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  • Summary: As B.J. Blazkowicz, a highly decorated Army Ranger recruited into the Office of Secret Actions, you are tasked with escaping and then returning to Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to thwart Heinrich Himmler's occult and genetic experiments. Through genetic engineering and the harnessing ofAs B.J. Blazkowicz, a highly decorated Army Ranger recruited into the Office of Secret Actions, you are tasked with escaping and then returning to Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to thwart Heinrich Himmler's occult and genetic experiments. Through genetic engineering and the harnessing of occult powers, Himmler hopes to raise an unstoppable army to level the Allies once and for all. You must first escape from imprisonment in the castle to report the strange creatures and happenings in and around Wolfenstein to the OSA. Your mission takes a drastic turn as you learn the depth of Himmler's plans and what you must do to defeat the evil he has unleashed. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. The single-player mode is good. It's...good. It's pretty good. But with the faint-praise damning out of the way, you'll be happy to hear that the multiplayer game is outstanding.
  2. The single player mode is truly amazing and very gripping. The multiplayer side of the game sets a new standard in first person shooters.
  3. Well-polished and just plain fun to play. It also held, for me at least, a warm dose of nostalgia that left me feeling all gooey inside.
  4. Return to Castle Wolfenstein has all the right pieces to become an online classic.
  5. For all its technological wizardry, RtCW brings almost nothing new to the table gameplay-wise. [Mar 2002, p.74]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. EfrainC
    May 16, 2009
    10
    Best team based multi player game to date.
  2. RoyW.
    Oct 23, 2007
    10
    Steeped in the atmosphere of WWII with responsive and intuitive character controls, this game put the "F" in FPS (First Person Shooters). Steeped in the atmosphere of WWII with responsive and intuitive character controls, this game put the "F" in FPS (First Person Shooters). Those who cut their teeth on Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nukem 3D and Soldier of Fortune will appreciate this game as a fitting capstone for the games that paved the way. Expand
  3. Dec 29, 2013
    10
    Best WW2 FPS ever made.Best WW2 FPS ever made.
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  4. Aug 30, 2013
    10
    Amazing game. I can back to Castle Wolfenstein even today. It's one of these games I can't forget and if you play this game, you won't forgetAmazing game. I can back to Castle Wolfenstein even today. It's one of these games I can't forget and if you play this game, you won't forget also. Fighting Nazis isn't the only 1 thing we do playing this game. We can also get a bit scaried in a few moments and it made me suprised when I was playing it for the first time. I really wanna back to the past..... RTCW Forever. Expand
  5. NickM.
    Feb 16, 2002
    9
    What a game, I love the movie features loaded into the game and the graphics are awsome. I do have one nit pick though. BJ's hair should What a game, I love the movie features loaded into the game and the graphics are awsome. I do have one nit pick though. BJ's hair should have been darker like in the original game. Other than that wow! Expand
  6. Mar 28, 2013
    9
    the game's pacing is kind of... random (feels like a bridge between the old school and the new) and there are more crappy guns than good onesthe game's pacing is kind of... random (feels like a bridge between the old school and the new) and there are more crappy guns than good ones (not to mention all the ammo is shared), but I'm just grasping at flaws to give you a hard time. the game's engine is spot perfect, there's the right amount of weight behind your character and all your actions are fluid. gameplay harbors not a dull moment. you can get lost in the environments and enemy placement is so, so good that it's sometimes downright infuriating. the instant you get bored with any type of enemy, the game throws a new one at you. the scenario and levels are as random as the difficulty, but the devs set up an impressive campaign every mission. the way each mission goes through and builds up with the different objectives and the new enemies make it feel somewhat like playing a new game with the same engine. it sounds odd, but is seriously charming. Expand
  7. Delly
    Jan 14, 2008
    0
    Once you get past the fact it's a new fps and is hard at times... you realize it's really not that great. There's less of a Once you get past the fact it's a new fps and is hard at times... you realize it's really not that great. There's less of a "story" than there is a progression... you get to z point from y action. If you're new to FPS' the game will be difficult on any setting, but once you realize how to play (As in aiming) the only "deaths" that occur will be when the game is presenting an unfair situation. (Such as random spawns in areas you've already cleared) Let alone the games "idea" of a boss fight. Typically boss's really don't have a "weakness"... and simply hit consecuitly harder. Fortunatly the final boss, which would probally kill you in 4 hits, is a MELEE boss in an FPS game. The game has been overrated. Expand

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