Wolfenstein anniversary & Youngblood updates

Bethesda has released the patch 1.0.3 of Wolfenstein: Youngblood at the beginning of the month with some improvements and crashes fixes, while the patch 1.0.4 has been published some days ago, with the possibility to pause – at last! – the game in solo mode.

Note that the following patch 1.0.5 will add some extra checkpoints and difficulty adjustments in the game, especially for its final boss – waaay to difficult! The support of the ray-tracing for Geforce RTX cards will be enabled in a later patch.
Edit: The patch has been released today August, 28th. Here is the release note.

And this week we celebrate an anniversary: ten years ago, Wolfenstein was released by Raven and id Sofware! A decade before Youngblood, this was the first attempt to make a Wolfenstein game as an open world, with a hub and missions to complete… It also led BJ to some alternate dimensions like the Veil, where he could use his powers to defeat his enemies, while facing some creatures full of energy from this dimension. The boss fight again Hans Grosse was also quite memorable! Here is the launch trailer of the game:

More reviews of Wolfenstein: Youngblood

One week after the release of the game, more reviews have been posted about the game. The MetaCritic score has reached some very weak values of 71% on PC, 64% on PS4, 68% on XBox One and 65% on Nintendo Switch, and 67% for OpenCritic on all platforms. It’s even worse for Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, with a MetaCritic score of 54% on PC and 51% on PS4, and even 49% on OpenCritic, making it the worst Wolfenstein game ever released.

For instance, VCG notes that:

New Colossus fans will probably dislike its unfocused narrative and fussy levelling system, but Youngblood offers plenty of blood and thunder if you give it time.

Critical Hit is even more critical…

Wolfenstein Youngblood is a disappointingly bland shooter that fails to capture the intensity or passion of New Order and New Colossus, delivering a humdrum experience plagued by uninteresting design and grindy gameplay

But some sites like GameRant are more positive, and see the game as a nice way to try new gameplay ideas:

Wolfenstein: Youngblood offers a great gameplay loop that will likely keep FPS fans busy for a few dozen hours, even if it doesn’t quite deliver in terms of character and world-building. This first interation of a progression system feels like a success and hopefully it becomes a staple of the franchise moving forward.

Here is a good summary from Rock Paper Shotgun:

First reviews of Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Cyberpilot VR

The games have been released last Thursday and Friday, and have been reviewed by most of the major videogames sites.

With a mean score of 72 % on PS4 and 76 % on PC on MetaCritic (with scores for other consoles pending), and 75% on OpenCritic, Wolfenstein: Youngblood has a smaller score than Wolfenstein 2, but it’s still good.

Here are some excerpts from some of these reviews:

PlayStation Universe praises the quality of the characters, especially the dialogs between the sisters and Abby:

This trio is by far the best part of the narrative side of Youngblood. Jess and Soph are delightfully quirky, behaving and making jokes exactly how siblings would. The banter between them is some of the best dialogue in a game this year and the Wolfenstein series overall. There are countless memorable moments between them, such as when they approach their first Nazi and realize just how woefully nervous and unprepared they are, leading to one of the multiple genuine laugh-out-loud moments throughout the game.

However, they’re less convinced by the quality of the storyline of the game. They love the action and the dynamics of the game too!

Multiple additions to the combat in Wolfenstein: Youngblood makes it the most dynamic and fun in the series.

… with new abilities – like the double jump – for the powersuit and some new weapons and ammunitions. They also like how the levels have been created, as they’re more open and vertical, and should be explored in order to get some useful loot.

I loved exploring every nook and cranny of the environments that Arkane had created, not only because they were interesting and varied across the five explorable districts of Paris, but gorgeous to look at as well.

Anyway, ScreenRant is quite disappointed by their lack of life and originality:

The length of the game wouldn’t be as much of an issue if it felt as if there was a lot of content, but Wolfenstein: Youngblood wastes its potential with its small scope. The streets of Paris are small and barren, with the same selection of enemies repeating over and over again, which is also true of the numerous facilities that the players need to explore in missions. The fact that Paris is abandoned (outside of a single mission hub) leaves the game world feeling empty and lifeless.

They have also some concerns with the AI of the game, especially when the other sister is played by the AI in solo, and doesn’t revive you properly during combat. They conclude that:

There was a lot of potential in the idea for Wolfenstein: Youngblood but itfeels more like a proof of concept for something bigger than a full-fledged experience.

Here is the video review of IGN:

 

Wolfenstein: CyberPilot VR was also released the same day, and the score are worse, with a mean score of 59 % on PS4 on MetaCritic, and a pending score around 57% on PC, and even 55% on OpenCritic, this is definitely the first big failure of MachineGames.

For instance, VRFocus complains about the lack of fun and immersion when the player is high above the enemies in the cockpit of a nazi machine:

Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot has some good ideas which would be great if the developers explored them more. The storyline kept things moving along nicely and the sections in between the main levels were pleasant enough, especially for a first time VR player. Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot could’ve been so much more, yet it’s short lifespan and lack of additional content will make it a play once and forget experience.

Destructoid adds that:

That’s really the crux of Cyberpilot‘s problems, as it’s just a few hours long. There’s four main missions, with the last being by far the most promising, allowing the player to swap (on cue) between all three machines. By the time the credits rolled I was ready to do that mission over again but there isn’t much else to do. Small diversions like minigames where you have to repair the mechs before missions seem cool at first, almost like the game is building toward some epic puzzles, but never go anywhere and end up feeling like busywork.

Here is the video review of PSVR:

Wolfenstein: Youngblood released one day earlier on PC

Bethesda has announced today that Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be released next Thursday 25 on PC, and not Friday 26 like for the other platforms (PS4, XBox One and Nintendo Switch).

 

Wolfenstein: Youngblood on Google Stadia – and also Gold!

The two upcoming Wolfenstein games, Youngblood and Cyberpilot VR, developped by both MachineGames and Arkane Studios, have gone Gold last Thursday! It means that the Final Candidate version of the game was approved by all partner platforms, and that it can be released as the version 1.0 of the game on their console.

Obviously, until their release, the developers will work on the Day 0 and Day 1 patches, and then on the next fixes of the games.

At the beginning of the month, Google also announced that Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be also ported to the Stadia game streaming platform, allowing anybody with any device and an internet connection – and a subscription to the Stadia service for sure – to play the game from anywhere! And from what I’ve seen with other games, it works really well, even in an internet browser!

Note that for the first time in the history of the Wolfenstein series (as announced in the German forum of Bethesda), the international version of the two games (with swastika, Hitler, etc…) will be also released in Germany – along with a now useless “sanitized” version w/o these elements. The German laws have been recently changed in order to reduce the censorship on games with elements of the Third Reich.

Live coop gameplay and system requirements for Wolfenstein: Youngblood – update: and Cyberpilot VR

Bethesda has posted the minimal and recommended system requirements in order to play properly to Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which is based on technology from Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus – so if you could play the latter, you won’t have any problem with the former:

The system requirements for Wolfenstein: Youngblood on PC are as follows:

Minimum:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
  • Processor: AMD FX-8350/Ryzen 5 1400 or Intel Core i5-3570/i7-3770
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 770 4GB (Current available GPU GTX1650) or AMD equivalent
  • Storage: 40 GB available space

Recommended:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 64-Bit
  • Processor: AMD FX-9370/Ryzen 5 1600X or Intel Core i7-4770
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB (Current available GPU RTX2060) or AMD equivalent
  • Storage: 40 GB available space

Note: Internet access required and a free Bethesda.net account required.

Xbox One / PlayStation 4 / Nintendo Switch: An online subscription (Xbox Live, PlayStation Plus, and/or Nintendo Switch Online) is required in order to play Wolfenstein: Youngblood using the game’s online features on your respective platform.

Update: Bethesda has posted a blog post also detailing the system requirements for Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot VR (on PC and PlayStation 4 only), which will be released on the same day than Youngblood (on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch), on July 26.

Minimum:

OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 or better
Memory: 8 GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD RX Vega 56 or better
Storage: 30 GB available space
VR headset: HTC VIVE, Windows Mixed Reality

Recommended:

OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
Memory: 16 GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 / AMD RX Vega 64
Storage: 30 GB available space
VR headset: HTC VIVE, Windows Mixed Reality

And some info about the preload of the games before their release:

Xbox One – Preload will begin on July 23 at 8:00am ET
PlayStation 4 – Preload will begin 48 hours before launch in your territory
Steam/BNET – Preload will begin on July 23 at 1:00pm ET

Bethesda has also posted a video of one hour of live coop gameplay with comments about the game:

New previews of Wolfenstein: Youngblood after E3

The developers of MachineGames have answered to several sites and magazines about their upcoming game, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which will be released next month.

In an interview to VentureBeat, Jerk Gufstafsson, executive producer of the game, has given some new info about the gameplay of the game.

How killing the commandants will affect the spawning of new enemies, compared to the previous game?

If you do go after the commandant and kill them, you don’t entirely stop the spawning from happening. What you do in this game, and what we’ve changed, is you’re reducing the amount of high-level enemies that are coming. It will benefit you if you target the commandants early.

Where does the “Pep signal” system comes from?

What we started with, we added regular emotes, so you can do a thumbs-up animation, something more cosmetic. But then I thought, why not use it for gameplay? That’s where it comes from. The pep signal — the word “pep” felt to me like it worked well with the ‘80s theme, and for the sisters encourage each other.

How long will be the game?

It’s a bit weird, because this is our biggest game yet, but it’s a pretty short production time. Like I said, the story is lighter in content as well as tone. But the level progression and the non-linear narrative gives us the ability to add a lot of activities and a lot of missions to do, so the total game time is actually longer than our previous titles. I think we’re looking at at least 25 to 30 hours if you play through everything.

Jerk has also given an interview to the site GameReactor in video:

Update: Jerk has also answered to the questions of nvidia – which has a partnership with MachineGames to sell bundles of hardware with the game:

Wolfenstein: Youngblood will support the ray tracing technology on nvidia RTX cards

nvidia has released a new trailer of the game in order to announce a partnership with MachineGames and distribute the game in a bundle with their new Geforce RTX 20 series graphic cards, or their latest gaming desktop or laptop computers.

The game engine will support ray-traced effects, and also performance-accelerating NVIDIA Adaptive Shading technology – which was already supported by Wolfenstein 2 : The New Colossus.