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Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
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  1. Oct 30, 2017
    100
    BJ’s latest adventure is a wondrous exercise in how to tell a story, how to write a script, and how to shape characters that feel both human and superhuman simultaneously. It really is amazing that a big budget game like this got made at all. Thank goodness MachineGames got the chance – it’s one of this decade’s best.
  2. Oct 27, 2017
    100
    It’s not perfect. As I mentioned earlier, Blazkowicz could really use a bit more indication he’s being shot. Sometimes you’re dead before you even realize you’re in danger. And hey, Machine Games is great at disguising corridors, but that’s all there is here—endless corridors full of Nazis. I don’t want an open world game, but a bit more room to breathe would go a long way. But Wolfenstein II belies its dumb corridor shooter roots.The New Order was a silly game that occasionally got serious. The New Colossus is a serious game that sometimes cracks a smile. You’ll come off a heartfelt speech about the hidden dangers of America’s militarism, then seconds later you’re riding an enormous robot-dog through the streets of New Orleans lighting Nazis on fire, and you laugh because it’s all so gloriously stupid again. No other game could pull this off. No other game has.
  3. Nov 8, 2017
    95
    Wolfenstein II is the new reference point for blockbuster single-player narrative in the FPS genre. Despite its small technical hiccups it improves the gameplay elements of its predecessor, features an over-the-top story which will keep you constantly on edge. Bigger, badder, better is the only way we can describe it.
  4. Oct 30, 2017
    95
    Overall, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is exactly what a sequel should be. It doesn't try to make drastic changes, it tries to improve upon what made the first game so enticing and such a stand out in 2015. The end result comes out as something that accomplishes that end, and yet more. By changing things just enough from a gameplay perspective, changing the locales and daring to take the story down an even darker path, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has kept the fun while also making the player feel the emotion of BJ's battles, his pain and rage, even his heartbreak. Unless you have an unwavering core, this game will take you on one hell of a rollercoaster ride of emotions, guns blazing all the way.
  5. Oct 27, 2017
    91
    A fantastic single-player shooter, but what really got me invested was the brilliantly written characters and the performances of its cast. BJ and his crew are full of spirit and personality, and General Engel is as memorable a nemesis as you’re likely to find in games. Machine Games has once again turned the well-worn act of mowing down Nazis into something to get excited about.
  6. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2018
    90
    Shooter of the year! It plays great, looks spectacular and sounds amazing. What’s more, despite an apparent lack of seriousness it’s not afraid to bring up difficult subjects, mixing comedy and tragedy in a stunning way. It’s a ridiculously good game. [13/2017, p.30]
  7. Dec 7, 2017
    90
    This is the first big-budget shooter since “Doom” (2016) I wanted to replay after I watched the credits.
  8. Dec 1, 2017
    90
    There are a few technical problems with Wolfenstein II, and occasionally the story gets a little too grim, but it's still a pure joy to play. [Issue#268, p.51]
  9. Nov 21, 2017
    90
    Wolfenstein II does a brilliant job of mixing social commentary with unnecessary violence and a tongue-in-cheek attitude. There’s a few optimisation issues and the level design could be a touch better, but this is an overall outstanding game that deserves a look.
  10. Nov 9, 2017
    90
    The story is extremely well written and the cut scenes are presented in a manner that will will have you forgetting these are characters in a video game. All of the characters are memorable, and the emotions shown through the voice acting are great and convey the character well. The main villain in Wolfenstein II is General Engel, who revels in her sadistic nature and is incredible memorable – the gleeful way she stomps around performing some of the most heinous things just goes to show how well fleshed out the character is. With the totally unthinkable scenes in the first 10 minutes of the game, to the insanity show by General Engel, players do get a feeling of how atrocious a Nazi ruled world would be. A faced paced FPS that is unforgiving in nature and just down right fun to play. It’s a nice break from the norm of games being released at the moment, and the focus for single player in Wolfenstein II only paid off here. With more content to unlock and the initial choices affecting the story as a whole, the replay ability is definitely here, especially with that “Mein leben” difficulty.
  11. Nov 7, 2017
    90
    MachineGames does it again - The New Order was terrific, and The New Colossus is pretty much the same level. The new Wolfenstein appeared in 2014 out of nowhere and became one of the best shooters ever. The sequel is very similar even though the "wow factor" isn't as evident. It is a joy to play such a big and well-made game that focuses only on single player. Bravo!
  12. Nov 6, 2017
    90
    I needed a single player game to remind me that quality storytelling is still worth years of developer resources. When loot boxes are falling from the skies in World War II, and everyone needs to sell you meaningless crap through microtransactions, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus gave me an experience that was deep and entertaining. Personally, it’s probably in my top five games of all time.
  13. Oct 30, 2017
    90
    Wolfenstein II is packed full of great and memorable moments, not only in the story it tells but also the combat it presents. From walking the streets of Roswell, New Mexico and seeing KKK members walking together with Nazis to sneaking up on an unexpected soldier only to gruesomely amputate and decapitate them before they could recite their favourite verse from Mein Kampf. It’s provocative and intense in equal measure. And in the year 2017, when real Nazis are trying to make a comeback the world over, also cathartic. And necessary.
  14. Oct 27, 2017
    90
    The New Colossus never lets you forget who and why you're fighting. Nazi brutality is on full display, from the blown-out, irradiated remains of Manhattan to each of the resistance members, who all carry mental scars if not physical ones. You're never given a chance between cutscenes, missions, and even downtime on the U-boat to lose sight of the Reich's cruelty. Wolfenstein's tense gameplay elevates this further by giving you the power to truly resist--and come out of each battle ready for another fight.
  15. Oct 26, 2017
    90
    The New Colossus launches as one of the most polished and gratifying shooters of the decade. With a stunning gunplay and a very improved narrative aspect, MachineGames and Bethesda have created a incredible experience that no one should miss.
  16. Oct 26, 2017
    90
    When you finish Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, you’re going to be elated. MachineGames’ sequel is probably one of the most cathartic experiences I’ve had in gaming.
  17. Oct 26, 2017
    90
    If you want a good shooter, play Wolfenstein 2. If you want an incredible single-player story, play Wolfenstein 2.
  18. Oct 26, 2017
    89
    It's been a long time since a first-person shooter has gripped me like Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus...An almost perfectly balanced mix of difficulty, humor and classic shooter gameplay with modern elements.
  19. Nov 10, 2017
    86
    This is one of the best singleplayer shooters in a long time - with a surprisingly strong story that blends drama, fun and shooting Nazis almost perfectly.
  20. Oct 29, 2017
    86
    A very powerful sequel, which sets the benchmark for Wolfenstein 3 quite high.
  21. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is one of the best first person shooter games so far and living proof that single player games are still alive and well.
  22. Nov 27, 2017
    85
    In the end, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is more of the same. The gunplay is fantastically done, and the opposition is enough of a challenge to make it worthwhile. The environments provide more than enough variety to prevent boredom, and the story works despite the levels of insanity it can reach. With a slightly upgraded presentation, it is safe to say that not much has changed, but when a game delivers on all of the expected fun and more, a lack of major change isn't a bad thing at all. If you love action, don't hesitate to grab this.
  23. Nov 20, 2017
    85
    This Wolfenstein has been broadly politicized and has been the no-doubt eager focus for political stunts and controversy. Which is odd, really, seeing as how at its heart it’s one of the most clear-cut examples of an FPS that we’ve seen in a while. No tricky resource management stuff, no new sub-systems to learn, just straightforward running and gunning, with a side-order of throat-slashing. And leg-removing. And eyeball-popping. And forehead-hatchet-burying. And exploding with diesel-filled grenades. And evaporating with laser guns. Typical, uncomplicated Wolfenstein stuff!
  24. Oct 30, 2017
    85
    The gameplay is very engaging, though can sometimes outstay its welcome at parts with a mixture of levels that range from the extremely interesting to dull and repetitive. Whatever its flaws, Wolfenstein is a great game that's well worth playing and will keep you coming back for more as you purge the US of Nazis.
  25. Oct 30, 2017
    85
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a powerful game that tells a relevant story. It doesn't innovate much in terms of gameplay, but everything else about the game is executed at an impressively high level.
  26. Oct 29, 2017
    85
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a very good solo FPS (which is already a rarity in the current game market) with a good story and a great sense of humor peppered by intense gunfights.
  27. Oct 26, 2017
    85
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a great game. If you’re a fan of the series, this is a great addition to the family. If you’ve never played the rebooted series before, I would recommend starting with Wolfenstein: The New Order, if you don’t you won’t be able to follow the story very well at all. While Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus has its flaws, I think it’s a definite buy.
  28. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 30, 2017
    83
    Hopefully, by the time Machine Games starts work on Wolfenstein 3, they will find a writer who understands that fast-paced action does not mix well with protagonist’s constant complaining. [Issue#225, p.52]
  29. Oct 26, 2017
    81
    The New Colossus is a fun and frantic FPS, even if it doesn't feel quite as fresh as The New Order did.
  30. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 2, 2018
    80
    The re-ignited fight against the swastika is great action fun once again. It is a pity that a story is not intriguing enough, and it applies to it: what’s long, is stupid. [Issue#280]
  31. Nov 10, 2017
    80
    I’m torn between calling Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus brave or merely unexpected. The core of The New Colossus remains as good as, and largely unchanged from, the earlier game. It’s great, explosive, and violent. The other half, so to speak, the heavy emphasis on story doesn’t drive the FPS experience so much as shift your focus into directions that FPS games don’t normally go. That’s not to say that FPS games don’t tell a story or even a complex story (Bioshock told an incredibly involved story and even explored the extrapolation of a Randian economics as a political movement), but they rarely (AFAIK never) attempt to tell a story so full of sadness and self-examination. The two parts sometimes fit well, sometimes less than well, and I think individual gamers will react very differently to the result.
  32. Nov 6, 2017
    80
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is easily the best single-player FPS of 2017, but it has surprising problems. The story is great, well-written and well told, and goes to places both dark and humorous, but it leaves a lot left over for Wolfenstein 3. The levels are fantastically designed with many ways to approach them, but occasionally you’re not sure where you need to go and there’s often not enough variety in the levels – we’re not sure we want to see another metallic Nazi base ever again. And the combat’s just fantastic. We loved every moment of it and we’re certain we’ll want to play it again, but to be honest… The New Order was a little bit more satisfying.
  33. Nov 5, 2017
    80
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a great follow-up to The New Order, though it falls short in level design and stealth. It's well worth your time and money if you love single-player games, but it wouldn't kill you to wait for a sale.
  34. Nov 3, 2017
    80
    I played through the campaign once, and then played through bits of a second campaign to see the other timeline changes. I still haven’t done all of the bonus Enigma Code missions that send you back through previous stages with new enemy layouts and new things to find. I’ve played about 15 hours, and despite some weaknesses and minor complaints, I enjoyed pretty much all of them. Wanna shoot, stab, and otherwise viciously maim Nazis for a good cause, while enjoying some really good characters? Wolfenstein 2, ladies and gentlemen.
  35. Nov 1, 2017
    80
    Even though the most memorable moments in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus don't involve much in the way of player input, it remains a satisfying story-driven shooter that that eschews major gameplay updates in favor of a greater focus on its bold storytelling and characters.
  36. Nov 15, 2017
    78
    Despite having flaws in mission structure, the core experience of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is magnificent. For as long as you enjoy the ensemble cast of well written and believable characters in an unbelievable world and you don’t care that the game barely finishes, Wolfenstein II is a game worth the time with its combination of solid and engaging combat.
  37. Games Master UK
    Dec 4, 2017
    76
    Chock-full of solid single-player shooting, but ultimately missing the spark of greatness. [Christmas 2017, p.70]
  38. Dec 23, 2017
    75
    While Wolfenstein 2 lacks novelty, it’s still a fun shooter with a meticulously detailed world, a cast of colorful characters, and lots of ways to brutally murder nazis.
  39. Oct 30, 2017
    70
    Three years after Wolfenstein: The New Blood, nazi-killing machine BJ Blazkowicz is back in another action packed, yet oddly gripping adventure. Even if it doesn’t exceed the original game, it still is fun, intense and gorgeous looking.
  40. Nov 12, 2017
    60
    Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus takes The New Order and multiplies everything tenfold (especially the silliness and the amount of cut-scenes) when it should just take the original and carefully build upon its foundation, smoothing its rough edges and offering the very best Wolfenstein game ever. The result is a FPS that's fun, but also one that doesn't really know what it wants to be.
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  1. Oct 27, 2017
    In great news, everything you do in the game looks tremendous thanks to MachineGames' use of the idTech6 engine, which is an upgrade from the last game's idTech5. I tested the entire game on a souped-up PC and had the game cranking at max settings in 4K with zero hitches in frame rate or responsiveness, and this was in spite of the game throwing up all matter of gorgeous particle, shadow, and lighting effects.
  2. Oct 31, 2017
    The New Colossus crafts a world that can deliver exciting action and human drama. The messy gunfights give way to something much larger. The New Colossus examines violence, resistance, and the necessity of revolution. It’s bloody and occasionally silly but never stupid or crass. It comes down firmly on the side of punching Nazis and throwing bricks, concluding that such resistance isn’t just cathartic but essential.
  3. Earlier, I said Wolfenstein 2 is a hair’s breadth away from being one of my favourite singleplayer action games of all time. The hair seems to have become much thicker as I think back, but the truth is that if there were even a handful of first-person shooters this strange and spectacular released in any given year, I’d barely find time to play anything else. In a week that has seen speculation about the future of this type of big budget singleplayer game, for all its flaws, this is a reminder of how powerful and vital they can be. [RPS Recommended]
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1247 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Oct 28, 2017
    0
    Enjoyed the first game and other releases, But as others have noted this has become highly politicized and taints everything in the game andEnjoyed the first game and other releases, But as others have noted this has become highly politicized and taints everything in the game and just makes it hard to enjoy. You play games to escape the real world not to get bombarded by Leftist/Antifa/BLM propaganda. If you want a game to be able to escape and blow off some steam, this isn't the game for you. Lots of other titles out there right now you can spend your hard earn money and time on instead of having to watch long badly done politicized cut scenes. Full Review »
  2. Oct 28, 2017
    1
    Positive:

    -Hitler in the game Negative: -Story and the cutscenes is like a C category movie. -Gameplay is boring -Anya and DJ or BJ?
    Positive:

    -Hitler in the game

    Negative:
    -Story and the cutscenes is like a C category movie.
    -Gameplay is boring
    -Anya and DJ or BJ? blazkovizs is a typical superhero,
    -Voice acting is horrible why BJ is always so calm?
    - Facial express is horrible for a late 2017 game
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  3. Oct 27, 2017
    0
    Really wanted to love this game, but the performance is just terrible. It constantly freezes or crashes to desktop. If I don't completelyReally wanted to love this game, but the performance is just terrible. It constantly freezes or crashes to desktop. If I don't completely restart my machine after a crash it runs at < 10 FPS. Yes, my drivers and directX are completely up to date. Yes I meet the minimum requirements. Running Doom 2016, Wolfenstein New Blood, Witcher 3 etc is no problem and look great. This game has some serious problems and I can't recommend it until they're fixed. Full Review »