Video Game Review of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Set in an alternate 1960’s universe where the Nazi’s won World War II, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the story of William “BJ” Blazkowicz, a former US Army Captain, continuing to fight the Nazis as he did in the previous title Wolfenstein: The New Order. This time, Blazkowicz is focused on saving his homeland, the United States and he will stop at nothing to do just that. Building a coalition to take down the Nazis isn’t the easiest thing to do but Blazkowicz would rather be dead than to live under the Nazis that have plagued his life for over 25 years now.

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In this most recent installment of Wolfenstein, we see Blazkowicz fight not only nazis, but also himself as he faces the reality that his body is old and broken as well as the mental instability that he faces from childhood trauma. This builds on the theme of facing your inner demons, ranging from childhood abuse to the realization that we all must die, Blazkowicz struggles both internally and externally. With the looming thought of his children being born into a nazi controlled world, Blazkowicz’ internal fears manifest themselves in his external fears as he proceeds to destroy every nazi in his path.

In regards to gameplay, The New Colossus really outdoes itself in blending together visual and audio elements seamlessly. The cinematics were great and tied well with the gameplay producing a visual masterpiece. You can hear and see everything so well in this game it makes it especially terrifying when you take out enemies and complete missions.

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Personally I would give this game an 9/10 for gameplay mechanics and storyline due to some of the repetitive aspects. Additionally I would give a  10/10 for its amazing graphics and attention to detail with an overall score of 9/10.

 

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