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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: 61 out of 105
  2. Negative: 14 out of 105
  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. AbdullahS.
    Aug 24, 2009
    9
    I dont normally like WW II shooters but believe me when i say that this game is a blast. As Jae Q said the SP is phenomnal. On the low side, I dont normally like WW II shooters but believe me when i say that this game is a blast. As Jae Q said the SP is phenomnal. On the low side, the graphics are bit outdated but still nice. I found MP a bit lacking... But if you want a good SP experience dun miss this one. Expand
  3. AdenC
    Sep 20, 2009
    9
    This game was brilliant, it wasn't revolutionary or packed with the most intense storylines ever seen, but then who said every game must This game was brilliant, it wasn't revolutionary or packed with the most intense storylines ever seen, but then who said every game must have that. It seems too many people reviewing games have a checklist like the one below:: Graphics: Good Sound: Good Story: Good Cinematics: Good Gameplay: Rubbish Overall: Good Excuse my example above but a game is more than a sum of its parts. This game is a look back at how action packed first person shooters used to be, atmospheric, intense, hardcore, fun and not taking themselves too seriously. It seems if Half-life 1 was released today people would give it really bad reviews because they wouldn't find it 'groundbreaking' enough. This game has a beautiful engine that is not overcrowded, cumbersome and detrimental to gameplay. The game has a beautiful array of weapons, powers and Nazi's with a death wish. The enemies are fun to fight and the game itself is very immersive. Too many FPS games around these days cater for the console market and are dumbed down, this however is an example of a classic shooter that I will remember fondly, sadly I can't say the same for alot of the rubbish thats around today. In conclusion support the few people who still make games with the hardcore dedicated fans in mind and buy this game now!!! p.s. if you dont like first person shooters don't buy them and don't review them giving good games a bad score please. Expand
  4. Sep 5, 2011
    8
    I'm going to be honest here. Wolfenstein isn't perfect, but for fans of the original games and gamers who want a break from the standardI'm going to be honest here. Wolfenstein isn't perfect, but for fans of the original games and gamers who want a break from the standard shooters, Wolfenstein is the game to buy. The multiplayer is alright, but singleplayer is where the action is. Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2016
    7
    The problem is that I've never played previous games in the series so I really don't know why the iriginal or Return to Castle was so praised.The problem is that I've never played previous games in the series so I really don't know why the iriginal or Return to Castle was so praised. On the other hand, I played other id Software and Raven Software games, like Doom 1, Doom 2, Doom 3, the Quake games etc. so I was really excited about this game and I just had to try it out.

    I noticed the graphics first and I found them to be pretty good, even though the game uses an old id Tech 4 Engine. Wolfenstein actually looks better than many shooters from that era, including Medal of Honor: Airborne and F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. The other thing I was impressed with is the non-linear level progression. The game gives you options, which missions you'd like to do first and which later. There are also many optional side mission. Of course, most of the time you'll be killing Nazis, but there are also many other creatures around, like robots etc. You can also use special powers like night vision and "super shield", which can be fun to play with, but more about these things in the second paragraph. There are many different weapons in this game, for which you can buy upgrades and ammo. Some of these weapons are really cool, like the Tesla gun, but some are ridiculous. The story isn't anything special, but at least there is a story, which is a big step up from, let's say, Far Cry 2.

    On the other hand, the game becomes repetitive because, even though there are tons of different weapons (you will be using only one or two of them most of the time though, probably the MP40 and MP43) and different locations and sometimes different enemies, you can't escape the feeling that it is all just so "nothing special". The game does not feature anything you haven't seen or experienced before. I mean, the story is unbelievably uninspired, super weapons are stolen from F.E.A.R., Doom and Quake. Locations are solid and the town of Isenstadt is well made, but the maps are too small and there is too much loading time between areas. Like I mentioned before, there are also special powers on disposal, but again, the system isn't well made and you can basically use night vision (in the game it's called the veil) all the time which kills the immersion. There are also boss fights and some of them are really hard, which is strange, because the game is in general very easy to play.

    Because of all the things mentioned in the second paragraph, I was a bit disappointed with Wolfenstein. I'm not saying it's a bad game, it's pretty fun to play and most of all, I like the non-linear mission progress, but it could have been much more. After so highly praised Return to Castle Wolfenstein, this must have come as a disappointment to many but nevertheless, I enjoyed it as much as I could.
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  6. s60
    Dec 23, 2010
    6
    To start off with the DRM is very picky about whether it will run or not, took a while to get it to just be able to run, this game was notTo start off with the DRM is very picky about whether it will run or not, took a while to get it to just be able to run, this game was not nearly as fun as the original wolfenstein, the missions were ok but to get to each you have to go through the main town killing the enemies there which I am certain exist solely for the purpose of making the game take longer so they could say the game length was longer, it does not add anything to the gameplay, if the town section was removed it would be a pretty decent game 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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