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When this game got released it had really good graphics (it was even used as OpenGL benchmark by some people), and good gameplay that is still great to this day, mostly because of how simple the controls are. Maps are great, AI is good but what I really liked about the game is how you can undetected and be stealthy, really good game from beginning to end!
Return to Castle Wolfenstein is and remains one of the oldest and probably BEST war games with occult Nazi themes. Even today's day it'ss still convincing and by no means boring. Have spend countless hours having fun with it. The player slips into the role of the US agent B.J. Blazkowicz, who is to find out what the Germans are up to. During the game progress, he learns of Heinrich Himmler's occult plans: genetic experiments to create a surplus, which he tries to prevent throughout the game. Clear and thoughtless purchase recommendation for any fan of FPSs.
I only finished about the third of the singleplayer campaign. That part was everything commandos strike force should've been. Intense action with stealthy solutions, and a nice looking WW2 setting. What's not to love? Well, then came all the skeletons, and other weird stuff i really didn't care for. All the nice tactical shooting become a slower version of painkiller. Then again, the multiplayer is almost like an entirely different game. I used to play it on LAN parties, and i can say, this piece was ahead of it1s time. Think like team fortress 2, but not cartoony. All in all, a nice game, that i can recommend for anyone, but since the multiplayer is based on gamespy, expect to play only on LAN. Then again, it was a while, maybe it works through steam too....
Ah, the era of good old Quake 3-based shooters. There was quite a bunch of them, back in the day - Quake 3 Arena, Medal of Honor Allied Assault, Soldier of Fortune 2, etc. Thinking I was playing another typical WW2 shooter, I escaped prison, shot Nazis, investigated their activities, spied and then I got into the catacombs. I thought the Nazi soldiers were shooting me, so I dropped dynamite into the hole and got them wiped out. Then I went further, and something came from behind and cut me down. I saw what it was and quit the game for a month, to come in terms with the fact that I'd be playing a survival horror game. A month later I squeezed my jewels together and finished the game. It was a pretty impressive feat for a game back in 2001, being that immersive and scary. When I got it on Steam, I thought it would have aged badly. I was wrong and I'm looking forward for those cursed catacombs.
When I played Return to Castle Wolfenstein for the first time it was a perfect game - perfect graphics, perfect story, perfect gameplay. Did anything changed after so many years? Just a one thing - graphics won't impress anyone ;) Amazing atmosphere! It's one of legendary fps games, not so easy, but still not so hard, difficulty levels. They don't make games like this one anymore. Even if you never played Return to Castle Wolfenstein I'm sure you will enjoy it. This review is not some old gamer talking about how games were better before. This game is an example that games truly were amazing years ago and had something more besides fancy graphics. If I could choose a game which would be used to convince new and younger players that old doesn't mean bad - I would pick Return to Castle Wolfenstein without hesitation. If you call yourself a gamer you must play this game!
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