Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. One great feature in Live gameplay is when your teammates talk, a speaker icon appears over their head and on the compass so you know who’s talking and where they are.
  2. Playing alone or with online teams (Xbox Live hooks you up), you clean kraut house with sniper rifles, machine guns, and rocket launchers.
  3. 100
    It's nice to see an enhanced port that exceeds the original PC game in every way... A "Halo" beater? Definitely close - and definitely worth picking up. [July 2003, p.60]
  4. You have a solid single-player game, two-player cooperative campaign, and some of the best online gaming with squads and multi-class characters currently available on console.
  5. I absolutely loved this game. Everything about it just screams the word spectacular.
  6. 93
    About as fun as they come. Zombies, Nazis, Nazi Zombies... it just doesn't get any better than this... It's the best Xbox Live experience to date.
  7. One of the most impressive console FPSs - displaced only by the almighty "Halo." [June 2003, p.110]
  8. There's so much goodness packed into Tides of War that it's impossible not to find something to like. Return to Castlewolfenstein is truly an incredible, value-laced package. [May 2003, p.20]
  9. This may seem like a feature hardly worth mentioning, but being able to save whenever you want makes the game much more enjoyable.
  10. The single player game is very good, better than most. The multiplayer online experience of Tides of War, though, is nothing short of spectacular.
  11. Single-player and two-person split-screen modes are great, but this game was made to play over broadband with five friends.
  12. This was already a fine game on the PC but we’d go so far as to say that this is the best version of Wolfenstein we’ve played.
  13. Control is dead on accurate, but for those FPS junkies, you'll need to get used to yet another slightly different set-up.
  14. 90
    A very solid one player game coupled with a rock solid multiplayer frag fest.
  15. Yahorn! Let me try that again. Yahorn! Okay now that's better. With one simple word, I've separated those who haven't played Return to Castle Wolfenstein from those who have.
  16. While single-player is slightly lacking in innovation, its release still marks one of the best entrants in Xbox's first-person shooter line-up, and an absolute must-buy for any action gamer or Live fanatics that haven't yet experienced it on PC.
  17. What elevates this Wolf above the FPS pack is its online aspect. The different playable characters and match types give multiplayer a unique emphasis on teamwork that's a perfect match for Xbox Live's voice-chat capability. [July 2003, p.105]
  18. It’s not high on story or heavy stealth elements, but Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War delivers in liberal and visceral amounts of action. And you get what you pay for.
  19. The setting is a big part of the game's appeal, dropping you in atmospheric castle tombs and creepy labs run by technicians of the black arts. [July 2003, p.74]
  20. A fairly uninteresting single-player game, but its multiplayer mode is a ton of fun.
  21. On the strength of its online options, Wolfenstein's multiplayer is on par with the best on the Xbox. [June-July 2003, p.86]
  22. Two-player co-op is decent fun, and it makes the single-player campaign a lot more manageable and enjoyable, but the real meat of the game is the XBL multiplayer. [July 2003, p.68]
  23. Despite the fairly humdrum single player campaign, Tides of War is well worth engaging in for the Live experience alone. PC gamers, however, can save their cash.
  24. The game's difficulty is well-placed, with early scuffles leading to increased mania.
  25. An amazing multi-player experience with the added bonus of a rather compelling one-player mode that provides a nice respite from the hectic online games.
  26. The game also throws in some science fiction by adding monsters and the undead who fight alongside the Nazis.
  27. 80
    If anything, the whole game feels a little stiff—it’s visually arresting and robust but not as immersive as some other first-person games.
  28. If you can get a group of mates together over Xbox Live, Wolfenstein should provide a constant and gratifying supply of entertainment well into the future.
  29. 80
    The game doesn't feel entirely new or original, but it's well executed and consistently fun.
  30. 79
    The developers have really done a good job in trying to make the game work with the inherent limitations of a gamepad, but once you're used to the superior mouse/keyboard arrangement, the gamepad is a let down.
  31. 78
    The story is not as gripping as Halo or Splinter Cell, but it’s a solid, workmanlike script that has you suspending your disbelief for just long enough to get you through the game.
  32. The single player is okay, but it's really all about sticking with a friend and coordinating offensives with your fellow teammates over Xbox Live. This one should keep you in the field until "Counter-Strike" and "Halo 2" make their way out of developer boot camp.
  33. First-person shooter heaven for Xbox owners. With a decent single player story mode complete with a great supernatural twist and equally wonderful visuals and sound, the action is thick enough to sink your teeth into it.
  34. The single player campaign, while enjoyable for what it is, pales substantially to its online multiplayer counterpart.
  35. 7 / 6 / 6 / 5 - 24 [Vol 785]
  36. Put simply, if you have Live this is a highly recommended purchase, if you don't then it isn't.
  37. There's nothing revolutionary to be found here—no innovative play mechanics, no stunning graphics. This is a rock-solid Nazi-blasting FPS, and nothing more.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Jul 2, 2013
    9
    Extremely entertaining game. The single player game is fantastic and definitely worth the money when you consider how long it is. Multiplayer was fantastic but is not around anyone as this is an original Xbox game. This game is worth it just for the retro gaming and used copies are not that expensive. Full Review »