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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 59
  2. Negative: 14 out of 59
  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. Oct 30, 2017
    8
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
    Disturbingly Good
    The New Colossus is the direct sequel to the new order… Spoilers for the first game you
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
    Disturbingly Good
    The New Colossus is the direct sequel to the new order… Spoilers for the first game you don’t die at the end… once again you play as William Blazkowicz, and while you don’t die in the first game... you are left wheelchair bound… which makes for a really unique opening to game...
    and one of the most brutal openings to a video game I’ve ever experienced..
    You don’t stay this way forever thanks to a body suit you’re able to walk again…
    This time the game takes place in America...
    Once again in an alternate history where the Nazis won the war…
    seeing how this win affected America is thought provoking, and full of emotion…
    Easily one of the most impactful campaigns I’ve ever played through in a shooter…
    Here you’re starting to spark a revolution and take back America, killing some Nazi scum…
    Wolfenstein 2 is a much more compact game compared to the original, this time only taking around 6 and a half hours to complete…
    But it’s an enjoyable 6 and a half hours...
    much more linear as well with the same concepts of taking out scouts so they don’t trigger alarms, and stealthing through areas or going in guns blazing…
    The weapon variety isn’t as vast, but you have your typical base weapons you’d expect in most shooters... but to bring some variety in, your guns are all upgradable, allowing you to add a perk to give them an entirely different feel….
    The level design isn’t that great this time around…
    it feels pretty dull and generic…
    The greatness comes in the setting and the story telling…
    when the game puts you into perspective of the world around you..
    Without the great story pieces, this is still a good shooter… but just good...
    There are no epic fights or showdowns…
    Just a bunch of running from point a to b and shooting everything in your way…
    it plays and feels how you’d expect, but no moments outside of cut scenes blew me away
    I love how the story was delivered though, in ways you wouldn’t expect and are surprising each time…
    This game will break your heart, it will give you hope, it will take it away…
    for those reasons alone, you owe it to yourself to play through this first person shooter…
    I give Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
    an 8.5/10
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  5. Dec 19, 2017
    7
    I really liked the New Colossus, so I was looking forward to playing this, especially after all the great reviews it got. However, afterI really liked the New Colossus, so I was looking forward to playing this, especially after all the great reviews it got. However, after completing the first couple of acts, I just can't bring myself to keep playing. The gameplay is very repetitive - here the commander, kill him then kill all who's left. Very few variations. The story is kind of dull with low stakes and little humor, takes itself way too seriously. I enjoyed the DLC (episode 0) more than the main game. Glad I got it on sale. Expand
  6. Aug 27, 2018
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I loved this game to death. The new systems like upgrades and free dual wielding make it a blast to shoot and melt Nazis that are oppressing America. The new guns like the dieselkraftwerk and Maschinenpistole the reworked old guns like the schockhammer that now has 3 barrels and the kampfpistole with a magazine to the new heavy weapons that are crazy fun. The story how ever leaves something to wish for. The New Order was a fun and less serious at times with very spooky and nervous moments like Death's Head and choosing to save one of the game's main characters was a heart sinking moment to see the other dissected and saved by this spooky general who later is shown to save hundreds of people's brains in tubes which was shocking. The influence of Caroline and other great characters made the story memorable . It also had some fun moments and goofy humor and fantastic set pieces through out the game from the musty castle and the chaos of the trenches and huge Nazi cities with buildings and the brutal setting of the prison to the wonder of being on the moon and seeing the earth. Not saying that the New Colossus does not have a bunch of great settings like a really retro style city street with a parade and the dusty waste land of Venus mixed with the future like space interior. It just seems like locations are over too quick for me. The New York waste land for example was really interesting to me since I enjoy Fallout and this was quite similar. I don't really think there was time to really soak in the art and creative effort put into it while other locations like a completely destroyed and war torn New Orleans was fantastic since there were so many different things to see. It also sees very few serious and impact full moments that the New Order had. Now the only choice that is made is in a flash back which determines which gun you will get which seems kinda like a cop out of a new major choice. The only real impactful moment to me was when Caroline died and Engel paraded her head and when Super Spesh was shot and when BJ was captured. Other than that the game seemed to take a fun approach to the story which isn't really that awful but I felt a little less engaged but there are still minor cut scenes that tackle issues about judging people where Sigrun who was a formor Nazi does not want to be called a Nazi by Grace who still calls her a Nazi after she defects which is ironic since the critics of this game who think it is SJW bull crap but anyway. Overall the shooting and gameplay are very fun and exciting and the story is slightly less engaging but overall a fun game if a bit short and I do have a gripe with the game which is you can not go back and play older missions instead opting to travel back to select areas where you can collect stuff which is annoying if you didn't get the select collectibles which now are unobtainable which is a minor annoyance but the game is still a wonder run and gun game full of upgrades and interesting settings and characters even if they are a bit brief. I still find myself going back and playing even though I finished the story.

    After about a year to let the game sit i start to notice the game's flaws and it took some others to open my eyes to the flaws of the game as i was blinded by the high action parts of the game. I was most annoyed by the lack of a chapter selector after the game. The sub missions were ok but left a lot to be desired. In the new order it was great to go back with the under barrel rocket launder and play some of the levels to get the collectibles and such. Now you can only get some and its very annoying to cherry pick certain collectibles on another profile. playing through the painfully short game when you skip the cut scenes. The game has great gun play and runs fantastically on xbox one s it seems to run at a nice 60 fps consistently any it has a variety of combat situations and enemies which react differently with different upgrades and i like that but it seems like the game doesnt really want you to run and gun giving a dedicated lean mechanic on the controller and if you go for kill animations you will have your health and armor drained if you are in the open which sucks considering its roots as the original run and gun shooter. It was disappointing after the great success of Doom 2016 following wolfenstien the new order bringing it back to the roots but this game feels more watered down on the run and gun. If it werent for the fantastic contraptions that can really shake up the combat it would be really painful to play through. The story is also kind of iffy as it romanticizes the extremist groups of the real world making them sound better than the Nazis when the Communists were the same if not worse than the Nazis and the radical black resistance group that make all white people sound like they are Nazis. I feel that it gets better near the end of the game where they learn to exist together. I'd say its a good game to borrow or rent not buy.
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  7. Aug 28, 2018
    0
    I'd like to enjoy this game but frankly the bad performance, sheer lack of decent level design, and unfun gameplay just make it impossible toI'd like to enjoy this game but frankly the bad performance, sheer lack of decent level design, and unfun gameplay just make it impossible to play. It's a shame because it has potential (Who in this modern day doesn't want to kill nazis and klansmen?) but they seriously need to hire at least one person who actually knows anything about game design and engine design before it could possibly get there. Expand

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