Return to Castle Wolfenstein (PC)

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Return to Castle Wolfenstein (PC)

It's been nearly a decade since Wolfenstein 3-D began the first-person shooter genre and at long last everyone's favourite Nazi basher, B J Blazkowicz...

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published 10/06/2006 | Boothegoose
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Pro Killing Nazi, cool graphics, mindless violence
Cons Shallow plot, too linear a plot, not very original

"Kill evil Nazi zombie scum!"

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

3d hardware Accelerator with 16Mb VRAM with full OpenGL support
Pentium 3 400 MHz processor or Athlon processor
English version of Windows 95/98/ME/NT4.0/2000/xp
128 Mb of Ram
16-bit high colour video mode
800 Mb of uncompressed hard disk space for game files plus 300 Mb for Windows swap file
A 100% Windows 95/98/Me/Nt4.0/2000/Xp compatible computer system including compatible 32-bit drivers for CD-ROM drive, video card, sound card and input card
DirectX 8.0a
100% DirectX 3.0 or higher compatible
Sound card and drivers
100% Microsoft compatible mouse/keyboard and drivers
Quad-speed CD-ROM drive

Multiplayer requirements

Internet TCP/IP and LAN play supported
Internet play requires a 100% Windows 95/98/ME/NT 4.0/2000/XP
56.6 Kbps modem

RTCW is a first person shoot-them-up with the player battling the Nazis in an attempt to stop Heinrich Himmler and his minions from using their research into the supernatural and paranormal to win the War, ranging from zombies and ghosts, to hideous and utterly diabolical abominations from the research labs and of course, Nazi soldiers!

The game is in many ways like its predecessor, there are hidden treasure and artifacts to found which are scattered around the various levels, and the AI of the enemies is remarkable, kicking away grenades or indeed lobbing them back at you, and the AI is fully changeable dependent upon the difficulty setting and believe me you will notice a big difference, the enemy will make greater use of their armour and indeed with cover, crouching behind tables, walls etc. There is a wide selection of weapons, all original weapons from WW2, including Luger Pistol, a Sten machine gun, Panzer bazookas, flamethrowers, stick grenades etc and this helps to add to the authenticity of the game. The graphics are nothing short of astounding, the German uniforms are replicated to minute detail, with the helmets and lapels carefully detailed.

One criticism of the game is that it is very short, I completed in a rather paltry 7 and a half hours on the hard setting which was a bit of a let down. In addition there are some levels where you cannot be seen as this will result in the failure of the mission, and this rather than providing a challenge is actually just a pain in the arse and spoils the overall enjoyment of the game which is fast-paced and action-packed. However, the game does seem to have pretensions of being a well-thought and "intelligent" shooter, this is not the case. The levels in the game although change from Castle, to war-torn village to a medieval crypt etc they all have the same basic theme, that is, to blast your way from Point A to Point B, which is nothing more than a door which you have to walk through and that is the level complete. Though there is secrets to be found this seems to serve no real purpose other than to flesh out the game, although sometimes they may provide some ammo, generally the treasure is simply gold or artifacts which don't do anything, the player is not awarded secret footage or any other such extras. That said, the cut scenes in the game are very well-done, with good characterization and some excellent voice acting and-Watch out for the bosses! These guys are scary, and provide a big challenge.

In all, a semi-decent shooting game that is a thoroughly enjoyable albeit brain dead and clichéd title, and which should be really bought second-hand rather than anything else.

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  • emilne82 published 02/10/2006
    Its a good game, i still have the original
  • hewks published 28/09/2006
    Never played this, good review though xx
  • berlioz published 23/09/2006
    I have only ever played a demo of the original Wolfenstein, really more of a lighthearted Doom than anything else... I found it fun though... for a time... Berli
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It's been nearly a decade since Wolfenstein 3-D began the first-person shooter genre and at long last everyone's favourite Nazi basher, B J Blazkowicz, is back in Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Set during World War II, Return to Castle Wolfenstein finds the Nazis dabbling in the black arts in an effort to raise a demonic prince from the dead and create an army of uber soldats. Naturally, Blazkowicz is the only thing that can stop this supernatural onslaught, so he's set behind enemy lines in an effort to stop Himmler and his evil lieutenant Deaths Head. On the surface, the single-player game seems like pure gold--after all, everyone loves blowing away Nazis. The graphics look great and the catacomb levels are non-stop action as the armies of the undead are intent on sucking your brains out and serving them up on a nice bit of Melba toast. But it's not the longest game in the world and in the end does fall a little short of the standards set by titles such as Half-Life and Max Payne. In fact, the best thing about Return to Castle Wolfenstein is its team-based multiplayer mode. Each multiplayer adventure features Axis vs. Allies and both sides offer four character classes: engineer (removes obstacles), medic (heals and revives team-mates), lieutenant (calls in air strikes and replenishes ammo) and soldier (only class able to use sniper rifles, flamethrowers and other unusual weapons). The game includes only eight multiplayer maps, but they are all perfectly designed, and in order to be successful teams have to work together. The result is a great gaming experience that fans of Counter-Strike or the Day of Defeat mode for Half-Life will really appreciate. Graphically, Return to Castle Wolfenstein looks amazing. It uses the powerful Quake III engine to great effect and the character models, explosions and lighting effects are all perfectly done. --Jason Trebegger You are B.J. Blaskowitz, a bad-ass Army Ranger recruited into the Office of Secret Actions (OSA) tasked with escaping and then returning to Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to thwart Heinrich Himmler's occult and genetic experiments. Himmler believes himself to be a reincarnation of a 10th century dark prince, Henry the Fowler, also known as Heinrich. Through genetic engineering and the harnessing of occult powers, Himmler hopes to raise an unstoppable army to level the Allies once and for all. You must first escape from imprisonment in the castle to report the strange creatures and happenings in and around Wolfenstein to the OSA. Your mission takes a drastic turn as you learn the depth of Himmler's plans and what you must do to defeat the evil he has unleashed. This is what you have been trained for. Your surroundings will be dangerous and hostile. We are currently tracking activities believed to be associated with Himmler in locations throughout Germany including; villages overrun by the occult, hidden crypts, forests, air bases, secret weapons facilities, and genetic labs, to name only the few we are aware of. There are more, and you must find them. Failure is not an option. If Himmler succeeds, the war is over for the Allies... and the war is over for everyone.

Product Details

Age: 15+

Publisher: Activision

Genre: Shooter

Sub Genre: First Person Shooter

Release Date: 30th November 2001

EAN: 5030917014840; 5030917016004

Operating System: Windows 98 / NT / Me / XP / 95, No Operating System


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