Maybe it was the fact that people got to blow away Nazis. Maybe it was the sheer challenge of it all. For whatever reason, Wolfenstein 3D and Spear of Destiny, pioneered the first-person shooter genre and brought its legendary creators, id Software, worldwide notoriety and numerous awards.
User reviews: Very Positive (633 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 3, 1994

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Maybe it was the fact that people got to blow away Nazis. Maybe it was the sheer challenge of it all. For whatever reason, Wolfenstein 3D and Spear of Destiny, pioneered the first-person shooter genre and brought its legendary creators, id Software, worldwide notoriety and numerous awards. In fact, The Computer Gaming World Hall of Fame recognized Wolfenstein 3D as helping to shape the overall direction of the computer gaming industry.

System Requirements

    Minimum: A 100% Windows XP/Vista-compatible computer system

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96 of 113 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
you get to kill hitler
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41 of 50 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
A Excellent game... - Chef Excellence
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42 of 55 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
revolutionary, but i dont wanna be spending 30 hours killing my own people.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Another classic FPS game in the day. While Doom played a big role in cementing first-person shooters in video games, it was this game that helped start it. It really shows its age (then again, that's what source ports are for), but it doesn't change the fact that this game is an absolute classic that anyone who even claims to like FPS games should own. Know your roots.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Wolfenstein 3D is a pioneer that can be credited for inventing the first-person shooter genre.
go pay your respects to the game that started it all.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
A really fun classic FPS game. However, it is extremely outdated. This game is only for people who will appreciate and enjoy it's significance in the world of gaming, or aren't extremely picky about spectacular graphics.

I recommend this game because even though it is outdated, it has that great nostalgic value that retro games always have, which makes it really fun. Also, there are only a few things in the world I love more than dead Nazis.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I've played this game probably over 5000 hours total since I first booted it up on my grandparents IBM Compatible 486 with Turbo (88hz) using the floppy drive.

I spent countless hours over the summer playing it til my grandpa wanted to puke from being sea-sick with all my turning around and checking walls for hiddent passages and rooms. I remember he would draw maps of the rooms and mark where he found treasure and health etc. It was always thrilling finding dog food and ammo hidden behind a Hitler portrait or giant Swastika. I always knew something big was about to happen whenever the brick color changed from grey to red or blue.

The high quality 3D graphics are only surpassed by the excellent sound effects and soundtrack. I HIGHLY recommend this game.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
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mein leben ! /mein leben ! would mein leben ! again
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
♥♥♥♥ing love shooting nazis
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
This game defined the FPS (First Person Shooter) genre.

It has very addicting gameplay, and is definitely worth it if you buy the "Wolf Pack".

There is a bit of configuring you will have to do to make it playable on a modern computer/OS, but not much. All I really had to do is fix the resolution. I also recommend disabling the mouse, it plays best with just keys/buttons (unless you have a joystick).

If you're looking for something that has much more to offer but with the same kind of gameplay, I highly recommend DOOM ("Doom Classic Complete" on Steam).
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
The one and only.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
A brilliant classic
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Wolfenstein 3D is one of the earliest 3D FPS games ever made. You play as BJ Blazkowicz who is trapped in a Nazi prison and must escape through maze like environments. Through some unexplained reason he starts off with a pistol, which is fine considering the story is barely existent. This Steam version features the extra 3 prequel mission packs that double the amount of episodes from the base game. The prequel episodes are Episode 4-6 but I suggest starting off at Episode 1 since the prequel missions are significantly harder. There are four difficultly settings overall. The first two feature much less enemies so you will not be worrying that much about health or ammo and as a result make it feel more like a puzzle game. The other 2 feature tougher enemies and much more enemies occasionally placed in rather inconvenient areas. Both offer completely viable playstyles.

The gameplay feels more tactical than just running and gunning. A single well placed bullet can take up to 80% of your health and you will not be able to dodge since the game takes a realistic approach as to how fast bullets go through the air. So even the lowest of grunts can kill you if he has a faster trigger finger than you. Luckily they suffer the storm trooper effect of being unlikely to hit anything more than a couple of feet away and even if they manage to the bullet damage is decreased the further away you are. Which leads you to playing very carefully, scouting the area instead of simply rushing through hallways like a supersoilder. There is a 99 ammo limit which seems like a lot but all the weapons share the same ammunition which leads to more depth as you decide which of the 3 guns are best suited for each situation.

The 3 weapons are as follows, a starting pistol which is very effective close range but puts you in risk of a fatal shot, a submachine gun which is pretty solid in medium range but uses up more ammo and a chaingun that annihilates enemies but burns through precious ammunition quickly. There is also a weak knife that you won't be using except in the most dire of situations. You start off with 100% health and can be regenerated by multiple items including health packs, turkey legs, and dog food. It is a rather strange feeling when you are on the verge of death and are overjoyed to see dog food. Though the real joy comes when you push against a wall and it slides open to reveal much needed supplies and nazi treasure. While we are on the topic of ill gotten goods I should mention there is a scoring and live system. Killing enemies and finding treasure generate points and when you get enough you will receive an extra life that puts you at the beginning of the level with just a pistol when you die. Which I find to be rather odd considering there are manual saves but can be useful if you save at a very inopportune time.

Onto graphics. They are very,very outdated, obviously considering the age of the game. But it does negatively effect the experience since all of the walls have the same basic textures which make rooms look basically the same which can be confusing. Added to that problem is the fact that the level design makes no sense. The rooms have no logical rhythm to them and are just randomly stringed together, along with a lack of a map it is needless to say not a game for those that constantly forget where they parked their car. The enemy models look pretty good ranging from German Shepards to Nazi Zombies. There are no ceiling or floor textures either which I didn't find to be much of a problem since most of the game is gray. There are occasional plants and objects thrown about to liven the place up but they may have gone a little overboard with the amount of swastikas and Hitler pictures around. All in all I'd say the 3D effect is awesome but not much else.

The sound in this game is good for the most part. Guns sound powerful and add intensity to the gun fights. As for the enemies I have no idea how good the voice acting is since I do not speak German but they do sound rather comical. Though it is extremely helpful since each enemy have their own audio line when they are alerted to your presence which lets you easily identify the type of enemy and their numbers. The metal bunker doors also have a nice sounding effect when opened and closed letting you know that the enemy is on the look for you. Unfortunately the music is pretty bad and gets annoying after a short amount of time. Strangely enough they saved the only good tracks for Episode 3 and they were never seen again.

Overall this game is very basic with nothing more to do than search the environment and shoot foes which I can see getting unbearably repetitive for some. You will also need a good sense of direction to get much enjoyment from this game. If you can get past that you will find a very fun game which has exhilarating boss fights, plenty of secrets and tons of missions to play through. It also has cool secret levels including one where you fight the ghosts from Pacman. So buckle up, find a chaingun and show them Nazis that a guy named BJ is no laughing matter!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Death and glory.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
An old favorite from my Childhood.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
I did not have a NES or SNES but this is the bomb right here
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Dost thou wish to leave with such hasty abandon? Y/N

For me, definitely not. This game has dropped such a nostalgia bomb that it should be illegal. Everything from the DOS running system, the crude sound effects, the 2d props, the basic high contrast colors, and the rigorous tearing sound you get when using the open button are just exceptional. This game set the standard for how shooters were to be made following its release, simply because it was the first. Being that the designers had literally nothing to go off of; they did a hell of a job for both the year of its release (1992) and the technology available.

A definite recommend for those that love nostalgia, the 90's, FPS's, or all of the above.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
A Brief History

Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software. Released on may 5, 1992, for the PC operating system DOS, many believe that this game started the FPS genre for games as we know and love today.

Full Review

Originally, Wolfenstein was released in parts. However, with the steam release for the game you will have full access to all levels and episodes for you to play through at your own pace. In the full game, there are about 6 episodes, and in each episode there are 9 levels. $5.49 is a good price for a retro game only 9MB in size and has about 54 levels in total.

The protagonist's name is William "B.J." Blazkowicz. Blazkowicz is an American spy of Polish desent. The first three episodes of the game are based around B.J. and his efforts to stop the Nazi regime. In the first episode, B.J. over powers his prison guard and escapes the Nazi prison. In the 2nd episode, B.J. finds out that the Nazi army in creating undead soldiers and B.J. tries to stop the evil doctor behind their creation. At the end of the third episode, B.J. faces off against Adolf Hitler in his underground bunker, Hitler is waiting in a robotic suit equipped with four heavy chain guns, these three episodes put together make for an amazing gamplay experience, and challenge which should take about 1.5 hours to complete. (If you don't get lost).

If you love the classic game, or just enjoy run-and-gun FPS shooters, then Wolfenstein 3D would be a good game for you, and I would wholeheartedly recommend this game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I played this back when I was just a foetus in the 1980's. It was my first FPS ! This port works great too. No issues with it yet and it brings back many fond memories of slaying hordes of nazi's and zombies and nassssty dogses. Which kind of stinks because I like dogs. Well, not when they are trying to eat me but in general. These dogs have been indoctrinated by nazi propaganda. They made them sit up all nacht and read them passages from Mein Kampf until their brains liquified and they grew to dislike anyone not wearing a nazi uniform or at least who was not at a member of the Republican party. Or a priest of Amun, which leads me to suspect they are descendants of Akhenaten's own guard dogs whom he notoriously mistreated so they never bought into that whole Aten heresy. Polytheism FTW !....sorry got off track there....This game will bring back a lot of memories for you and also show how far the genre has come since the release of Wolf3d and SOD.
Also, go here :
http://www.wolfenstein3d.co.uk/index.htm

Nothing to do with the Steam release but interesting still. Has a lot of hints and information.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
hours of fun on this classic.
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