The third DLC of Wolfenstein 2 is available

The third and last DLC of Wolfenstein 2, named “The Deeds of Captain Wilkins”, is now available, as announced by Bethesda:

Your mission to liberate America from the Nazis has only just begun. Continue the fight in The Deeds of Captain Wilkins, the third in a series of three DLC packs available as part of the Wolfenstein® II: The Freedom Chronicles.

Gun down Nazi enemies as US Army Captain Gerald Wilkins! On the run since the Nazi war machine leveled Manhattan with an atom bomb, Wilkins returns home to reunite with an old comrade and dismantle the deadliest weapon ever made: the Sun Gun. Grab your guns and deploy the Battlewalker to gain tactical advantage as you infiltrate Alaska’s Nazi-fortified Kodiak Island and crush Operation Black Sun.

The second DLC of Wolfenstein 2 is out!

Bethesda has released Tuesday the second DLC of Wolfenstein 2, called “The Diaries of Agent Silent Death”:

You’ve blasted and rammed your way through the Nazi ranks as BJ Blazkowicz and Gunslinger Joe, now it’s time for a stealthier (though no less lethal) approach. In “The Diaries of Agent Silent Death” you’ll fight to unravel a sinister plot in the California offices of the Nazi propaganda film studio, Paragon Pictures. As former OSS agent and assassin Jessica Valiant (AKA Agent Silent Death), you’ll stalk, shoot and stab your enemies from the shadows.

The Diaries of Agent Silent Death is the second installment in the Freedom Chronicles, a series of three DLC packs. All three packs feature a unique hero and are available as part of the Freedom Chronicles Season Pass, which you can pick up for $24.99 (US) / £17.99 (UK) / $34.95 (AUS) / €24.99 (EUR).

A free update is also available now, and includes the following:

  • Various optimizations and bug fixes
  • Updated difficulty balancing
  • More prominent damage direction indicators
  • Preparation for Episode 2 of Freedom Chronicles for users with entitlements

Wolfenstein II: First DLC available

As announced by Bethesda, the first DLC of the game, “The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe”, is now available:

The Freedom Chronicles’ first episode, “The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe,” is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. If you played Episode Zero of The Freedom Chronicles, you’ve already gotten a taste of the action Gunslinger Joe brings to the table. The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe features former professional football player Joseph Stallion as he barrels through legions of Nazis using his Ram Shackle ability. Follow him from the devastated ruins of Chicago to the vastness of space in the first in a series of three DLC packs, each starring a unique hero. Gunslinger Joe’s tale is available as part of the Freedom Chronicles Season Pass, which you can pick up for $24.99 (US) / £17.99 (UK) / $34.95 (AUS) / €24.99 (EUR).

Wolfenstein 2 wins the Best Action Game award!

At the Game Awards tonight, Wolfenstein 2 was nominated in several categories, including the Best Action Game of the year that it won! Congratulations to MachineGames and Bethesda!

Wolfenstein 2 was also nominated in these other categories, but didn’t won the prize:

  • Best game direction – Winner: The Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild
  • Best narrative – Winner: What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Best performance (Brian Bloom impersonating BJ) – Winner: Melina Juergens, Hellblade

Big discounts for Wolfenstein II on Black Friday

During this week-end of Black Friday, you can get some big discount on Wolfenstein II on all platforms:

  • The game is sold for $29.99 US (instead of $59.99, with a discount of 50%) on the Humble Store for PC, and on the Playstation Store for PS4
  • The deluxe edition of the game is sold $39.99 US (instead of $79.99, still with a discount of 50%) on the Humble Store for PC, and on the PS Store for PS4
  • On XBox One, the regular game is sold $35.99 US (instead of 59.99, with a discount of 40%) on the XBox Live,  and the deluxe edition at $47.99 (instead of $79.99 – still 40% less)

Benchmarks of Wolfenstein II

Digital Foundry has done an in-depth analysis of the performances of the game on the latest PS4 Pro and the XBox One X consoles.

And it seems the console from Microsoft is the winner of their benchmarks in 4K, with an exceptional rendering quality, as explained in this video:

On PC, Tom’s Hardware France did a benchmark of the game on 12 different graphic cards from ATi and nvidia, with the latest drivers. Their conclusion: the game has very good performances, but you really need a recent hardware in order to get a very high quality of rendering. The id Tech 6 engine is very stable and well optimized, especially with several cores of CPU.

Free demo of Wolfenstein II

If you haven’t played the full game yet, you can try the free demo on PC and console, as explained by Bethesda in a post:

Haven’t had a chance to jump into Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus yet? Starting today you can download the free trial on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC and play through the entire first level of the game. Should you choose to upgrade to the full version of the game, all of your save data will carry over.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launched on October 27 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, to widespread praise from the critics and community. Wolfenstein II has also been nominated in several categories for The Game Awards, including Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Action Game and Best Performance (Brian Bloom as BJ Blazkowicz). You can vote now for the winners, and be sure to tune into the live awards show on Thursday, December 7.

Wolfenstein II: Major update and DLC

Bethesda has posted some information about the first major patch of the game that has been released last week:

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus launched recently to rave reviews from critics, and today it’s getting even bigger and better with a huge new update. In addition to some PC fixes, this update also includes support for the Xbox One X, as well as new in-game content. Check out everything included in the update in the list below.

Freedom Chronicles Episode Zero

  • Available for pre-order customers and Season Pass holders who redeemed codes

Xbox One X Support

  • Supports 4K resolution
  • Dynamic resolution scaling

Vault Unlocked!

  • 10 new combat simulations playable from the Main Menu or in Evas Hammer
    o Requires progression to Chapter 2
  • Leaderboard functionality
    o Compete with your friends for the highest score!

PC Fixes

  • Improved stability on NVIDIA 10-series GPUs
    o Async compute temporarily disabled until driver fix available
  • Forced driver update on driver detect warning message can now be manually bypassed
  • Improved Win 10 stability on supported NVIDIA GPUs when launching at any resolution other than 4K when DPI scaling is set to 175% 4K monitor
  • Improved Win 10 stability on supported NVIDIA GPUs when resolution is changed to 4K while DPI scaling is set to 125% or 150%
  • Fixed “zoomed in brightness menu” issue on 4K monitors (when DPI scaling was set to greater than 100%)
  • Skybox fixes

Moreover, Bethesda has also posted an article about its post-launch roadmap for the DLC:

BJ Blazkowicz might be a nigh-unstoppable Nazi-killing machine, but it takes more than one man to make a revolution. That’s where The Freedom Chronicles comes in. Starring three different heroes, this multipart DLC will give players a chance make America Nazi-free again – but from a trio of fresh perspectives. Available as individual DLC packs or all together in the Season Pass, The Freedom Chronicles includes:

Episode Zero
Included with pre-order or Season Pass. Available now.
Episode Zero introduces you to Joseph Stallion, Jessica Valiant and Gerald Wilkins as they fight for freedom in the American Territories. Blast your way through Nazis using unique abilities and an arsenal of guns in this opening DLC mission.

The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe
December 14
As former professional quarterback Joseph Stallion, smash through Nazi hordes from the ruins of Chicago to the vastness of space!

The Diaries of Agent Silent Death
January 30
As ex-OSS agent and assassin Jessica Valiant, infiltrate Nazi bunkers in California and discover the secrets of Operation San Andreas!

The Amazing Deeds of Captain Wilkins
March 2018
As the US Army’s renowned hero Captain Gerald Wilkins, embark on a mission to Nazi-controlled Alaska to dismantle Operation Black Sun!

The Freedom Chronicles Season Pass is available now, for $24.99 (US) / £17.99 (UK) / $34.95 (AUS).

Great reviews for Wolfenstein II

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is out since Friday, and it already got many very positive reviews, with a global score of 89% on Metacritic for PC and PS4, and 87% for XBox One, and the following score on OpenCritic for PC:

Polygon is very positive, saying that:

Killing isn’t all that Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus offers. It’s the rare first-person shooter that explores the first time its hero pulled a trigger; it’s the rare first-person shooter that is comfortable connecting with the primal, untamed parts of your brain while celebrating just how f.cking good it feels to lay out a Nazi.

… while GameSpot says that:

The New Colossus never lets you forget who and why you’re fighting. Nazi brutality is on full display, from the blown-out, irradiated remains of Manhattan to each of the resistance members, who all carry mental scars if not physical ones. You’re never given a chance between cutscenes, missions, and even downtime on the U-boat to lose sight of the Reich’s cruelty. Wolfenstein’s tense gameplay elevates this further by giving you the power to truly resist–and come out of each battle ready for another fight.

And for USGamer:

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus builds on the first game, making for another superb linear first-person shooter campaign. It’s an empowering journey that BJ goes on – rising from his near death experience from The New Order to be stronger than ever, befriending others who are just as tough and ready to take back what the Nazis stole from them: their country.

Here is the video review of Easy Allies: