How To Skip The Intro Videos for Wolfenstein 2

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The PC version of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the definitive version of the game. It looks and performs better than its console counterparts if you have the hardware to handle it. A shoe-in for inclusion on year-end top ten lists, Wolf II satisfies the need for filling nazis with lead. Once you’ve tasted a bit of the carnage, the urge to return will eat at you.

Unfortunately, each time you load the game, you will be treated to a parade of unskippable cutscenes, copyright notices, and epilepsy warnings. Having to sit through these is a first world problem, for sure, but with a small bit of tweaking, you can bypass most of them and get right into the action.

How To Skip The Intro Videos in Wolfenstein II

The first thing you need to do is track down the library listing for Wolfenstein II in your Steam Library. Right-click the entry for the game and select “Properties”. Once the Properties screen pops up, click the button labeled “SET LAUNCH OPTIONS”. In the prompt that pops up on your screen, paste in the following command:

+com_skipBootSequence 1

Click Okay on the command prompt and the properties dialogue window and you are good to go!

How To Enable The Steam Overlay for Wolfenstein II

By default, Wolfenstein II will not launch with the Steam Overlay enabled. You can get it working again by following most of the steps used to disable the intro videos. In the same launch options prompt opened from the game's Properties dialogue box, type in the follow command:

+r_disableSteamOverlay 0

If you are using more than one launch command, make sure each is separated by a space and that each command begins with a +

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    October 28, 2017 2:35 PM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, How To Skip The Intro Videos for Wolfenstein 2

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      October 28, 2017 2:45 PM

      30 seconds of unskippable opening videos are one of the most annoying things to happen to gaming

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        October 28, 2017 2:47 PM

        And even more so since recently more and more games require restarts after changing graphical settings. Trying to dial in settings that work well with your hardware is rage inducing with unskippable videos and ever growing load times.

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          October 28, 2017 3:23 PM

          Yeah I’ll also note the restart for graphic updates prompt is annoying in and of itself but I’ll admit ignorance about why it might be necessary. Just only see it sporadically, so I don’t get it. (It’s in New Colossus by the way)

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            October 29, 2017 3:37 AM

            Usually the restart is required after changing the texture resolution setting. Back in the day you used to have to restart when changing the AA setting but not so much anymore since most of the options are post-process AA.

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          October 29, 2017 2:29 AM

          That's where I get the most frustrated. I wouldn't mind it so much if I saw it for 30 seconds to a minute prior to what's going to be a couple hour play session, but during that initial setup phase, it's maddening.

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        October 28, 2017 2:57 PM

        Disabling intro movies if at all possible is one of the first things I do with every game. So annoying. I don't mind seeing that stuff on the first boot, but after that it should autoskip or at the very least let you press a button to skip them.

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          October 28, 2017 3:12 PM

          Agreed. I do the exact same.

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        October 28, 2017 4:01 PM

        I wish they could allow you to skip them after they play once. It's probably a legal thing for them to be there, but I'd still wish they could be removed.

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        October 28, 2017 5:00 PM

        Wolf 2 has more than 30 seconds of unskippable hell. It's astonishing how fast the game loads without that crap.

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        October 28, 2017 6:10 PM

        Consoles with mechanical HDD's would like a word.

        Forza 7 is UNBEARABLE.

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        October 29, 2017 2:44 AM

        I can see wanting to force people through it the first time (for whatever handwavy legal reasons), but that shit should be skippable subsequent times. Even if I get a loading screen or something.

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      October 28, 2017 4:33 PM

      Mods mark informative plz.

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      October 28, 2017 5:54 PM


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      October 28, 2017 6:13 PM


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      October 28, 2017 6:27 PM

      Haha, that was the first thing I did.

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      October 28, 2017 6:35 PM

      IMO doing things like this is super offensive to the work of people at havok, autodesk, bink, Dolby, 3dfx, Aureal, and anti-piracy groups.

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        October 28, 2017 7:20 PM

        You left out the good folks at SpeedTree

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        October 28, 2017 9:19 PM

        Because those people are paid in terms of h ow many people view their opening videos

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        October 29, 2017 1:58 AM

        Also people won't know Wolfenstein is copyrighted and will start making Wolfenstein games all over the place

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        October 29, 2017 2:55 AM

        RAD Game tools deserve some kind of lifetime achievement award.

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        October 29, 2017 8:02 AM


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        October 29, 2017 8:08 AM

        They should force us to watch the credits of all those involved in the making of the game before we even get to the menu so we can appreciate the time, blood, sweat, and tears that went into making the game. It's the polite thing to do.

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        October 29, 2017 12:03 PM

        Hey guys, remember that don’t suddenly shut down your computer while a game is saving for 2 seconds. It’s tempting but don’t do it.

        I’ll remind you again every time you try to play the game.

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      October 29, 2017 2:25 AM

      +pm_animcamamount 0

      To get rid of the view bob though i haven't tried it yet

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        October 29, 2017 5:22 AM

        Does that go in launch properties in steam or in the console in-game?

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          October 29, 2017 5:25 AM

          Steam.launch properties according to what I read

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      October 29, 2017 3:57 AM

      So how ist the game?
      Steam has mixed reviews. Is it really just 8 hours of gameplay and 2 hours of cut scenes?

      Also: how does Wolfenstein I hold up? I have never played it...

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        October 29, 2017 4:00 AM

        Which? There are like 8 Wolf games

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          October 29, 2017 7:41 AM

          10 now (plus the mobile RPG), though oddly only one of them is named "Wolfenstein," which is the Raven developed game released in 2009 which isn't available for first party purchase.

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        October 29, 2017 7:38 AM

        The New Order is great, The New Colossus is great, shoot nazis have a good time.

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        October 29, 2017 7:54 AM

        If you mean the 2009 game simply titled "Wolfenstein," then it's not great but I still had fun (finally got a chance to play it in May). It's a jam-cam health-regen shooter wherein you can pretty safely snipe from the open, however despite that, the shooting all feels pretty great (save stray geometry that on rare occasions intercepts your sniper shots). I should say though I think most of the more conceptually interesting weapons are the least interesting to use, while the mundane regular bullet guns are generally the most satisfying.

        The magic is a little weird but I didn't find it unwelcome, especially with regard to it aiding in exploration of the hub maps, because I rather like exploration growth mechanics.

        Plus you get to shoot a lot of Nazis, so, you know, that's good. Really, you can shoot as many as you want, as they will eventually respawn in hub areas to simulate ongoing and shifting tides (which makes the fact you can spend limited gold on ammo that much more of a fuck you option, don't ever buy ammo).

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        October 29, 2017 8:15 AM

        Whoa I didn't believe you and sure enough, mixed reviews. Fuck at all if I understand why that is but I think the game is damn near perfect. And I'm already over 10 hours into the game and I still have tons of side shit to do and a whole other character to play with so unless you rammed through the game yeah I suppose you could beat it in 8 hours; also in there are over 3 hours of cutscenes. But even then you still have a whole other character to play and tons of collectables. My guess is those reviews are butt hurt PC gamers who can't get the game to work (runs like silk) or are offended by the Nazis in the game. It is EASILY a better experience than The New Order and I absolutely adored The New Order.
        I'm actually a little upset over those terrible Steam reviews now because this game is a damn masterpiece >:(

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          October 29, 2017 8:53 AM

          I think the mixed team reviews are from offended alt-right people

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            October 29, 2017 9:22 AM

            ah that makes sense.
            So you know what is infurious about the German localization?
            Because usage of Nazi symbolism is strictly forbidden in Germany, you can't shoot Nazis in Wolfenstein, you shoot "the Regime" and it's not the Führer but the Chanzellor!

            Cue Alanis Morisette...

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      October 29, 2017 6:39 AM

      These are the kind of news articles I like to see.

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      October 29, 2017 8:54 AM


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