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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 onSet 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: 25 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. If you are a fan of the franchise that started the genre of FPS then you have to play Wolfenstein. The MP is not perfect but the SP is well worth it. Pick this title up while you can. You won’t regret it.
  2. Wolfenstein doesn’t revolutionize the genre but it does offer a competent and highly entertaining FPS experience. It’s easy to get sucked into the Indiana Jones inspired story - especially when you have hordes of nazis to kill. It’s not a revolution, but damn it’s fun!
  3. 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.
  4. I love Wolfenstein, if only for the brilliant single-player segment, which swishes together 1940s pulp-action sci-fi and straightforward gunplay with atmospheric adventure.
  5. Speaking of strategy, Wolfenstein is in dire need of a new one. Grinding through waves of predictable enemies in corridors is no way to pay homage to the franchise’s unquestioned legacy in the genre.
  6. PC PowerPlay
    70
    A schizophrenic shooter, equal parts entertaining and tedious. [Nov 2009, p.50]
  7. Dated look and tired “twists” of the barely noticeable story fail to impress. Wolfenstein is a true mediocrity in all regards – it has neither shameful slip-ups nor flashes of inspiration.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 96
  2. Negative: 14 out of 96
  1. Pravinb
    Aug 31, 2009
    10
    WOW, just finished the Single player part. I cant believe how the heck this game got so many bad reviews. This is my first review ever and my WOW, just finished the Single player part. I cant believe how the heck this game got so many bad reviews. This is my first review ever and my English is bad. So plz forgive me if there are any mistakes! There are some aspects on which we enjoy or review the game.( They are not treditional parameters but are those which a games notices while playing a game) Graphics:- 10 on 10 I dont think the graphics were bad! Seriously. Who cares what engines is being used. The graphics were stunning. YES. Believe me. I have played Crysis, Crysis warhead, Prototype, COD 4, COD 5, Bionic commando, gears of wars, Mirror's edge etc. I think there were very good minute details provided in the game, as various powers effect, barrel changing their shapes after using Veil energy(3 times), flying creatures after using vail effects, extremely beautiful environment effects, models sure are beautiful. One thing that surprises me that meny people say this game is GREEN, coz i think those people have not played GEARS OF WAR. That game didn't had any color other than grey. And still people found that graphics FANTASTIC. Prototype had cartoonish graphics which didnt looked real at any point of time. Animation:- WOW Remember the first guy you kill in the first level at railway station. Dont you think the that FELT fantastic.Those were really fluent. Its really satisfying to see that guy dying in the proper manner. The other game you will feel the same is COD 4. On top of that this game has very good destructible environment. A.I. : 8 on 10 Yes the a.i. is not that good. Our allies keep comin in our way. Enemy coming streight into the line of fire. BUT they are not horrible and still serve the purpose of providing good gameplay ( i played on HARD difficulty so others views may be differnt about A.I.) Mission Varity :- 10 on 10 We do have some difficult tasks to do in various beautiful levels. On one mession we are in Airfield and for another we had to go to farm. Cmon, i don't think anyone will say tat the mission were repeatative as GEARS OF WAR or PROTOTYPE. BOSSES:- 9 on 10. Bosses were really good and different. One strategy cannot be used with another boss. They were not only differet but also great fun as Serious Sam. SOUND : 10 on 10. I am yet to read any bad thing in this department, so i have nothing to say. ( i havnt played multiplayer so i cant comment on it!.) DONT BELIEVE CRITICS. So those gamers who have not yet played the game, plz go ahead and buy it. Its probably one of the top 5 fps realeased in this year. Expand
  2. Dec 8, 2020
    9
    Story - 3/5
    Gameplay - 4/5
    Atmosphere - 5/5 This game isn't as bad as many people make it out to be. Certainly better then the newer
    Story - 3/5
    Gameplay - 4/5
    Atmosphere - 5/5

    This game isn't as bad as many people make it out to be. Certainly better then the newer ones, in some things. The story falls a bit short but that's it's only problem. It does not suffer from demented dialogues as Return to the Castle or the overly dramatic gorey atmosphere of the new wolfensteins. It's a simple Indiana jones style game all about stopping nazis from creating weapons off of made up magical artefacts.
    - The gameplay is great and the head bob everyone is complaining about... hours unto the game and you will forget all about it. Missions are just as memorable and beautiful as in the RtCW and they are now accessible through a "hub" village in which you will be spending a lot of time exploring it's secrets and making new friends with the locals.
    - A lot of the secrets, and fun, of this title comes with the new mechanic of switching between our and alternate dimension, where you can walk through certain walls or climb them and thus surprising enemies. You will get many new weapons and 3 special abilities like slow down time, explosive ammunition and bullet shield that can be activated in the alternate dimension. You can also spend treasures you find on weapon upgrades, which makes you want to look for them. (Not a fan of making people to collect collectables, but in this game I don't mind it, for some reason.)

    My only problem with this game is that it lacks the sneaky peaky levels that were so great in RtCW and that the silencer does not always work as some encounters are coded to trigger whether you kill the guy silently or not.

    Too bad you cannot buy it anymore.
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  3. KaarlS
    Aug 23, 2009
    9
    I enjoyed this game a lot for my PC. The guns were all great and rewarded the player with satisfying kills. The sounds are done perfectly and I enjoyed this game a lot for my PC. The guns were all great and rewarded the player with satisfying kills. The sounds are done perfectly and create an intense environment in a heated battle. If you enjoy FPS games then you must give this game a play through, it's not revolutionary but it's still a very solid and entertaining shooter. Expand
  4. AustinS
    Aug 24, 2009
    8
    What most people dont understand about Wolfenstein is that it doesnt do what most games now a days, which is try to bring multiple genres What most people dont understand about Wolfenstein is that it doesnt do what most games now a days, which is try to bring multiple genres into one game, while ignoring key game play elements which ultimately result in a bad game. Smart move by Raven Software, who decided to go back to Wolf's routes, and focus on good strong gameplay rather than countless new elements that would otherwise drown a solid fps. OBVIOUSLY the game is going to seem similar to COD: WAW, because not only do both games take place during the same time period, but theyre both published by Activision. OBVIOUSLY Activision is going to be smart and use elements that work in one game to develop another. Isnt that what Bethesda did with Fallout 3? Anyways, back to the game itself...Graphics are slightly dated, but still look great on new hardware; game play is fierce especially in the latter stages of the game; upgrade and veil elements are a welcome plus (maybe the game wouldnt be so green if you knew how to properly play an fps...). Unfortunately, common complaints are as usual. Bad ai, terrible save point system, minimal setting variety, but none of which paralyze the game too drastically, though. The only thing i wish they would have added were more upgrades/weapons and side missions to flesh out more of the story line/setting. All in all, Wolfenstien is a game im happy to say ill play a few times through before i get bored of the SP. And if the MP is anything like its predecessors, its safe to say Wolfenstien will be on my HDD for a very long time. Expand
  5. Dec 19, 2013
    7
    After playing through the game (and I didn't have to force myself to beat it like some modern day sequels that end in 3), I can say that thisAfter playing through the game (and I didn't have to force myself to beat it like some modern day sequels that end in 3), I can say that this game is getting really unfairly bashed by many people, and I honestly am unsure why. It's not the best, but it was by no means a bad game.

    Story: 6
    Just above average, many holes or "just roll with it" moments. Not the worst plot ever, though overdone.

    Graphics/Audio: 6-8
    Im honestly not sure how to rate this, as I cant vividly remember what other games of the time looked like, however even compared to today I don't find the graphics to be bad. Audio reached its pinnacle already, at least to people like me who aren't audiophiles, and this game has decent audio selection while being on par in recording quality.

    Gameplay: 8
    Other than the roller coaster of a difficulty curve, enemies with impenetrable shields in narrow hallways in the second mission when shield penetration is the last power you get, I actually somewhat enjoyed this aspect of the game.
    On the hardest difficulty, it takes about as many bullets to kill you as it takes to kill an enemy, so you don't feel like some god of a human, until you get powers that is, but that's good because it feels powerful then, not just like an added bonus to your gallery of over powered stuff.
    Nice reaction animations of enemies, neck shots actually have appropriate animations as opposed to head shots, however the ai for grunts as a whole is stupid, and only super powered enemies possess the self preservation needed to so much as evade a grenade at their feet they are fully aware of.

    Overall: 7
    If you ever find it on sale somewhere(I believe steam has pulled it down now due to some sort of multiplayer failure) it isn't a bad game to burn through in a weekend. Is it memorable or "required playing"? Not really, but its fun enough, and that's really all I ask of a FPS these days.
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  6. Apr 21, 2020
    6
    The idea with a hub-system, that forces you to run through the same areas and kill the same enemies time and again, is just ridiculous. ApartThe idea with a hub-system, that forces you to run through the same areas and kill the same enemies time and again, is just ridiculous. Apart from that, Wolfenstein 2009 does what you´ve come to expect from ID Software in later years - it delivers good, non-stop action, without bringing anything new to the table. Expand
  7. rivrs
    Nov 28, 2009
    0
    The game was unfinished, no support, no mp fixes, no communication... its dead on arrival. idsoftware has fallen to their lowest with no The game was unfinished, no support, no mp fixes, no communication... its dead on arrival. idsoftware has fallen to their lowest with no attempt made to fix this sorry excuse. Activision has just gotten to big and really the worst publisher at this point. Expand

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