Wolfenstein 3d is a first person World War II shooter developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software. The game was released on multiple platforms, with the DOS version released on May 5th 1992. The story follows World War II spy William “BJ” Blazkowicz on a one man mission to stop the Nazis from taking over the world through six episodes (two three episode packs). The question is can the game complete this mission, or be sentenced to execution?
Graphics-Since the game was first released in 1992, the graphics aren’t the best for a DOS game. The floors and ceiling look like they’ve been painted, and you’ll be seeing the same wall textures again and again as you play. The characters actually look decent and move in a third dimension.
Sound-The voice acting is quite good for a 1992 DOS game. The music is okay, but does have memorable music, and each one pumps you up to play each level.
Gameplay-Gameplay consists of running through level after level fighting guards and finding treasure. Along the way, there are secrets to find, and they’ll store things from ammo and health to treasure. There is also a secret level in each episode. At the end of each 9th mission, you’ll fight a boss.
Controversy-Like in the Doom review, this game also got some controversial attention. Germany was outraged by the use of the swastika, the ENITRE country of Germany pulled the game from circulation, following a verdict from Amtsgericht München on January 25, 1994 (Az. 2 Gs 167/94) (translation: Munich District Court). Did you know that the use of the swastika symbol is a federal offense in Germany? (Source: Wikipedia’s Wolfenstein 3d site). Click here to learn more.
Overall-Despite the controversy, Wolfenstein 3d is a classic. With a new Wolfenstein game coming, why not play the original in the mean time? If you can get the original DOS game, do so.
You can get Wolfenstein 3d from the following sites
3drealms: Click here (DOSBox required)
Steam: Click here.
Xbox live: Click here.
PlayStation Network: Click here.
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