Excerpt: Id Software didn’t develop the latest Wolfenstein, but the sequel to its genre-founding 1991 classic Wolfenstein 3D absolutely captures the meaning of the studio’s name: an impulsive, stimulating shooter full of gory, colorful, mindless gunplay. Wolfenstein embraces over-the-top action like a summer blockbuster movie. As U.S. super-operative B.J.
Pros: Elegant and destructive weaponry; well-animated enemies; bold use of color and visual effects.
Cons: Token multiplayer; pop-corn plot; familiar level design and shooter set pieces.
Conclusion: Concept: Disrupt another Nazi plan to harness occult powers
Graphics: Environments filled with paranormal activity make the absence of a haunting mood all the more noticeable
Sound: German soldiers kindly tell you when they are moving and reloading to help you kill them
Playability: Standard corridor shootouts and boss fights feel dated in comparison to modern FPS games
Entertainment: Solid controls let you tally high Nazi kill counts
Conclusion: Although short and a bit too easy, Wolfenstein is the game we were expecting to play, a title that adds just enough new elements to the franchise and definitely keeps us asking for more. Wolfenstein is intense and fast paced, it has a great story to give some sense to the frantic bullet blasting and it is, to put it short, a really awesome first person shooter. It could’ve been better – there’s no doubt about that – but what it delivers right now is value for your money.
Excerpt: Wolfenstein is the second sequel to the great-grandfather of the FPS franchise. Without Wolfenstein 3D, the FPS franchise would probably be completely different or just not as successful as it is today. While speculating 'what ifs' is fine, what matters here is just how well does this new entry to the Wolfenstein franchise stack-up against the ever mounting competition and its roots.
Excerpt: It's becoming a theme in this economy; “revitalizing existing IP”. What that means in layman's terms is, “Rather than taking a big financial risk on a new idea, let's dust off an old one and see if it'll still make money.” I mean how else can you explain all those the Star Wars: Battlefronts? Anyway, you can't blame a company for keeping a tight hold on the purse strings during a recession, and who's to say an incredible game can't be made from an old concept?
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 on world domination.
Summary: Most modern first-person shooters are so very serious. They feature a whole lot of brown environments and gruff characters, but never have enough archways into alternate universes. Well, if you're in the mood for an FPS with a glint in its figurative eye, Wolfenstein is a good way to stave off the forces of evil without the in-game grumpiness that usually accompanies such endeavors.
Pros: Fantastic boss fights, Dramatic battles, featuring plenty of blood, Solid online play offers lasting value, The guns are fun to shoot
Cons: Boring story told by mediocre-looking cutscenes, Inconsistent level of challenge, A bunch of little issues add up over time
Summary: At its heart, Wolfenstein is a classic corridor shooter with a few candy weapons and goofy powers mixed in. That’s about as far as it goes. Everything else, from level design to enemy AI and story, is as vanilla as can be. Wolf’s few half-hearted attempts to break out of its mold fall short.