The alternate reality nazi-filled Wolfenstein franchise has been around for a very long time and now, it's finally entered the virtual realm.
Right off the bat, I must admit that I'm a total Wolfenstein newbie. I usually can't stand first-person shooters but I love PlayStation VR games so I had to give Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot a try and I'm very happy that I did. You play as the mysterious Cyberpilot while a French Resistance member named Maria and her secretary Jemma guide you on your journey to overthrow the nazis who have overtaken Paris. In order to do so, you must virtually pilot 3 very different robot war machines from your all-purpose cockpit. However, before you can use a robot, you need to repair and reprogram it which is done via an interactive hangar where you rotate and move the large machines while pulling out shrapnel and reprogramming their computers. After that, you partake in a short tutorial then it's time for a mission.
I'll discuss the gameplay for each robot soon but for now, I want to say just how awesome it feels to pilot these robots. The controls are incredibly intuitive and the machines feel heavy as you slowly stomp or glide around the missions. Speaking of which, the environments look fantastic as you traverse a detailed occupied Paris and your base. Meanwhile, the audio is super-satisfying complete with ambient noises, gratifying explosions, and Maria's talented voice actor chatting in your ear as you blow stuff up.
On the downside, the campaign is very short as you can easily complete the whole thing within a couple of hours. Plus, the ending sort of just happens once things start getting exciting which left me feeling pretty disheartened. I even sat through the extremely lengthy end credits while hoping that something else would happen yet nothing did. There also isn't much replay value unless you want to earn all of the trophies or replay the campaign within a couple of additional difficulty settings. I wish there were more modes such as challenges with leaderboards or training mini-games in order to extend Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot's replay value.
Now that you know what to expect from Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot in general, let's discuss its gameplay within the 3 distinct machines.
First off, the Panzerhund is a large mechanical dog that can breathe fire and charge at enemies. Now would be a great time to mention that each robot has a panic button ability that you can use whenever you're in a sticky situation. Panzerhund's panic button emits a Shockwave that damages all surrounding enemies and kills foot soldiers instantly which is very handy. Walking around while rotating and strafing in order to set a variety of enemy nazis aflame is great fun, especially when you breathe fire on a whole group of them.
Next, the Drone is by far my favourite robot as there's a stealth element to controlling it. On the downside, it's very fragile and can explode after only a couple shots so you have to be careful. Its panic button makes it invisible which is awesome for sneaking around and setting nazis on fire with its short range attack. Its other move allows you to hack into computers which is enjoyable albeit somewhat mindless in its simplicity. Another thing to keep in mind is that all 3 robots can heal which is triggered by placing your PlayStation Move controller into a certain slot. This results in a cool animation where little bots come and fix your craft. Neat, huh?
Finally, the Zitadelle plays a lot like the Panzerhund except it's a large mech-like machine. It features 2 weapons: a standard gun and a rocket launcher and its panic button deploys a shield that's extremely useful while facing larger enemies that hit hard. There really isn't much else to say about this impressively tough hunk of metal so let's wrap this review up.
Although it's short and lacks replay value, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot is such an immersive and enjoyable experience that it's worth purchasing simply to pilot its 3 unique and powerful robots. Let's just hope Bethesda expands this gem into something more worthwhile.
- + Immersive atmosphere with engaging audio and detailed environments
- + Each robot is awesome in its own ways
- + Intuitive and enjoyable gameplay
- - Quite short and lacks replay value
- - Ending arrives abruptly
- - Could use additional modes