Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. The reason I finished it so quickly was because the story was fairly well put together and the gameplay was a good mix of styles - several run-'n'-gun levels where you run full bore, guns blazing, and 2 very interesting missions involving stealth.
  2. The graphics, audio and multiplayer components are astonishingly good, while the highly competent yet unspectacular single-player gameplay lags a bit behind.
  3. It's nice to have a positive example of gameplay and story telling that keeps pace with technology.
  4. It isn't quite (Serious) Sam and Max's (Payne) level, but it definitely should be regarded right up there as one of the superlative FPS games to hit the PC scene this year.
  5. An intense sequel that shines in both its solo and multiplayer modes.
  6. Return to Castle Wolfenstein has all the right pieces to become an online classic.
  7. Computer Gaming World
    For all its technological wizardry, RtCW brings almost nothing new to the table gameplay-wise. [Mar 2002, p.74]
  8. A fantastic and extremely addictive game once you get into it.
  9. A pleasing solo affair mixed with remarkable multiplayer support once again more than cements id Software's status as the premiere name in first-person shooters.
  10. 100
    It's the kind of game that you will play all weekend and then emerge on Monday bleary eyed.
  11. 100
    Even though there are minor pacing problems at times, RtCW delivers an amazing single-player and multiplayer game, and for first-person shooter fans, it's a must-own.
  12. Game Informer
    The AI of the creatures and troops you’re battling is some of the best I’ve seen in any game on any platform. [Feb 2002, p.98]
  13. 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.
  14. Not what it could have been. As a story it's utterly bizarre, as a sequel it's sub-par, but as a stand-alone game it's very good. The simple truth is that regardless of the detractions, killing Nazis will always be fun...always.
  15. 90
    You’ll be glad to know that the flamethrower isn’t the only great weapon at your disposal. The venom, which is a devastatingly powerful chain-gun, is one of the most amazing guns I’ve ever had the pleasure to handle in a video game.
  16. 90
    The action here is more cerebral, emphasizing teamwork and accomplishing specific objectives over twitchy combat—it’s great fun.
  17. This game gets more addicting by the hour, with secrets and new paths around every corner.
  18. The single player campaign is visually interesting and enjoyable to play, but the multiplayer mode is where the game really shines.
  19. An essential, and long-lived, purchase. This is one shooter that you're going to want to savour.
  20. 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.
  21. 83
    A decade of shooters combined into one polished package; the single-player mode is filled with great action and a wide variety of gameplay, and the innovative multiplayer mode should hook veteran fraggers almost immediately.
  22. The graphics are stunning. I can honestly say this one area where this game leaves all the rest in the dust.
  23. Like getting an unexpected gift envelope from a good friend. The single-player campaign? It's the receiving of the surprise itself - short but nice. The multiplayer component, however, is like opening up the envelope and finding a certificate for a year's supply of free lap dances at Scores - it absolutely can't be beat.
  24. 90
    The single player game almost takes a back seat to the real strength of the title which is the multiplayer aspect developed by Nerve. It tastes a lot like crack. Very addictive.
  25. A constant reminder to us of Napoleon's famous maxim – “It is but a step from the sublime to the ridiculous.” The game manages its share of both in a riot of action.
  26. The engine, while on the verge of being dated, still manages to dazzle. To get the most out of the game, however, some pricey hardware may be required.
  27. PC Gamer
    It took the core aspects of every good shooter, and made them great. [Jan 2002, p.64]
  28. The single player mode is truly amazing and very gripping. The multiplayer side of the game sets a new standard in first person shooters.
  29. The high resolution textures seem to come alive in Return to Castle Wolfenstein; the character and monster models are among the nicest I've ever seen in a PC game...The problem with RtCW is that it borrows a little too much from the original game in terms of story, atmosphere and depth.
  30. 80
    Where the multiplayer side is concerned, RCTW's instant appeal and immensely addicting gameplay is one of the best team-based FPS games to release this year.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 354 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 354
  1. EfrainC
    May 16, 2009
    Best team based multi player game to date.
  2. Hades
    Mar 9, 2003
    Great! id software again proves they know their stuff with the return to castle wolfenstein. The Graphics are great (theyre based on the Great! id software again proves they know their stuff with the return to castle wolfenstein. The Graphics are great (theyre based on the quake III engine cmon now) the sound effects, although some of the guns sound kinda funky, everything else is pretty good. Quite a dark game really, its fun though. The music is ehhh its not the best but it gets the job done, the voice acting, what little there is of it is also ~alright~ Two minor complaints though are that grenade throwing is extreeeemely inaccurate and clumsy and guys knowing where you are out of nowhere. But still, a good game, challenging and good looking. Recommended. Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    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. Full Review »