Before we come to the end of the year and looking at much more interesting games, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit two games this year that were not great at all. Mainly 2 FPS from Bethesda-Land; Rage 2 and Wolfenstein Youngblood. It’s time to see what has changed, and see if they are worth revisiting.
Starting with Rage 2 for starters (Mr Skinner did a lovely review on it here). To keep it brief he thought it was a dreary and generally, just a bad game altogether, and I agree with him as it is incredibly dreary – with the most uninteresting open worlds ever. Although I did like the feel of the controls and some of the wacky weapons which are fun to use even if they are as effective as a mouse coughing.
Recently there is a new expansion for it called Rise of the Ghosts. So I thought it was a good time to revisit the game and see if anything has changed for the better.
The plot is that we who I’ll name Mr Generic, as he pretty much Generic. Dealing with a new threat in the shape of Iris who was a former ranger with very extremist views on life itself and has founded her own religion of superpowered enhanced people with powers. Which on paper looked very promising compared to whatever the fuck where the bad guys in the main game.
While the story was grudgingly alright, the gameplay was still as bad and worse in places. As these fellas are superpowered they have some tricks up their sleeve, one is the ability to dodge bullets and there is no real way to predict when this happens. So, you can be unloading your assault rifle into them and they just shrug it off and chomp up your health bar. Most of the time the shotgun was the gun to go but still, the bad guys felt very bullet sponge-like. There is a new gun and power to acquire from the expansion but for the most part, was rarely used.
While there is other stuff like new game+, harder difficulties, and cheats and voice packs, nice touches here and there, and some general bugs and glitches that are patched. These are nice and all but for the most part, this is one of the biggest disappointing games for the year. While there are glimpses of potential in the game, it’s drowned out with tedious gameplay and a drab open world which for me doesn’t work at all and even with the expertise of Avalanche Studios (team behind the Just Cause series,) it’s a shame really.
From a bit of a disappointment to flat out heartbreaking with Wolfenstein Youngblood which wrote itself into a corner with its story. Shoehorned in a pointless co-op system with a backward live system, and made every kraut a bullet sponge. All while throwing out most of what made the last games so good.
Earlier in September saw an update (update 1.05) in which to hopefully address this. Once again, I donned the nazi killing trousers to see if anything has changed for the better and the result is kinda positive. Firstly, I hate having enemy health bars in shooters for immersion purposes so it nice that can be switched off.
There has been steps to make the Bosh less bullet sponge-like which has improved somewhat but for me the problem lies with the armour system. Certain guns are effective to the types of armour, so if you use a gun that’s not suited it’s still an arse ache to use. So, it’s better but still not perfect by any stretch, and that more ammo will be around which is handy
The suicide dogs are less effective which is handy as they were just a “fuck you” to the player. The title has now adjusted the difficulty of the boss battles which is also a positive step as the boss at the end was a real issue on the first playthrough, as it was more pure luck with a hint of the patience of a saint that got me through it. Added with able to pause in-game when offline, more checkpoints, and a whole host of changes to boot.
So, to reaffirm my earlier point – has it been improved? Its taken positive steps for sure but still there are still fundamental issues like the shoehorned co-op that makes little difference. The RPG elements which could have easily been not included and just upped the bad guys, and the crème de la turd that it is woefully inferior to the likes of New Order, Old Blood and New Colossus. If I had to decide what’s my worst GOTY then it these two would be strong contenders, but let’s see.