User Review

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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 II: The New Colossus Graphics Settings

Wolfenstein 2 Video Options

  • Brightness
  • Video Quality Profile
  • Monitor
  • Aspect ratio
  • Resolution
  • Window Mode
  • Vertical Sync
  • Motion Blur
  • Anti Aliasing
  • Colorblind Mode

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Graphics Options

  • Field of View
  • Lights
  • Shadows
  • Particles
  • Direction Occlusion
  • Reflections
  • Decals
  • Motion Blur
  • Image Streaming
  • Water Quality
  • Volumetric Quality
  • Material Aniso Filter
  • Decal Filtering
  • Lightmap Aniso Filter
  • Image Aniso Filter
  • LOD Switch
  • Deferred Rendering
  • GPU Culling
  • Async Compute
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Depth of Field
  • DoF Anti Aliasing
  • HDR Bloom
  • Sharpening
  • Film Grain
  • Resolution Scale 
  • Manual Scaling
  • Show Performance Metrics

There's a very healthy number of graphics options available to tweak in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. Unfortunately, a number of these Wolfenstein 2 graphic options require the player to restart the game to come into effect. Another downside is Wolfenstein 2 features a terrible user interface for the menus. The mouse cursor is an almost identical colour to the background, so it's really hard to track where you're pointing, while it's also on an endless loop so it's very easy to accidentally scroll too far down and end up back at the top of the graphics menu. It means trying to select some of the graphics settings at the bottom of Wolfenstein 2's menus can be a bit of chore.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus features the level of customisation we've come to expect from id Tech 6 and the Vulkan graphics API though, and there's a handy performance metrics overlay which can track just about every bit of info on your hardware. Take a look at the following screenshots to get an idea of the Vulkan measurements in game.

Wolfenstein 2 New Colossus Preset Graphics Options List

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Ultra
  • Uber
  • Mein Leber

So in Wolfenstein 2 you can put the graphics options up higher than High, up past Ultra and even past Uber, where you find the Mein Leber graphics preset.

Wolfenstein 2 also has a Mein Leber game difficulty level as well, that will unlock after you have comepleted a play through of Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Low vs Ultra Graphics Comparison

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 The main benefit to playing on higher settings in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the lighting and shadow quality. You can see a nice step up in quality in the sliders. Aside from this, they both look pretty decent though, even if Wolfenstein II never looks truly incredible visually. It does what it sets out to achieve and does it well. For those who may have to play with lower graphics enabled in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, I do have to say I quickly forgot I was playing on Low and still had a great time playing the game. So turning Wolfenstein 2 on to low graphics settings still gives the player a good graphical game play experience.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus System Requirements

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 55GB Available Hard Drive Space

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-9370 4.4 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 55GB Available Hard Drive Space

 

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Benchmarks

 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on GeForce GTX 1060 6GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

Sometimes a game comes along that is an absolute pain in the arse to benchmark, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is just such a game. MachineGames have handily included the same performance metric system as used in DOOM, but Vulkan doesn't play nice with a number of other useful third-party apps yet. It makes it tricky to get a truly accurate average readout, but we think we've got the Wolfenstein 2 frames per second pretty much nailed down for the hardware we tested.

Taking screenshots is also a nightmare at the moment. FRAPS failed us. Dxtory didn't work. The classic Print Screen just always a displayed the main menu, bizarrely. And the Steam overlay is disabled in Wolfenstein 2, although Bethesda has assured us this will be fixed shortly.

For this Wolfenstein 2 benchmark, we used a GeForce GTX 1060 equipped with 6GB video memory. This is exactly in line with the recommended system requirements for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU. Unfortunately, these benchmark tests for the GTX 1060 were only conducted at 1080p as using Nvidia DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) resulted in a hard reset of the PC. Not sure what's up there, but hopefully it gets fixed soon.

Wolfenstein 2 GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 720p, 1080p Benchmarks

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  720p 1080p
Low 172 115
Medium 157 112
High 144 108
Ultra 128 99
Uber 121 93
Mein Leben 110 88

Performance-wise, the resolution we could actually play at suggested Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus runs every bit as well as DOOM. It's silky smooth and during scenes of low intensity, the GeForce GTX 1060 consistently had frame rates north of 100fps at 1080p, even on the highest 'Mein Lieben' graphics preset. The experience really is faultless, making it a crying shame we couldn't test out the higher resolutions on this GPU. We suspect the GeForce GTX 1060 may even be able to run something close to playable frame rates even at 4K, although it's hard to predict the VRAM requirements.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on GeForce GTX 1070 8GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

For this W2:TNC benchmark, we used a GeForce GTX 1070 equipped with 8GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU.

Wolfenstein 2 GeForce GTX 1070 8GB 720p, 1080p, 1440p Benchmarks

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  720p 1080p 1440p
Low 180 160 110
Medium 168 149 104
High 153 140 97
Ultra 143 130 91
Uber 140 124 87
Mein Leben 136 118 83

Again, fantastic performance. The GeForce GTX 1070 runs Wolfenstein 2 at 1440p with ease. The GTX 1070 is first and foremost a 1440p screen resolution graphics card and it absolutely shines on Wolfenstein 2 at that 1440p resolution. Frame rates are solid, there's no noticeable stuttering to speak of. The experience is buttery smooth, indicating id Software's id Tech 6 is still the best single-player shooter game engine in the business.

The Performance Impact of Installing the Latest Nvidia GeForce Graphics Card Drivers for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

When eager to boot up your next brand new game, like the awesome Wolfenstein 2, it can be all too easy to forget to upgrade to the latest graphics card drivers first. To help showcase the sort of impact older game graphics card drivers can have on your latest game we put it to the test with Wolfenstein 2.

We are comparing how September's GeForce 385.69 GPU driver performed on Wolfenstein 2 versus installing the latest GeForce 388.00 driver with "Game Ready" support for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. We can see in the graphs below the sort of performance increase you are likely to get on your PC by paying attention to installing new drivers for graphics heavy games like Wolfenstein 2.

  720p 1080p 1440p
Low 170 121 101
Medium 159 115 93
High 142 107 87
Ultra 137 99 80
Uber 131 94 74
Mein Leben 126 89 67

As you can see from the graphics card driver frame rate test results for Wolfenstein 2, the difference is really significant. We're talking about a 24% FPS improvement at 1440p / Ultra from updating to the latest graphics driver alone. It's really quite a difference. Before installing the latest driver, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus ran similarly on the GeForce GTX 1070 as it did on the GeForce GTX 1060, yet updating to the latest 388.00 drivers saw it pull right ahead to where it should be.

How Well Optimised is Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus CPU Core Usage and Multithreading Performance

Wolfenstein II CPU Usage during 1080p / Ultra Benchmark with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

 

Wolfenstein II GPU Usage during 1080p / Ultra Benchmark with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

 

Here we can see the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB is being used to its limit. The memory is being guzzled up also, indicating 1440p and upwards screen resolution may require 8GB+ VRAM in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. 

Ultimately the GPU is the bottleneck here which is what we like to see. The Intel Core i7-5820K never really has to stretch its legs, aided by MachineGames' utilisation of every core and thread.

Overall we're really, really impressed by Wolfenstein 2's performance on PC. The only real blot on the copybook is that pesky issue with Nvidia DSR, the Steam overlay issue and the menu/cursor design. A real shame, but we're hoping most of that gets fixed soon.

Turning Wolfenstein 2 down to low is not an issue for people wanting to enjoy the game at low graphics settings. The visuals still look great in low graphics, so you wont be missing out on great gameplay if that is how you have to play the game.

We'll have plenty more of Wolfenstein 2: TNC soon, including our final verdict on whether it's worth your hard-earned cash.

Our Favorite Comments
"Mein leben is a reference to what some nazis said when you killed them in the original Wolfenstein 3D, I belive it is German for: My life. Everyone who played the original will get the reference :)"
"Good to hear the performance is just as solid as DOOM's. I still have a little worry about my i5 3570k, but I'm not as concerned. Thanks for the report, guys."