Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – A Fun, Thought-Provoking Game
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus takes its place as the newest entry in the long-running Wolfenstein series, and is a sequel to 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order. Both games are set in an alternate 1960s in which the Axis powers won World War II, and you fight against the global order established by the Nazis as macho soldier B.J. Blazkowicz. So, besides the unusual setting, what makes this game different from other first-person shooters?
Wolfenstein II is an old-school FPS, much different from games that are more popular now like Call of Duty. However, unlike another FPS that pays homage to decades gone by, 2016’s Doom, Wolfenstein encourages stealth: if you just run into a group of enemies, you will be quickly overwhelmed. Instead, you should take out commanders, who can summon reinforcements, one by one. The game is also much different to modern FPS games in that you must collect health packs and armor, rather than rely on automatically regenerating health.
Like most other FPS games, you will acquire new weapons and upgrades as you go along. The weapons are pretty standard fare for a set of this type, including assault rifles and shotguns. The ability to dual-wield weapons has also been added to The New Colossus’ formula, and you can upgrade weapons to be more efficient in certain situations like fighting against robotic enemies.
Some of the upgrades come in the form of perks, that, for instance, increase your carrying capacity, while others are a bit more interesting, like “battle walkers” – a set of stilts that allow you to reach high vantage points and survey the battlefield.
Wolfenstein II is very story-focused, with a decent portion of the game being taken up by cutscenes. The story itself is entertaining enough: a somewhat severe (and, apparently, disturbing) view of what the world would look like had Nazi Germany taken over the planet. However, it also goes deep into the realm of silliness, which is something wholly intended by the developers (consider that the Wolfenstein series is famous for “Mecha-Hitler,” in which the dictator fights the player while wearing a high-tech robot suit).
I found myself appreciating both the serious as well as the silly aspects of the game. Overall, if you are someone who understands alternate history, along with some light-hearted, very surreal and over-the-top humor, you will appreciate what Machine Games has tried to do here.
Overall, Wolfenstein II is a worthy sequel to 2014’s The New Order. It’s a great buy for people who enjoy well-written, thought-out stories as well as a very challenging experience, especially on higher difficulties.