World War II rages and nations fall. SS head Himmler has Hitler's full backing to twist science and the occult into an army capable of annihilating the Allies once and for all. Battling alone, you're on an intense mission to pierce the black heart of the Third Reich and stop Himmler -- or die trying.
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Release Date: Nov 20, 2001

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World War II rages and nations fall. SS head Himmler has Hitler's full backing to twist science and the occult into an army capable of annihilating the Allies once and for all. Battling alone, you're on an intense mission to pierce the black heart of the Third Reich and stop Himmler -- or die trying. Fighting in advanced team-based multiplayer mode, you'll wage your own WWII in an all-out Axis vs. Allies contest for frontline domination.
Powered by the Quake III Arena engine, the Wolfenstein universe explodes with the kind of epic environments, A.I., firepower and cinematic effects that only a game created by true masters can deliver. The dark reich's closing in. The time to act is now. Evil prevails when good men do nothing.
  • Epic Environments
  • Intense Story-Driven Action
  • Ferocious A.I.
  • Big Screen Cinematic Effects
  • Team-Based Multiplayer Action

System Requirements

    3-D Hardware Accelerator (with 16MB VRAM with full OpenGL® support; Pentium® II 400 Mhz processor or Athlon® processor; English version of Windows® 2000/XP Operating System; 128 MB RAM; 16-bit high color video mode; 800 MB of uncompressed hard disk space for game files (Minimum Install), plus 300 MB for the Windows swap file; a 100% Windows® 2000/XP compatible computer system (including compatible 32-bit drivers for video card, sound card and input devices); 100% DirectX® 8.0a (included); 100% DirectX 3.0 or higher compatible sound card and drivers; 100% Microsoft-compatible mouse/keyboard and driver
    Multiplayer Requirements: Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP and IPX) play supported, Internet play requires a 100% Windows 2000/XP compatible 56.6 Kbps (or faster) modem
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Raab Himself the XVIII
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Good game; fun but sometimes frustrating if you have a short autistic temper like I do.

Fun to mod, I recommend RTCWCoop if you wanna play the game like Synergy or Sven Coop (♥♥♥♥ you Sniper; you cuck)
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[DS]Ale
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Best game ever!
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Rammsteniako
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Old but still good, theres a good HD texture mod "HD upgrade" also with SweetFX and the graphics are good! 8/10
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Sp!ke
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Quicky

After playing through the game and its missions, I can definitely recommend the game to anyone who's a fan of arcade styled shooters like Quake, the Wolfenstein series and/or have a sweet spot for a bit of challenge in their game.


Long version


Gameplay

Gameplay in Return to Castle Wolfenstein is your standard fare of arcade FPS fun, which is very similar to Quake III. Quake players should feel right at home, mostly because the game is based off the same engine, but we'll get into that later.

Gunplay in RTCW is solid. You will be delighted to see the game offer up a large and powerful arsenal. Ranging from a silenced SMG to a highly effective TESLA gun. Same can be said about the enemies, as you fight your way through your typical Nazi grunts to something of a bloody terminator. This game is hard, really hard. Enemies can inflict large amounts of damage in a matter of seconds and a small squad could pick you off easily if you're not prepared. This gives the game a sort of tactical feel, as you start leaning and checking every corner while picking off targets more cautiously. There were multible times I felt like I was honestly playing a Rainbow Six game. Difficulty really ramps up by the end of the game and since there are no checkpoints, you should keep that F5(quicksave) key close.

There are moments in the game that are very cheap however. There were enemies that could zap you from across the room without once stopping to reload or enemies that could quite literally zap you to death from the floor below without giving you time to react. Moments like these make the game feel cheap, but luckily those moments are far in-between.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere in Return to Castle Wolfenstein is excellent. While the music in the game isn't anything to really brag about, it works for the most part to keep the tone of the game right. Luckily though, the typical military music is countered with an insane level of map detail. Every level in RTCW is very different from the other- you'll be sneaking through a village one moment and fighting your way through undead vikings(?) inside a hidden crypt the next. The game really changes its themes a lot, which really help keep the game fresh. Not all is sunshine and buttercups though, as the aforementioned Quake engine has aged a bit and that can definitely be noticed in some of its maps.

Story

Story wise, you play as the returning Nazi genocider B.J. Blazkowicz, as you uncover the dangerous and mystical project the Nazis are cooking up. The story feels a bit vague for my taste and the subpar cutscenes and voice acting don't help. But it is there for anyone who cares about the reasoning behind all the bloodshed. B.J stays silent throughout the whole game, but there are still some cutscenes that do make me crack a smile and be interested in every now and then. I personally feel the ending of the game was a bit off.

Compatibility

Compatibility is not the best at first. I had to install an unofficial patch to fix a framerate issue I kept having, where the game would start studdering whenever I looked at a certain direction. After the patch the game ran silky smooth. I've only encountered one application crash.

Final thoughts

Personally, I find the game to be a great shooter and definite classic to the shooter genre. RTCW never failed to keep me interested in the game with its wide range of settings and weapons. And though there were moments I wish I could throw my keyboard out of the window, that's just the charm of the game. I only wish the game was a bit longer, as the multiplayer is dead. (Though there is another game called "Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory" which is based off this game and still has a beating multiplayer as far as I've heard, and that's completely free.)

The game is cheap as hell and a solid shooter. It'll run you for about 6-7 hours, completely depending on the player. I find no reason not to recommend this game to anyone who is even slightly interested in FPS games.
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Fluffy "False Asparagus" M.A.G.A
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Great FPS, man. Played it for the first time in 2014, already have nostalgia for it. Get it, it's worth way more than $4.99.
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VMassi
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I would rate it if i still had it in my steam library to play and finish. Just up and left one day. So, Let me say that my vote for thumb up or thumb down have no bearing on the actual game but more of the steam version of the game and what it has to offer over other methods of obtaining a copy of RTCW
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pugyy
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
it a fun game to take your time away and you can have a choice of going stelf or loud you can allways go back and go find the secrets 10 out of 10 recommend it
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Redrum!
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I like it , retro old shcool shoot em fun .Graphics are nice concidering and any cheapo card (like mine) can run it on high.
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[R'sDS] Reaper
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
One of the most legendary classic first person shooters out there, love it!

Has a wide variety of enemies to kill, and also a wide variety of weapons to use.

Highly reccomended.
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BottleGoblin
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
I recommend this game – next time it is 75% off in a steam sale, pick it up! Works fine on Windows Vista, at least. The graphics are obviously a little old looking now, but the levels are still fun to head around and some of the secrets feel rewarding to find. There’s a few times in the games where you get your weapons/armour reset so once you’ve played once you can remember those times and use up all of the ammo etc in the last level before the re-set. When I had this game the first time round the multiplayer was a lot of fun, but it seems to be a pain to get running and find other players now. Might as well play free Team Fortress 2 for that. Took me less than ten hours to go through single player with a lot of the secrets from memory, but if you didn’t play it before you could get more time out of it – and at 75% off it is pennies per hour of entertainment!
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One of the most legendary classic first person shooters out there, love it!

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Posted: July 9
Even though the first time I played this game was about 12 years ago when I was like 4, I just barely found out you could pick up chairs in this game. I picked one up, ran to a nearby balcony, saw some nazi soldiers talking about nazi things, threw the chair and it broke to pieces on one of their heads. They were completely fine and unfazed by this sudden event, and kept talking about nazi things.

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Posted: July 25
Quicky

After playing through the game and its missions, I can definitely recommend the game to anyone who's a fan of arcade styled shooters like Quake, the Wolfenstein series and/or have a sweet spot for a bit of challenge in their game.


Long version


Gameplay

Gameplay in Return to Castle Wolfenstein is your standard fare of arcade FPS fun, which is very similar to Quake III. Quake players should feel right at home, mostly because the game is based off the same engine, but we'll get into that later.

Gunplay in RTCW is solid. You will be delighted to see the game offer up a large and powerful arsenal. Ranging from a silenced SMG to a highly effective TESLA gun. Same can be said about the enemies, as you fight your way through your typical Nazi grunts to something of a bloody terminator. This game is hard, really hard. Enemies can inflict large amounts of damage in a matter of seconds and a small squad could pick you off easily if you're not prepared. This gives the game a sort of tactical feel, as you start leaning and checking every corner while picking off targets more cautiously. There were multible times I felt like I was honestly playing a Rainbow Six game. Difficulty really ramps up by the end of the game and since there are no checkpoints, you should keep that F5(quicksave) key close.

There are moments in the game that are very cheap however. There were enemies that could zap you from across the room without once stopping to reload or enemies that could quite literally zap you to death from the floor below without giving you time to react. Moments like these make the game feel cheap, but luckily those moments are far in-between.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere in Return to Castle Wolfenstein is excellent. While the music in the game isn't anything to really brag about, it works for the most part to keep the tone of the game right. Luckily though, the typical military music is countered with an insane level of map detail. Every level in RTCW is very different from the other- you'll be sneaking through a village one moment and fighting your way through undead vikings(?) inside a hidden crypt the next. The game really changes its themes a lot, which really help keep the game fresh. Not all is sunshine and buttercups though, as the aforementioned Quake engine has aged a bit and that can definitely be noticed in some of its maps.

Story

Story wise, you play as the returning Nazi genocider B.J. Blazkowicz, as you uncover the dangerous and mystical project the Nazis are cooking up. The story feels a bit vague for my taste and the subpar cutscenes and voice acting don't help. But it is there for anyone who cares about the reasoning behind all the bloodshed. B.J stays silent throughout the whole game, but there are still some cutscenes that do make me crack a smile and be interested in every now and then. I personally feel the ending of the game was a bit off.

Compatibility

Compatibility is not the best at first. I had to install an unofficial patch to fix a framerate issue I kept having, where the game would start studdering whenever I looked at a certain direction. After the patch the game ran silky smooth. I've only encountered one application crash.

Final thoughts

Personally, I find the game to be a great shooter and definite classic to the shooter genre. RTCW never failed to keep me interested in the game with its wide range of settings and weapons. And though there were moments I wish I could throw my keyboard out of the window, that's just the charm of the game. I only wish the game was a bit longer, as the multiplayer is dead. (Though there is another game called "Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory" which is based off this game and still has a beating multiplayer as far as I've heard, and that's completely free.)

The game is cheap as hell and a solid shooter. It'll run you for about 6-7 hours, completely depending on the player. I find no reason not to recommend this game to anyone who is even slightly interested in FPS games.
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