A full level of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is available for fans to watch, in which B.J. Blazkowicz plans out and delivers a nuclear device to Nazi command within Area 52. The bulk of the video has no voice over so viewers get the full Wolfenstein 2 experience. There’s a healthy mix of cut-scene cinematics and guns-blazing action, and even a bit of stealth halfway through. Fair warning, the player has a relatively casual skill level and seems to be playing at a low difficulty.
The Roswell/Area 52 level begins somewhere near the start of the game, but not at the beginning itself. B.J. Blazkowicz is well-armed, wearing a suit of high-tech armor, and is already familiar with many of the new characters introduced in Wolfenstein 2. Which is to say that B.J. is primed to take the war for America’s independence straight to the Nazis with a nuclear weapon literally strapped onto his back.
The level starts with B.J. and his fellow resistance members, all of whom are extremely fun and unique, plotting to take a literal nuclear bomb into a Nazi base. Being Wolfenstein, the base couldn’t just be anything typical. The base is Area 52 in Roswell New Mexico, reportedly built on top of some sort of some sort of ancient/alien technology the American government hid from the public. B.J. has to infiltrate the facility, kill all the Nazis he can, plant the nuke, and then escape before setting it off and hoping the Nazi command hasn’t escaped by then.
For Wolfenstein: The New Order fans this gameplay should be most welcome. It looks and feels very much like the original game, to the point where you have to wonder what kinds of new features aren’t being shown. Even the early in-game scene where B.J. encounters a Nazi buying a milkshake feels similar in many regards to the train sequence in the first game where B.J. is getting coffee. Similar isn’t bad, of course. More similar Wolfenstein action is likely exactly what fans of The New Order want.
There’s no denying that the American scenery does give Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus an added level of eeriness, however. Exploring the town of Roswell shows just how much MachineGames is channeling Norman Rockwell to recreate 1940s Americana. Even the mushroom cloud growing with the Nevada horizon as its backdrop, as B.J. rides away on his “motorcycle,” is a classic Americana visual in its own way. Maybe the scene’s even a bit too on the nose, but that’s what Wolfenstein is all about, isn’t it?
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is schedule to launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One starting on October 27.