Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
(PS4, Xbox One, PC with Switch in Early 2018)
Friday, Oct. 27 is going to be one of the biggest days of 2017 for gaming. It sees the official return of Ubisoft’s previously annualized flagship franchise, Super Mario gears up for a brand-new adventure, and Bethesda is set to drop a follow-up to one of the best first-person shooters of the last decade. Naturally, while this is definitely a great thing to see happening, it also means that plenty of wallets are going to be absolutely screaming (not necessarily with joy, either). To help you out, we’ll be taking a look at the three juggernauts set to take over your Switches, PS4s, Xbox Ones, and PCs, starting with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
Following up 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, this sequel once again sees players step into the Nazi-kicking boots of one BJ Blazkowicz. Following the Nazi victory of the Second World War, BJ is at it again, leading a revolution to topple their regime and return America to its people. The story is a bit over the top with tons of futuristic weaponry, evil humans, and more guns than you’ve probably ever seen, but the action is very refined. Smooth gameplay is punctuated by bombastic set pieces full of fire, blood, and death.
As far as gameplay goes, this is a first-person shooter through and through. It’s primarily linear, though some segments do allow for a bit of exploration and provide some player freedom in how you decide to tackle your objectives. There are a ton of different weapons to use from melee to firearms, and you’ll be able to mix and match, allowing you to dual wield for ultimate destruction or if you decide to go the more stealthy route (leaving explosives and louder weapons behind). Still, even with the options provided, this is a very narrative-driven game that guides you from point A all the way to an explosive point B.
If you want something that’s already laid out for you, where you just follow a defined path and don’t have to worry about exploring some massive world, Wolfenstein might just be to your liking. Of course, you have to also be okay with tons of gratuitous violence and some political undertones. Also, if you don’t have a PS4, Xbox One, or PC, you’re off the hook next Friday, since the Switch port isn’t due out until next year.