Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is here on Switch, and answers the question “what’s better than killing Nazis from the comfort of your own home?”, Killing Nazis wherever you want! Yes, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus has been out on consoles and PC for some time now, but how does this incredible single player experience hold up on the Switch?
When we first reviewed Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus we said, “Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus takes everything that made the New Order fantastic and dials it up for an even more fun, memorable, over the top, fast-paced shooter. It’s a reminder that single player games aren’t dead, you just need well-rounded characters, immersive environments, and one crazy ass, sadistic bitch with a grudge.” Thankfully this is pretty much still the case.
The story and cast are still some of the best video games have to offer for single player content. Brisk levels and consistent checkpoints make Wolfenstein feel like a natural fit for the Switch. Through this, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus turns into a great pick up n’ play title for those of us that enjoy taking our favorite gaming experiences on the go. I mean, when is killing Nazis ever not enjoyable?
Like DOOM, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus runs surprisingly well on Nintendo’s newest handheld and is an absolute joy to be able to play wherever you are. Also like DOOM on the Switch, muddy textures and frame-rate hiccups aren’t a stranger in this port. Resolution and some low-res textures keep this version from shining as much as the other console and PC versions do, however, I feel like that is to be expected. Obviously, the Switch isn’t nearly as powerful as other consoles on the market, but that doesn’t mean the allure of this game is gone.
The controls feel natural and are responsive when using the Joy-Cons. Obviously, things feel more natural on a Pro Controller, but the Joy-Cons get the job done just fine if you’re not feeling like dropping money on the Pro. Motion Aiming is still an option regardless and will come naturally to those that have used them in DOOM. While it’s meant to make aiming more precise, there is the option to turn them on and off, if you prefer a more traditional approach to your Nazi rampage.
Another nice addition is the HD Rumble, which adds a new layer of immersion to Wolfenstein’s gameplay. Every weapon has their own unique vibrations that make you feel even more powerful when going up against Germany’s finest. This goes double for duel-wielding and makes a nice additional touch to the Switch version.
The most glaring issue players will notice is the frame-rate inconsistencies. For the majority of the game, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus holds around 30 FPS. However, when encountering large groups of Nazis, there is a noticeable drop in performance, and that’s in regards to both docked and handheld modes. This is by no means a deal breaker, but it will be something of an annoyance for those that prefer a more streamlined experience. I noticed that even certain cutscenes dropped a bit, which was very weird to me considering the cutscenes are pre-rendered. Playing on a bigger screen will show the low texture sizes pretty clearly as well. The game looks good, just blurry at times. Not to mention it doesn’t seem to go past 720p resolution and tanks to 480p at times when fights get intense.
All of these are extremely minor blemishes on an otherwise immensely enjoyable experience though. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is a great addition to the Switch’s ever-growing library and one that shouldn’t be missed, regardless if this is your first time playing or not.
Killing Nazis is still incredibly fun, and being able to have that option no matter your location is just astounding. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus for the Switch is the perfect excuse to revisit Blazkowicz and friends for at least another playthrough of what is undoubtedly one of the greatest shooters of this generation.