Wolfenstein: Youngblood Guide - Making The First Choices

Fight your way against Nazis as either Jess or Soph.
Fight your way against Nazis as either Jess or Soph. Bethesda

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a first-person shooter game and a spinoff of the Wolfenstein series. Released just last week, the game is set a decade after Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It follows the story of twins Jess or Soph Blazkowicz, daughters of the infamous B.J. Blazkowicz.

In the game, you get to kill Nazis using a number of weapons and different abilities. However, even before you can do that, you need to make initial choices that could affect how you play the game. You are asked to choose from two different choices at the start.

First let's start with the aesthetics. There are three of these:

  • Suit
    • For the suit, you are given the choice between Golden Eagle and Blue Shark. Again, this is more of an aesthetic choice so there's really no need to take time on this.
  • Helmet
    • Choices include Bolt Head and Hammer Head. Doesn't really do much, similar to the suit.
  • Melee Weapon
    • While they may have different appearances, choosing either Knife or Hatchet does not really have a large impact

There is also what is known as pep signal, which is basically a boost given to the other co-op players depending on who you choose. That said, let's get down to the important stuff.

Jess or Soph

Initially you would think that the choice of sister would matter. Well, it does, but not to the extent you would expect. Each sister comes with her own weapon and specialty. Soph starts the game with the Kugelgewehr, which can be described as a shotgun. This alone gives you an idea on how to play Soph given that her weapon has medium range and deals a large amount of damage. Jess, meanwhile, has the Sturmgewehr, a semi-automatic rifle that can be tuned to function as a sniper rifle.

Our Take: While it would appear that there is indeed a difference between the two sisters, the reality is that it remains to be a cosmetic choice. This is because they have the same abilities. In addition, both sisters can get all weapons and upgrades. If we had to choose though, we probably would go with Soph as this gives you a more "old-school" gaming experience.

Maschinenpistole vs Pistole

There are two choices for the pistol. The first is the Maschinenpistole, which comes with a high fire rate at close range. It deals a good amount of damage to organic enemies, particularly those wearing fabric suits. However, this pistol is weak against metal-clad bulky enemies. The second option is the Pistole. It has a better range and can take out enemies from a distance. The problem is that the fire rate is rather slow. It also comes with a silencer, so it is great for missions that need stealth.

Our Take: The type of pistol you choose depends on the type of gameplay you want. Since we chose Soph in the previous option and we want to have a shoot-em-up experience, then we recommend the Maschinenpistole.

Cloak or Crush

For the starting ability, you choose between Cloak and Crush. Cloak allows you to become invisible for a short period of time. While this is indeed limited at the start, it can eventually be upgraded in order for you to get the most out of it. Crush, on the other hand, is an aggressive ability that allows you to rush at enemies with brute force to knock them down. This then allows you to finish them off with weapons.

Our Take: We've already chosen to play loud so why not choose Crush? With this ability, we can better put down Nazis easily.

There is no right decision when it comes to choosing how you want to start the game. In reality, there are only a few combinations to this, but again this depends on the kind of gameplay that you want. In our case, we took the "brawler" path with Soph using the Maschinenpistole and having the Crush ability. Since the game has a co-op feature, your choices could also depend on what the other player is going to use.

Take your pick and start the battle!

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