Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is an action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed by MachineGames and published by Bethesda Softworks. It was released on 27 October 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and was released on 29 June 2018 for Nintendo Switch.
Wolfenstein 2 pulls this off without whiplash thanks to the impressive strength of its characters, who are outstandingly written and acted. Rousing scenes featuring BJ’s internal monologue, rebel leader Grace and her determined but sad eyes, and Super Spesh’s crazy conspiracy-theory rants and literal bathroom humor are all great and delivered with convincing confidence. In just a short time, each of them is given enough backstory that they’re immediately three dimensional – they’re a flawed group of people who’ve gone through a hellish war and decade-long occupation, and yet they’ve survived, rebelled, and lived their lives. That said, with so many new and interesting faces, not all of the characters from the first game have much to do – notably, Max Hess and Bombate don’t get a lot of screen time outside of a few gags.
It’s the non-combat areas in between fights that really distinguish themselves. Walking around a Nazi parade in Roswell, New Mexico and listening to SS troops chatting with Ku Klux Klansmen and finding common ground is eerie and chilling, and the detail in the windows on the main street is excellent. The same goes for the submarine that serves as a base for BJ’s rebellion, which is packed with characters and great incidental dialogue. Some of those side characters don’t look so great next to BJ and his main cast of friends, however.