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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - Nintendo Switch Review

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is one of the best first-person shooters I have ever played, and what is even better is the fact that I had such a fantastic experience playing it on the Nintendo Switch. It is hard to believe that one can play an action game, let alone a first-person shooter like Wolfenstein on such a tiny console.

I am not going to do a full review of the game again, as we already gave you our opinion about the bloody good time we had reviewing it on the PlayStation 4. I will instead focus on the Switch experience with its good and bad parts. Here's a quick recap of our full review.

"It is rare that we come across a good old FPS game with no loot boxes, in-game purchases, and dare I say no multiplayer. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a simple single-player driven action game that does well to keep fans of the series intrigued right from the start to the end of the game. The characters are some of the best in the series and the story and writing are simply brilliant."

(All images are screenshots taken on the Switch during this review. Make sure to click on the pictures for better quality.)

Wolfenstein 2 Nintendo Switch - the Good & the Bad

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A big part of what makes Wolfenstein II such an exceptional game is the different characters; their individual stories, the superb acting, and how they all connect to "B.J." Blazkowicz and his mad world. The Nintendo Switch displays the cinematics strikingly, and I didn't (at first) feel that its 720p resolution was taking away from these beautifully rendered moments.

To hold the Switch in my hands while listening to the stories and seeing the characters unfold is a testament to the ability of Panic Button to port great action experiences. That being said, if Wolfenstein II was all action with no story and characters to change the rhythm of the game, then the experience might've not been so fantastic.

It is the right amount of combat, dialogue, cinematics and story that carry Wolfenstein II as a successful Switch port. The blend of colours; be it the characters, costumes, environment or landscape, come together to display a beautiful palette of emotion. The Switch port masterfully captures the mad, yet beautiful heart of Wolfenstein and shows not only how far the series has come since Castle Wolfenstein, but also that it is possible to enjoy such a larger than life gaming experience on a handheld console.

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The score and voice acting quality add another layer to an already great port and rounds off the artistic finesse that is a trademark of Wolfenstein II on the Nintendo Switch. But what about that most important feature - gameplay - does it deliver a satisfying experience, or is it one big frustration?

In the first section of the game, you have to navigate through tight corridors while stuck in a wheelchair and continually engaging in gunfights with the evil Nazis. I expected the controls to feel unresponsive, but I was pleasantly surprised as it rather felt fluid and intuitive. Combat was engaging, extremely challenging at times, and Panic Button mostly kept the framerate in check by scaling down the visual fidelity when needed.

The game doesn't deliver a 60 fps experience, but it is at least a very stable 30 fps which says a lot about this game on this console.

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There isn't much "bad" in Wolfenstein II's Switch port. The biggest drawback is that drop in visual quality (this is even more noticeable when playing on a TV), and at times the game can look uglier than Hitler's portrayal. The above screenshots are of such times. But again, the overall experience delivers exactly what it should, and it does so with a quality that must be a first.

I've played equal amounts of time with the Switch docked and as a handheld, and each has its pros and cons. You experience more of the movement and action while docked, and combat especially feels great with the Joy-Con rumble. As a handheld, you can grab some game time whenever you have a few minutes, and play it anywhere.

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Personally, I preferred playing it on my TV screen, but that only highlights the one big 'negative' of playing Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus on the Nintendo Switch.

It looks so good, and it is such an unforgettable experience that I cannot help but wonder how the game will look and play with my GTX 1080.

If you absolutely want to play a great first-person shooter on the go, then this is your game and worth its R749. For everyone else, I would recommend playing it on PC or console.

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This review was conducted based on a review code sent to us by Bethesda.

Available On: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch | Reviewed On: Switch | Release Date: 29 June 2018 | RRP: R749

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"it is possible to enjoy such a larger than life gaming experience on a handheld console"

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