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Wolfenstein

by Activision
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Platform: Xbox 360

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  • Classic Wolfenstein multiplayer with an occult twist reminiscent of the heart-pounding and award winning class and objective based multiplayer of Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
  • Amazing enemies the Nazis throw at you next as they bring their dark fantasies to life.
  • Epic combat moments that unfold in movie-like action sequences as you fight to prevent the Nazis from unleashing the power of the Black Sun, a war-ending weapon of supernatural mass destruction.
  • Unique environments overlapping this world and the Veil, a world between our reality and the occult underworld that offers you combat advantages but also new supernatural threats.
  • The ability to battle with a diverse collection supernatural 'Veil Powers,' as well as Allied and Axis conventional weapons, all upgradable via an in-game black market.

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

Platform: Xbox 360
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  • ASIN: B0026FCGZO
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm ; 23 g
  • Release Date: 21 Aug 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,450 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Xbox 360

Wolfenstein is a supernatural/science fiction first-person shooter, based on the video game series developed by Id Software that has been a favourite of 2D and 3D gamers across multiple game iterations and platforms since the early 1980s. In this new take, players battle the Nazi's dark obsession with the occult through epic action and harrowing shooter combat. Filled with ferocious enemies, movie-quality action scenes, unique gameplay environments, an impressive array of weapons and compelling multiplayer gameplay options, it is truly a fitting new chapter in the history of this classic gaming franchise.

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Human Nazi foe in 'Wolfenstein'
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Supernatural Nazi foe in 'Wolfenstein'
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Enemies weilding Veil Power in 'Wolfenstein'
Collect and wield 'Veil Powers.'
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Multiplayer play options in 'Wolfenstein'
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Story
The storyline of Wolfenstein picks up where the events of Return to Castle Wolfenstein left off. You play B.J. Blazkowicz, a highly decorated member of the Office of Secret Actions (OSA). You are sent on a special mission into the heart of the Third Reich to investigate evidence of the Nazi's possession of a new and mysterious power. But while behind enemy lines, you discover they have done much more than develop a new weapon. The Nazis are attempting to harness the supernatural power of an enormous energy source called 'Black Sun' which resides in a parallel dimension called 'The Veil.' Their goal is to use what they find to create supernatural weapons and soldiers of war-ending magnitude. Yours is to stop that from happening by any mean necessary.

Gameplay
Even though the game obviously features loads of Nazi enemies, Wolfenstein is not so much a World War II game, as a game centred around "dark science" and "Supernatural Science fiction." In it players move between the parallel dimension of the Veil and that of our own as they command an enormous arsenal of conventional weapons or unleash the Nazi's own dark powers and perverted science against them with supernatural weapons and Veil-enhanced firepower.

One of the major strengths of Wolfenstein is that it allows you to choose the way you want to play. Although as in previous games in the series B.J. Is a one man wrecking crew, he also works with a local resistance group. This means that players have the choice to follow the standard missions as they are revealed, take on requests from the resistance to explore the gameplay area and investigate the Nazi experiments, or to tackle the whole endeavour in multiplayer mode.

Veil Power
A huge part of Wolfenstein's sci-fi identification comes via gameplay that relies on the accumulation and use of a number of 'Veil Powers'. These powers though supernatural in origin, are used in large part by B.J. To magnify the effectiveness of his conventional weaponry and tactics. A sampling of these powers include: 'Mire,' which allows you to slow down time around B.J. So that he can take out enemies and obstructions such as machine gun nests, without the risk of taking severe damage; 'Veil Sight,' a sort of supernatural night vision that helps you see enemies in the dark; and 'Veil Shield,' which absorbs bullet fire and can be used as a battering ram in some circumstances. As with all the weapons in the game, all Veil Powers can be upgraded and indeed must be in some cases to proceed through the game.

A notable caveat that comes along with the mastery of Veil Powers is that they do not necessarily guarantee overall success. As the game proceeds, the Nazis become aware of B.J. And his understanding and use of these powers and in response distribute 'Veil Inhibitors,' devices that negate the use of these Veil-powered abilities within range of them. This opens up a puzzle-solving aspect within Wolfenstein that require players to explore the environments around them to find the inhibitors and destroy them in order to proceed.

Key Features

  • Amazing Enemies - You never know what ferocious enemies the Nazis will throw at you next as they bring their dark fantasies to life.
  • Epic Combat Moments - Experience movie-like epic action sequences as you fight to prevent the Nazis from unleashing the power of the Black Sun, a war-ending weapon of supernatural mass destruction.
  • Unique Environments - Explore the mysteries of The Veil, a world between our reality and the occult underworld that offers you combat advantages but also new supernatural threats.
  • Impressive Firepower - Go to battle with a diverse collection of Allied, Axis and experimental Nazi weapons. Earn gold by working with the resistance fighters, purchase upgrades in the black market, and customize your personal arsenal.
  • Classic Wolfenstein Multiplayer with an Occult Twist - Revisit the heart-pounding and award winning class and objective based multiplayer of Return to Castle Wolfenstein; now with occult-enhanced firepower.
Weapons
Wolfenstein features a wide array of Allied, Axis and supernatural Nazi weapons. All of these can be upgraded using treasure in the form of gold, military intelligence and mystical tomes found throughout the game via the in-game black market. This escalation of firepower is important in order to match the growing power of mini-bosses and bosses faced with each successive game level.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deeply unfashionable, hugely enjoyable 6 Feb 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Wolfenstein is a glorious B-movie of a game, an utter success within the framework of its narrow ambition. As agent Blazkowicz you are sent into enemy territory to stop various Nazi occult science projects from being developed into new weapons.

Wolfenstein seems to have an allergic reaction to sophistication. There are RPG and exploration elements in it but they've been done better practically everywhere else. No subtlety or nuance can be found in the story or characters and even the typeface used in the text feels old. Is this lack of innovation deliberate? If it is ID software certainly has an excuse as Wolfenstein's heritage predates Doom as the oldest first person shooter around.

The guns are hilarious. The Particle Cannon screams as it takes a moment to warm up before firing. When it does fire it produces a stream of pale death and even though the Nazi's die very well indeed from bullets it's very satisfying to see them dissolve into atoms. The flamethrower is another guilty pleasure and the supernatural powers work well enough. Wolfenstein does shooting (and explosions) very well and provides various tests for the player's duck and shoot skills.

The enemies are a weird teaming up of grotesque monsters and Nazi's that wouldn't feel out of place in a Carry-on movie. Not nearly as good as Half Life 2 but if you embrace its silly tone and theme your trip to castle Wolfenstein will be a very enjoyable one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars some good, some bad 23 Aug 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I've played the entire single player game through to completion, including all optional missions (took about 10 hours over 3 days) and spent (wasted) some time on multiplayer.

First, the good. Single-player is generally classic Wolfenstein with occult Nazi stuff. The sound/graphics are pretty good, as are the level designs and cut scenes. You will go from train stations, an entire town, mnay different buildings, a castle and ultimately... well, I won't spoil the ending. There are 8 weapons and many hidden items to collect for achievements. The "gimmick" this time is "veil powers" that allow you do several things...
1) run faster and see hidden stuff (such as holes in walls) or hidden ladders
2) slow down time so you can dodge bullets and the like
3) create a shield which deflects enemy bullets
4) sort of become "enraged", so your shots become more accurate and super-deadly
Most veil powers only last a few seconds, you then have to go find a "recharge point" or wait several minutes for timed-recovery - and here-in lies the problem. These recharge points can be exasperating to find at times, and become more of a chore to use at the end, when the last few bosses simply "don't play fair".

Next, the bad. Multi-player. Say goodbye to the nice single-player graphics, say goodbye to much choice in game types. All you get is team death match, a team speed race and a team objective game. "Veil powers" are also added to multi-player, but they're next to useless. It's pretty laggy at times compared to other alternatives and feels unfinished, even selecting your class (of 3) and weapon (of 5, which can be upgraded slightly) is a chore due to a clunky menu screen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wolfenstein for Xbox 31 Jan 2012
By P. Gray
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The game is quickly involving and the player needs to develope some skill and coordination in using the Xbox controller. Personally I have to put in a lot more time and effort to become any good at it.
The graphics and sound are very effective, especially if one uses an HDMI link to a TV. The hints are quite helpful but saving the game configuration doesn't seem to be under the player's control, which it was in earlier versions.
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By DPVC
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
Imagine Call of Duty (WWII era) with a supernatural/weird science element to it and throw in a more gung-ho style of fighting, you would get this game.
The story follows special operative, BJ Blazkowicz on a mission investigating the nazi's occult dealings in a small German town (which so happens to involve a lot of shooting)
In terms of gameplay, it isn't all that different from your modern day first person shooters. It is actually really easy to pick up and play from the get go. Theres difficulty settings ala Doom and there's an exploratory element involved too (its not essential but it is a big help, especially when it comes to upgrading weaponry). You can play it stealthily, for all of 5secs. The only real gameplay throughout is the sort of shooting often seen in a Sylvester Stallone film. Whether this is your bag is down to you. The weaponry is the most fun. You've got your bread and butter SMG's and sniper rifles but then, considering the weird science element of the game, you get guns like the Tesla gun and a plasma cannon (really handy for clearing a room). You're also provided with supernatural powers (need to be obtained through missions) which pick things up when the tough get going. You can move quicker, slow time as well as increase power to bullets and shield from gunfire.
Most of the action takes place in the town, and you have to navigate through the town to get to missions (theres also a few side missions if you want to try your hand there).
It is a lot of fun to play, if you want an all-out, all-action shooter but it doesn't offer anything in the way of anything. It does what it says on the tin.
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Published 8 months ago by Audrey S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Should've got this game sooner!!!
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Wish I got this game sooner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but lacking...
As a huge fan of Return To Castle Wolfenstein on the original Xbox, I was looking forward to playing this new installment in the series, I was slightly disappointed but not... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great game and so much fun. NPCs are original and weapon upgrade system is sophisticated. Of course considering that this is an older game. Still a lot of fun though!!!! :)
Published 22 months ago by Emi Rizzi
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Published on 6 Nov 2012 by Hannah Davies
3.0 out of 5 stars good for single player
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Published on 21 May 2012 by Ashes
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