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Feature: War. What is it good for?

What really happened to B.J. Blazkowicz?

This article contains major spoilers for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (and Jacob’s Ladder). Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was one of the critical darlings of last year. A first person shooter that moves at a blistering pace, in Wolfenstein 2 you step once more into the big stompy shoes of William Blazkowicz and mow down armies of Nazis. But Wolfenstein 2’s easiest-to-miss scene has…

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood announced, is co-op with BJ’s daughters

The splendid new line of Wolfenstein first-person shooters from MachineGames will continue next year with Wolfenstein: Youngblood, a cooperative game starring BJ Blazkowicz's twin daughters. It's set in 1980, see, 19 years after Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Would you be surprised to hear that the twins are also very keen on shooting Nazis? Meet 'em in the game's announcement trailer.

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Wolfenstein 2 rounds out its pulpy but middling DLC today

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus's story-led DLC to date has been big - well, medium - on character but low on novelty, recycling chunks of the main game into vignettes starring new characters with borrowed Blazcowiz powers. I've looked at three out of four of 'em, and wound up wearing my 'disappointed, but not bitterly so' face, much like the one I sported when taken…

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Feature: Wot I Think: The Freedom Chronicles

Wolfenstein 2’s DLC so far is characterful but perfunctory

Note - this piece presumes familiarity with Wolfenstein 2's entire plot, and as such contains some spoilers, though no specific character fates are discussed. Out this week is part two of 'The Freedom Chronicles', a triptych of story-led DLC for last year's pretty decent singleplayer shooter Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, giving us a pretty clear sense of what's on offer from the season pass.…

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Feature: Tool of destruction

How Wolfenstein: The New Colossus takes the white dudebro hero apart

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a shooter that often feels at odds with its own protagonist, the worn-out vanilla action hero who is somehow the heart of a neurodiverse, multi-ethnic cast of socialist firebrands, civil rights campaigners, pacifists, lapsed jazz maestros and rabid UFO chasers. At first glance, it has a lot to say in spite of BJ Blazkowicz rather than through him, its…

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Wolfenstein 2’s Gunslinger Joe DLC dives out

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus has been out for nearly two months, which means it's Wolfentime for the first proper episode of DLC. Episode 1 of The Freedom Chronicles launched overnight, and follows the exploits of Gunslinger Joe. He's a former American football quarterback who's mad at the Nazis for making him play proper football, which seems like a pretty tame origin story by Wolfenstein…

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Feature: When Wolf tried to be predictable...

Have You Played… Wolfenstein: The Old Blood?

Seeing as Steam reviews are not entirely fairly arguing that the recent Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is too perfunctory a sequel, let's look back to a time when that really did happen. The Old Blood, a game that straddled the line between sequel and expansion pack to the excellent Wolfenstein: The New Order, was the very model of going through the motions. Paradoxically, it…

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Wolfenstein 2 now has a single-level demo

The prophecies were true - demos are back. This time it’s Nazi-bludgeoning romp Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus that’s offering a morsel of its shoots and boots (we've mentioned it before, but here's a reminder). The demo only lets you play through the first level, so it really is a teeny tiny taste. “Should you choose to upgrade to the full version of the game,”…

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Wolfenstein 2 now just £20/$25, and you can try it free

Rejoice FPS fans, for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is now down to just £20 / $25 to celebrate the day of sales, deals and discounts that is Black Friday. Whether your preferred digital merchant is Amazon US, Steam, Green Man Gaming, Games Planet or Fanatical (other digital game retailers are available), now is definitely the time to buy if you haven't got the game already.  Also mourn, FPS fans, since…

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Wolfenstein 2 story DLC dated, detailed, silly-named

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is, for better or worse, very much BJ Blazkowicz's story, and outside a few shocking shots of the wider world, isn't entirely interested in showing us how Nazi rule in the 1960s affects the individual lives of others. We already knew that story-based DLC was on its way, but now we have dates on the four-part season pass that aims…

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Clickuorice Allsorts: the strange instruments of Wolfenstein II’s score

What created some of the stranger sounds in the Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus soundtrack? Big sonic sculptures of glass and sheet metal, composer Martin Stig Andersen explains over on Gamasutra. He got to play with the creations of French brothers François and Bernard Baschet, delightfully odd beasts largely played by rubbing crystal rods with wetted hands and amplified through big metal horns, and explains…

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Feature: Absolute discretion

I love Wolfenstein 2’s wonky, unforgiving stealth

It's taking me a long, long time to play through Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. The reason for that is because I'm playing it as a stealth game - a claim about a Wolfenstein game that would have sounded absurd a couple of years ago, but is now taken for granted as a result of 2014's The New Order offering a limited sneaky-stabby path. Both…

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Ultra-violent Nazi shooter Wolfenstein II is out now

It’s Bash-the-Fash Friday in the corridors of RPS today. Some of us are celebrating by playing Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which is out now in case you didn’t notice. Our Adam liked the dystopian shooter , enough to say it was “a hair’s breadth away from being one of my favourite singleplayer action games of all time”. Crikey.

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Feature: Colossal

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus review

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus does not pull its punches. Early in the game a returning villain asks, “is this what a hero looks like?” She's mocking and threatening a wounded, degraded and broken woman. She's about to execute that woman. Wolfenstein's answer is a defiant “yes”. Its heroes don't look like any one thing because they are many and they are diverse. They are…

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Wolfenstein 2 isn’t getting multiplayer because it would ‘dilute’ the storytelling, says Machine Games

With us living in the age of ‘games as service’, there’s been a bit of hand-wringing about the death of single-player games. Of course, there are still plenty of single-player games in development, and in the case of Machine Games’ Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, the studio say they've made a concerted effort to not let anything detract from that solo experience.

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Here are Wolfenstein 2’s system requirements

Popular nazi-killer B.J. Blazkowicz will be back to his old shooty-shooty ways this Friday with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Today publisher Bethesda have taken a break from their piggy-backing marketing long enough to post the PC system requirements along with details of uncapped framerates and aspect ratios. Here they are.

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus blasts launch trailer

Though Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus [official site] will not launch until next Friday, October 27th, the launch trailer has arrived today to stake a claim on the next fortnight. As you'd expect, the trailer is full of Nazis being murdered and oh, I guess Hitler is back now too - in non-mecha form. Presumably he gets his face shot off later. Watch:

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Feature: Footage from and thoughts about The New Order sequel

Cool coats, comedy copulation and cyber-cats – Wolfenstein: The New Colossus wants to do everything

In the surprisingly, refreshingly excellent 2014 shooter reboot-o-sequel Wolfenstein: The New Order, it was the eyes that captivated me. The sad, aged eyes of BJ Blazkowicz, a war-weary he-man forced to take up arms yet again - tirelessly heroic, sure, but those windows to his haunted soul revealed his longing for an end to all this suffering. I could not look away from those eyes,…

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Wolfenstein 2 shows off an hour of Nazi-killing gameplay

You can now watch almost an hour of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, if you'd like, across three newly-released gameplay videos. One shows BJ 'Sad Eyes' Blazkowicz murdering a great many Nazis from his wheelchair, as our Adam already told you about in his E3 preview. Another wanders through the city of Roswell, where Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members rule (until 'Puppy Dog' Blazkowicz…

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Feature: A world worth fighting for

The compassion & cruelty of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

The early stages of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus [official site] show the same blood, guts and heart that were key to the first game's success. Described by Bethesda's Pete Hines as “fucking bananas”, it's a game of extremes, but it's the care that it shows for its characters and setting that stand out as unique in the field of alt-history Nazi war-shooters. Alongside the…

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