Once again, Panic Button achieves the impossible with another AAA port of a current-generation game to Nintendo’s ultra-popular system – something many other developers and publishers can’t or won’t do. Wolfenstein: Youngblood brings all the action and excitement of Nazi murder!
Terror Billy’s twins (aka B.J. Blaskowitz) crisscross Nazi Paris in search of their father, who has disappeared without a trace. Play as Soph or Jess, armed to the teeth in an action-packed campaign through the City of Lights, determined to drive out the Nazis and bring his father home.
Daughters only resemble their father in his love of killing Nazis. They are wild, young and untrained, but their youthful excitement is contagious to the player. What could be better than killing Nazis? Killing Nazis with a friend.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the first cooperative experiment in the series, and for the most part it works pretty well. Don’t worry, if you’re like me and don’t have any friends, you can play the game alone with the AI controlling another of Terror’s twins. Since this is a cooperative game, I wish there were more dedicated servers for this game, because it always seemed that my servers wouldn’t connect to another player, or it would take too long to have fun. To fix this, it would have been good if the developers had added a club bank. This would have been a great addition to the Switch version, especially since you can share the joy, but performing split-screen action on a console might have been too painful.
Also, it’s not as much fun to play online when the Nintendo Switch smartphone application is the only way to chat with your online partner. Along with all the other modern systems that offer native voice chat, this is another perfect example of Nintendo shooting themselves in the foot by sticking with this archaic form of voice chat that just doesn’t work. I suggest you find other chat methods if you have them, like Discord or even using group chat on PS4 or Xbox One (you can use these systems while playing Switch – it’s a weird solution, but it works). For me it was no problem, because I preferred to play solo anyway. AI is smart and helpful, unlike some other cooperative games, but I think I would have more fun if another player helped me during the story.
Set in 1980, 19 years after the events of Wolfenstein 2, Youngblood has an infectious 80s vibe, enhanced by the constant banter between the two sisters and their completely tubular chatter. Girls offers a new and interesting perspective on Wolfenstein’s former protagonist, B.J. I’ve always thought it would be great to play through the lens of a woman fighting the Nazis, and I’m glad it’s even more satisfying.
As in the previous installments of the franchise, you will find many collectibles during your adventure, such as cassettes and 3D glasses. Players can also find silver coins to trade for weapon upgrades and spare costumes.
A new lightweight role-playing element has been added to the game’s main formula. Girls earn skill points by defeating enemies and finding collectibles that give the player skill points. They can be used to improve girls’ skills and even discover new ones.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood offers the player a great deal of freedom, allowing them to choose any mission in the story in any order. There are also many secondary missions that give each map high replay value.
With the addition of the RPG element comes the inevitable squeak. By playing each card a few times and leveling it up, it goes from fun to a chore. The game encourages you to explore and find all the collectibles it offers – which means exploring every inch of the map. Unfortunately, each time you leave the room after eliminating a wave of Nazi soldiers, you’ll only find freed Nazis when you return to the room. Destroying a room becomes a real challenge, only to see the enemies return a few minutes later. I couldn’t help but think that this process is a chore.
The graph has a significant influence on the change. Having played all the previous installments of the franchise on the PlayStation 4, it’s clear that this isn’t the version to play if you’re specifically concerned about frame rate or screen pixel count. The game is much better on the bench, but there are still a few hiccups on the screen. Textures didn’t seem to load quickly, and at other times it seemed like I was playing a PS2-era game.
Handheld mode didn’t look too bad when I was running and shooting Nazis, but when I slowed down, it seemed like a miracle that this game even works on a handheld console. It feels like it could burst at the seams, just attached to the tape and dreaming. In particular, the shorter tracks became very unstable in manual mode and sometimes in docking mode. In manual mode, it is extremely difficult to read the on-screen text of the menus and subtitles. It would have been good if the developers had enlarged the text a bit so that the game could be played in portable mode.
The Youngblood version of the Switch includes motion controls with the Joy-Cons in Wolfenstein 2 on the Switch. It’s a nice addition, but I preferred playing with my Pro Controller.
There are many radical songs from the 80s, horribly covered in German, played while riding the waves of the Nazis. Several maps of Paris are equipped with an intercom that gives Parisians advice on how to behave as responsible citizens for the good of the Empire. This really added to the engaging alternate story that the reboot games of this franchise are known for.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a very enjoyable experience, but I couldn’t help but think while playing that it might not be the best platform to play on. If you’re a loyal fan of the series and only own a Nintendo Switch, this is a no-brainer. However, if you prefer graphics and a more stable frame rate, consider using it on another system. Either way, the level of customization, the freedom of the game and the ability to play together make it an interesting purchase on the Switch, offering hours of Nazi killing even on the road!
- Charts – 6/10
- Sound – 8/10
- Gameplay – 8/10
- Late Call – 8/10
Final thoughts : GOOD PAGE
Freeing Paris from the Nazis is great fun, and even more fun with a friend. If you like Wolfenstein reboot games, you’ll love this one. Come on, that’s killing Nazis.
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