Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus – Xbox One Review
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is the latest installment in the Wolfenstein franchise and it starts exactly where the last game left off. Both with the story and the gameplay. This is a game that turns up the excitement of the previous games all the way up to eleven and then some.
The gameplay style is exactly what you would expect. There is no exploration here, this is a linear shooter that does what it does incredibly well. The first thing that you notice is that the story carries on from the exact point that the last game left off, there are no gaps at all in the story and this is a nice touch in a world where many games forget their roots.
What really reels you in is the depth of the characters. Very early on you are given enough information about your band of rebels so that you feel attached to them. When a character dies it feels like a real kick in the guts and this is down to the great storytelling that makes you genuinely care about these characters.
Another great thing about the storytelling is the way that it takes this terrifying look at a sci-fi world where the Nazi’s won the war; much like Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle – and throws in comments about politics, racism, war and a whole host of other controversial matters and does it all with a stoic humour that can sometimes catch you off guard.
Even though Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is on rails this isn’t Gears of War where the game dictates how you will play. In this game you have choices on how you approach any given situation. For example there are lieutenants around that if alerted will raise an alarm meaning that you will soon be swamped by Nazis. These can be taken out with stealth and this is what we tried to do. Unfortunately on many occasions something went wrong, alarms were raised and suddenly it was all guns blazing time. But this isn’t really a problem because that is where the Wolfenstein franchise has always excelled. What can be better than duel wielding automatic shotguns, except maybe duel wielding a shotgun and a smg.
There are a few difficulty spikes that can catch you off guard but once you adjust you can get right back to blowing away the Nazis. And that is what this game is all about. There is a lot of polish and some incredible cut scenes but at the end of the day this is a game about killing Nazi’s and who doesn’t want to do that right?
One of the only issues that we had with the game is the length of some of the cut scenes. Sometimes these break up the gameplay a little too much but then again, when you’re telling a story as deep as this one then these long cut scenes become necessary.
Graphically, this is the best looking game in the franchise. Every brick has incredible details and every gun looks like it would shine if the light hit it right.
One of the most incredible things about Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus however is how the guns actually feel. When you pull the trigger it feels like there will be an effect. The guns actually sound like guns going off and when the bullets hit their marks the feedback you get is instantaneous. It really feels like you have hit the mark. Some enemies however seem to eat more bullets than is reasonable so you always need to check that they are dead or you can get some nasty surprises.
If this is the first Wolfenstein game you are considering playing then it isn’t a bad place to start but to get a real feeling of what this game is about then you should definitely play the previous two games. As a complete package this is as close as you can come to the perfect franchise.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is available to purchase from retailers and can be downloaded digitally from the Xbox Store, priced at £49.99.
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