Reviews Sebastian Kasparek
08.11.2017
Review: Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (PS4)
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Review: Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (PS4)

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus brings back one of the biggest badasses video games have to offer. Blazkowicz comes back to show the Nazis one more time where their place is. MachineGames shows its competition that the singleplayer campaign can carry a whole game and be worth every penny.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is a direct sequel to The New Order, starting the story right after the predecessor’s finale. The developer prepared a quick summary of the earlier events, but it’s best to know them from the previous game for a better insight into relations between characters and their motivations. After destroying Wilhelm Strasse’s fortress, the rebels from Kreisau Circle took over a Nazi U-boot and changed it into their base. Despite the apparent success, our heroes don’t really have a time to celebrate. The Germans took the hit, but it made them dangerously desperate.

The Nazis decided to drop an atomic bomb into the heart of New York, making the United States surrender. But the war is far from being over – it’s not over as long as Blazkowicz breathes. Our protagonist is even more committed to the cause and now the whole thing is much more personal for him. It’s not just the loyalty to his country or bosses anymore – this time he fights for the future of his family. The sins of his past made him the prime target, though. Besides, there is a revolution coming, but first we’ll need to unite anarchist groups to fight the occupying power. It’s our duty to ignite this fire of patriotism, fire of fighting the good fight with the enemy, the one which lead our people to freedom! It’s time to kill some f*cking Nazis!

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Great and sometimes even surprising story is one of the strongest elements of the game. The plot and the way it is told are the things that make Wolfenstein an amazing title. We got many glorious, memorable moments and colorful cast of charismatic characters. The antagonist, Irene Engel, makes a perfectly evil villain we can easily (and rightly) hate. New members of Blazkowicz’s crew are also quite a treat. African-American with a big mouth named Grace or conspiracy theory freak Spesh play an important role in making the story engaging. It’s much more than dim-witted slaughtering the Nazis, although there are plenty scenes of this kind, with shooting and killing every German soldier in sight. All of this is a wonderful hodgepodge of an alluring atmosphere and playing with the premise.

The commentary on the society quite nicely links the black humor with a personal tragedy. More so, this time it’s better combined, and the existential speeches our hero makes don’t clash with more comical situations. You have to trust me when I say that Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus can emotionally engage with our team of misfits, as well as make us laugh our asses off with great dialogues. When it comes to the story, in my opinion it’s much better than in the predecessor. The developer created a magnificent show for us to watch and admire. I have to admit, when I started the game for the first time, I couldn’t turn it off for six hours straight. And the more I played, the easier it got to completely lose myself in the title.

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The main course here is, of course, the gameplay itself. The creators didn’t try to reinvent the wheel, and instead they refined the core from Wolfenstein: The New Order. This time the shooting is almost perfect and more precise. It translates into a better feel while using weapons. Add the blood gushing from everywhere and staining walls and floors, ripping off Nazis’ limbs, tearing off their heads and beating them until there is nothing recognizable left – it’s all a daily routine here. The shootouts are incredibly satisfying and gruesome, with some scenes being a quick solution for all your vomiting needs. Every now and then we have an option to change our playstyle, deciding on stealth. This way we can see all those brutal animations of silent executions. However, despite your choice, you’ll have tons of fun completing the missions and murdering the Nazis in more open levels.

There are many new abilities and weapons, although I’d rather see even more, because the available arsenal has nothing really ingenious. From time to time you’ll also see how stupid the AI can be, especially during a silent infiltration. Many times have I encountered situations when I killed the guard, and his friend standing right next to him didn’t even react. Another example – the Nazis are eager to walk on thrown grenade like they suddenly started to understand their crimes and their conscience took away their will to live. Sometimes there were problems with rag-doll and detecting collisions. A failed execution pushed my enemy into a wall once and I couldn’t hurt him. Those type of situation are rare, though. I can count them all on fingers of my one hand.

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In terms of graphics, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is much better than the predecessor. The makers used the newer version of the game engine and it’s visible from the get-go. The most striking thing is lighting. God rays shining through the dense darkness, and illuminating the environment and our hero looks wonderful. Carefully used antialiasing eliminates any “staircase effect” you can encounter on the models. Particle effects during explosions and using laser weaponry to disintegrate enemies looks awesome, too. The textures are not so flat anymore and look much better than before, the same goes for character models with a bigger number of polygons.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus looks quite beautiful, even if the studio primarily focused on the animations. It runs in 60 frames per second, which makes for a fluid, fast-paced gameplay. If I had to pick on the game, I’d criticize selective environment destruction. We can destroy crates with the ammunition, but shooting barrels or cardboard boxes only leaves some black marks on those objects. Faces of NPCs look even worse. I also don’t like how the water looks – it’s unnatural, like an undulating pudding. Another not-so-great thing is the lag before each cutscene. The developer should have made a seamless transition, that’s for sure. Despite all that, the game looks pretty and it throws us into nice, diversified locations, which makes for a big quality leap forward with all other upgrades and fixes in the gameplay. The soundtrack is also great, the dynamic music intensifies the experience.

Going through the story campaign alone took me 14 hours, and after the credits there are two minigames with solving Enigma’s codes and hunting for Third Reich generals. The classic Wolfenstein 3D levels also came back, as well as optional challenges and permadeath mode for all those masochistic trophy hunters. If the content is what you need, they have plenty. However, I wouldn’t mind some variation with the campaign, which would make for the missing multiplayer, preferably cooperation or some kind of Horde mode. Despite that, you can’t really complain on boredom or playtime. It’s better than I expected the sequel to be. MachineGames delivered one of the best titles in FPS genre in recent years and showed the competition how you should tackle a singleplayer campaign. The developer chose the intense and engaging story, which surprisingly doesn’t outshine the polished gameplay.

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Blazkowicz’s new story deserves your money and makes a great experience for every singleplayer games’ enthusiast. This is something better than a classic wrapped up in today’s visuals. The developer found a way to make a perfect sequel, fixing every problem I had with the predecessor. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus does everything significantly better, prettier and with much more badassness. It proved impossible to release the game without some smaller problems with visuals, but they don’t influence the gameplay at all. I can’t wait for expansions and even bigger sequel – because games like this are very rare today.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Out rating: 9.0/10
Sebastian Kasparek
Blazkowicz grabs by the throat and doesn’t let go until the credits. Wolfenstein 2 is a gruesome, engaging slaughterhouse we will remember for a long time. A prime example for all singleplayer campaigns.
  • Pros
  • Perfectly created story
  • Great directing
  • Dynamic gameplay
  • Fluidity
  • Music
  • Atmosphere
  • Big selection of difficulty levels
  • Cons
  • Not the best in terms of AI
  • Lack of more memorable boss fights
  • Small, infrequent bugs
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