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Wolfenstein Review: Your Game Gateway To Old School Wolfenstein

by: Finn Orfano ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Wolfenstein mixes Nazi intrigue and necromancy into a tale that provides this slightly-flawed action title with entertainment value that will keep you immersed in the action throughout the adventure. The level of the challenge in the game play does vary a bit and there are a few small issues.

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    The Fun Parts of Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein for the Playstation 3 takes you back to the Nazi and necromancy combination you remember from earlier editions of this action title. This sequel to 2001's Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a worthy addition to the outstanding entertainment of the original video game. You'll get to battle Nazi's with force fields and useful weapons that are all fun to use as B.J. Blaskowicz, once again. You'll fly around using jet packs in a historical science fiction setting that immerses your senses in a world of amazing environments. Explore the city of Isenstadt, while protecting the citizens of the city from the ravages of the Schutzstaffel, and preventing the Nazi's from using the time harnessing power of a mystical force they have unearthed. The trusty run and gun philosophy of Wolfenstein you remember, and all the fun you had playing the original video game is still here, only with a few entertaining editions.

    Wolfenstein has lots of dramatic battles, featuring enough blood and gore to keep the hardcore gamer delightfully happy for hours. You'll get to use a number of useful and well balanced guns during battle that are all fun to blow things away with and a few futuristic weapons that are even more fun to use.

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    The Parts of Wolfenstein That Need Improvement

    Wolfenstein immerses you in a unique world  

    The story line included with Wolfenstein isn't going to win any prizes for outstanding science fiction writing. There's no real substance or surprise to all the elements of the plot of Wolfenstein. The story is just a simple tale that's badly told using a series of poorly constructed cut scenes for the most part.

    The graphics presentation of Wolfenstein looks dated and old compared to the newer video games available for the Playstation 3. They included prerendered cut scenes that look compressed and facial animations are stiff and unnatural looking in motion. The mediocre quality of the cut scenes and rigid character models are a feature that wasn't included with Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

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    How Does Wolfenstein Look?

    Wolfenstein still has great environmental designs and special effects for all the weapons included. The variety of environments included with this video game is very good. You'll have trudge through sewers and battle on board a colossal Zeppelin that will get your attention and keep you engrossed in the action. The color palette and artistic vision is consistent throughout the adventure. Wolfenstein isn't as immersive as Playstation 3 video games like Drake's Fortune or Killzone 2.

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    Wolfenstein for the PS3Wolfenstein entertains you with action
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    How Does Wolfenstein Sound?

    The sound track included with Wolfenstein is perfect for creating the atmosphere and audible effect that it was designed to create. The sound effects of all the weapons and environmental sounds are all crisp, useful and entertaining to hear. The game gives you plenty of audible clues that can give you information designed to help you survive.

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    Do You Feel Like Playing Wolfenstein Again?

    Wolfenstein is a good run and gun shooter that will entertain the hardcore gamer who just wants to be immersed in the combat. Casual gamers who enjoy a good shooter will be entertained by the combat and game play as well. They didn't include a cover system with this title like the one you played in Call of Duty 4, so there's no peeking around corners or slinking in the shadows. You also won't be driving any vehicles as you explore the city and complete the missions to earn money. You can find bags of coins to spend, along with the money you earn, on upgrades for your weapons. The upgrades include the diminished recoil of your weapons and greater damage inflicted by your attacks. They did add an alternate reality called The Veil that you can enter that gives you a few other powers to use, which can also be upgraded. You can run faster, you can surround yourself with a bullet proof force shield and you can empower your bullets to do more damage and even pierce paranormal shields.

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    A Few Last Words About Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein is a capable shooter that will entertain both casual and hardcore gamers who like a good run and gun adventure. The story line doesn't add much to the adventure but the exaggerated and occasionally exhilarating spectacle of violence and mysticism will keep you immersed in the action.

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