When it comes to the FPS genre, 2017 is all about franchises returning to their roots. Call of Duty is stepping back in time, Star Wars Battlefront has single-player content again, and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus goes the whole hog with a playable version of Wolfenstein 3D.
However, this isn't the exact same experience you might remember from 1992. The classic FPS has been reimagined for its inclusion in The New Colossus – this time around, you're not fighting off the Nazis, you're fighting alongside them.
The game can be found as an arcade unit in a makeshift base set up by B.J. Blazkowicz and his fellow resistance fighters. It's packed with things to pass the time, like a copious supply of alcohol.
Wolfstone 3D swaps the enemies from Wolfenstein 3D for pixelated Kreisau "terrorists" and replaces the portraits of Adolf Hitler from the original game with posters of Blazkowicz. It's clear that quite a lot of work has gone into what basically amounts to an easter egg.
Wolfenstein: The New Order offered up a similarly nostalgic experience in the form of hidden nightmare levels that would challenge the player with navigating mazes inspired by the visuals of the original game. By contrast, Wolfstone 3D is a miniature campaign in its own right, spanning six levels – it even has a save system so you can make your way through at your own pace.
The rebooted Wolfenstein games strike a great balance between the classic FPS titles of yesteryear and modern mechanics. This kind of content is sure to please longtime fans, and it's a great way of fleshing out the sequel's alternate history setting.
As the genre becomes more and more concerned with multiplayer, The New Colossus stands out from the crowd with its unashamed focus on a single-player campaign. A fun bonus like this just makes the overall package more of a must-play.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus launches for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 27, 2017.