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.
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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.

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1.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Really hard but fun
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5.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
Played early childhood ages in 1995. I scared of these skeletons behind grids. Today, I find it funny on this)
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5.0 hrs
Posted: September 19
Wolfenstein 3-D is the first FPS depending on who you ask (and since this is MY review I'm saying yes) and it's funny to think that that game was already one of the best in the genre and that so many games after it would have a tough time surpassing it. All you do is run around a maze shooting Nazis (and dogs, but they're Nazi dogs, so I guess they're racist anti-semetic hounds that deserve to be put down by my chaingun) and sometimes collecting keys to open doors that are locked. There exist 5 enemy types in this game, the doggo, who bites, the guard, who has a pistol, the Schustaffe guard who takes more damage and sports an MP40, the captain, (whose promotion didn't come with a better gun than the same piece of crap the guard uses but he probably gets dental and health insurance through the Third Reich, so that's cool), and the zombie; yes, you read that right, and they fire MP40s from their muthaf*ckin chest!

There's 10 levels in 6 episodes, each episode has a secret level that's hard to find (you just hump the walls while holding the action button hoping a wall slides backwards to find secrets in this game). Sometimes the secret's treasure, sometimes it's health and/or ammo, and sometimes you can get an extra life. That's right, there are lives in a FPS, get used to it. The object of the first 8 levels is find the exit and kill Nazis (read "kill Nazis" with Brad Pitt's voice in Inglorious Basterds). The objective of the 9th level in each episode is to kill just one Nazi and find the exit. The bosses usually tote chainguns like you (hopefully by the boss fight) do, and if you keep humping the walls while holding the action button, you can find ammo and health caches, so don't sweat it.

I know it sounds like I'm sh*tting on this game a lot, but I truly love it, It's like that stage in friendships where you can insult the other person as much as you want and they know you're just kidding. Wolfenstein 3-D knows I love it. The game is so great because it's such an all-American past time: killin' Nazis (again with Brad Pitt's voice) and shootin' guns, what more do you want? Were you expecting context-sensitive shots? More varied weapons like snipers and grenades? Aiming? The ability to look up and down? Well I guess you just don't understand the simple joys of life. Besides, the game does one thing (actually a whole lot, like the amazing level design, the fast-paced combat, the challenge of not having regenerating health, a varied color scheme, boss fights, secrets...) better than any other FPS since, and that's let you kill muthaf*ckin Adolf Hitler. Yeah, you read that correctly, no one slipped acid in your food earlier, you get to fight Adolf Hitler, who wears a muthaf*ckin mech suit with shoulder-mounted chainguns while dual-wielding the other two chainguns in his hands! HOLY SH*T, THAT'S THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER (if only he had nipple-mounted bazookas and a scrotum-mounted laser canon, that would be even better, but, you can't just put that in a game or else no one would play any other game, they did what was best for gaming)! Plus, when you kill him, he falls apart into this mess of blood and guts and organs and anuses. It's really cool.

What's kinda interesting about this game is while you can obviously tell we've come a long way since 1992 FPS technology, this game doesn't feel archaic or out-moded; it isn't old, it's classic (to better explain, Peter Gabriel is classic, REO Speedwagon is old. Peter Gabriel is a musical genius whose music remains amazing regardless of how many times you've heard it, REO Speedwagon was always lame but some people listen to it because it reminds them of a time when they didn't have to get prostate exams and were still attractive and were optimistic about life). Anyone can pick this game up and understand it in 5 minutes, but it takes more time than that to really master this game (about 10 minutes). Pick this game up, or I'll tell everyone you lick peanut butter off toilet seats. Even if it isn't true, people will believe it. And all you have to do to make sure people never even hear that you lick peanut butter off toilet seats is get this game. It's that simple. So do it.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 8
Ja pierd*le działa.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 5
A really fun game
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Bruce buster
3.1 hrs
Posted: September 5
Product received for free
Its too cool game. When I was three I played this game first time. Its mychildhood's game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Great port of the original. Works flawlessy on Windows 10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
who the hell sends a dude to infiltrate a nazi base and kill hitler himself WITH 8 BULLETS
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Wolfenstein 3D

Get psyched!

Wolfenstein 3D, released in 1992, is ID software’s first major first person shooter. It is a reboot of the 1980’s “Castle Wolfenstein” series made by Muse Software and is arguably the very game that set the fps genre in motion to where it is today.

You play as William ‘B.j.’ Blazkowicz, an American WWII spy, who was captured by the Nazis after successfully assassinating superior Nazi officers in charge of a chemical warfare project. Imprisoned in the lowest levels of the German base ‘Castle Wolfenstein’ you manage to kill the soldier guarding your cell, taking his knife and hand gun, and fight your way through legions of Nazi enemies to escape the castle.

To quote the admirable John Carmack “Story in a game is like a story in a porn movie. It's expected to be there, but it's not that important.” This perfectly depicts Wolfenstein 3D. The closest you get to a story in this game is a short 1-2 page sample of text at the end of each episode, which summarises the episode you just completed and previews the next one. It is fair to say that the story isn’t this games strongest suit, but what it lacks in story, it makes up for in other aspects.

The gameplay in Wolfenstein 3D is undoubtedly its strongest suit. Although today, in comparison to modern games, it may seem primitive and very dated, at the time of its release, fps shooters were still the topic of much amazement. Although it wasn’t ID’s first fps with other titles such as Catacomb 3D already on the market, The Nazi genre had not been done to the extent it has today, and so the WWII setting coupled with the, then considered, extreme violence resulted in an overwhelmingly positive response. There aren’t many weapons in this games, 4 in total, the only memorable one being the chain gun which is where the real satisfaction of shooting in this game lies. It fires bullets at a rapid rate churning threw countless rounds of ammunition per minute, with no reload mechanic making clearing rooms a very satisfying and bloody task once acquired. Although the range of different enemy types in Wolfenstein 3D isnt as large as other games released at the time, they undeniably fit the games setting and genre perfectly and don’t feel out of place. They range in difficulty from the German shepherds and ordinary Nazi troopers being the easiest, to the SS guards, Nazi officers and Mutant soldiers being more challenging encounters. However what Wolfenstein 3D is really remembered for is it fantastic Boss fights. The idea is that you traverse 9 floors in each episode, including one secret floor, and then on the last level fight a Boss. These are the most memorable and challenging moments in Wolfenstein, notably when you get to fight Adolf Hitler himself in a Mech suit wielding 4 chain guns. Unfortunately the majority of the gameplay in this game involves key hunting in order to progress to higher floors which can be a tedious task at times especially on later floors where the maps are extremely big and maze like. Also, due to the limits of the engine at the time, a lot of the environments look the same making it really easy to lose track of where you are, resulting in the painful task of walking around, hoping to stumble across a key or find a familiar looking area. However, the slaughter of Nazi enemies as well as pushing on secret panels throughout each level to find secret areas with tressures inside all make the gameplay enjoyable while you are performing the aforementioned key hunting and other irritating tasks.

The soundtracks in Wolfenstein, composed by Bobby Prince, are quite remarkable. Even for a game made so early in video game history, ID was still able incorporate these magnificent soundtracks into the gameplay as well as some games that are made today. The Nazi anthem is played on start-up of the game to get the player in the mood for killing Nazis. Tracks like “Suspense”, “Enemy around the corner” and “Into the dungeons” let off a really creepy vibe which create a very eerie atmosphere when you are traveling down a long empty corridor and hear a door open or close in the distance. “Kill the S.O.B”, “P.O.W” and “Lurking…” are all really suspenseful soundtracks that actually make you feel like an American spy infiltrating a castle, even if there is little to no stealth in the game. Most memorable however is the “End of level” soundtrack which plays as your percentage of kills, secrets and treasures is calculated, making the player feel like they have accomplished something.

At the time of Wolfenstein’s release PC’s couldn’t perform at the same level as Nintendo’s living room consoles could. It was John Carmack, lead ID game programmer, who changed this by designing an engine that brought the visual quality of NES games to the PC. Wolfenstein’s Graphics, although dated nowadays, was considered stunning at the time of its release and coupled with the fact that no other PC games on the market looked this good, made it much more appealing to buyers. Level design on the other hand has never been extremely impressive. Due to limits of the engine, there could only be one level/plane meaning no staircases or jump ability. The Maps have a very Maze like design and although may appear like a WWII castle at a glance, due to the brick and wooden wall textures as well as tables and chairs, the layout is very random and confusing resulting in, as mentioned early, the regular occurrence of losing your way.

Overall this is a very solid game. The gameplay is enjoyable, and although a few minor irritations may be encountered along the way this is outweigh be the fun of slaughtering hundreds of Nazi enemies. The soundtracks are very unique, it is obvious a lot of effort was put into them unlike some modern fps’ today, which just include a generic action score that no one will remember. The level design and graphics have aged a lot and you would be better off playing with a map of the level beside you to avoid the annoyance of getting lost in the maze like levels. Anyone interested in video games, first person shooters in particular, might find this game interesting as it is one of the most revolutionary games in fps history, however if you have grown up or become accustomed to modern consoles and PC games I would say that you are in for a bit of a shock.

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
If you haven't played this Classic, I don't want to know who you are.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Highly recommend one of the absolute best FPS games ever made. I could say what so many already said about it. Honestly this not only stands the test of time but also innovated the gaming industry for years to come.
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775 of 839 people (92%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2014
Much better than CoD:Ghosts!
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144 of 152 people (95%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2015
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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274 of 331 people (83%) found this review helpful
201 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2015
you get to kill hitler
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224 of 271 people (83%) found this review helpful
253 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2015
If you don't like this game, then you're basically a Nazi.
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98 of 101 people (97%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
Background: I first played this game on a 486 back in the 90s.

This is a great game, but if you compare it to new games, or even a Doom type game it will look very primitive. You will also be missing the point of how important this was to the history of FPS games.

The game is simple to pick up, hard to master. To master the toughest difficulty, I am Death Incarnate, you will need some good FPS skills, good choice of knowing when to use each type of weapon and some level knowledge. The game is also has a good element of skill to it. The closer you are, the more likely you are to hit as well as get hit. You can also take a lot more damage up close so you have to be careful going through doorways and in tight spaces.

There are secrets to find, treasure to pick up, par times to bet, Hitler to kill, and a ton of Nazis to mow down on the way. The game even lets you hold MORE THAN TWO GUNS AT ONCE! :P However there are only two weapons you will use long term, the grey machine gun which has great economy with the bullets and a decent rate of fire. There is also the gatling gun which never gets tiring to use. It has an amazing sound, an amazing red flash on the screen and watching your ammo quickly depleting makes you realise just how powerful it is.

For a perfectionist this game is great, at the end of each level you are rated on what % you kill, what % of the secrets you found and how much of of the nazi loot you confiscated. Back in the 90s I spent a lot of time carefully walking around every wall holding down space waiting to hear the magical sound of a new secret passage opening. The the excitement of wondering if I've found just a block of ammo, or maybe a crapload of treasure.

The game has 6 episodes, each with 9 levels + a secret level on each episode.

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