Bethesda Brought Their “W” Game
E3 2017 has had some great reveals for a lot of big names, but one of the more talked about unveilings has been from Bethesda. No I’m not talking about the Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR, Dishonored Death of the Outsider or The Evil Within 2 (though all of these have had fans talking non-stop as well). I’m talking about BJ Blazkowicz’s return in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.
Let’s Give A Warm Welcome Back To BJ Blazkowicz!
The time is 1961, the place….Nazi-occupied America. As BJ, you can assemble a diverse array of resistance fighters to take on the mix of familiar and new technology with your own lethal arsenal of tricks. The weaponry that appears in the trailer is awe-inspiring to say the least. This includes Liesel, a beast-like bot that breathes fire and listens to human commands (most of the time as showcased in the opening Little House on the Prairie-esque production). Handheld guns and other fare look just as incredible and it seems you’ll need every bullet and blade against the vast array of enemies, including robots, Nazis and even some local wildlife. You can see all the insanity in the trailer at the end of this article!
Re-Written History Makes Me Uneasy
There are other parts of the 8+ minute trailer that had fans on edge besides the fight scenes and dramatics, and they may be the more seemingly mundane portions of the reveal. For instance, there is a portion of the video that pans down your average American street. Doesn’t sound unusual, right? Truth be told it seems fine…until you notice the Nazi soldier asking some KKK members if they’ve “taken their German lessons yet”. It’s one of those subtle details that brings Wolfenstein’s premise to a frighteningly realistic level. But that’s not the only part that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Inside a local ice cream shop, as a concerned mother quickly ushers her son out and you sit on a stool not far away, a Nazi soldier comes in. What does he do? Does he scream at the woman? Her son? Maybe the shop owner? Or perhaps the most obvious choice would be you. Nope. He’s actually quite polite, even picking up an item the mother drops in her hurry and requests a strawberry milkshake from the man behind the counter.
That’s right; a strawberry milkshake.
Afterwards he proceeds to talk about how he recognizes your face (the face of a firefighter). And he’s awfully friendly about it. Now what’s so creepy about this? It’s the fact that this simple scene makes the Nazi soldier human. He’s not the monster that we all know and despise. Not a hate-fueled, gun-toting, screamer. No…he’s just a guy in a uniform with a smile on his face with a hankering for a strawberry milkshake. And the whole scene in connection to the story is normal.
On October 27th, all I can say to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC players is…welcome to your new America. Will you take it back?