MachineGames and Bethesda unveil some of the gameplay innovations that will feature the Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be available in a few weeks, so Bethesda and MachineGames will prepare us for the big event by creating an interesting information sheet that will allow us to discover some of the innovations that will feature the shooting experience of their next, promising retro-futuristic FPS for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
11 New Ways to Kill a Nazi in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
BJ Blazkowicz might have been mowing down Nazis for a quarter-century now, but this old dog has plenty of new tricks in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Coming to Nazi-infested America to unite the resistance against the tyrannical regime, BJ is bringing along some new tools to help shoot, stab, shock, separate, strangle, sunder, shatter, singe and strike down any and all Nazis he encounters along the way.
While classic standbys like shotguns and grenades still get the job done, here are 11 brand-new methods for putting down a Nazi that make their debut in The New Colossus.
Make it personal
Sometimes a classic run-’n’-gun is all BJ needs to take down a group of Nazi forces. However, as he becomes more familiar with his growing roster of weapons, he can begin adding a few personal touches to make his guns and grenades even stronger.
Using weapon upgrade kits found in the field, BJ can tack on new attachments to his existing armaments, granting them such goodies and gadgetry as advanced firing modes, scopes, extended magazines, armor-piercing capabilities, or even superheated ammunition. Thankfully, BJ can choose how to use the consumable kits at will, allowing him to prioritize the upgrades that suit his style best and makes crafting the perfect arsenal a matter of personal taste.
Shoot ’em with two different guns at once
Dual-wielding weapons makes a return in The New Colossus, but BJ is adding a twist to make Nazi-killin’ twice as nice this time around. In a feat of both strength and dexterity, BJ can now wield two unique weapons in each hand – throwing in two different kinds of firepower into the mix at once!
Not only is this useful for pumping a surplus of lead into especially tough Nazis – like armored SuperSoldat – but it also opens up strategic possibilities. Facing a squad of Nazi elites alongside a stalking Panzerhund? Blazkowicz can equip the fast-firing Maschinenpistole in one hand and the hard-hitting Kampfpistole in the other to take down any Nazi force, come what may.
Tower over ’em
Sometimes to get the advantage, you need to get a vantage. In The New Colossus, BJ wields a series of newfangled mechanical contraptions in addition to his usual weapons that offer him that extra little “something” in battle.
One such contraption is the Battle Walker – a sturdy, spring-loaded pair of high-tech stilts that not only help BJ access hard-to-reach ledges and hidden areas, but also provide a bird’s eye view of the battlefield. Nazis cowering behind low walls or taking up the high ground will soon regret their decision when they look up and see Terror Billy himself standing over them, guns a-blazing.
There are three total contraptions available in The New Colossus. While BJ can decide which of the body-modifying items to unlock first, Blazkowicz will eventually have the entire trio at his disposal, turning him into an even finer-tuned Nazi killing machine.
Next up in BJ’s set of contraptions are the Ram Shackles, which put a new spin on the phrase “charge into battle.” Upon donning the Shackles, BJ is anything but restrained, allowing him to move with such speed and force that certain obstacles in his way – including Nazi bodies – are obliterated in his path.
Not only do the Shackles reward bold movement in battle, turning BJ’s evasive maneuvers into offensive ones in an instant, but they can also aid exploration by knocking down weakened walls. It just goes to show that sometimes, the only way out is through.
Strike ’em when they least expect it
While not a Nazi-killin’ weapon per se, the Constrictor Harness is still a lethal contraption in capable hands. Able to squeeze BJ’s buff frame small enough to fit in pipes, vents and other hard-to-reach places, the Constrictor Harness creates new possibilities for stealth and, more importantly, surprise takedowns.
Unsuspecting Nazis quickly fall prey to a tucked-away Blazkowicz, who can drag his target in for a quick kill and then hide away in another cramped space before anyone else is the wiser. For those who prefer a quieter approach to combat – especially when reinforcement-calling Nazi commanders are involved – the Constrictor Harness can just as a useful for picking off Nazis as a silenced Pistole.
As Jerk Gustafsson once said, “There are a lot of things you can do with a hatchet and a Nazi.” The executive producer at MachineGames wasn’t kidding. In The New Colossus, BJ takes those words to heart, using the bladed tool as his melee weapon of choice.
As efficient as it is brutal, the hatchet can be used to hack down a Nazi guard without causing a ruckus, making it particularly effective when taking a stealth approach. But it can just as easily be used in the middle of a fierce firefight when the enemy is too close for comfort or ammo is scarce.
Chop ’em, but from afar!
BJ’s skills with a hatchet remain viable even from a respectable distance. Using disposable, evenly weighted throwing hatchets found in the wild, BJ can toss an ax to take out stray Nazis with the same efficiency (and subterfuge) of an up-close attack.
The best part? Should BJ stumble over the Nazi whose back his hatchet is embedded in, he can recover and re-use it, saving precious ammunition. This means that killing Nazis with a thrown hatchet is not only quick and deadly – it’s also renewable! Score one point for the environment.
Sometimes bullets and blades aren’t enough to put a Nazi in his place. That’s where the Dieselkraftwerk comes in. Firing sticky blobs of combustible fuel, the Dieselkraftwerk quickly plants explosives that can be remotely detonated with a press of a button.
It might not be subtle, but BJ need not worry about keeping a low profile when it’s Nazi BBQ Night and the Dieselkraftwerk is the one serving up plates. Just be sure to keep a safe distance from the sticky bombs, lest BJ also wind up on the menu.
Depending on if Fergus winds up in The New Colossus’ timeline over Wyatt, BJ might eschew the fire and gasoline of the Dieselkraftwerk for something a little more…focused.
Making a return (with some upgrades, of course) is the Laserkraftwerk: a supercharged powerhouse with a laser beam that cuts down even the toughest armor like a hot knife through some kind of food that easily melts. So long as BJ can find the juice to keep the Laserkraftwerk running, he’ll be cooking Nazis like weinerschnitzel ’til the cows come home.
Kill ’em on the go
If there’s anything better than killin’ Nazis with hatchets, contraptions and custom weapons, it’s killin’ Nazis with hatchets, contraptions and custom weapons from the comfort of your bed or convenience of the bus ride home.
With Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus making its way to the Nintendo Switch next year, players can take BJ’s exploits from the screen to their handheld seamlessly, meaning you won’t have to miss vaporizing Nazis just because someone else needs the TV. Of course, be mindful when playing The New Colossus on public transport – stomping out Nazis is a cause all can get behind, but it’s not necessarily appropriate content for all ages.
Defeat ’em with reasoned debate
Sometimes a sensible chat is all you need to resolve your problems. However, that doesn’t seem to work in The New Colossus. Moving on…
Introduce ’em to a fire-breathing mechanical hound
If there’s one way to kill Nazis that screams ‘Wolfenstein,’ it’s with a robotic quadrupedal beast that incinerates Nazis with napalm breath. We must admit, few things can define the Wolfenstein experience quite like riding atop an iron-wrought hellhound lighting up Nazis like cheap matches.
Turning such an inhuman weapon against their inhumane creators is a special kind cathartic irony that both BJ and ourselves can really appreciate. That, and, you know, it’s a fire-breathing robot that burns Nazis.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus releases on October 27, 2017, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with the Nintendo Switch version to release in 2018.
via | Bethesda.net