Release Date: Out Now
Players: 1, 2-12 players online
Wolfenstein is the sequel to the PC/Xbox & PS2 shooter, Return to Castle Wolfenstein. It’s an unbelievable eight years since its release and Wolfenstein is a welcome return to the series. In a market flooded with serious shooters, some supernatural Nazi action is surely what we have been waiting for.
BJ soon discovers the Thule Medallion, which enables him to enter the supernatural Veil dimension. Once in there BJ will be able to move through portals and climb ladders that would otherwise be invisible and unavailable to use. Later, there are Veil upgrades available to the medallion (there are four in total) which will provide additional abilities; Veil Sight (enter into the Veil dimension), Mire (slows time down), Veil Shield (kinda speaks for itself!) and Empower (enhances weapon power.)
Wolfenstein is heavily story-driven, which is no bad thing, but when you get back to the central map, you spend a while talking to NPCs as the story is moved forward and you're given new objectives. Some may argue that this slows the action down (given this is essentially a FPS), and at first it does seem that way. But as the game progresses the story draws you in and you’ll want to get every bit of information from your allies, and find all the collectible “intel”. The first impression of a dialogue-heavy game disappears and the focus remains firmly fixed on the action. BJ sounds a bit like George Clooney but it’s a pity that most of the other voice acting is so bad, whether this is deliberate or not, it’s just plain terrible, with cringeworthy German accents the order of the day.
Anyone who played Return to Castle Wolfenstein in its various forms on various formats will immediately feel familiar with the weapons, which feel weighty and effective at taking down the Hun, either human or otherwise! The MP43 is especially effective and, apart from the odd long range snipe with the Kar98 or necessary use of a paranormally developed weapon, is clearly the weapon of choice and one can pretty much get through the whole game without using much else. It’s a pity, as the less conventional weapons such as the Particle Cannon are useful in their own right. However, ammo for the MP40 and MP43 is plentiful whereas ammo for the Particle Cannon, Tesla Gun etc is less so. As a result you tend to be more conservative with their use and in the main simply opt for the very effective MP43. The flamethrower is nicely implemented and is very useful at close range.
The game itself looks terrific and sounds excellent too, both effects and the music. The overall look is suitably atmospheric (particularly the switch to the Veil dimension) and the character animations are good, with plenty of varied death animations from the numerous Nazis.
Gripes aside, the presentation, polish, gameplay, graphics and Paranormal Nazi theme is great and we all love to make “Fritz” eat knuckle sandwich and stick another one up Hitler. But overall adding weapons upgrades and an alternate dimension does nothing to stop the game feeling just a little bit dated—the whole supernatural alternate dimension-FPS thing has been done already this generation several times with Condemned, The Darkness, F.E.A.R., Prey etc… Nonetheless, Wolfenstein is a solid and worthy addition for first person shooter fans looking for something a little different to Call of Duty.
- Solid weapons which feel meaty and effective
- Great music and sound effects, nicely set the atmosphere
- Story well conceived and driven at a good pace
- Nazi Zombies!
- Single player campaign is over quickly
- Multiplayer doesn’t offer anything new
- Searching for gold to upgrade weapons
- Easy boss battles
- Terrible voice acting seems to have copied the accents from 'Allo 'Allo or Hogan's Heroes.