Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

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Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is a multiplayer spin-off to Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

In this game, two teams battle each other through a series of three missions that make up a single campaign. There are two campaigns: North Africa and Northern Europe. Within a mission there are objectives that must be completed by each team. These are as varied as escorting tanks, building bridges, stealing gold, or blowing up fuel dumps. Each player picks a character class, such as engineer, soldier, field ops, or covert ops, and then makes use of that class's special abilities, class-specific weapons, and inventory items.

There are two new character classes: Covert Operative class is best suited to gathering intelligence and launching silent attacks on the enemy. Able to steal uniforms from dead enemy players and use these to infiltrate the enemy base, passing through team doors normally reserved for the opposition. Also he has a selection of silenced weapons to choose from and special inventory items, such as his binoculars, which allow him to report the location of enemy defenses to his teammates.

The Engineer is similar to the one in Return to Castle Wolfenstein, except that he is now more central to the completion of mission objectives, often being required to construct a bridge, deploy a command post, or repair a tank. He is also able to establish base defenses by placing land mines and can use rifle grenades to launch long-range attacks on the enemy.

A new game mode, Last Man Standing, is played on one map at a time, with two teams of players fighting to overcome the enemy through sheer force alone. Each team spawns in a different area of the map and then must use the spread of weapons and abilities that are available to them to kill everyone on the opposing team. The last team standing is declared victorious. The mode is played in rounds, with the overall winner determined by the number of rounds won. Both team play and individual skill having a significant bearing on the outcome.


Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Windows One of the main differences between R.T.C.W.'s multiplayer mode and E.T. is the covert ops class. A player of this class can steal enemy uniforms and appear to the enemy like one of their own.
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Windows The small graph on the right is the so called "lagometer". The green line shows the player's ping, while the blue one represents the game events.
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Windows Spectators can watch all the action -- or just the scenery -- from afar
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Windows While the level is loading, you can read the overview and see what features of the server are running.

Alternate Titles

  • "ET" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

It's free! Windows The Holy Moly (21)
Great, free multiplayer game Windows Ajan (262)

Critic Reviews

Abandonia Reloaded Windows May 20, 2005 4.8 out of 5 96
Freegame.cz Windows May 06, 2005 96 out of 100 96
FiringSquad Windows Jun 25, 2003 96 out of 100 96
Gamesdog Windows Nov 11, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Windows Jun 03, 2003 8.7 out of 10 87
Games4Mac Macintosh 2005 86 out of 100 86
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 2003 83 out of 100 83
PC Gamer Windows Sep, 2003 83 out of 100 83
Joystick (French) Windows Sep, 2003 8 out of 10 80
PC Zone Benelux Windows Jul, 2003 75 out of 100 75


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1001 Video Games

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Enemy Territory was originally an expansion pack to Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and was to feature both the multiplayer modes and a new single player campaign. However, Activision and Id cancelled the project, but decided to upload the multiplayer modes by Splash Damage as an free download to thank fans for their support.

Macintosh version

The original Macintosh version is based on the 2.60 build.


Enemy Territory has a reference to the original Wolfenstein 3D. In that game, there was a morse code hidden in the episode three music. Enemy Territory brings that easter egg back to life as a radio morse code was included as well. To find it quickly, open pak0.pk3 with a program like PakExplorer and extract radio.wav. When translated, the message reads: “Splashdamage rocks your socks”. Splash Damage is the name of the developer.

Source code release

On January 28, 2004, Activision released the source code, which provides the modding teams with much more freedom.


  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – PC Multiplayer Game of the Year
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