Excerpt: Those of you who were into computer gaming in the early 90s undoubtedly played Wolfenstein 3D. This game was responsible for launching the first person shooter genre and so holds a hallowed place in the annals of computer gaming. Now id and Activision have teamed up to bring you a new chapter in the Wolfenstein saga, updated with cutting edge graphics and a brand new storyline.
Excerpt: After long 9 years of waiting is Wolfenstein back! Yeah it's true :) Return to Castle Wolfenstein (RTCW) is the reincarnation of Wolfenstein 3D. For those who don't remember (Shame on you!), in Wolfenstein 3D agent B.J. Blazkowicz must escape from Nazi imprisonment and stop the Nazi war machine. Now this guy is back in the action killing mutants, undead and nazis and the missions are much tougher! Why undead?
Excerpt: The legendary Wolfenstein series has finally made it to the Xbox. Its predecessor, Wolfenstein 3-D, was the first first-person shooter video game ever released. Now Xbox owners can finally play what PC gamers have been playing since it was released in 2001. But Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War isnt just a port from the PC version. Id Software has totally revamped Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and optimized it especially for the Xbox.
Excerpt: You are B.J. Blazkowicz, a highly decorated Army Ranger Recruited into the Office of Secret Actions(OSA), tasked with escaping and then returning to Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to thwart Heinrich Himmler's occult and genetic experiments. Himmler believes himself to be the reincarnation of a 10th century dark prince, Henry the Fowler, also known as Heinrich. Through genetic engineering and the harnessing of occult powers.
Pros: Great Multiplay With Predefined Voice Chat Command, Offering Free Stand-Alone Expansion Pack, Unique Class System, Ton of Maps & Mods by Users
Conclusion: Return to Castle Wolfenstein must really be looked at as two separate games. If I were to grade the single player out of five then it would receive 2½ because of the lack of visual clues. However the multiplayer side of the game would receive an excellent 5 as it is superb. This is how a total score of 7½ was arrived at. If multiplayer is your thing then the game is a must buy. If you like both elements then the game is still recommended.
Excerpt: Pop quiz, hot shot: you have just been dropped in the middle of a battle seen from WWII. Thompson sub machineguns rattle of rounds mortars fire and panzerfausts being shot in your direction and you have two decisions to make. What side will you fight for, and which role will you play to help lead your team to victory?
Excerpt: Those of us who were into gaming in the early 1990s will remember Wolfenstein 3D with a great deal of affection. Very similar to Doom (hardly surprising, given that both games came from the stable of Id), the game revolved around gunning down Nazis as one made one’s escape from, you guessed it, Castle Wolfenstein.
Conclusion: What RTCW has that earlier id-developed FPS games were missing is a decent storyline, which play out like some type of Indiana Jones/X-File hybrid. Most recent FPS games have given gamers want an involved story to shoot their way through, at least on the single-player side of the game. Look no further than Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Half-Life, Max Payne, and Halo as examples of that. You don't need a complex story to make a quality FPS, but it certainly doesn't hurt.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: RTCW is a great game and should definitely be played be FPS fans and gamers looking for something new on Live. The well told story and good gameplay mechanics make this a strong title that deserves a good playing session. Anyone interested in this title should give it a try.