Wolfenstein: Youngblood

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Wolfenstein Youngblood PS4 cover.jpg
Not one of the worst games Bethesta has ever made, but still not as great as the previous instalment of Wolfenstien.
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Google Stadia
Release Date: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
July 26, 2019
Google Stadia
November 19, 2019 (launch title)
Game Engine: id Tech 6
Developer: MachineGames
Arkane Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Made in: Sweden
France
Franchise: Wolfenstein
Previous Game: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Next Game: Wolfenstein III (upcoming)


Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a first-person shooter co-developed by MachineGames and Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. A spin-off of the Wolfenstein series, the game was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 26, 2019, and Google Stadia on November 19, 2019, as a launch title for the latter.

Plot

Taking place 20 years (1980) after Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, B.J. Blazkowicz has since gotten married and had two daughters, Jessica and Sophia, who he taught how to defend for themselves. Blazkowicz goes missing, Jessica, Sophia, and their friend Abby investigate his disappearance. They find a hidden room, where they discover that Blazkowicz travelled to France to help in forcing Nazis out of the county. The three girls then travel to France to find Blazkowicz.

Bad Qualities

  1. Since this game is a FPS and RPG mixed game, it, of course, has a level system, and while it sounds good at first, it makes the game unfairly hard as some enemies are flat out impossible to beat, especially towards the beginning of the game, where certain side quests takes you through an area populated with Nazis that drastically out-level you. Missions are level gated, and since earning levels is painfully slow, you're forced to do an excessive amount of grinding to get EXP.
  2. The gunplay is a lot clunkier than in The New Colossus, with enemies having different types of armor, resulting in players having to constantly switch to weapons that are strong against a certain type of armor. This quickly becomes frustrating. Even worse is that the health bars that indicate the different armor type are extremely similar, which can result in a lot of confusion for new players.
    • You can now only dual wield pistols and machine pistols.
  3. After about an hour or two, the game becomes repetitive thanks to the grinding as mentioned above. Many side missions take place in the same area as other side missions and have the same objectives, which results in a lot of backtracking.
  4. The protagonists of the game, BJ's twin daughters, are extremely annoying and never stop giving out cringey one-liners.
  5. The story is not only badly written, but also very cringe-inducing:
    • The fact that almost all of the well-written characters from the previous games are absent in favor of forgettable new characters isn't helping matters at all.
      • Since this is a spin-off game, B.J. Blazkowicz has been reduced to the role of an "important" minor character, by making him being trapped where the Da'at Yichud artifact resides, which is near the end of the game. His reason as to why he can't escape sounds like he simply doesn't want to leave, rather than implying that the Nazis are trapping him there.
    • The main antagonist is very bland and forgettable, especially when compared to Irene Engel, the main antagonist of the previous game.
    • Bad plot twist in the third act, where the French Resistance is revealed to be the main group of antagonists all along. This plot twist is fairly obvious due to the writers doing a poor job at hiding the Resistance's true nature.
    • The ending is extremely disappointing and is essentially sequel bait.
    • Despite being the greater scope villain of the rebooted Wolfenstein games, Hitler is killed between this game and New Colossus without even a flashback to show it, dashing long-time fans' hopes of B.J fighting Hitler in a mecha.
  6. The companion and enemy AI is bad, enemies will sometimes ignore you even when you're crouching just in front of them.
    • If you take cover behind something, the enemies will stop moving and will do absolutely nothing, even with the player shooting them.
    • The companion will rarely revive you, even if you get shot down right in front of her.
  7. The invite system didn't work at launch.
  8. Playing on higher difficulties doesn't give you better EXP, making them somewhat pointless to play on.
  9. All of the bosses are the same, which adds to the repetitiveness.
  10. The game is co-op mode only, even if you want to strike out on your own, the AI still finds the need to join the fray. And since both of the twins are required to survive the battle, all you'll need is some classic artificial stupidity for your partner to waste all three of your shared lives to get a game over.
    • Most actions that can be done with one person require both protagonists to do them, such as opening doors or using terminals.
    • Overall, there is no actual single player gameplay, in the game's "single player mode", whatsoever. If you ever try to do a certain action on your own, the game will automatically pause to require you to connect another Joy-Con, or Xbox One controller, or PS4 controller to do the certain action together, resulting in single player-bait.
  11. You cannot pause the game even in single-player mode (this was fixed in the 1.05 update, but it should have been in the game from the start).
  12. As with any game published by Bethesda, glitches are common.
    • One of the most notable graphical glitches features a large black box appearing when certain enemies are killed.
    • When playing with another player, the animations from the other player are glitchy.
  13. If you die, your ammo doesn't restock, making it possible to restart a level with no ammo (this was also fixed in the 1.05 update).
  14. There are no checkpoints in the game, if you fail the mission, then it's back to square one! At least the game has the courtesy to save your EXP and item progression.
  15. As most recent Bethesda games have, it has microtransactions in a story-based RPG game. The only use for these microtransactions is to get skins for your weapons, which is not worth spending money on at all.
    • The description states that you can use them to get new equipment such as power armor, despite being only able to get weapon skins. This is a case of false advertising.
  16. The graphics and sounds are almost identical to the graphics and sounds in The New Colossus. This, as a result, makes the game feel like an asset flip.
  17. There is no map you can pull up, there's only a minimap.
  18. There're only two new weapons, the rest of the weapons are basically returning ones from The New Colossus with new names. This too makes the game feel like an asset flip.
  19. All of the weapons have the same upgrades, which is increasing general damage, headshot damage and ammo capacity.
  20. Despite the game stating that the twins have different abilities, they're pretty much the same.
  21. The physical release of the Nintendo Switch version is just a download code.
  22. This game, along with The Elder Scrolls: Blades and Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, did nothing to improve Bethesda's bad reputation after Fallout 76, officially getting people to be worried for the upcoming Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield and rely on Id Software's DOOM: Eternal as it could potentially save Bethesda.

Good Qualities

  1. At least the graphics and weapon sound great, despite the graphics looking almost exactly like The New Colossus.
  2. The soundtrack, while not as great as New Colossus, is pretty decent.
  3. While Jessica & Sophie's voices are annoying, the other voice acting is good, with Brian Bloom thankfully reprising his role as B.J.
  4. The playable Wolfenstein 3D arcade machine from New Colossus makes an appearance.
  5. Despite the clunkiness, the gunplay can be decent at times, as long as your level is on-par with the enemies.
  6. The deluxe edition, which is 10 dollars more, includes a "buddy pass", which allows a player who doesn't own the game to be able to play it, although they will only be able to play it if the player who gives them the pass plays with them.

Reception

Wolfenstein: Youngblood was met with mixed to positive reviews from critics but was panned by gamers and fans of the franchise alike and was widely considered by many as the worst installment of the franchise next to the SNES port of Wolfenstein 3D.

On Metacritic, the game has a critic score of 64/100 for the PS4, a 73/100 on PC, and a 71/100 on the Xbox One, and a 68/100 for the Nintendo Switch. The user scores were more negative, with a score of 2.6/10 for the PS4, a 2.2/10 on PC, a 2.0/10 on the Xbox One, and a 3.5/10 on the Nintendo Switch.[1][2][3][4] On GameFAQs, the PS4 version has a rating of 2.45/5.[5]

Angry Joe's friend, Delrith, gave the game a 3/10 because since he was not a fan of the direction Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus went, he wanted the game to go back to what made the previous games great. Instead, he was disappointed and angry that it didn't do that and only went into an even worse direction. He also called the game a "garbage fire" and believed that this game would likely kill the Wolfenstein franchise. It was later listed as the fourth worst game on Angry Joe's Top 16 Worse Games of 2019 list, along with other Bethesda titles such as RAGE 2 and Fallout 76 First.

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Mr. Tenno

19 months ago
Score 3
Was looking forward to this. Well Beth must not ruin Doom Eternal. Still exited for it though.
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HawkeyeSolo

19 months ago
Score 0
I believe Bethesda can bounce back. They just don't need to screw it up.
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Grust

19 months ago
Score 3
At least wait until you hear about the game. I don't want you rushing to buy a game only to end up disappointed and worse waste your money.
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HawkeyeSolo

19 months ago
Score 2
I don't do that shit, I ain't about that pre-order life.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

18 months ago
Score 1
Yeah same
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MeMeGuYWasLost

17 months ago
Score 1
I still play Fallout 4
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Mr. Tenno

15 months ago
Score 0
Doom Eternal got a delay.
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HawkeyeSolo

19 months ago
Score 1
Is this really an SJW game? Because most people are saying it is because you play as female characters, which is stupid enough as it is.
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RTL101

19 months ago
Score 2
Yep, they're right. Also, Jessica and Sophia are ugly as fuck.
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Grust

19 months ago
Score 4
Already heard Bethesda cares more about monetizing the game than fixing it from YouTuber YongYea. If I had even the tiniest amount of hope left for Bethesda after Fallout 76, it's now completely gone. They are now on my boycott list along with EA, Activision, and Konami.
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Grust

19 months ago
Score 2
Crap that wasn't meant to be a reply.
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Grust

19 months ago
Score 2
Considering their father trained them and they want to save their father, I don't think it's an SJW game. Just crap.
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HawkeyeSolo

19 months ago
Score -5
They don't need to be boycotted, they need to fix their shit.
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ThunderKat

17 months ago
Score 6
If that was the case, then every video game in the world with female leads would be considered an SJW game.
More than anything, the leads in this game are just irritating as fuck from the few lines I've heard. They're like the worst representation of stereotypical dude-bro frat boys with the annoying meter cranked all the way up to 11.
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Xian Pu

19 months ago
Score -4
Apparently it's not actually as bad in that regard as it looked from the initial trailers - IGN said in their review that you could swap the lead characters for two men (or a man and a woman) and it wouldn't change anything about the game.
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Quake3312

19 months ago
Score 2
there is only an ugly strategy of bethesda to force us to buy skyrim again, you got it todd, i'll buy skyrim again, pls stop doing that
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Paprika

19 months ago
Score 1
THAT'S IT! Doom Eternal is the last game I am buying from Bethesda! I lost my faith in them after this!
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Swaggy Shooter

13 months ago
Score 1
Who knows? Bethesda can fuck that up
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HunterZolomon

11 months ago
Score 0
I care about that free DOOM 64 only
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Maxkatzur

19 months ago
Score 2
Do you understand why do some Wolfenstein fans hate The New Colossus?
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AttackerAngel85

2 months ago
Score 0
Only some?
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DNIguy64

18 months ago
Score 1
Honestly, teaming up with a company known for making RPGs with a company known for making retro FPSs to make a game wasn't a good idea Machinegames had.
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I hope that the next Doom game is not bad at all, because right now Bethesda has ruined 2 of his best games that are Fallout and Wolfenstein, so I have faith that Doom Eternal is not ruined, by the way, I hope those 2 bad games of Fallout and Wolfenstein don't kill those 2 franchises, those 2 games still have potential for other sequels.
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Mr. Tenno

12 months ago
Score 0
No need to worry. Id has became anti-Bethesda.
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HunterZolomon

11 months ago
Score 0
DOOM and Elder Scrolls are my only hopes
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What.jpeg

17 months ago
Score 1
How's Cyberpilot?
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BlazePlastic2003

16 months ago
Score 0
I'm not sure about the virtual reality game. There isn't any rating on the IMDb page just because I created it. And yes, I am an IMDb member since October 2017.
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What.jpeg

15 months ago
Score 0
sounds reasonable
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Stephenfisher2001

12 months ago
Score 0

Apparently, German didn't censor the Nazi symbols, what I've heard.

https://www....e-uncensored
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Mr. Tenno

12 months ago
Score 0
When I got The New Order and Old Blood as a bundle for sale....
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HunterZolomon

11 months ago
Score 0
I think Wolfenstein ‘09 is just better than this.
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Mr. Dready

9 months ago
Score 0
First Fallout now Wolfenstein, which i think is just getting kind of worse, although at least they didn't do the same for Doom: Eternal, but i'm still curious what they have next.
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LeroyManTheFirst

9 months ago
Score 1
Is it bad that I like this game?
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Grust

9 months ago
Score 1
No, I made a Top Five Crappy Games I Actually Like blog.
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Thedoomaster215

3 months ago
Score 0
I bought the digital deluxe edition and I want to give a buddy pass to one of my friends on switch but no one wants to play with me. Also Doom Eternal saved Bethesda for me. Shame I have no interest in future Bethesda titles not even Deathloop.
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No bias

one month ago
Score 0
oh Bethesda what is wrong with you

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