Story - 72%
Graphics - 75%
Audio - 60%
Gameplay - 70%
Replayability - 65%
The cheaper multiplayer co-op Wolfenstein that people didn’t know they needed until the reveal, the hype train was real for Wolfenstein fans and the promise of playing Wolfenstein with a buddy real made the community amped for release. Does it stand up to the Wolfenstein core or does it fade to far off that it just isn’t the same?
Set 19 years after Wolfenstein 2, the story gives you a future where the Nazi have won and you’re in Nazi France as BJ’s daughters, searching for BJ as he is missing. A simple premise that a Wolfenstein game could only offer, but this is a Wolfenstein like no other. The new Wolfenstein: Young Blood should have been called Fresh Blood because this title is so different and so new to what we have come to expect from the series. The game’s structure and feel has completely changed in my opinion and I have seen more of a looter shooter feel coming into the game, rather than a story driven objective game. The vibe is real and the grind is even more real, every time I jumped in I felt like I was working toward the upgrades and the character development, rather than a progression through a story. Think, Destiny. Now, do not get me wrong, I am accustomed to these types of game and I personally do not mind, but some O.G Wolfenstein players might be deeply offended by this change and I guess it’s a matter of adaptation, the premise and story are still there but it doesn’t feel like the core of the game anymore.
The Wolfenstein effect is still within this title though. The story is still incredible and you still get the sense of awesome characters, goofy banter, great dialogue and humorous encounter with the young characters you’re playing as, oh yes, BJ makes a cameo too! The Great scenes and beautiful visuals still exist within the game and the limited open areas are still awesome to navigate through and the details are still there around every corner, which is what we have almost come to expect from a Wolfenstein game. The gore effects, gun details and special effects from abilities and guns are still there’s and nothing has been left out because of price. In fact, I found that there were still awesome areas that you could venture to and little “hidden” places you could get to if you just took your time, which is what I did, I spend hours with friends running around checking things out and taking our time through levels and progression and I found that this was way more fun and exciting, it did not feel as repetitive as trying to bang through levels and get to the end of the story.
The one thing I didn’t expect from a Wolfenstein title was micro-transactions, that’s right. The customization for characters, weapons skins and buff “emotes” are purchasable by 2 ways, grinding like mentioned earlier or purchasable with in-game currency that is purchasable with real money. As of right now, this is limited to cosmetic items and you cannot effect gameplay or character/weapon upgrades at all which in turn would affect rate of leveling up. I’m not sure if this is planned for a future update, but right now, I think they have the balance right and have not done a full EA on us.
Overall, the title is different and new, something to behold and for the lower price I would say give it a try, why not? There are some things you need to be warned of though; the game is a grind, the story is still a fun story, single player grinding is boring and multiplayer co-op grinding is less boring. Would I pay to play this Wolfenstein game? No, not if it wanted to play Wolfenstein. Would I pay to play this as a standalone nazi zombie looter shooter type game? Sure!