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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review



A few years ago I decided to purchase a game I was not expecting to have nearly as much fun with as I did, and that game was Wolfenstein: The New Order. Now its sequel is out and I am back to see how Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus stands up. You still play as BJ Blazkowicz, but instead of fighting Nazis in Europe, following their victory in World War II thanks to advanced technologies, you are in the conquered United States of America. Despite America having surrendered many years prior to the game, there are still resistance fighters that you will need to work with to achieve victory against Frau Engel. If you played the previous game, you might recognize her as she was a prison camp commandant BJ had to deal with. She survived that encounter and is back now as the Nazi general in charge of stamping out resistance in the United States from her flying fortress.

The New Colossus is set months after its predecessor and there is an intro cinematic showing how you survived a nuclear warhead being launched at your location. That final battle has taken a significant toll on your body, resulting in your playing the first level while in a wheelchair. Do not worry, because it will not be long before you get to stand up, walk, run, and jump around while killing Nazis.

Like the previous game, The New Colossus is a first-person shooter that gives you a number of weapons and lets you dual-wield almost all of them. The weapons can also gain alternate firing modes through upgrades, further growing your arsenal, and there are heavy weapons you can carry around with you, until you need an inventory-weapon or come to a ladder.

It should not be hard to guess that this game has an M rating from the ESRB. The descriptors are blood and gore, intense violence, partial nudity, sexual content, strong language, and use of drugs. The only media I have to share are screenshots because I was unsuccessful in getting OBS to capture the game. The New Colossus uses the Vulkan graphics API, which OBS is currently unable to hook into for capture, and trying to just capture the display also did not work. On the plus side, Vulkan is one of the new low-level APIs (DirectX 12 being the other) and can offer impressive levels of performance on even modest hardware, when well optimized. There are currently some technical issues with the game, but it definitely appears well optimized based on my experience. (My new computer is a good bit above 'modest' though.)

With that covered, time to see if this is a Nazi-killing adventure worth taking!



  1. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review - Introduction
  2. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review - Graphics
  3. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review - Story
  4. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review - Gameplay
  5. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review - Additional Gameplay Screenshots
  6. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review - Conclusion
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