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  • Summary: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, Wolfenstein: The New Order developed by the award-winning studio MachineGames. An exhilarating adventure brought to life by the industry-leading id Tech 6, Wolfenstein II sends players toWolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, Wolfenstein: The New Order developed by the award-winning studio MachineGames. An exhilarating adventure brought to life by the industry-leading id Tech 6, Wolfenstein II sends players to Nazi-controlled America on a mission to recruit the boldest resistance leaders left. Fight the Nazis in iconic American locations, equip an arsenal of badass guns, and unleash new abilities to blast your way through legions of Nazi soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter. America, 1961. The Nazis maintain their stranglehold on the world. You are BJ Blazkowicz, aka Terror-Billy, member of the Resistance, scourge of the Nazi empire, and humanitys last hope for liberty. Only you have the guts, guns, and gumption to return stateside, kill every Nazi in sight, and spark the second American Revolution. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Oct 30, 2017
    100
    BJ’s latest adventure is a wondrous exercise in how to tell a story, how to write a script, and how to shape characters that feel both human and superhuman simultaneously. It really is amazing that a big budget game like this got made at all. Thank goodness MachineGames got the chance – it’s one of this decade’s best.
  2. Nov 7, 2017
    90
    MachineGames does it again - The New Order was terrific, and The New Colossus is pretty much the same level. The new Wolfenstein appeared in 2014 out of nowhere and became one of the best shooters ever. The sequel is very similar even though the "wow factor" isn't as evident. It is a joy to play such a big and well-made game that focuses only on single player. Bravo!
  3. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2018
    90
    Shooter of the year! It plays great, looks spectacular and sounds amazing. What’s more, despite an apparent lack of seriousness it’s not afraid to bring up difficult subjects, mixing comedy and tragedy in a stunning way. It’s a ridiculously good game. [13/2017, p.30]
  4. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is one of the best first person shooter games so far and living proof that single player games are still alive and well.
  5. Oct 29, 2017
    85
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a very good solo FPS (which is already a rarity in the current game market) with a good story and a great sense of humor peppered by intense gunfights.
  6. Nov 10, 2017
    80
    I’m torn between calling Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus brave or merely unexpected. The core of The New Colossus remains as good as, and largely unchanged from, the earlier game. It’s great, explosive, and violent. The other half, so to speak, the heavy emphasis on story doesn’t drive the FPS experience so much as shift your focus into directions that FPS games don’t normally go. That’s not to say that FPS games don’t tell a story or even a complex story (Bioshock told an incredibly involved story and even explored the extrapolation of a Randian economics as a political movement), but they rarely (AFAIK never) attempt to tell a story so full of sadness and self-examination. The two parts sometimes fit well, sometimes less than well, and I think individual gamers will react very differently to the result.
  7. Nov 12, 2017
    60
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus takes The New Order and multiplies everything tenfold (especially the silliness and the amount of cut-scenes) when it should just take the original and carefully build upon its foundation, smoothing its rough edges and offering the very best Wolfenstein game ever. The result is a FPS that's fun, but also one that doesn't really know what it wants to be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 191
  2. Negative: 59 out of 191
  1. Oct 27, 2017
    10
    Great gunplay, great performance, great story. What more can you want in a shooter? Really enjoying it so far. The alternate history is cool,Great gunplay, great performance, great story. What more can you want in a shooter? Really enjoying it so far. The alternate history is cool, and the characters are interesting. Definitely recommend buying. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2017
    10
    Just amazing, had no issues.Just amazing, had no issues.
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  3. Nov 6, 2017
    9
    This weekend just past I played 'Wolfenstein II The New Collossus' for more than 10 hours. I am far from finished but even at this stage I canThis weekend just past I played 'Wolfenstein II The New Collossus' for more than 10 hours. I am far from finished but even at this stage I can say without doubt that for me personally this may be the best PC video game I have ever played, at least so far. This was unexpected. 'Wolfenstein' is an old franchise. One with a wonderful pedigree for sure but by now I thought that perhaps I had tired of shooting nazis and storming wildly imaginative military industrial complexes. I was wrong.

    The first thing that surprised me is both the depth of the story line and the emotional nuance of the characters. Our hero B.J. Blazkowicz is introduced us through a series of memories from a childhood that is unpleasant to put it mildly. I really like the back story and how we learn it as a frame to his current attitude. But the story line from there only gets deeper and more involved. I haven't cared this much about a character or story line since Vampire Masquerade all the way back in 2004.

    This serves to makes some of the plot changes and 'Game of Thrones' like deaths that much of a shock when they occur. For shocks there are. Be prepared for decapitations and violence on an epic scale. But these are built into the story and game play brilliantly. For this is a thoroughly enjoyable game to play as well as experience. The stealth/melee attacks as as good or better for example as those in 'Far Cry' whilst upgrade able weapons and ranged attacks offer variable options in how to progress levels.

    I also really like the way that sometimes when it seems impossible to make progress, for example after many failed attempts to jump to a rescue, I had to finally realize that I really wasn't meant to escape that way. Pausing, rethinking years of standard game play, I found alternatives ways to move forward. This is refreshing and Machine Games deserve kudos for taking a fresh approach.

    There is also much humour in the game. I laughed out loud to find one nazi officer in his room with a VR headset on oblivious to the carnage going on around him. Another time you get to over hear an enemy celebrate finding a working toilet. These lighter moments are terrific and add enormously to the games enjoyment. I would not describe the scene with Hitler the same way but it was still amazing. This was the first FPS game where I had to grab a pen and paper to write down and memorize an actors lines. That too made me smile.

    If I could ask for more it would have been for more outside, open levels. At one point we come across a parade of nazi soldiers. It would have been enormous fun to wreck havoc with that. All in all this is a wonderful game and for those like myself that may feel the best days of the FPS are over I am pleased to say that this is not so. This game is really terrific.
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  4. Nov 17, 2017
    8
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  5. Oct 29, 2017
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Cutscenes. lots of Cutscenes. I was screaming at my monitor by the end of the game, how dare they put those moments in grainy, 30FPS, 720p cutscenes. even a quick time event would have been preferable.
    The gameplay is a little rough. They took TNO's gameplay, and applied sandpaper. Stealth is pointless now, you aren't going to be able to successfully stealth it, yet the game features so heavily on commanders and stealth kills.
    The story is OK. not quite as grasping as the previous games, and quite wishy washy and muddied.
    Back to cutscenes. so many cutscenes. anything important that happens is in a cutscene, and this is a shame. there are many beautiful interactive moments back at the home base, and it is a shame this wasn't expanded to the rest of the game. Of course certain scenes have to be cutscenes, but there were far to many.
    Lets also not forget the "it as only a dream" level. And how there are many obvious open ended plot points (and a few plotholes that only a second playhtouigh may clear up)
    As for the bugs, the game ran very smooth for me on a mid-high PC, but a few issues with mouse pointer popping up, broken level waypoints and the odd texture / mesh glitch. two hard crashes (during cutscenes, now you see why i'm not keen on them!)
    Either way, 15 hours of entertainment, may consider trying to 100% it, don't feel empty, but don't feel full (and i'm someone who very much focuses on 100% games)
    Its not the bombastic power fest that TNO was, but a steadier gentler trudge through the Wolfenstein world.
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  6. Jun 23, 2018
    4
    Most disappointing game for me in a long time. I read some of the mixed reviews but still figured I would love the game considering how muchMost disappointing game for me in a long time. I read some of the mixed reviews but still figured I would love the game considering how much I liked New Order and the political issues don't bother me at all. However, it's all the gameplay changes that in my opinion are for the worse that has resulted in me not having much fun with the game. The combat and shooting feels off, the new perk system isn't nearly as fun it feels more grindy, not being able to replay levels sucks since I loved doing that to find missed items in the first one, can't even press M to open the map have to maneuver through the cumbersom awful menu screen (another negative it's so cumbersome this time), mission objectives don't list the story unless you press enter on each one every single time, sound effects are awful grenades sound like fire crackers and hitting something with a metal axe sounds like dinging something with a butter knife and there are tons of graphical glitches I've found so far. Above all this - IT JUST ISN'T FUN! All of the things I've listed so far are annoyances or little things, but above all of that I'm just not having fun playing it. I also detest the mein leben achievement considering how buggy the game is and having to do it all in one sitting - it's just stupid. Overall I'm shocked at how much worse this game is than New Order, but that's just me. Expand
  7. Feb 10, 2018
    0
    Just Meh. The game was OK at best until poor coding kept crashing it and preventing toggling. and the HW requirements are insane for 21:9Just Meh. The game was OK at best until poor coding kept crashing it and preventing toggling. and the HW requirements are insane for 21:9 Now a lot of users can't even play it with crash write errors without starting all over. No support, can't play and just a lame linear game overall. Avoid. Expand

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