Wolfenstein Youngblood: What It Is and Why You Should Play It

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a spin-off co-op shooter based in the current Wolfenstein world. The game has been developed by MachineGames and Arkane Studios. So, what is Wolfenstein: Youngblood and should you play it? Well, this look at the game will hopefully help you make that decision.

What Is: Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a first-person, co-op shooter set in an alternate universe where the Nazis won and occupy most parts of the world. The story starts off 20 years after the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and you play as Jess and Soph, twin daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz who are trying to find him in Paris after he went missing.

The game features Paris as the main locations as you now have a hub with a semi-open world game where you can complete missions in a non-linear manner. The game also allows you to do all this with an AI or co-op partner, more on this in a bit.

The game is visually gorgeous and has really interesting designs and textures that do a good job to pull you into this dystopian world that’s fueled with fear. And to add to the that, the sound design for weapons and enemies just add to that scary, anxious world.

The shooting is tight, reflexive and fast. It’s not too different from the main-line Wolfenstein games and is the best part of the game and sadly, felt like the only good part.

Where It Falls Short

The game’s core gameplay loop is much different compared to the other games as the game now has a level-gated progression system. Areas have enemies that have different levels and if you’re under-leveled then may heaven bless you because you’re going to have a bad time.

Not only do you die and get sent to the start of that region but you also lose valuable ammo which in my opinion acts as a crutch in this game. Ammo in this game has variants and enemies are affected differently by these various type of ammo.

Let’s say you’re in an intense gunfight. Enemy 1 will require you to use “Type A”, you kill him and turn around to shoot at Enemy 2. But he requires you to use “Type B” so you switch weapons and finish him off. You get shot so you turn around and shoot at Enemy 3 but he needs “Type A” ammo. You quickly switch your weapon only to realize you need to reload and then you might get downed and die.

It’s a very weird way to get you to use all the weapons in your arsenal because it’s essentially forcing you to do so. The Machine Pistol can do more damage to enemies than a freaking Shotgun and that to me makes no sense. But then again, the game has power suits and more crazy contraptions. However, it is a departure from the more classic FPS system of the main games and I’m not a fan of this RPG-esque approach.

Also, your quirky sister isn’t the brightest. There are moments where she will literally stand right in front of the enemy or a boss and shoot at them, which leads to her being downed. And you can’t just let her stay down, you have to get her back up otherwise you fail.

Oh and if you fail or die during a boss fight then good luck because you have to run through the whole level. But the game doesn’t reload your ammo from before the fight so you will most likely be low on ammo which means you’ll have to spend time killing the enemies in that area to farm ammo.

It’s time-consuming, feels redundant and is not in any way fun or rewarding. And sadly, the game seems to be built around this. Missions are repetitive, you have to grind for unlocks, and dying feels annoying because it makes you play less aggressively and in a more safe way which isn’t fun.

While the gameplay leaves much to be desired, the writing and story also don’t do a good enough job to make you want to play more. The main plot point was given away in the launch trailer for the game. Even if you haven’t watched it, the game doesn’t hold onto you or grip you in a way that makes you play just so you can get more story.

The Verdict

Wolfenstein: Youngblood starts off well with its amazing gunplay but starts to fall apart as you progress a bit into the game with its grindy gameplay loop that is probably an experiment, it’s bland writing and an overall boring and repetitive experience that makes this game hard to recommend even if you’re a fan of Wolfenstein. However, it can be a bit of fun when playing in co-op but it still doesn’t change most of the aspects that bog this game down.

Final Score: 6/10

 

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is available Worldwide for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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Get Hyped for Wolfenstein: Youngblood with this new Launch Trailer

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the biggest and most open-ended Wolfenstein game in the series, and the first Wolfenstein game that can be played in online multiplayer co-op or single player with an AI companion.

The spin-off that takes place two decades after Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus and has you play as the daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz who want to look for their dad while also doing what their family does best, kill Nazis.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood launches July 26, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch!

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood Will Have Ray Tracing

NVIDIA and Bethesda today announced that Wolfenstein®: Youngblood™, the next installment in the legendary Wolfenstein franchise, will include support for real-time ray-tracing effects, NVIDIA® Adaptive Shading and other advanced gaming technologies that will let gamers experience the rich realism and depth of the game’s visuals.

To celebrate the return of the Wolfenstein franchise, NVIDIA kicked off a “Born to Hunt” bundle for GeForce RTX™ GPUs, starting today. For a limited time, gamers will receive Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which is scheduled to release on July 26, with the purchase of an eligible GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080, 2070 or 2060 GPU-equipped graphics card, desktop PC or laptop.

Ray tracing is the advanced graphics technique used to give movies their ultra-realistic visual effects. NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs contain specialized processor cores designed specifically to accelerate ray tracing so the visual effects in games can be rendered in real time.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is an innovative take on the original franchise, which has a rich history of using forward-looking technologies to set its games apart,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “Bethesda’s use of ray tracing will dramatically enhance the image quality, while NVIDIA Adaptive Shading will boost performance.”

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is set in an alternate history 19 years after the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The new first-person shooter is the first modern co-op Wolfenstein adventure. Team up with a friend or play solo as one of BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters and wield a powerful arsenal of new weapons, gadgets and abilities to liberate Paris.

“With Wolfenstein: Youngblood, a whole new generation of gamers could be getting their first exposure to the Wolfenstein franchise, and we want to make sure it blows them away,” Jim Kjellin, chief technology officer at MachineGames, the developer for Wolfenstein: Youngblood. “With NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX GPUs, we have access to technologies that deliver spectacular images and still maintain the performance necessary for flawless gameplay.”

Ray tracing brings real-time, cinematic-quality rendering to content creators and game developers. Wolfenstein: Youngblood uses NVIDIA VKRay™, an extension that allows any developer using the Vulkan API to add ray-traced effects to their games.

NVIDIA Adaptive Shading is a new, advanced shading technique that enables developers to improve performance and achieve a real-time visual fidelity previously impossible in games. By adjusting the rate at which portions of the screen are shaded, the technology reduces the work the GPU has to do, which boosts performance without denigrating image quality.

More gaming technologies will be announced closer to the launch of the game.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Launches July 26, Adds Switch Version

BJ Blazkowicz has gone missing in Paris, and it’s up to his twin daughters, Jess and Soph, to track him down.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood drops you into 80s Nazi-occupied Paris, and for the first time in the series, you’ll be able to explore the world of Wolfenstein and wreck Nazis with a partner. Get your first look at the cooperative gameplay in this new trailer and get ready for revolution when Wolfenstein: Youngblood launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC on July 26, 2019.

The City of Lights and Blood

Jess and Soph Blazkowicz will stop at nothing to find their father, and that includes taking on the Nazi forces in Paris, France. Establish your home base deep in the Parisian Catacombs and tackle missions in any order you want. Team up with a friend or play with an AI companion and obliterate the Nazi regime.

Along with the newly added co-op system, Youngblood features some newly added RPG elements. Explore Paris and take on the Nazis to level up and unlock new abilities, weapon attachments, gadgets, cosmetics and more. You’ll have access to updated and improved New Colossus weapons like the Dieselkraftwerk, Shockhammer (now called the Kugelgewehr), Laserkraftwerk and more, and you’ll also be able to tear through the fascist hordes with a number of new weapons like the iconic Maschinepistole and the devastatingly powerful Elektrokraftwerk. 

A Tale of Two Studios

On its face, Youngblood tells the story of two sisters, but behind the scenes, it also tells the story of two sister studios. MachineGames has partnered with the creative talents at Arkane Studios in Lyon to bring you the latest installment in this series.

“This opportunity to co-develop our next installment of the Wolfenstein series with Arkane Studios in Lyon is a great example of how we can be stronger as part of the ZeniMax family,” says Jerk Gustafsson, Game Director at MachineGames. “This collaboration and sharing of our respective expertise has not only resulted in a truly great and completely new Wolfenstein experience, but it has also brought our two studios closer together in a friendship that will be of tremendous value in our continuous efforts to craft beautiful, original and fun video games.”

“Arkane is working on a number of exciting projects,” continues Dinga Bakaba, Game Director at Arkane Studios in Lyon. “But when we got this opportunity to join forces with our MachineGames friends on Youngblood, we were thrilled. It’s been an honor to help realize this vision of two sisters fighting back against a fascist regime in the streets of 1980s Paris. This has also been a unique chance to bring an Arkane touch to the Wolfenstein IP, and we’ve been able to gather some learnings from one of the most talented studios in the world in the process.”

Buddy Pass

When you pick up the Wolfenstein: Youngblood Deluxe Edition, you’ll get the Buddy Pass, meaning you can partner up with a friend, even if that friend doesn’t own the game. As long as that friend is playing with you, they’ll be able to download and play Youngblood for free, all thanks to the Buddy Pass. The Buddy Pass can only be provided to one friend at a time, but it can be reused as many times as you want. Those playing using a friend’s Buddy Pass can choose to upgrade to the full game and play on their own or with other players at any time.

In addition to the Buddy Pass, the Deluxe Edition also gets you the Cyborg Skin Pack, a cosmetic pack designed to give you that titanium Terminator look. The Cyborg Skin Pack includes a shiny new skin for the twins’ Power Suits, guns, combat knives and hatchets. 

Pre-Order Bonuses

Pre-order Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Standard Edition: $29.99, Deluxe Edition: $39.99) and receive the Legacy Pack, a set of cosmetic items that include the following:

• The Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Jacket Power Suit

• BJ’s US Army Power Suit

• The Wolfenstein: Old Blood Pipe

• The Wolfenstein: Old Blood Knife

• A WW2 Weapon Skin Set for all ranged weapons

Get even more info on Wolfenstein: Youngblood in the official FAQ.

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