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  • Summary: Set within a near-fictional, historical WWII setting, players take on the role of the heroic OSA agent BJ Blazkowicz as they are thrust into the unknown and unexpected to battle against combat troops, otherworldly forces, and the dark science created by a supernatural Nazi force hell-bent on world domination. Wolfenstein offers players an action-packed experience as they investigate the powers of a dark parallel dimension, join with resistance forces, and employ an arsenal of conventional and otherworldly weapons in attempts to annihilate the Nazi war machine. Ensuring a deep variety of action, Wolfenstein provides gamers with an assortment of interlinked missions that drive an intense, story-driven combat experience; while the Wolfenstein multiplayer experience continues the world-renowned tradition of class-based team objective gameplay with a full arsenal of conventional and supernatural weapons for addictive online warfare. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 36 out of 66
  2. Negative: 1 out of 66
  1. Compelling single player with a fresh take on things doesn’t happen every day. It’s just that much better when it comes bundled with a fantastic multiplayer experience to boot.
  2. Spot-on Wolfenstein atmosphere combines with gleefully vicious weaponry to serve up a tasty smoothie of good old-fashioned Nazi-frying. It lacks in the new idea department, but it has fun aplenty.
  3. Not only does Wolfenstein recreate a little dab of this magic, its embraces the world of magic and the supernatural to give this old standard a fresh perspective.
  4. Wolfenstein is a standard FPS, nothing more, nothing less. As you know, good sounds and graphics don’t make up for an overall lack of variety – not entirely at least. This lack affects most missions and some aspects of the gameplay resulting in a repetitive action system. It is still a good game, but we’d have probably thought better of it if it wasn’t for the expectations a name like Wolfenstein carries within.
  5. 71
    Wolfenstein is absolutely not the greatest shooter of this year, therefore the game lacks at too many points. But on the other hand, the game offers you a nice combination of shooting with weapons and using the skills of the medallion. Reason enough to buy this game as a perfect snack, before the really big shooters will hit the stores later this year.
  6. In terms of balance, it’s brilliant.
  7. All of the parties responsible for this deserve to be called into question, and all gamers should question whether or not this subpar and frankly embarrassing title justifies further purchases from any of the three companies involved.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 8 out of 36
  1. ChrisI
    Sep 22, 2009
    If you want a story, read a book. If you want suspense, watch a movie. If you want fun, play a video game. I'm glad that Wolfenstein has adhered to this way of game play. There's a reason the game has a throwaway plot; Because the game is FUN. And that is what matters most in a video game. It's a shame that few others follow the same ideology. Not only that, but the game looks impressive all around. From the beautiful lighting and shadows, to the detailed textures, and the blood-soaked Nazis that gag for air when you plug them in the throat, this is FPS at its core. The way it should be. Expand
  2. MikeS
    Sep 3, 2009
    Very solid and entertaining game, I was hesitant to buy it based on people on sites like this giving it scores of 0 or otherwise very poor reviews, but i'm glad I did. I haven't tried the multiplayer yet but thats because i've been so caught up in the single player mode. Whats here is an engaging and action packed shooter. Very fun and spooky at times too which I love. Graphics and sound are great, weapons and enemies are awesome! Highly recommended! Expand
  3. TomJ.
    Aug 20, 2009
    I don't understand the negative reviews of this game. I feel it fits right in to the Wolfenstein franchise nicely. There are some great things here...blood soaked bullet wounds, gagging nazis gasping for air after being shot in the throat, body parts flying off. Good old classic gore, thats whats been missing in the last few WWII FPS I have played and fits in nicely with the original Wolfenstein/Doom legacy. @ the AI complaints... This is a run and gun body count game, the AI doesn't need to beat me in chess, just entertain me. Does anyone play games for fun anymore or all we all supposed to be serious professional gamers now? I think it's funny all the people complaining that the MP is not like RTCW, because those same people would be complaining if it WAS just like RTCW and claiming theres no innovation and it's just a remake of RTCW blah blah blah. Go get this game sit down and relax let some steam off and kill some Nazis....remember like when we played the original back in the clans, no professional gamers... we played games for fun and "gasp" entertainement. Expand
  4. TJDoc
    Aug 27, 2009
    In many ways, this feels like the long-awaited conclusion to the "Old-school and Proud of it" trilogy, that began with Doom 3 and Quake 4. It's a simplistic, gore drenched, undeniably fun FPS experience; filled with grotesque and varied enemies, as well as a satisfying selection of weapons to shoot, burn,zap, and desintegrate the Nazis with. The very definition of an 8/10 game. Expand
  5. Feb 3, 2013
    Being a huge fan of the Wolfenstein franchise, and an often returning player to RTCW, I was hugely let down by this game. I'm not going to say that this game is bad, because it's not. It's actually a fairly respectable FPS with some good ideas and pretty good gameplay. My biggest problem pretty much boils down to it's detachment from it's predecessors. There also seems to be a lack of usable weapons in this as I couldn't help but lament about not having access to the Thompson and Colt .45 seen in the boxart and cutscenes respectively. They also take away your near-iconic knife for a couple of melee weapons you can find lying around maps but not keep in your inventory. Also, I'm not so big on the Thule medallion and Veil parts of the game as it feels like a stranger angle on the occult themes than what Wolfenstein is usually known for. Also, I don't like B.J.'s redesign, man belongs in a Rangers uniform. Then again, that's probably just me, and I'm not going to let that effect my rating. At the very least, the weapons here are cool and VERY fun to shoot. My favorite among them is the Particle Cannon, which gleefully reminds me of Ghostbusters every time I dematerialize Nazis with it. The gun is simply a joy to shoot and flat-out destroys any enemy you come across. Similarly, the Thule Medallion gives you access to a few powers to aid you in combat. You get the ability to slow time to make precision shooting a breeze, create a bubble shield to deflect bullets, and empower your guns to shoot through armor and do extra damage. However, there comes a drawback as power weapons aren't as restricted by ammo consumption as you would assume them to be. You can easily purchase ammo for them at the nearest black market shop, which means you'd have no shortage of overpowering weapons. To add to this, your health now regenerates whenever you're not taking damage. Many might not see that as a bad thing, but to fans of the series, this may feel like a slap to the face when they were expecting more of that old-school FPS gameplay. The combination of overpowered weapons and regenerating health severely drop the campaign difficulty. Which brings me to the story. To be perfectly honest, I have trouble remembering much of the games plot other than the Nazis trying to harvest the veil energy for their war efforts and Deathshead making his return from the previous game. I honestly think that Return to Castle Wolfenstein had a stronger plot than this one did, which is rather worrisome. At the end of the day, this is a good FPS game that can be very fun for it's action, but may alienize many fans of the older games. If you can find it for a good price, pick it up, or simply rent it to see if you like it or not. Expand
  6. MrFlibble
    Nov 18, 2009
    I've played all of the Wolfenstein games on the PC and RTCW is one of my all time favourite games, so it was only natural that I would buy this new version of Wolfenstein, although in this case, on the 360. First let me say that I really enjoyed the demo, sure it was oldschool but it was good fun and there's always place in my 360 collection for some oldschool shooters. The complete game on the other hand? Dear or deary me... Where to begin? Well, I can sum the game up in three words: "bland and boring". The level design is horribly uninspired, the gameplay borders on tedious and unlike RTCW which feels very slick this version feels clunky. The veil powers add nothing of real interest and feel gimmicky. The RPG, yes RPG, elements are completely out of place in a game like this and just don't work imo. But the absolute worst thing is the whole game feels unfinished. It's very rough around the edges and lacks even the most rudimentary of polish we expect on the 360. I wasn't expecting MW2 with this release but I was at the very least expecting a fun oldschool FPS and Wolfenstein couldn't even manage that. :( Expand
  7. Ryencoke
    Aug 19, 2009
    I was the first person to buy this game, and I will probably be the first one to take it back. What absolute garbage. The main reason I bought it was for the Online. And let me tell you gladly, what a piece of crap the online is. I didn't even want to try the single player because of how bad the online gameplay way. What a huge huge huge letdown. RTCW has better online than this. Expand

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