The latest game in the popular Wolfenstein series has arrived with Wolfenstein Youngblood and it is a departure from the prior games in the series. The series originated on early computers with Castle Wolfenstein and Beyond Castle Wolfenstein before emerging years later as an early First Person Shooter Game. The success of the series has endured with this now being the fourth release in the series since Bethesda took control of the series.
Unlike prior games in the series, BJ Blazkowicz is a minor character and players will play as either Soph or Jess; his teenage twins. Like the prior games in the series, the Nazi’s are in control and in this alternate version of the 1980s; the twins must work with one another to complete various missions with the Resistance in order to save the day.
The game requires players to play in a Co-Op mode with either another player or the A.I. controlling the other sister. This is tricky as if one dies; the game ends and you also must repeat the entire level as there are no checkpoints and saves.
I strongly suggest playing with another player as thanks to the Buddy Pass option; you can play with a friend who has the Trial Version of the game or be randomly matched with another player. The trick with being matched with another player is that you do not have control over which missions you will play and I have played far more of the “Brother 2” level than I wanted to.
The A.I. also has issues with doing things like going full bore into a large mass of enemies with low health when you are in need of aid. The smart move would be to withdraw, help heal your sister, and regroup, but this does not happen. It can be very frustrating to be deep in a level and lose it due to issues like this.
There were also some annoying crashes like when I was in the final battle with the Uber Boss and had to repeat several levels to return to where I was.
Thankfully the game looks great and the action is as intense and brutal as any in the series. There are numerous weapons which can be upgraded via Silver coins that players collect and they will be needed as the enemies are abundant and the Mechanized units can really end your game fast.
There are also special weapons players can obtain as well as gun emplacements which really help turn the tide of the battle.
In between missions’ players can hang out in headquarters and explore as well as take on additional side missions and interact with various N.P.C. characters.
While some may take exception to the new style of play, the characters, and other issues; the game is attractively prices at $29.99 and seeing how Bethesda has been providing updates on a regular basis; this is a Wolfenstein game that fans who exercise a bit of patience and adaptation can warm up to as I did.
3 stars out of 5.