One of the most controversial games of 2017 was MachineGames’ Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The game originally came out for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC back in October of 2017, and Bethesda announced that it was supposed to come out for the Nintendo Switch during the early first quarter of 2018, but it was delayed all the way until June 29th for the Nintendo Switch.
Now the game is currently available for the Switch for $59.99.
The port was handled by Panic Button, while MachineGames offered support for optimizing the title for the Switch. It surprisingly doesn’t look that bad based on the launch trailer, but I’m sure the real proof is in the gameplay pudding.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus followed a dying B.J. Blazkowicz as he attempted to free America from the grip of the Nazi occupiers. B.J., endures lots of physical punishment, but is saved by a ragtag gang of immigrants, including a Jewish scientist, a Russian freedom fighter, an African, and an afro-wearing black lady.
The game was reviewed well by politically biased gaming websites, given that many of them used it as a springboard to launch invectives at the Trump administration, but gamers were not so pleased.
There were a lot of complaints about linearity, too many cutscenes, not enough gameplay, and way too much pro-Communism propaganda.
In fact, the game’s rather overt politics were the cause of a lot of consternation within forum boards across the net, so much so that Communists vs Nazis debates had to be censored by the Steam moderators because it had gotten completely out of hand.
At the end of the day the game struggled to sell, but it was propped up a lot by gaming media for having the “right” politics. And now Bethesda is using that media favoritism to keep the propaganda going with the upcoming Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which replaces B.J., completely with his two young daughters. However, Wolfenstein: Youngblood isn’t due for release until 2019.
Anyway, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is available right now for the Nintendo Switch. And keep in mind that all the political pandering wasn’t done by mistake, Bethesda specifically set out to market the game with a politically charged message. So keep that in mind if you plan on picking up a copy.