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Have Bethesda single-handedly saved the FPS genre?

For many people, Bethesda were a major letdown at this years E3. This was due to huge expectations leading into it, especially with rumors of ‘Starfield’ finally being revealed. However, fans waited throughout the ‘Bethesdaland’ presentation, only to have their hopes crushed.

The USA has been formed into a nightmare during the Nazi reign.

Only two, full new games were revealed; The Evil Within 2, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. While both games look great, I, alongside many, desperately wanted a glimpse of the new IP which Bethesda has tightly under wraps. However, Wolfenstein really caught my eye. This is simply due to the fact that I absolutely adored ‘The New Order’ and more recently, ‘The Old Blood’, which I only finished mere hours ago.

After seeing the trailer for ‘The New Colossus’, it struck me that I never got around to finishing ‘The Old Blood’. I quickly opened up Steam and began reinstalling the game. Playing through the game reminded me why I love it so much. It’s just not like other First-Person Shooters. Something about it just clicks. Whether it be the sheer brutality of the game, or the super smooth and fun arcade style of it. But more importantly, I love how story-driven it is. I love the alternative take on a Post-WW2 society, I love the characters, I love the dialogue. In the words of Todd Howard, “It just works!”

See, as of recent, FPS games haven’t really been doing it for me. The recent entries in the ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Battlefield’ franchises have left me burnt out and bored of the same repetitive gameplay. Destiny, although many would beg to differ, was a step in the right direction, but didn’t fully do it for me. Then I found Wolfenstein. It was on sale at an incredibly cheap price which I can’t remember, but I bought it instantly, after hearing nothing but amazing things about it. I was in love with it instantly. It was a perfect Shooter and reminded me why the genre wasn’t as washed out and boring as it is recently portrayed.

Finishing ‘The Old Blood’ was a treat for anyone who has already played through ‘The New Order’. But as the final credits rolled, I couldn’t help but think to myself, ‘Have Bethesda single-handedly saved the FPS genre?’ And my final answer was yes. Yes they have. Wolfenstein, and more recently, DOOM have whole-heartedly exceeded my expectations. With their stunning visuals, addictive gameplay, and the classic brutality that older players of the series know and love, they’ve won the hearts of many fans. Bethesda have obviously taken note of this victory, judging by the look of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The story of the game seems to be really intriguing, and the dialogue looks as good as ever, giving me a laugh in my excited and giddy state. I was just overjoyed at the fact that Bethesda were continuing the series after the first games ambiguous ending!

I must say, I’m excited to see what ‘The New Colossus’ actually is. The common theory being that the Nazis have weaponized the iconic ‘Statue of Liberty’, due to the sonnet of the same name, engraved on a plaque inside the statue in real life. That alone sounds badass as all hell and has me barely able to contain my excitement.

Many fans will welcome the return of Engel.

The main villain is actually a returning character from ‘The New Order’! Players will recognize Frau Engel, a secondary villain from the first game. All in all, I was very impressed by what was shown of the game, and I desperately hope it holds up to its predecessors name and continues Bethesdas streak of amazing First-Person Shooters.

 

BJ Blazkowicz’ new outing begins when Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launches on October 27th for PS4, Xbox One and PC. People who purchase the Collectors Edition will also get a 12” BJ Blazkowicz doll with accessories, so I recommend you do that.

Aidan Rice View All

Hi! I’m Aidan. I’m Irish, and absolutely love to write, and play Video Games. I’ll be specifically writing features with opinions, reviewing games and albums, and just generally having fun with my writing, while honing my skills. I hope you enjoy what I write, thanks!