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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Achtung! You are OSA super agent B.J. Blazkowicz. Your goal is to escape from Castle Wolfenstein and defeat the twisted Nazi regime in Wolfenstein 3D. Fight all of the memorable enemies from Hans Grosse to Mecha-Hitler in the legendary game that launched the first-person shooter genre. Search classic levels for hidden secrets revealing stolen Nazi treasure, health packs, ammo and weapons, or even short cuts. Battle through all six unique episodes and 60 levels. Customizable weapons: Earn gold and unlock customizable weapon upgrades. Achievements: Conquer Wolfenstein achievements and add points to your Gamerscore. [Id Software] Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. The addition of some sort of tie-in to the new game is nice to see too, for those of you that plan on picking it up. There's a lot of content in the game too, and for the price you're paying, I'd say it's certainly worth checking out, even for long time fans that have already played the game to death.
  2. 80
    Wolfenstein 3D is just as fun a trip you can have going down memory lane.
  3. 80
    The action is satisfying and there are plenty secrets to find. It's definitely dated and flawed, but this is a game you play for its nostalgic value.
  4. Between its labyrinth maps, dreary gunplay and enemy design, along with repetition that will break some of the most patient players, this is a game that's not worth your time.
  5. Way too slow and boring by today's standards. [Aug 2009, p.75]
  6. A classic, but one best left to history. [Oct 2009, p.95]
  7. As a prototype of all that's come since, Wolfenstein is interesting - but not every antique is valuable. [Aug 2009, p.102]

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Jun 30, 2012
    If you played the original version of this game then you will expect nothing less... Its complete... nothing added... nothing removed. This is the Wolenstein I grew up with and love. Expand
  2. TimJ
    Jun 5, 2009
    I was initially excited to jump back into Wolf 3D, and was pleased at how well it played compared to my fears of rose tinted lenses syndrome, but something utterly marred my experience. Despite the clever use of connectivity with the upcoming Wolfenstein shooter, the game comes off as an advertisement rather than a $5 re-release. Full page blabs about the new game and a main menu item dedicated to just a trailer for the new game made this re-release feel cheap and hollow. The original game fit on a single 1.44 in floppy disk, yet this live arcade release bloats to well over 150 mb just for the additional layers of advertising. The old fun, treasure and secrets are still there, but invasive advertising ruins the feel of a classic. Expand
  3. Neal
    Jun 5, 2009
    The XBLA version of Wolfenstein 3D is a straight-up no-frills port of this influential videogame fossil, and is sadly lacking features found in other ports we've seen over the years. Most regrettable is the lack of an automap, as seen in the Atari Jaguar version (1994) etc. Finding your way around all those samey corridors without the map screen is a real chore! OK, you do get unlockables for the forthcoming Wolfenstein game, and it's only 400 points, but when the XBLA version isn't as good as a console version from 15 years ago you have to wonder why... It is what it is, but it's not all it could have been. Expand