Wolfenstein is like a reboot and a continuation of the franchise all in one. BJ Blazkowicz is on a secret mission to once again stop the Nazi agenda. This time he’s sent to Isenstadt where the Nazis have uncovered an ancient relic. Amidst the standard Nazi plots, Wolfenstein takes on a sci-fi, occult twist filled with super Nazis, magic powers, monsters, and other crazy oddities. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s cheesy and campy in all the right ways.
Instead of following the Wolfenstein’s linear first-person shooter formula, the developers decided to give it a twist. Isenstadt serves as a central hub where Blazkowicz can take on missions, talk to NPCs, and even buy weapons and upgrades for his arsenal. The gameplay is solid, especially with the inclusion of magic powers like time manipulation. It’s a great open world experience, which is a nice change of pace, but it’s not without flaws. For example, the open world area evolves through taking missions, but the enemies keep spawning infinitely. While it encourages exploration, it’s more of a chore when Nazis never stop charging. And as for the multiplayer, well, it’s there to be blunt.
The best way to describe Wolfenstein’s looks would be rough. The color pallet can be mesmerizing when it comes to magic, but otherwise it’s a brown, dreary adventure. The character animations are weird, there are tons of glitches, and the load times are awful and frequent. The leaps the team made in trying to create a new Wolfenstein experience were admirable, but it’s sloppily put together. From the infinite Nazis, glitches, and repetitive missions it’s a mess. At the very least the story and voice acting are enough to keep players engaged in both good and bad ways.
Wolfenstein was a good effort to bring back this classic FPS. While the gameplay and story were entertaining, the flaws far outnumber the victories. Rough sure, but it’s not without merit for super fans. And for those just looking to kill a few Nazis in a Modern Warfare world, well, there are worse choices.
Score: 2/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on June 16, 2013 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.