It’s been six months since Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launched for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. This sequel to 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order appeared during a tense time in US politics, promoted and released while racism and white nationalism were at the forefront of Americans’ minds. Here’s how things have gone…
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus featured stealth sequences that didn’t always work out. The game’s latest piece of downloadable content, The Diaries of Agent Silent Death, provides the sort of sneaky backstabbing that the main game was missing.
Oh boy. This one’s a treat. Wolfenstein II isn’t just one of my favourite games of the year, it’s one of the most stylish games of the year, so it’s a pleasure to be showcasing a big collection of art that went into its creation.
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As expected, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was modified for the German market, with edits including the time-honored tradition of removing Hitler’s moustache. To counter this, a team have created their own low-budget version of the game called Wolfenstache.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is about injury. From crippled heroes to resistance leaders grappling with PTSD, the game’s cast of heroes bears deep wounds that recall the all-too-real injuries of war veterans, victims, and those who would ignore them.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus’s first round of downloadable content has unlocked. The Freedom Chronicles: Episode Zero blend pulp sensibilities with strong levels design to create a fun package that shows a lot of promise.
I wish more video games would let their hair down like Wolfenstein: The New Colossus does.
Wolfenstein 2's base, the U-boat Eva’s Hammer, features an obstacle course known as the ‘kill house’ where BJ and pals can compete for the top score. The top time for the kill house seems to be permanently held by Set Roth’s cat/monkey hybrid, but one player found a clever way to get first place.
As with the first Wolfenstein, New Colossus shows that there are few studios out there who get singleplayer FPS quite like MachineGames does. A big part of that is down to their focus not just on the shooting, but on the world you’re shooting your way through.
Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazkowicz is one of the original first person shooter protagonists. He is a muscle bound action hero, the all-American army man. Through examining BJ’s body, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus paints a thin line between power fantasy and Aryan ideals.
Of the past 72 hours, I spent nearly 24 of them streaming Wolfenstein games. I am very tired, which makes it slightly ironic when I say that the whole thing was an eye-opening experience for me.
The warm sun beats down on a main street in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, just in time for the Victory Day parade. Uniformed SS march down swastika-filled streets to thunderous applause. By the old diner, two members of the Ku Klux Klan practice their German. Everyone is white and happy. And it is so fucked up.
Here is a good video game trailer.
Following the less consistent Heavy Rain, it was a joy to finish our playthrough of Wolfenstein: The New Order on Kotaku’s Twitch channel. While Wolfenstein might look on the surface like a mindless Nazi killing simulator, it’s actually a deeply human game.
Look out, Nazi scum! We’re continuing our playthrough of Wolfenstein: The New Order live now on Twitch.
We’re continuing our playthrough of Wolfenstein: The New Order live now on Twitch. Maybe the Reich will run out of Nazis for us to shoot?
We’re continuing our playthrough of Wolfenstein: The New Order live now on Twitch. Come for the chat, stay for the Nazi punching.
We’re doing one thing and one thing only tonight: killing Nazis. Come and join us for a livestream of Wolfenstein: The New Order right now on Twitch.
It’s the summer of 2017. The flood of spring games has abated, and fall is still a ways away. The days are long, the nights are warm, and it’s a good time to replay Wolfenstein: The New Order.