Wolf has been a gaming title that has survived many a decade in the gaming industry. I remember playing its earlier iterations as a kid, making my way through a Nazi palace, with golden walls and red carpets killing endless enemies till the final boss.
In terms of the premise, nothing has changed; the game still expects you to kill an endless number of Nazis but in terms of design and gameplay, this game is the best shooter of 2017.
Rebooting a franchise is often a risky task for developers as one fears the potential damage to players’ memories and moments of nostalgia if things aren’t done the right way. However, Wolfenstein: The New Order was a great reboot and this one picks off right from the end of the first.
The protagonist BJ Blazkowicz is saved just prior to the detonation of the nuclear bomb and is treated on board a German U-boat.
The journey from thereon is an endless roller-coaster ride as the game takes you to mainland US and you see the devastation of New York by the German A-bomb. The attention to detail is life-like, as you see the world re-imagined in the vision of Hitler and the Third Reich. The atrocities committed and the world’s suffering make you not only feel a strong hatred towards the regime but also appreciate the tenets of equality and liberty.
In terms of gameplay, the game is quite a challenge on the highest difficulty and it doesn’t have complete health re-generation. However, you will never find the game impossible to compete against. The weapons are all German but very effective. I especially love the dual-wielding of assault rifles and SMGs, this arrangement packs quite a punch. There is also a space mission to Venus, which was quite exhilarating and something you will find very enjoyable.
However, what stands out from other FPS games here is the extremely strong plot and narration. You will find that every frame of every cut-scene is intricately linked to the final plot line and nothing is out-of-place or unnecessary. If you play the game long enough, you will also run into Herr Adolf, the short guy who has retired from the uniform but directs Nazi propaganda films, a scene bursting with irony.
Finally, to put things in perspective, this is a game where the gameplay is augmented by the excellent plot and storyline each making the other more interesting in the bargain.
If long campaigns with endless violence and gore are your thing, then, this is a game you have been looking for.
Title: Wolfenstein: The New Colossus
Developer: Machine Games published by Bethesda
Game Type: Single Player Offline
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows,
Price: Rs 2,799 for consoles and Rs 2,999 on Steam
Innovative Gameplay: 3.5
Game Handling & Quality: 4.5
Value for Money: 4.5