Every now and then the games industry decides to release multiple high-profile video games at the same time, throwing together otherwise happenstance releases and challenging consumers to vote with their wallets as to which deserves a purchase.
Earlier in 2017 we saw Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild drop within a week of one another (resulting in many fun vs.-type articles), and more recently Wolfenstein II emerged on the same day as Assassin's Creed Origins and Super Mario Odyssey, surviving but another week to come face-to-face with Call of Duty: WWII.
Now first off, props to Activision and Sledgehammer Games for returning COD to its roots. We've got a Band of Brothers-esque campaign, a slightly slower multiplayer to smooth over the franchise's increasingly annoying twitch-based gameplay and the best zombie mode in years. WWII is a resounding return to form for all involved, but in being such an overt throwback to the past - does it actually have anything genuinely new to offer?
Well... not so much - or especially not when held in contrast to the mighty Wolfenstein II. Machinegames' immaculate arena shooter-inspired gorefest should be the only way to kill Nazis this fourth quarter, for all these reasons and more.