Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is a fantastic single-player shooter, but what really got me invested was the brilliantly written characters and the performances of its cast. BJ and his crew are full of spirit and personality, and General Engel is as memorable a nemesis as you're likely to find in games. Machine Games has once again turned the well-worn act of mowing down Nazis into something to get excited about.
Vicious, affecting, witty, spaced-out, crude, inventive, morbid and for the most part, a success.
The New Colossus is a fun and frantic FPS, even if it doesn't feel quite as fresh as The New Order did.
Wolfenstein 2 offers slick shooting, plenty of spectacle, and heaps of fun characters to interact with. The plot is far from perfect, and levels are a touch dull, but overall it's a must-play.
Some of the most fearless and idiosyncratic storytelling ever seen in a video game, married to one of the most viciously entertaining shooters of the generation.
Wolfenstein II brings the gruesome thrills and spins an unforgettable story filled with believable characters fighting for a better world
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus' story of resistance is made more powerful by giving you the tools in combat to overcome incredible odds. [OpenCritic note: Kallie Plagge reviewed the PS4, XB1, PC (9/10) and Switch (8/10). Their scores have been averaged.]
And that's the strength of this sequel. It balances a steady stream of suffering and hurt with exuberant humanity. It deals with our darkest impulses and our best, and plays them both up to a ridiculous degree. There's nothing subtle about Wolfenstein 2, but it's all affecting in a way that makes the game feel special and coherent. There are moments in the game that made my heart swell, while others were so grisly I had to look away.
The New Colossus crafts a world that can deliver exciting action and human drama. The messy gunfights give way to something much larger. The New Colossus examines violence, resistance, and the necessity of revolution. It's bloody and occasionally silly but never stupid or crass.