Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review
The latest addition to the Wolfenstein franchise carries some of the brilliant fast gunplay of the previous titles and adds a sense of boisterous fun in the form of the Blazkowicz sisters, Soph and Jess.
The narrative is that their dad BJ Blazkowicz has gone missing and it’s up to the girls now in their awkward teens to load up with power suits and head out into the 80’s inspired world to find and rescue him.
If the slightly reduced price point doesn't give it away this game is not a fully powered sequel to the great Wolfenstien reboots but more of a side quest spinoff, think Far Cry: New Dawn from earlier this year. That doesn't mean that this game is anything less and brilliant fun, but it should be noted so you can set your expectations.
The game is Co-op and provides a very different approach to the series, as you can play as either sister with AI controlling the other if you don’t want to get online and partner up with friends and randoms. Both ways of play are fun, but the best is with a friend who owns the game. Connectivity works great as well as you can enter and exit when ever you like and the AI will just take over to help the player left in the game. If you complete a mission together it will also register for both people which is a nice touch.
The game introduces some RPG style elements as well, if your teammate goes down, you can revive them but your experience points are halved until you do so. This is a great way to keep the two players close together or they will be punished for running ahead while your teammate is left behind to deal with the slaughter.
Most of your time is spent grinding in sub missions in order to build your character up enough to defeat bosses and progress with the story. This gives “Youngblood” a longer playtime than the story content would suggest and more reasons to jump in with your friends to play co op.
The port to the Nintendo Switch is impressive once again and great to see it getting a launch day release on the console as well, rather than wait a couple of months to come to the system. The way they scale the game down is really well done but if you are wanting a full graphic experience you are better off getting it on the PC, Xbox or PS4. If you are wanting something you can play on the train or in a lunch break at work then the slight sacrifice of graphics is worth it.
Wolfenstein: Youngbloods is a great off-shoot to the overall franchise even if at times it feels more like a “What If” game rather than a true part of the story. It is enough to keep you going until they decide to do a true sequel to Wolfenstein II: The Last Colossus.