can take your time with little quests and mini missions, talk to other characters, play the old Wolfenstein 3D, or just catch your breath.

The combat is excellent and there are machine parts littered among the dozens of other collectibles that you can use to upgrade your weapons as you see fit. Dual wielding with nearly any combination of weapons is allowed and the game is really designed to let you play the way you see fit.

There are also three major upgrades along the way and you won’t be able to acquire all of them in a single playthrough so you have to figure out which one fits your playstyle best. For Stealth gameplay there’s a constrictor harness that let you go all Eugene Tooms. Ram Shackles will turn you into Juggernaut, with the ability to run full speed into enemies and obliterate them while the Battle Walker essentially makes you… Inspector Gadget(?) with mechanical stilts that raise you up to high places.

Each one gives you a different tactical advantage and caters to a particular playstyle. What’s nice is that the game tends to be set up to allow you to really play whichever way you want and change it up on the fly. It certainly keeps things from getting boring, not that there’s any real chance of that.

The writing in general and the characters in particular are among the best in games in the past few years. The development team has taken the time to refine the story, gameplay mechanics, the graphics, and just about everything else to deliver an amazing experience.

Visuals:
This is one of the best looking games I’ve played this year. The level of detail in every inch of the world is outstanding. For someone who enjoys taking the time to appreciate the scenery, like I do, every level is an absolute delight.

It’s fascinating to see the take on an alternate America where the Nazis have taken over. All the little details scattered throughout the world really drive the point home.

Audio:
The audio is another high point in a game full of them. Excellent writing and outstanding voice acting helps add up to one of the most compelling and well acted stories of the year, and considering the competition, that’s really saying something.

The soundtrack is full of Nazi-infused Americana and you can see that a lot of thought was put into the effect an occupation would have on the popular culture in general and the music in particular. It’s absolutely fantastic.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is one player only with no online component.

Conclusion:
MachineGames has put together a sequel that does everything a good sequel should and then some. Refinements to the game mechanics along with changes for the better coupled with a stronger story and dialogue results in a memorable experience and one of the best games of the year.

There’s so much going on here that’s worth seeing and experiencing that this is one game you really don’t want to miss.

Score:
9.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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