Return to Castle Wolfenstein
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World War II rages and nations fall. SS head Himmler has Hitler's full backing to twist science and the occult into an army capable of annihilating the Allies once and for all. Battling alone, you're on an intense mission to pierce the black heart of the Third Reich and stop Himmler -- or die trying. Fighting in advanced team-based multiplayer mode, you'll wage your own WWII in an all-out Axis vs. Allies contest for frontline domination.
Powered by the Quake III Arena engine, the Wolfenstein universe explodes with the kind of epic environments, A.I., firepower and cinematic effects that only a game created by true masters can deliver. The dark reich's closing in. The time to act is now. Evil prevails when good men do nothing.
Intense Story-Driven Action
Big Screen Cinematic Effects
Team-Based Multiplayer Action
About the best this series has to offer to dateGmen | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all Gmen's reviews »
Although the game has “return” in the title, its proper intent was to be a remake of the first game by id Software, Wolfenstein 3D.
It uses a modified version of the Quake III: Team Arena engine, and it is quite obvious to those with a keen eye. As far as its looks, it’s not too bad – the effects such as explosions are particularly good. Being an old game you won’t be wowed by its rather evident lack of physics. This was released back in the day when the concept of ragdolling hadn’t even entered its infancy. This was in a time when unvaried death animations were still common.
Many of the sounds in the game were recycled from another game, Kingpin – a previous title by Gray Matter, then known as Xatrix. And it definitely has the same feel as said game in several ways. The music consists of a track or two that will instantly bring memories of the original flooding back.
The story is decent enough, and it is interesting to see enemies besides the Nazis come back. The Wolfenstein series, or at least Wolf 3D and Spear of Destiny, has always been centred around the bizarre and the supernatural, so RTCW definitely has a more fictional twist to it than its contemporaries such as Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. That might put some looking for a more true to life experience off. Then again on the other hand it might give those who have long since tired of the same factually correct WW II shooter some hope.
But that doesn’t necessarily save this game from being a bit of a slog – a standard run and gun action title when all is said and done. Yes, it’s definitely superior to its predecessors in the way that you have more varied mission types, and it isn’t all corridor shooting monotony, but even so somehow the game fails to be as tense or as fresh as the originals were back in their day and does become a tad boring after a while. It certainly isn't a game that I go back to very often, so after one or two playthroughs, the only option left would be the multiplayer, which was always the most popular feature of the game in any case.
This certainly is one of the better WW II shooters on the market, but it isn’t the best in my mind – not by a longshot.
One of the best first person shooters I've ever playedRaggzie | Oct. 31, 2013 | See all Raggzie's reviews »
I was given this game Christmas of 2001, the year of its release. I used to play the demo on a map called Beach. The battlefield was filled with people in the multipayer game mode. I had never experienced anything like it. Snipers, rocket launchers... medics that could revive fallen team mates, lieutenants that could drop ammo, and Engineers capable of blowing up doors and entire walls!
I played Return to Castle Wolfenstein with a group of friends and for some reason it never seemed to get old. Its a classic Axis vs Allies shooter that the community took over and developed hundreds of maps for.
Whether you are playing objective, or death match, or even a trickjump game mode, you can be assured the game will always surprise you.
The single player is also amazing. It is very immersible with a great story like and plot. Assume the role of an Allied soldier captured by the Axis powers and locked away beneath Castle Wolfenstein. Escape and defeat the evil horrors the Nazis are experimenting with.
There is still a strong player base in Multiplayer, and the Singleplayer alone makes this iconic game worth getting.
B.J. Blaskowicz is back more 3D than ever !JohnySVK | Aug. 2, 2013 | See all JohnySVK's reviews »
I don'like the monster-everywhere games but Wolfenstein is a legend so i played it and the game is, well it is pretty ussual fps with a lot of monsters no stealth lot of guns and a bit of fear. Build on CoD engine by some of the people who actually did CoD. Starts with B.J. in a locked cell taking down the guard and letting you kill all the Nazi's and there is a lot of them, trust me. You will see the results of Nazi's experiments through the war and a creature that was buried for really long time and your only mission is to return to castle Wolfenstein, kill the monster and as always save the world in the skin of agent B.J. Blaskowicz. P.S.:Gameplay is pretty average but till funny. :D