With a rich narrative and stellar gameplay, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus could be 2017's GOTY.
Welcome to Nazi America circa 1961, a land full of oppressed minorities searching for a hero to restore the American Dream. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is the much-anticipated sequel to 2014's wildly fun Wolfenstein: The New Order, and is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
I don't think that I've ever had a game that has taken me on an emotional journey as much as Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus did - in just the first fifteen minutes.
Once I got past those harrowing first fifteen minutes, what I found was a masterfully crafted roller coaster of a story. The story takes the main protagonist B.J Blazkowicz from a broken shell of the man that he was in The New Order to the Terror Billy, a Nazi-hating death machine who suffers from main protagonist syndrome and likes to come up with new destructive ways to destroy the Nazi regime once and for all.
The gameplay really gives the player a cathartic experience, making you truly feel like an unkillable death machine capable of taking down an entire army in a single strike.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus plays very much the same as 2016's DOOM, in that it's very fast-paced, making the player feel like they're actually in the moment dodging bullets and in general trying not to die every three steps.
My god, this is a beautifully detailed and gory game. For the most part, first-person shooters seem to all look the same (grey, boring, and uninspired with a bland colour palette).
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus breaks that mould because this is a game which has put great emphasis on unique character design, and creating vibrant environments which feel as though they are full of life and brimming with exploration to be had throughout.
This game has some of the best audio I have ever encountered in a first-person shooter. The voice acting alone is delivered with so much emotion and passion, that I wish there were an Academy Awards for gaming - so that the entire voice acting team could get the praise that they deserve.
The ambient level of music is superb. This game can have the ability to both calm the player with safety, and can also suddenly galvanise into combat, crumbling the calming facade. The DOOM-esk metal soundtracks can roar to life and pump the player up to a level where they suddenly find themselves caked in enough enemy blood to fill the local blood bank.
I can't say enough great things about Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. It is an insanely fun run through an engrossing and gripping story, which made me truly care about all the characters involved. Coupled with stellar graphics and a soundtrack that will pump you up enough to make that insanely dangerous shot, or sprint through the level melee killing anyone in sight in search of Mecha Hitler.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is really Game of the Year material in a year that's stacked with great games.
Review copy provided by Bethesda Softworks.
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