Let me start by saying that Wolfenstein as a series has been a complete unknown for me. I know that it carries a significant importance in the history of id Software and it was considered one of the pioneer first person shooters along with Doom and Quake, yet I never really had a chance to test it out. Not until Machine Games released the first Wolfenstein reboot in 2014. I had zero expectations when I played this game on the PS4 and honestly I was blown away by the story, the characters and more importantly, the extremely satisfying and addictive gameplay nature of it.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is a straightforward sequel to the original game where the story is set after the events featured in the first game ending with William “BJ” Blazkowicz getting injured and going into a coma. He spends nearly 14 years in this coma after his fight to death with an evil Nazi scientist however it turns out that during his disappearance, the world has been taken over by the Nazis who have now started to rule it with an iron fist. BJ wakes up to this world and knowing his nature, he decides to start a rebellion to take down the Nazi empire leading to the start of the story in Wolfenstein 2. This is basically an alternative history world where the developers try to imagine what would happen if Nazis succeeded in their war.
Everyone’s favorite character, William “BJ” Blazkowicz is back in Wolfenstein 2 and this time he is not going to take it all lightly. This is clear immediately with the opening when you to witness some really brutal moments and get introduced to the world which will be your home for the majority of the game. The opening prologue highlights the best part of the Wolfenstein series and why it is always so enjoyable. The developers understand how to properly implement the cinematic moments with the gameplay segments that are integrated in a way that you will rarely feel the flow of the game breaking with them.
Wolfenstein 2 shares some DNA with DOOM which is not as surprising to see considering both games use the same game engine. The similarity is merely related to how some of the more advanced weapons feel and how responsive the controls fare next to the action packed gameplay. You have a great arsenal of weapons to kill the Nazis including laser weapons and machine guns. The game seems to embrace the silliness of its violence by providing you with plenty of ammo to use, and letting you execute some brutal kills.
The game isn’t necessarily as challenging but there are some segments where it is possible to get frustrated with the difficulty. It challenges you to utilize your skills and shooting experience to get ahead, but this also means you will have to retry through many of the same sections in order to progress ahead. While the original Wolfenstein was a strict linear affair, the sequel has attempted to add some semi-open segments into the mix. These are not as frequent in the start where the narrative takes some time to properly set up a story hook for the main characters and introduces the villains.
Don’t expect to play Wolfenstein 2 for a serious story. The game is fun because it embraces its silliness and brilliantly uses it to enhance our experience. One of this aspect is seen in the form of violence where it is possible to completely dismember an enemy. You will also get combat rigs later in the game that expand the weapon and exploration options for you letting you find new creative ways to kill the enemies. Put it simply, the weapons arsenal and your skills itself will keep evolving as you make you way through the story, thus avoiding any repetitive nature of the gameplay.
Unlike the first Wolfenstein, the gameplay is a little more lax when it comes to the story missions. You will be able to attempt some of the side missions from characters that you encounter during the story. There are also Assassination missions that can be unlocked by finding Enigma Cards from dead Nazi commanders. These side missions are not exactly memorable enough to attempt, but since the base gameplay is really solid, you won’t be able to resist in tackling them. While on the one hand, this is a good thing to offer here, on the other hand, it also feels like the developers have attempted to pad the game here with extra content especially since the game’s ending feels rather disappointing and incomplete.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is everything that I wanted from a sequel. I am not too big on first person shooters but I really enjoyed the gameplay in Wolfenstein 2. It offers something refreshing for a game that is about shooting Nazis and the alternative history world in Wolfenstein 2 is always interesting to observe. There is some clever writing utilized by the developers here to link the fictional world to the real one and those have sharp eyes will observe it easily, although I won’t spoil it for you.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is not that long if you rush through the game. You can still tackle the side content but the main story feels fairly short and little trimmed down perhaps for another inevitable sequel in the future, which is my main disappointment with this follow-up to the original Wolfenstein. Still I am excited to see which direction the series takes from here.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Review (PS4)
Game Reviewed on: PS4
Game description: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is an action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed by MachineGames and published by Bethesda Softworks
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is a brutal journey in an alternative history world. It is one of the finest shooter released this generation offering plenty of adrenaline fueled action.