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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.6
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.1
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.8
Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.9


Critic Reviews

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87
Game Chronicles (Aug 25, 2009)
Wolfenstein has perfectly positioned itself with a strategic release date where the game has no real competition. But when games like the new HALO and Modern Warfare show up I can see Wolfenstein slipping into obscurity, so act fast and get your copy today. Wolfenstein is an awesome blend of old-school memories and next-gen ideas assembled into a rewarding game experience you can’t afford to miss.
86
Hellbored (Aug 19, 2009)
To say I was surprised with the end product is an understatement – I thought many of the earlier videos of the title lacked polish and class. What has shipped out is something completely different. An engaging single player experience that offers plenty of replay value, and a multiplayer component that has tonnes of upgrades, ranks and the rest, meld together into a AAA title.
85
GameZone (Aug 18, 2009)
Wolfenstein for the Xbox 360 is riveting and thoroughly action-packed shooter that takes the series in a different and better direction. That said there are things that really would have made this a truly amazing title but with all this game has to offer you will be pleasantly surprised by this worthwhile FPS looking for a different kind of World War II shooter.
85
Kombo.com (Aug 25, 2009)
Wolfenstein is a good shooter. There are some missed opportunities and living too much in the past but don't let that ruin the fun parts of the game which outnumber the bad. There won't be any awards for innovation or turning the FPS genre on its head, but that won't matter when you are shooting super natural Nazis with WWII weaponry. Wolfenstein, in all of its hail of bullets, reminds us why shooters are fun to begin with.
83
Planet Xbox 360 (Sep 03, 2009)
Wolfenstein might not change the face of gaming this time around, but will grab hold of gamers looking for a solid FPS adventure. With classic enemy’s and guns combined with the paranormal, Wolfenstein conjures up something that will have you looking forward to picking up the controller again and again; a noble accessory this season to any Xbox 360.
80
411mania.com (Sep 19, 2009)
Wolfenstein has always been about one thing, killing Nazis. Wolfenstein on 360 and PS3 holds up this tradition of mindless fun, although it doesn’t do anything revolutionary. The multiplayer mode is a big letdown, and I have my doubts the community will stick around. With the exception of the bolt action rifle I felt that every gun in the game was both satisfying and fun to use. Without spoiling everything I will say that some of the guns get really over-the-top and are a real treat to use. My personal favorite is the flamethrower. While the graphics aren’t amazing it may be the best flamethrower I’ve used in an FPS in quite a while. So whether or not you get Wolfenstein depends on one thing, and that’s your ability to enjoy the single player. If you’re looking for a great multiplayer mode, then Wolfenstein is not for you.
80
UOL Jogos (Aug 21, 2009)
"Wolfenstein" continua com a tradição da franquia e apresenta uma aventura muito bem realizada, que envolve o jogador em sua campanha principal, mesmo com a história batida. Pena que os desenvolvedores não tenham dado a devida importância ao componente online, o que deixaria o título mais completo e fresco por mais tempo. Assim, é um jogo com prazo de validade, que apesar de competente, não deixa marcas profundas.
80
Giant Bomb (Aug 18, 2009)
It doesn't always look fantastic, which occasionally reminds you that this is a heavily modified version of the same technology that powered Doom 3. But the gameplay both online and off is solid enough to make Wolfenstein worth checking out if you're a shooter fan on the hunt for something new. It's familiar enough in spots, but the way the Veil powers function gives everything just enough of a tweak to feel exciting.
80
GamesRadar (Aug 18, 2009)
Spot-on Wolfenstein atmosphere combines with gleefully vicious weaponry to serve up a tasty smoothie of good old-fashioned Nazi-frying. It lacks in the new idea department, but it has fun aplenty.
80
GameSpy (Aug 18, 2009)
If you're into WWII shooters -- and judging by the sales of every single Call of Duty title ever, you are -- but you're looking for something with a little twist to it -- which, judging by the sales of twisty straws, you are -- and you don't mind the color green -- and judging by the number of Irish people in the world, you don't -- you should get yourself a copy of Wolfenstein. If, however, you're a straight-straw-drinkin', WWII-hatin', Englishman of some stripe or other, then go ahead and stick to other, less-awesome shooters.
80
Wolfenstein is a quality title most will enjoy. The solid shooter controls, interesting story, unique Veil mechanics, loads of hidden objects, and fine multiplayer give it legs. It isn't groundbreaking by any means, but it definitely aims to please.
80
GamePro (US) (Aug 19, 2009)
I did get to play some Objective maps which were far more interesting; this is the standard "one team defends, one team attacks" sort of deal, with staged objectives. The attacking team has to first build a thing that gives access to another thing that lets them take control of yet another thing and the defending team has to stop them. Again, it's nothing new but the weapons and powers are interesting enough that, if you put in the work, the reward is there. But it probably won't make you forget about Modern Warfare or Halo 3 or Killzone 2 or whatever online FPS you're currently hooked on.
79
Extreme Gamer (Jul 26, 2009)
Wolfenstein returns to rekindle a little of its Nazi killing magic in it's first next-generation offering. Not only does Wolfenstein recreate a little dab of this magic, its embraces the world of magic and the supernatural to give this old standard a fresh perspective. The new dimension of Nazi slaughtering weapons and powers turns Wolfenstein from your average run-of-the-mill shooter into something a little more. Like a few other classic franchises like Quake, and Doom, Wolfenstein struggles a little, but ultimately holds its own in a genre that has surpassed linear storytelling and simplistic shoot em’ up action. Wolfenstein might not be as wild as its 3D debut, but it can still give put a childlike grins on your face as you blow through the single player campaign and hit up a few multiplayer matches. This one is for the straight up shooter fans, nothing more, nothing less.
78
Gamer 2.0 (Aug 25, 2009)
Wolfenstein might not hold up to Call of Duty in terms of sales, but Activision’s other WWII shooter still has plenty of interesting ideas to please any fan. With powerful weapons at your disposal, supernatural powers with the help of The Veil, and plenty of eerie Nazi soldiers to kill, the fun never stops. The multiplayer feels like a letdown mostly in part to the lack of more modes and options, but there is still plenty to enjoy with what is available. Wolfenstein could have used a bit more polish in some of the rougher areas, but what is left is still incredibly entertaining.
77
TeamXbox (Aug 18, 2009)
While Wolfenstein is solid at its foundation, the upper floors are a bit shaky due to its PC breeding and some of the conceptual choices made in the gameplay’s architecture. Had the visuals been taken up a notch, and if B.J. would have been a bit more of a bystander in the Veil portions, Wolfenstein could have been one of the elites. But as it sits, Wolfenstein is a solid shooter that fans of its predecessors will enjoy. Those gamers into the more omnipotent style of player-character should also give Wolfenstein a hard look.
76
XboxAchievements (Sep 10, 2009)
Wolfenstein's Veil powers and the pseudo-sandbox city of Isenstadt make the game an entertaining ride, though poor AI and frustrating bosses hold it back from greatness.
75
Jeux Vidéo Network (Aug 28, 2009)
Sans être le FPS du siècle, Wolfenstein surprend agréablement. Son ambiance imprégnée de second degré et ses combats sans finesse mais défoulants en font un titre agréable à parcourir. Pas révolutionnaire certes, mais attachant.
75
Good Game (Aug 31, 2009)
All in all it’s a pretty decent game with a nice score and some great sound design too...which doesn’t carry over to multiplayer unfortunately...which is only fun if you like hearing the same gun going off over and over again while shooting below giant coloured triangles...I quite liked the single player though Jung – I just can’t work out why it’s called “Wolfenstein”...I mean...not much really resembles the old classic..
75
Gamer Limit (Aug 29, 2009)
Wolfenstein is a great singleplayer game, bolstering great bosses and an interesting story. But it doesn't satisfy the multiplayer desire many were expecting.
75
Gaming Age (Aug 26, 2009)
Basically, don't pick up Wolfenstein for the multiplayer, especially if you're hoping for some type of Return to Castle Wolfenstein experience out of it. It's fun, and worth checking out, but hardly competitive or well polished. Instead, you'll be buying this game primarily for the single player experience, which isn't without it's own set of faults, but still manages to be fun despite that. I enjoyed it even amidst all my griping, and I think FPS fans will get a kick out of it too. If nothing else, it helps close that gap between the major releases in the genre later this year, and it's certainly worth a rental or a possible purchase.
75
ActionTrip (Aug 24, 2009)
The noticeably well-conceived single-player, intense boss fights and a solid multiplayer keep this one in tact. Otherwise it's the usual action you can get from most FPS titles.
75
Gamervision (Aug 25, 2009)
Wolfenstein comes so close to being a really good game, but just falls short. The fact that it came near its former greatness is almost more disappointing than if it had been terrible; with a few original ideas, this could have been the must-have shooter of the summer. Instead, Wolfenstein offers a weekend or so of entertainment, but will quickly be forgotten in the onslaught of triple-A titles coming later this year. There was definitely something comforting about returning to that castle, but nostalgia alone is not enough to make Wolfenstein worth a purchase.
75
Vandal Online (Sep 01, 2009)
Sin duda nos encontramos ante un buen título, que cumple en todos los apartados y además resulta muy divertido, pero que cuenta en su contra con tener demasiados rivales de altura, algo que para ser justos no es culpa suya. Un juego recomendable para los más fanáticos del género que seguro se divertirán de lo lindo pese a sus carencias, que son no destacar notablemente en nada y resultar demasiado genérico y repetitivo, algo que llevando el nombre de una saga tan mítica es menos perdonable, pero que una vez al mando y cuando peguemos cuatro tiros nos olvidaremos y disfrutaremos, un buen aperitivo para ir calentando para la prometedora campaña de juegos que en otoño e invierno nos espera.
75
Everyeye.it (Aug 28, 2009)
Wolfenstein, pur senza eccellere, riesce a ritagliarsi un personalissimo spazio nel marasma di shooter in prima persona presenti al momento sul mercato. I fattori concorrenti alla sua valutazione sono però contrastanti (rispetto alle aspettative) e ci hanno lasciati spiazzati: una divertente e longeva campagna single player riesce a mantenere costante l’attenzione e l’interesse del giocatore, risultando più attraente del comparto multiplayer, forse fin troppo sicuro di poggiare su solide basi. Il verdetto è, in definitiva, più che discreto: un’ottima alternativa alla costante mancanza d’azione estiva, in attesa del più prolifico periodo autunnale.
75
1UP (Aug 20, 2009)
Wolfenstein's plot is little more than an excuse for you to revisit the titular Wolfenstein castle and cause unnecessary mass destruction, but even without the added magical powers, Wolfenstein is built on a solid foundation and packed with hectic action. The game's "summer movie" aesthetic and well-rounded multiplayer make it an enjoyable alternative to the otherwise straightforward Nazi-killing genre. Shooting occult-powered bullets through a dimensional barrier? That's just for fun.
75
GameSpot (Aug 18, 2009)
Wolfenstein proves that even as first-person shooters progress, there is still plenty of room for traditional shooting unhindered by modern frills. Big bosses, crazy weapons, and exciting scripted firefights are the focal point of this nutty tale. It's also an ample one if you take on all the side missions and scour environments for intelligence, hidden tomes, and secret money stashes. Yet while it's pleasingly old-fashioned, the unimpressive AI, aging technology, and general lack of refinement make this sequel feel like a missed opportunity. But there are enough great battles here to keep you entertained, so while Wolfenstein may be the video game equivalent of a B movie, it's the kind of mindless merriment that shooter fans can get behind.
75
GamersGlobal (Aug 27, 2009)
Wolfenstein bietet veraltete Technik und auch spielerisch nichts sonderlich Neues, macht aber auf eigentümliche Weise dennoch einen Heidenspaß! Die KI und auch der künstlich in die Länge gezogene Spielverlauf sind große Kritikpunkte. Doch wer auf einen unkomplizierten Shooter mit skurrilen Waffen und Gegnern steht, der wird mit Wolfenstein auf jeden Fall keinen Fehlkauf machen.
73
IGN (Aug 18, 2009)
With almost a decade between installments, it's impossible to argue that id is trying to milk the Wolfenstein license. Yet this also means that a lot of evolution has gone on in the genre. It's admirable that Raven Software recognized this with Wolfenstein, but you can't help but wish that they developed the kernel of the ideas in this game into something more. As it is, this new Wolfenstein comes off as an engaging, though otherwise forgettable, shooter.
72
Speaking of strategy, Wolfenstein is in dire need of a new one. Grinding through waves of predictable enemies in corridors is no way to pay homage to the franchise’s unquestioned legacy in the genre.
71
Retro Gamer (Oct 06, 2009)
Wolfenstein doesn't do anything wrong, but it doesn't do anything great either. The Veil world and central hub are nice touches, but I was hoping for more. It's polished enough and the sound is brilliant, but I'll be sticking with the PSN version of the original.
71
4Players.de (Aug 27, 2009)
Hach, das tut mal gut! Keine Schleicheinlagen, keine Deckung, keine Lüftungsschächte und keine wehenden Stars and Stripes bei traurigen Trompeten-Soli. Wolfenstein ist erfrischend simple Shooteraction mit viel Offensiv-Krawumms im Stile von Serious Sam: Scheiß auf die Ballistik, Standardegner gehen auch nach einem Treffer aus gefühlten zwei Kilometern zuverlässig zu Boden - ja, es ist hohl, aber auf fröhliche Weise hohl. Aber dieser Segen ist natürlich auch gleichzeitig Fluch: Wolfenstein ist ein reiner Shooter ohne weitere Ansprüche, mit dumpfer Gegner-KI und einer Story, die bestenfalls nicht der Rede wert ist - das mag mittlerweile vielleicht zu wenig sein. Davon abgesehen haben es die Entwickler meiner Meinung nach auch mit der Schleier-Stärke übertrieben: Das Ding zu verlassen ist eigentlich kaum mal nötig, es bietet viel zu viele offensichtliche Vorteile.
71
XGN (Aug 28, 2009)
Wolfenstein is niet dé shooter van dit jaar wegens teveel gebreken. Toch heeft de game ook pluspunten zoals een leuke mix van wapens met de mogelijkheden van de medaillon. Daarom is Wolfenstein een prima tussendoortje.
70
Totally Gaming Network (Sep 01, 2009)
Overall, Wolfenstein is a competent shooter. It doesn’t really do anything to break the mold, however, there are definitely some fun moments and you should enjoy going through the campaign. The difficulty curve seems to be pretty good and shouldn’t frustrate gamers who don’t have much experience in this genre. It also came out at the perfect time before any of the really big shooters hit the market. I would definitely reccommend giving this game a try although you might want to rent it first to see whether you like it or not.
70
Gamer.nl (Aug 21, 2009)
Bij Wolfenstein hink je constant op twee gedachten. Soms biedt het spel zoveel nazi’s en vuurkracht dat je even vergeet dat de Tweede Wereldoorlog allang voorbij is, op andere momenten zou je B.J. Blazkowicz het liefst zelf een kogel door zijn kop jagen nadat je voor de zoveelste door dezelfde straat in Isenstadt moet lopen. Toch kunnen we niet ontkennen dat we het grootste gedeelte van Wolfenstein met plezier hebben gespeeld. Een degelijke aanvulling op een klassieke serie.
70
GameDaily (Aug 27, 2009)
Ultimately, Wolfenstein is a decent shooter full of explosions, machine guns and plenty of drama. Just don't expect it to wow you.
67
Game Shark (Sep 02, 2009)
In the end this is a by the numbers shooter with slick graphics, and ample opportunity to shoot supercharged Nazis. It's not going to win any awards but it's worth checking out if you’re looking for a weekend to pass the time shooting everyone's favorite bad guys.
65
Good Game (Aug 31, 2009)
the production values are high here, but the funky weapons weren’t really enough for me to get over the fact it’s still a WW2 game about Nazis, and I’m all Nazi’ed out Baj, 6.5/10 from me.
60
Gameblog.fr (Aug 28, 2009)
Malgré une certaine déception côté originalité, Wolfenstein est un FPS solide et distrayant. Bien réalisé, malgré quelques bugs de script et imperfections graphiques, il offre de quoi s'amuser environ 7 à 12h selon votre niveau et votre patience : trouver chaque indice caché peut vraiment prendre du temps. Dommage que Raven rate le coche. On sent que ce titre tente d'innover sans jamais vraiment y parvenir complètement.
60
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Aug 18, 2009)
Sammanfattningsvis är Wolfenstein är ett virrigt spel som inte vilket ben det ska stå på, och som inte riktigt vet om det vill vara gammaldags och retro-kitchigt eller nymodigt och tidsenligt. Blandningen känns ofta märklig och trots stabil spelkontroll och god miljövariation lyfter aldrig riktigt Ravens spel. Vissa av banorna är riktigt underhållande dock och här finns ett par vapen som jag verkligen gillar (plasmageväret som förvandlar nazister till skelett på en millisekund är extra stenhårt). I slutändan är BJ:s senaste insats en besvikelse som inte lyckas leva upp till den höga standard som Return to Castle Wolfenstein satte...
60
Blend Games (Aug 23, 2009)
Despite all this, I'm left craving a sequel. The sci-fi/historical premise still interests me and the franchise has had more hits than misses in its lifetime. However, players who have never experienced Wolfenstein before this game will probably be wary of future installments and I can't blame them. This one just wasn't up to snuff. The multiplayer barely justifies its existence and the single-player fails to offer up any fresh ideas. This franchise was on the ball earlier this decade with Return and Enemy Territory but it's now fallen behind its competition.
60
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Aug 21, 2009)
With only genre basics in its bag of tricks, and hobbled at every turn by clumsy implementation, in a gaming landscape that already offers Battlefield 1943 and Call of Duty: World at War's Nazi Zombies mode, Wolfenstein's bargain basement charms are of limited appeal.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Aug 28, 2009)
Pas franchement fabuleux, Wolfenstein est loin de pouvoir tenir tête à une concurrence devenue véritablement féroce dans le domaine du FPS. Celui par qui tout a commencé aura donc bien du mal à se trouver une petite place sur nos étagères déjà soumises à rude épreuve. Bourrin au possible, le bébé de Raven nous offre un gameplay primaire malheureusment plombé par une structure bancale, par une mise en scène fadasse et par une réalisation décevante. On regrette également le manque de soin apporté au multijoueur, franchement rachitique.
50
VideogameUK (Jan 20, 2010)
It is a shame to see a game that held such great promise fail to meet our expectations. If only the developers would have kept some of the original charm and built upon that, rather than trying to bridge the gap between old-school and modern gaming.
50
Thunderbolt Games (Aug 16, 2010)
While playing through the game, I couldn’t help but feel like it was constantly taking a step forward and then a step back. The weapons are very good, but combat becomes tedious. The Veil is an interesting concept, but executed poorly since it doesn’t really evolve past abilities that we’ve come to expect from games at this point. Boss battles, a series staple, range from being humdrum to controller-throw inducing. For everything that Wolfenstein does right, it does another thing wrong – many times painfully so. Series veterans will get something out of it thanks to some obligatory references to the past and cameos from series villains, but most will find this a boring, shallow experience.
50
Teletext (2009)
The Wolfenstein series has never felt older than in this unambitious and workmanlike sequel.
40
Gaming since 198x (Nov 23, 2009)
Il n'y a pas de secret: si j'ai mis trois mois à me motiver pour terminer cet épisode de Wolfenstein (et que je n'ai pas hésité une seule seconde à interrompre ma partie en cours pour faire Arkham Asylum à la place - 2 fois), c'est tout simplement parce qu'il est ennuyeux, rébarbatif, et d'un clacissisme convenu de bout en bout. Alors certes, ce n'est pas épouvantable, mais c'est franchement médiocre et le multi catastrophique n'inspire pas la sympathie. Pour un Wolfenstein on était décemment en droit d'en attendre plus.


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