Mixed or average reviews - based on 66 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Wolfenstein is an awesome blend of old-school memories and next-gen ideas assembled into a rewarding game experience you can’t afford to miss.
  3. An engaging single player experience that offers plenty of replay value, and a multiplayer component that has tonnes of upgrades, ranks and the rest, meld together into a AAA title.
  4. A riveting and thoroughly action-packed shooter that takes the series in a different and better direction.
  5. Wolfenstein really doesn't do much to move the FPS genre forward, but it does manage to nail the fundamentals and offer a highly entertaining experience.
  6. 85
    Wolfenstein is a good shooter. There are some missed opportunities and living too much in the past but don't let that ruin the fun parts of the game which outnumber the bad.
  7. Whether you need to use your environment, lure an enemy to its demise, or choose a specific weapon, you’ll be satisfied with the experience.
  8. If you’re looking for a different way to blast those same Nazis you’ve been battling for years, look no further than this fun and exciting shooter.
  9. 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.
  10. Although the Wolfenstein series has an excellent reputation, we were a bit skeptical before the review. But Wolfenstein offers brilliant, intense action with B.J. Blazkowicz, the Nazi Terminator. So the skepticism quickly turned into a hell-ride of fun.
  11. It’s not the most advanced shooter available, nor the best looking or the best sounding for that matter. However, it brings back a great nostalgic feeling and pays honest homage to the original.
  12. The single-player campaign is a lot of fun, though rather short. Multiplayer and lots of hidden objects help to extend the fun. Still, you'll be done with the game after a few weeks.
  13. Even though its held back by a lack of unrealised theatrics, Wolfenstein’s still one of the only games that lets you dish death to the Nazis in bold and imaginative ways.
  14. 80
    If you're into WWII shooters -- and judging by the sales of every single Call of Duty title ever, you are -- but you're looking for something with a little twist to it -- which, judging by the sales of twisty straws, you are -- and you don't mind the color green -- and judging by the number of Irish people in the world, you don't -- you should get yourself a copy of Wolfenstein.
  15. It's familiar enough in spots, but the way the Veil powers function gives everything just enough of a tweak to feel exciting.
  16. 80
    Again, it's nothing new but the weapons and powers are interesting enough that, if you put in the work, the reward is there. But it probably won't make you forget about Modern Warfare or Halo 3 or Killzone 2 or whatever online FPS you're currently hooked on.
  17. 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.
  18. Wolfenstein might not hold up to Call of Duty in terms of sales, but Activision’s other WWII shooter still has plenty of interesting ideas to please any fan. With powerful weapons at your disposal, supernatural powers with the help of The Veil, and plenty of eerie Nazi soldiers to kill, the fun never stops.
  19. Wolfenstein is entertainment. It isn’t a revolutionary experience, and there are a lot of games out there which are better looking, but it doesn’t have any big flaws either.
  20. Had the visuals been taken up a notch, and if B.J. would have been a bit more of a bystander in the Veil portions, Wolfenstein could have been one of the elites. But as it sits, Wolfenstein is a solid shooter that fans of its predecessors will enjoy.
  21. Wolfenstein's Veil powers and the pseudo-sandbox city of Isenstadt make the game an entertaining ride, though poor AI and frustrating bosses hold it back from greatness.
  22. Despite the few complaints I have about Wolfenstein, particularly the dated graphics and terrible A.I., when it comes right down to core gameplay it is a fun, solid and satisfying FPS that will appeal to those looking for a straight up shooter with few bells and whistles.
  23. In many ways Wolfenstein is like watching your favourite hockey team make the playoffs only to lose in the first round.
  24. The noticeably well-conceived single-player, intense boss fights and a solid multiplayer keep this one in tact. Otherwise it's the usual action you can get from most FPS titles.
  25. Big bosses, crazy weapons, and exciting scripted firefights are the focal point of this nutty tale. It's also an ample one if you take on all the side missions and scour environments for intelligence, hidden tomes, and secret money stashes. Yet while it's pleasingly old-fashioned, the unimpressive AI, aging technology, and general lack of refinement make this sequel feel like a missed opportunity.
  26. A decidedly old-school FPS that modernizes itself just enough to make it fun today. [Nov 2009, p.68]
  27. 75
    The action is about as tight as in World at War, but the hub town kills the momentum. In exchange, though, you get demonic Nazis and fun retro-scifi weapons. If you can't get enough FPS action, and can't wait for Modern Warfare 2, this is worth twelve hours of your life
  28. Wolfenstein comes so close to being a really good game, but just falls short. The fact that it came near its former greatness is almost more disappointing than if it had been terrible; with a few original ideas, this could have been the must-have shooter of the summer.
  29. Though short, Wolfenstein is a great game to play, its a pity that the online mode is flawed.
  30. Nobody will be surprised with the new chapter in the Wolfenstein’s series, but its classic gameplay is funny.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 112 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 8 out of 36
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 3, 2013
    I really wanted to love this game. It's predecessor was amazing. Unfortunately, I could not get into the story line like the prior game.I really wanted to love this game. It's predecessor was amazing. Unfortunately, I could not get into the story line like the prior game. Some interesting additions of modifying weapons on the black market and the veil powers are nice, but I just did not feel the game was as fun as it should have been. The multiplayer was attrocious. A lot of the achievement points are geared towards multiplayer which is now pretty much empty. It would be next to impossible to get those achievement points today. The game is worthy of a 1 day rental, but I wouldn't recommend purchasing it. Full Review »
  3. 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 sayBeing 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. Full Review »