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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is is the latest game in the Wolfenstein franchise. The franchise is known to be set in a alternate future where the Nazi’s somehow won World War II and have taken over the world. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus takes place in a Nazi occupied America where you will play as William “B.J.” Blazkowicz who is a liberator of soughts that works hard to disrupt the Nazi’s.

In playing this game the first thing that you need understand is that the Nazi’s in this are really just fictional ones, it’s a story about a potential alternate history. Much of the game will have you with the primary objective to kill Nazi’s who in this story are the villains.

Being the villains, the Nazi’s have created a very grim and dark world with their winnings. The tone of the game is dark and is a little depressing to play through. The colour tone is mostly grey and brown, with many things appearing quite gloomy. This was I guess my only gripe with the game as the experience was a little sad due to the nature of its topic and I think it did take away from the fun I was looking to have with it. Additionally the Nazi characters are quite evil and represent the worse of things we’ve heard from the war. All this mixed in with the tone and the presentation of it all I feel might make some more sensitive people in the world a little uncomfortable with the experience that Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus provides.

In light of the gloomy tone for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus the action isn’t as serious as one would expect and is where the fun component comes from. Killing the enemies by shooting them will result in all types of blood and gruesome effects which are at times funny. You can even shoot explosives and the Nazi’s will explode from them all over the level.  There’s a certain aspect of fun from this over the top violence and I had a great time shooting things in this game.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

As a first person shooter, your main objective is basically the kill everything in each of the levels. But scattered throughout the game there is the odd collectable to find. There’s also health packs and various items such as weapons or ammunition to help you along the way.

The gameplay is centered around the fun of killing, but doesn’t make you overly powerful in the process. I found at times that I needed to make sure I monitored my health and sought out the health packs frequently in order to stay alive, this is made evident to players from the beginning of the game and is relevant until the end. You also more often than not, are not able to take on too many enemies together at a time, those Nazi’s will kill you every time no matter how strong you think your gun is, if you’re out in the open you will still get shot at and killed. So you do need to be careful how you approach some stages. You can also stealth at certain times, but I found running and gunning was suitable most of the time.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

The only issue I had with the gameplay was that while things were mostly linear, in much of the levels, at times I got lost while exploring. You can press a button on your control which will put a marker somewhere so you can see the direction you need to go. But I thought that the marker was way too small, I could barely see it and remained lost as a result.

There are a few difficulty levels which you can change at any time in the game. The harder settings are really very challenging and would be difficult even for experienced FPS people. But if you’re in it for just some fun, there are easier difficulty settings for playing the game so you can experience the story. Although I did find most of them to be quite difficult.

The graphics in this game are quite good. For something released in 2017 this one stands out as one of the better looking games for the year. The sound effects for the weapons all seem just right and the music is well mixed for the high intensity moments in the game.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

Overall Wolfenstein II: The New Collussus offers players a fun FPS experience in fictional world filled with Nazi’s to kill. The graphics are nice and the sound the weapons make provide a great experience. I did at times get lost in the levels and had trouble with the marker telling me where to go and the game is a little gloomy. But overall it is well put together and offers players a decent FPS gaming experience.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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  1. Brian O'Blivion

    November 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Of “soughts”? A liberator of sorts?
    Wolfenstein is one of my favourite series. I will be in complete incommunicado this weekend as my copy of The New Colossus arrives from Amazon today. Can’t wait!

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

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