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It's been six months since Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus launched for PC, Xbox One and PS4. This sequel to 2014's Wolfenstein: The New Order appeared during a tense time in US politics, promoted and released while racism and white nationalism were at the forefront of Americans' minds. Here's how things have gone six months later.

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2017's Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is a game that trades on the grand spectacle of alternate history. Like Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle or Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt, it asks us to consider a bombastic "what if" that is, nonetheless, grounded in some kind of historical reality. So what do actual historians think about it?

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus' trio of DLC, The Freedom Chronicles, came to a close yesterday. The third episode's generic title, "The Deeds of Captain Wilkins", is apt. This short DLC is forgettable and uninteresting.

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I've played approximately two billion video games this year. Narrowing that list down to 10 was a painful and bloody process, but I finally managed to choose my favourite games from one of the most exciting years in recent memory.

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One of the best features of the rebooted Wolfenstein games has been its likeable cast of characters. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was full of complex resistance fighters with different experiences and opinions to hero BJ Blazkowicz. The game's new downloadable content explores the lives of other people who live and die in the alternate Nazi-controlled US '60s. Wolfenstein without BJ is still fun, but it's not as impactful.

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This is the difficulty menu for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. In a callback to the original games which showed up in The New Order as well, the menu's telling you only babies play the game on easy. It's funny on the surface, but also an insidious kind of peer pressure. Don't listen to it.

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is about injury. From crippled heroes to resistance leaders grappling with PTSD, the game's cast of heroes bears deep wounds that recall the all-too-real injuries of war veterans, victims, and those who would ignore them.