It is time for a review of a quite new game. Today I will focus on a new Wolfenstein game.
You like shooters? So you remember Wolfenstein 3D, the remake of Castle Wolfenstein (1981), which removed stealth and managing resources and put the base of the 1st person shooters? Yes, it is 22 years now from the release of Wolfenstein – the father of the 1st person shooters. And in fact this game’s influence is still strong and present in nowadays shooters. Funny, isn’t it? It took almost 10 years to get a new Wolfenstein. It was Return to Castle Wolfenstein from 2001. Then others came: Wolfenstein: Enemy territory (2003) and Wolfenstein (2009). The successors were a slight better or avarage games with focus on multiplayer. But I want a robust story, which can start up my imagination, in other words I am not interested in multiplayer, but in robust single player.
So what is new Wolfenstein trying to give us? Oh, it is a lot. After fiasco with Duken Nuken Forever, I was quite sceptic, if I will ever play a good oldschool 1st person shooter. But, believe it or not, it is here. Storyline starts when you wake up and find out that not Nagasaki was nuked, but Time Square. But you are B.J. Blazowicz and even 16 years in the madhouse you have ugly square face and muscle like Arnie in his best years. And what more, you have experience with such things. So as you see there is an alternate history build up from scratch. And we all do love alternate history, especially when it is connected to the World War II. The game design is perfect, the humour is on a high level and the creativity is not missing. The perfect graphics hand in hand with the alternate world, which is detailed and the storyline about the ancient artefacts made this a A game. In fact the storyline is like from a C grade movie, but authors of the game were able to server this story, including the Nazi concentrations camps, the US anti-nazi resistance together with romance and the straightforward shooter into one nice product, where the story is server in the RIGHT moment and by the RIGHT method. I think that even the best storyline games can be jealous. This is one part of puzzle. The next one is the brilliant future world (yes future as this is the another timeline), where the Nazi won the war by mastering the electricity and the science went another way than we know it. So you will be surprised that under the red flag there will be robotic dogs, robots and mad scientists marching. Don’t forget the super futuro-weapons.
The new ideas are server until the very last moment to the great finale. So you will not be bored at all. And if you are fan of the old school 1st person shooters, here it is. And we all do love shooting Nazis, don’t we? One thing to notice: Albert Speer was the Nazis main architect during WWII and he planned to build a magnificent huge building in Berlin. Checked the old pictures on google about it and compare to the corridors and places in this game. And that storyline….