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Bethesda has announced a free trial is now available for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Make in the day we used to call these ‘demos’, strange artefacts of a time long gone. It’s available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and any progress made can be carried over to the full version of the game.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is out and our initial impressions are very positive, both in terms of the campaign and the excellent PC performance. On both these points tough, it turns out developer MachineGames was lent a helping hand by none other than Doom maestros id Software.
We've run through the first few hours of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and can safely confirm killing Nazis is just as fun as it's always been. Making America Nazi-Free Again should be an absolute pleasure. We'll have a review for you shortly, but before then it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty of Wolfenstein II's PC performance hardware report. W2 Colossus runs on the same id Tech 6 engine used for DOOM and also utilises the Vulkan graphics API, rather than DirectX. Let's see how Wolfenstein 2 runs on some modern PC hardware.
Wolfenstein: The New Order was an absolutely fantastic game but there were undeniably a few teething issues with the idTech 5 engine holding it back. Not least the 60fps cap hardcoded into the engine and some dreaded texture pop-in. This won’t be the case with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, with Id Software promising a fantastic PC version with uncapped frame rates.
We’re currently in bizarro-land, as the latest Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus has been criticised by some for its anti-Nazi agenda and ‘politicised’ leanings. I don’t know where all these ‘alt-right’ have been for the past 30 years but Wolfenstein has always been about killing Nazis. After all, they say there are only two things you can kill guilt free in any game - Nazis and zombies.
What with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and COD: WWII on the way, Nazi bashing is going to be our biggest hobby this coming holiday season. A new trailer has just dropped for the former, a deliciously juxtaposed mish-mash of totalitarian rule, ultra-violence and American doo-wop.
Horror movie fans will be all too aware that the very best in the genre don’t show and tell, rather preying on the fear of the unknown. It's not just for scares though, the unknown can make anything intriguing. Clearly, Bethesda doesn’t believe in the power of the unknown, releasing a trio of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus trailers totally more than an hour, presenting a full run through of the game’s first three levels. Tread carefully if you wish to avoid Wolfenstein II spoilers.
Bethesda’s never been one to resist pumping out a season pass, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is going to be no different. MachineGames’ shooter should have a solid single-player campaign to its name, but the Freedom Chronicles season pass is intended to keep players coming back for the long term.
Everyone’s favourite milkshake swilling Nazi is back in the latest Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus trailer. He became a bit of sensation at E3 when fans loved his shake-guzzling ways, before it quickly became all too apparent he wasn’t a nice sort at all. Remember ladies and gents, always pay attention to swastikas. No swastika = good, swastika = very bad.
Just in case you needed a little reminder of why Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is one of the most anticipated games of the year, MachineGames has treated us to a new episode German… Or Else!, the hit game shows in which US contestants must prove their knowledge of the German language or face.... Re-education.
We need precious few excuses to spend more time gawping at Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, so it was nice to see a new email from Bethesda plop into my inbox so shortly after their press conference. In ‘Gunning for Freedom’ we see developers MachineGames given the limelight, explaining the thinking behind Wolfenstein II’s shift to the United States mixed with a smattering of new gameplay.