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  • Summary: As B.J. Blazkowicz, a highly decorated Army Ranger recruited into the Office of Secret Actions, you are tasked with escaping and then returning to Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to thwart Heinrich Himmler's occult and genetic experiments. Through genetic engineering and the harnessing ofAs B.J. Blazkowicz, a highly decorated Army Ranger recruited into the Office of Secret Actions, you are tasked with escaping and then returning to Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to thwart Heinrich Himmler's occult and genetic experiments. Through genetic engineering and the harnessing of occult powers, Himmler hopes to raise an unstoppable army to level the Allies once and for all. You must first escape from imprisonment in the castle to report the strange creatures and happenings in and around Wolfenstein to the OSA. Your mission takes a drastic turn as you learn the depth of Himmler's plans and what you must do to defeat the evil he has unleashed. [Activision] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. The single player mode is truly amazing and very gripping. The multiplayer side of the game sets a new standard in first person shooters.
  3. 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.
  4. Return to Castle Wolfenstein has all the right pieces to become an online classic.
  5. Computer Gaming World
    70
    For all its technological wizardry, RtCW brings almost nothing new to the table gameplay-wise. [Mar 2002, p.74]

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  1. Positive: 82 out of 96
  2. Negative: 5 out of 96
  1. EfrainC
    May 16, 2009
    10
    Best team based multi player game to date.
  2. Apr 25, 2021
    10
    When I say the best FPS game, I think of Return to Castle Wolfenstein. This game is just perfect. I would start from the beginning with theWhen I say the best FPS game, I think of Return to Castle Wolfenstein. This game is just perfect. I would start from the beginning with the fact that the game was released in 2001. 2001 friends. We've had it for over 10 years, so the games were really different at the time, and that was about difficulty. Nobody mates with you here and it doesn't take long and you get a legendary bow and either you or the Nazis survive. But it must be said that even though you have some kind of skill in the FPS genre, there is still one thing that will make you uncomfortable, but actually improve the game. It's about the atmosphere. Ladies and gentlemen. The atmosphere in this game could be cut. Undoubtedly one of the best I've ever experienced. Whether it's a forest stealth passage, action moments from the city where you transport a tank, haunted laboratories, mysterious catacombs or the legendary castle, which still terrifies me to this day! I may be the only one or one of the few, but this game really scared me and I like to remember it when I always decided to turn it on and played it for a few hours and then in fear of turning it off shakenly slow even unable to click the button to turn off the game. In short, I am afraid of the Nazis and in this game there are up to. You have to get through those scumbags. Let me tell you, I've been playing this game for 2 years. You're probably wondering if this game is that long. Not. The game is short (about 8 hours), but I was just consumed by the fear and I couldn't decide to turn it on. It's weird on the one hand. The game shouldn't even be a horror. It's just an action FPS, but it has its charm and scared me the most of all the games. I have never had a chance to experience what I experienced here in my life with various horror movies, even when I remember the bossfights that terrified me. When I beat the last one, I was glad I had it over with. I don't mean that the game is bad. Not that. It's delicious! I meant that I finally have the fear behind me and that I will be able to rest in peace for the next few days. This game just made me scare like no other! Personally, I would also recommend you if you start the game to get a FullHD patch that will set up a 16: 9 and a mode called Venom, with which I played the game and it will deepen your experience. But it must be said that what I found out so much, this mode adds to the difficulty of the game, so count on it anyway. But I finished the game with him and I will tell you that I will never forget the experience. Maybe you won't like the game so much. More or less story. Outdated graphics. Today's games just don't look like RTCW. But if you are a lover of old school titles, I dare say that this is a duty for you. In my eyes, this is a game that aroused my fear and the best FPS game ever. An excellent game for me, which I recommend. Expand
  3. Mar 15, 2021
    10
    Engaging and gameplay-oriented FPS game that's aged very well. The stealth can be a little janky at times, but I spent most of the timeEngaging and gameplay-oriented FPS game that's aged very well. The stealth can be a little janky at times, but I spent most of the time running and gunning anyway. Expand
  4. Kon
    Mar 9, 2007
    9
    One of the best FPS i've ever played in a long time. The graphics were simply awesome; the flames were especially good looking. Really One of the best FPS i've ever played in a long time. The graphics were simply awesome; the flames were especially good looking. Really rare to get an FPS with a decent SP plot and play time, so this one's a keeper for me. Expand
  5. DavidF.
    Jun 10, 2006
    9
    Great game. Prior to HL2 and Far Cry, this was the best around imho. Great shooter, no tricky puzzles to figure out, but a great fighting game.
  6. Jun 2, 2020
    9
    Решил недавно пройти сразу три dlc к Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Вот игра хорошая, вроде придраться не к чему, но чего то не хватает ей.Решил недавно пройти сразу три dlc к Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Вот игра хорошая, вроде придраться не к чему, но чего то не хватает ей. И я решил вспомнить, что меня так зацепило в древней, но до сих пор самой лучшей игре в серии, Return to Castle Wolfenstein!
    А зацепила меня атмосфера самой игры. Да, в ней не было, так хорошо прописанных персонажей. Но это игре было и не нужно. Брифинг перед заданием, заброс в тыл врага и выживай как хочешь. Блажкович сам разбирается во всех тайных делах фашистов и доходит до самого сердца их дьявольского культа.
    Этого и не хватает, лично мне, в новых играх.
    При том в Return to Castle, как мне показалось, более брутальные враги. Это и бронированные мутанты, и какие то мумии-зомби, и даже Генрих Первый есть. В новом Wolfenstein, этого не хватает. А куда делись девки в латексных костюмах?
    Так, что очень жду, может быть выпустят какой-нибудь ремейк Return to Castle Wolfenstein, а что, сейчас это модно!
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  7. Delly
    Jan 14, 2008
    0
    Once you get past the fact it's a new fps and is hard at times... you realize it's really not that great. There's less of a Once you get past the fact it's a new fps and is hard at times... you realize it's really not that great. There's less of a "story" than there is a progression... you get to z point from y action. If you're new to FPS' the game will be difficult on any setting, but once you realize how to play (As in aiming) the only "deaths" that occur will be when the game is presenting an unfair situation. (Such as random spawns in areas you've already cleared) Let alone the games "idea" of a boss fight. Typically boss's really don't have a "weakness"... and simply hit consecuitly harder. Fortunatly the final boss, which would probally kill you in 4 hits, is a MELEE boss in an FPS game. The game has been overrated. Expand

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