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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: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Nov 3, 2017
    100
    In a year full of some of the best games we have seen in quite a while, there hasn’t been much on the lackluster side. So, if, you’re like me, with a backlog of games that goes back to the beginning of the year, choose your games to play wisely and put Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus on the top of your priority list. You won’t be disappointed.
  2. Nov 2, 2017
    91
    Machine Games and Bethesda surprise us with the second title of Wolfenstein, which is so entertaining that we didn't think it was so necessary. Thanks to the id Tech 6 engine and a development that catches the player, we are facing one of the best shooters of this generation.
  3. Oct 30, 2017
    90
    Despite some heavy patriotic messages that may sometimes distract the narrative, killing nazis is as fun as ever. Wolfenstein II expands over his predecessor with a rampage of old-school brutality, dual-wielding ass-kicking kills that makes it as one of the finest single player shooters of the recent days and a truly joyful experience. Highly recommended.
  4. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Dec 12, 2017
    90
    Smart, satisfying, brutal: Undoubtedly one of the best shooters of the generation.
  5. Oct 26, 2017
    88
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a stellar follow-up to MachineGames’ 2014 reboot of the franchise, one with super-satisfying combat and a wacky, engaging story. Sure, it might go a little too far at times, but you’ll have a blast with The New Colossus from start to finish, that’s a promise.
  6. Oct 29, 2017
    85
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus isn't that much different from the last installment, but great visual/audio elements with strong encounters design keep the experience fresh. Highly recommended for fps fans.
  7. 80
    We've already seen that Machine Games can craft a great playing shooter, but with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus they've also got a more interesting and varied story to tell this time around.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 56
  2. Negative: 13 out of 56
  1. Oct 30, 2017
    10
    One of the best shooters I've ever played since 1995. Awesome by story, rendering, art, sound, music and addictive by gameplay. It's aOne of the best shooters I've ever played since 1995. Awesome by story, rendering, art, sound, music and addictive by gameplay. It's a masterpiece old-school FPS by Machinegames. Expand
  2. Oct 30, 2017
    10
    Best shooter in years, I cannot begin to describe the joy I felt playing this game. You could feel the heart, soul, and love of every littleBest shooter in years, I cannot begin to describe the joy I felt playing this game. You could feel the heart, soul, and love of every little bit of thought out detail in this game. Very well **** done Machine Games. PLUS for the people that didn't like all the character building and story related elements, **** you. Games are more than just shooting **** Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2017
    10
    I was tired of shooters because last gen we got too many but I really liked this one
    Single playing gaming at it's finest..........I really
    I was tired of shooters because last gen we got too many but I really liked this one
    Single playing gaming at it's finest..........I really recommend it if you like FPS
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  4. Dec 18, 2017
    9
    I find the game super fun! It does start off a bit meh but when you reach about 25% it is good and from about 50% it is so good that it mightI find the game super fun! It does start off a bit meh but when you reach about 25% it is good and from about 50% it is so good that it might be one of the best games I’ve ever played. The “Acting part” when you meet a certain A.H might be the best produced cut scene in gaming history! I find that part absolutely hilarious.

    The GOOD:
    Story (depth, angle and execution)
    Voice actors
    Game play (a very good SP game)
    General feel
    The end game

    NOT SO GOOD:
    I find the controls lack a bit of feeling
    Graphics are good but not super good

    IN TOTAL:
    The best SP game of 2017! Period.
    Rated 18 for a reason...
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  5. Dec 21, 2017
    7
    While there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this game (specifically around the marketing), as a game this is a very good - thoughWhile there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this game (specifically around the marketing), as a game this is a very good - though flawed - entry into the 25 year old Wolfenstein FPS franchise.

    To address some of the complaints - despite some reports, it is not terribly short. I put at least 12 hours into the main storyline, and *maybe* an hour of that consisted of cutscenes, and each one is a couple of minutes or less. We're not talking MGS4/JRPG length here.

    Can you finish it in ~5 hours? If you play at the lowest difficulty level, race through the game, skip all cutscenes, and don't take any time to explore your home base. But most people don't play like that.

    Yes, it leans into the racism theme pretty hard, though it's not entirely one sided. One main character is so over-the-top racist, it comes across as parody. I was waiting for him to start twirling his mustache at any minute. Though I'm pretty sure parody was not Machinegames' intent. There's a whole lot of "f*** whitey" sentiments expressed, but again, that seems like an intentional homage to the blaxploitation films of the early 70s. However, one of the main characters gets called on that attitude, effectively being told that bigotry is bigotry, no matter what direction its coming from.

    So, there's a lot of tonally inconsistent moments in the game. Is it a drama? Is it a comedy? Is it a parody? Is it ridiculously over-the-top? At times, yes to all - but they don't do a particularly good job of reconciling these discrepancies into a cohesive whole.

    Gameplay-wise, the first half of the game is very frustrating. For a series that is practically the definition of "power fantasy," during the first half of the game Blaskowitz is seriously nerfed. It makes getting through the levels a tedious slog, even at lower difficulty levels.

    Now, you may be thinking "what's wrong with subverting expectations?" Well, nothing - if it's done well. It's just not done well in this instance. However, once you are back to full strength (following an incredibly over-the-top-ridiculous series of events) the game is far more fun. It's just a shame it takes several hours to get to that point.

    There is also a poorly developed stealth mechanic that rears its head regularly throughout the game which slows your progress significantly. And you get knocked on your back far too often, at which point you can either shoot from the ground or get back to your feet. But again, not a particularly fun mechanic.

    Once you're finished with the main plotline, there's several more hours worth of side missions to tackle, which are fun in their own right.

    I paid $30 for it, and felt I got my money's worth. Overall, its a fun ride, as long as you can get past the various inconsistencies in the plot and gameplay. Just turn your brain off and remember that the game does get better as it goes along.
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  6. Nov 22, 2017
    5
    The game is not awful, I just felt like all the cut scenes were really drawn out and the ending just seemed a little weak Graphics are goodThe game is not awful, I just felt like all the cut scenes were really drawn out and the ending just seemed a little weak Graphics are good Audio is good, game play is fine. Most of my disappointment is with the story itself. Expand
  7. Dec 10, 2017
    0
    This game is offensive on so many levels, If you want your kid to hear a old southern white guy refer to his son's girlfriend as (The N Word)This game is offensive on so many levels, If you want your kid to hear a old southern white guy refer to his son's girlfriend as (The N Word) then watch him slap his wife down and make the son kill his dog with a shotgun,this is the game for you. What that had to do with anything is beyond me. Expand

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