There are few things in this world more satisfying than killing Nazis, and no video game series handles this task with more righteous vigor than Wolfenstein. Originally created by id Software in the 1980s, it was 1992's Wolfenstein 3D which caused the series to skyrocket in popularity, revolutionizing the first-person shooter genre and changing video games forever. In 2014, developer MachineGames revived the franchise with Wolfenstein: The New Order, shocking audiences with its provocative alternate history story and impactful gunplay.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood sees the twin daughters of series protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz take the fight to Nazi-occupied Paris after their father goes missing in the region. Set twenty years after the end of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Youngblood follows the next generation of Nazi-killers as they take up the family trade. Co-developed by Arkane Studios (Prey, Dishonored), Youngblood adds two player co-op to the mix, allowing players to team up with a friend to save B.J. from the Nazi menace. Along the way, the sisters will inevitably rack up a massive body count with the series' signature mix of efficiently gory stealth kills and visceral shooting. The Wolfenstein games (especially the latest chapters) have always been exceptionally violent, and Youngblood proudly carries the blood-soaked torch in that regard!
The recent Wolfenstein games take place in an alternate history in which the Nazis won World War II due to their use of anachronistic technology developed by The New Order's main villain, General Deathshead.The aesthetic of Youngblood leans heavily on its 1980s setting, and the trailer offers moody synth licks which match nicely with the retro dystopia of a Paris subjugated by fascism. Youngblood ups the ante from its predecessors with even more visibly high-tech weaponry and lasers which fire a decidedly neon-hued stream of flaming light.
B.J.'s daughters, Jessica and Sophia, know their way around a battlefield, and they both wear the same type of high-tech body suit which B.J. himself equipped in Wolfenstein II. MachineGames and Arkane promise Youngblood offers the biggest environments yet seen in a Wolfenstein title, encouraging players to use teamwork while still being able to tackle combat scenarios however they choose. The series already shines in this respect, and Arkane's work on such freedom-driven games as Dishonored can only add to this mission statement. Depending on how skillfully the game takes advantage of its co-op potential, Youngblood may prove more than just a stopgap in between "proper" Wolfenstein titles; it could be a fantastic co-op experience for the ages.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood releases July 26 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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