Mixed or average reviews - based on 50 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 50
  2. Negative: 2 out of 50
  1. Jul 31, 2019
    Youngblood is a solid shooter just like its prequels but features co-op experience this time. Killing Nazis is as satisfying as usual, but the story is too dull to keep me engaged.
  2. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Oct 11, 2019
    When Youngblood falls back to its linear roots, like in Bruder missions, it turns into a pretty good Wolfenstein game; but its open-world segments and RPG elements feel entirely out of place. [Issue#240, p.58]
  3. Aug 26, 2019
    An interesting and entertaining attempt at bringing the main Wolfenstein series’ shooting mechanics into a co-op adventure that for the most part succeeds as long as you bring a friend. Solo play is disappointing but functional and fun times can be had regardless of how you play.
  4. Aug 19, 2019
    Good job! Fun came roaring back to Wolfenstein, surprisingly through cooperative multiplayer, sandbox and RPG elements. All those new ideas don’t work perfectly, but they do enough for you to like them - especially in the company of a friend.
  5. Aug 12, 2019
    Not the brightest representative of the Wolfenstein family, which, nevertheless, is able to entertain the less-demanding player. We are waiting for a real sequel.
  6. Jul 29, 2019
    In the end Wolfenstein: Youngblood isn’t so much a misstep as it is a side-step, inessential but rewarding once you look past the confusion and simply take up arms and do that thing that this series does so well - kill and take-out entire squads of Nazi super soldiers in style. Now with an invitation that reads, plus one.
  7. Jul 26, 2019
    The debut of the Blazkowicz sisters does not provide the fully-fledged Wolfenstein experience. Nonetheless it is an action packed, entertaining coop shooter which is definitely worth its 30 Dollar price tag.
  8. Jul 26, 2019
    Using everything Arkane can do in terms of level-design, Wolfenstein Youngblood offers an interesting new take on what’s a Wolfenstein game. But for a co-op game, it doesn’t have substantial co-op mechanics.
  9. Jul 26, 2019
    The series returns with its incredible first-person shooting, wild gunfights, and a ton of Nazi killing. Unfortunately, that's about all it brings. The narrative is fairly shallow and it does little to add anything new while we wait for the next main Wolfenstein game.
  10. Jul 25, 2019
    When all is said and done, and Nazi Germany’s ego has been bruised by a couple of rad teenage girls, one fact remains — Wolfenstein: Youngblood is fun as hell. The goofy Blazkowicz sisters make it compelling enough to endure its sometimes annoying quirks. Bring a partner for best results. The game shines when you’re playing co-op alongside a friend.
  11. Jul 25, 2019
    Like Old Blood, it ditches the in depth story in favor of gunplay and carnage. The core gameplay simply outweighs the story by a large margin. Good graphics and gunplay can only carry your game so far. Fans of the series like it for the story, not the gameplay alone, and thus will likely be as disappointed as I was.
  12. Jul 25, 2019
    Wolfenstein Youngblood looks great and has solid shooting mechanics, but misses the mark when it comes to the things that have become Wolfenstein’s greatest strengths. Without the wacky hijinx and startlingly engaging story of The New Colossus, Youngblood is a good co-op shooter that will struggle to stand out from the crowd. Strange design choices and repetitive quests try to bring it down further, but delicious good looks and flexible progression systems could make it attractive to the right suitor. And hey, killing Nazis never goes out of style.
  13. Aug 12, 2019
    It breaks my heart a little to slap a relatively low score on this. Both The New Order and The New Colossus were fantastic reinventions of a venerated gaming franchise, delivering satisfying gunplay with surprisingly touching narrative hooks. Youngblood still has that great feel, it’s just wrapped up in a co-op focused bubble which detracts from the traditional flow of the game.
  14. Jul 29, 2019
    With Youngblood, Machinegames clearly had a card to play by offering co-op alongside their excellent reboot of the Wolfenstein series. Unfortunately, this spin-off stumbles by proposing an adventure stretched to the maximum — the fault of a superficial leveling system that forces players to chain 'fetch' side quests in order to access the scripted content, which is then limited to just five missions. A few good gameplay ideas, a more open level design (thanks Arkane), and a reduced price prevent Wolfenstein: Youngblood from being a shipwreck.
  15. Jul 25, 2019
    Wolfenstein: Youngblood is an aggressively okay co-op shooter that doesn’t come close to recapturing the joy of its predecessor’s action or its surprisingly interesting characters and story. It doesn’t completely fumble the joy of its weapons and abilities or counteract the pleasing sensation of squishing Nazis between your toes, but it does make it harder to enjoy at seemingly every turn with an out-of-place leveling system, busted stealth gameplay, some aggravating boss fights and inadequate checkpoint saves. Frankly, I expected more from the Blazkowicz twins.
  16. Sep 18, 2019
    From a pure level design perspective, it’s a huge improvement over Wolfenstein 2. Unfortunately, it seems to have forgotten a lot of what made both New Order and The New Colossus such great games in the process.
  17. Aug 23, 2019
    Wolfenstein Youngblood experiments with new ideas adding RPG, shooter-looter and open-world mechanics to a well-established formula, but ends up being a mixed bag. The gunplay, the graphics and the action are top-notch. On the other hand, the storytelling, the mission structure, its characters and the unpolished co-op gameplay fall short.
  18. Aug 20, 2019
    Certainly Bethesda can make great games (Fallout 76 aside), and Machinegames has been at it for years, and I like what I’ve seen from Arkane, but Wolfenstein: Youngblood just feels lazy, playing off my desire for yet more of that Wolfenstein Nazi killing action flavor. And when my editor offered Youngblood to me, I was excited to play it. Yet somewhere between that excitement and what it actually plays like leaves me feeling like I’ve done it all before (and I have) better (which it has been).
  19. Jul 31, 2019
    Wolfenstein: Youngblood disappoints because Wolfenstein 2 was much more than a good shooting game. Youngblood is not. Though there are enough moments where the fast gameplay impresses and the co-op entertains, the game disappoints in almost everything else.
  20. Jul 30, 2019
    A few fun moments is too little to even say that I had fun. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a bizarre hybrid - a rail shooter with grind and endgame reminiscent of open-world games. An RPG looter-shooter without loot or real rewards. The game fails to be good at any single element it offers, and a ton of games out there is better at all of them.
  21. Jul 29, 2019
    Wolfenstein: Youngblood improves the series in key areas—namely in level design—but it doesn't capitalize enough on it being a co-op experience. Working with your sister is limited to pulling a switch at the same time, and not much else. You can split up in combat to confuse your enemies, but situations barely call for such finesse. At the very least, new characters Soph, Jess, and Abby all infuse a welcome goofy '80s adventure movie enthusiasm that makes Youngblood an entertaining romp through the world of Wolfenstein, with Nazis aplenty to eviscerate along the journey.
  22. Jul 29, 2019
    Ripe for narrative potential, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a brilliant concept overwrought with unnecessarily padded questing, turning a winning linear FPS formula into an ARPG grind fest.
  23. Jul 25, 2019
    Maybe I just expected too much, but I find myself missing the careful balance of story and gameplay that The New Order had down pat. Youngblood makes plenty of strides forward for this series, but it also takes some steps backward that end up hurting the overall package.
  24. Aug 2, 2019
    Wolfenstein: Youngblood is an adequate shooter, buried under a glut of unnecessary RPG elements and an obnoxious focus on cooperative play. Fans should look to the other games in the series to quench their thirst for straightforward Nazi killing.
  25. Sep 11, 2019
    Detailed environments is the only thing that Youngblood inherited from its famous parents. The rest is just wild mess of ideas that the devs plucked from all their favorite first-person shooters.
  26. Aug 7, 2019
    Wolfenstein: Youngblood takes one of my favorite FPS series and ruins it with repetitive grind, bloated FPS mechanics, a broken, mandatory co-op system and a frankly insulting story. Don’t touch this one with a ten foot pole.
  27. Jul 30, 2019
    While Youngblood is a far more interesting idea than the ‘prequel with zombies‘ approach taken by The Old Blood, it still doesn’t have the “WOW” factor that makes the main entries so memorable, and the severe downgrade in protagonists doesn’t help. So while Wolfenstein: Youngblood is disappointing, it’s also just kinda there. At least it wasn’t so bad that it impacted my desire to play the next main entry in this series…
  28. Aug 14, 2019
    Wolfenstein: Youngblood feels like a short co-op experience stretched out over a barebones RPG skeleton. It doesn’t feel comfortable in its own skin. It’s too thin in some parts while being bloated and lumpy in others. Whatever it is, I don’t really want to touch it. Ultimately, it’s just a disappointing sidestep in an otherwise fantastic franchise.
  29. Aug 5, 2019
    I expected better from Wolfenstein: Youngblood. After loving the last three outings, I had every right to assume that, despite being something different, Youngblood was going to be a well made experiment to switch things up. I was expecting a gripping narrative, a likeable cast, and thrilling gameplay. What I got was pure disappointment on every level. The one positive I can give Wolfenstein: Youngblood is that the more open map designs (it is co-developed by Arkane Studios, of Dishonored fame) are a welcome addition to the series. Beyond that, I can only say I'm thankful that this retails at $29.99 instead of full price but even that lessens the disappointment only little.
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  1. Jul 25, 2019
    Buy it if you have an ideal co-op partner, want a simpler co-op alternative to MMO-like shooters, or just really, really like newer Wolfenstein games. Otherwise, proceed with caution.
  2. Jul 25, 2019
    This is a worthy entry in the Wolfenstein series. I hope that we get a lot more from these characters because they are so dang cool. And I hope the upgrade path continues to feel rewarding. We’ll see. [Impressions]
  3. Jul 25, 2019
    Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a brutal experience in a gorgeous even if small-sized Paris. Its gameplay brings something of contemporary open-world service as a game competitors in the Wolfenstein world, with interesting but debatable results.
  4. Aug 1, 2019
    Almost from the word go, it became painfully obvious that Wolfenstein Youngblood would not be the lady power fantasy I'd always dreamed of. And some design hitches with the open world and co-op make it difficult to see the new entry as anything more than a lukewarm experiment.
  5. Jul 26, 2019
    Youngblood might not become your favorite, but a lot of what I like about Wolfenstein remains intact. The environments are beautifully detailed, with tons of bastardized (Nazified) nods to ‘80s pop culture, including a hilarious knockoff of Prince that makes me laugh every time I see it. The story’s entertaining as well, and I plan to see it through to the end despite the bits I don’t love.
  6. Jul 25, 2019
    Youngblood is a meat-and-potatoes first-person shooter where all the systems work well, the enemies provide a brutal challenge, and a friend can come along with you through the whole thing. It seems like it was designed as a relatively inexpensive crowd-pleaser of an FPS, and I will admit that I was very entertained.
  7. Even if you don’t care about disjointed storytelling, repetitive levels or cringe-worthy jokes, I can’t recommend Youngblood. If you’re desperate to shoot bads with a bud, go play Borderlands, Destiny 2, or Far Cry flipping Five instead. MachineGames clearly felt the need to tread some water before Wolfenstein 3, but they damn near wind up drowning.
  8. Aug 12, 2019
    At eight hours, the campaign was solid and fun, but I wish there had been more to Youngblood — more story, more enemy diversity, and more customization options. Youngblood isn’t bad by any means, especially when you play with a friend, but it falls just short of the bar set by its predecessors.
  9. Jul 25, 2019
    Youngblood is more like a spinoff than a sequel, even if it takes place after the events of the last two games. It has a different structure, tells a different kind of story, and barely worth playing if you're not playing with a friend. And it's packaged in a way that encourages that. It costs only $30, though a $40 deluxe edition allows you to share the game with a friend who doesn't own it...But really, it's all just an excuse to violently kill more Nazis, and I'm not too good to say that it's enough for me.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 921 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Jul 26, 2019
    I do not recommend this game to any Wolfenstein fan or any player of any FPS game in general. There are several reasons to why that is.I do not recommend this game to any Wolfenstein fan or any player of any FPS game in general. There are several reasons to why that is. Microtransactions are present, health bars make the entire combat boring, the two main characters are so annoying whenever they talk, you'll feel like giving them a tight hug around their necks, graphics somehow look worse in cutscenes than during gameplay, and you'll get called an incel if you dislike this game, because disliking a game that has a female protagonist is sexist apparently. Full Review »
  2. Jun 22, 2020
    After completing the game, I can say that it's garbage. RPG mechanics ruined the game. It's just not fun anymore. Either you grind or suffer.After completing the game, I can say that it's garbage. RPG mechanics ruined the game. It's just not fun anymore. Either you grind or suffer. Storyline is a joke. Main characters are anti-charismatic, boss fight are pathetic and the game ends with a cliffhanger. Please, don't tell me, that Wolfenstein 3 is gonna be about this characters. If so, I am officially stop buying this games.

    2/10 for graphics and sound design
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  3. Jul 26, 2019
    I can't believe what they have done to this series! I was one of those stupid enough to buy it without reading any reviews. I was sure it willI can't believe what they have done to this series! I was one of those stupid enough to buy it without reading any reviews. I was sure it will be the same like Old Blood, New Order and New Colossus -> Outstanding single player experience with a great story and a nice campaign.

    You will not get any of it. It's a stupid coop open world loot shooter where you now can upgrade your weapons... Biggest disappointment ever. Be sure to buy in directly on steam to get a chance for a refund. If you liked the previous titles of this series, don't even consider to buy it!
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