The wait for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has been a mix of controversy over the game's content and details on gameplay from the developers. One of the details that MachineGames offered was that adding multiplayer to a Wolfenstein game would 'dilute' the game's story and it's a good thing the developers stuck to their guns on that one.
As far as reviews go, Wolfenstein II's story is fantastic and the gameplay is just as fantastic. The game's depth, brutality, and humor come together to create a game that is being hailed as one of the best shooters that this console generation has seen.
Overall, reviews are very positive – OpenCritic is sitting at 87/100 at the moment (MetaCritic is down due to too many embargoes lifting at once). Check out a roundup below:
Despite some small issues that can be patched up pretty easily, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a breathtaking game that combines Oscar worthy storytelling with game of the year quality gameplay. Even with the highest expectations, MachineGames manages to keep players engaged at every turn with jaw-dropping set pieces, gameplay, and a high-quality story filled with unexpected surprises.
Even when the credits rolled after the 20-hour story, I was ready for more. It’s going to be a long wait for the inevitable conclusion to this trilogy, but if it’s as good as Wolfenstein II it will be worth the wait.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus builds on the first game, making for another superb linear first-person shooter campaign. It's an empowering journey that BJ goes on—rising from his near death experience from The New Order to be stronger than ever, befriending others who are just as tough and ready to take back what the Nazis stole from them: their country.
And that’s the strength of this sequel. It balances a steady stream of suffering and hurt with exuberant humanity. It deals with our darkest impulses and our best and plays them both up to a ridiculous degree. There’s nothing subtle about Wolfenstein 2, but it’s all affecting in a way that makes the game feel special and coherent. There are moments in the game that made my heart swell, while others were so grisly I had to look away.