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Wolfenstein

For many gamers, Wolfenstein 3D was the first great shooter they played. Now, Raven Software’s working on a new Wolfenstein title, the latest next-gen chapter for the series that started it all. But will this modern Wolfenstein really offer fans anything new besides nostalgic memories of the original? The question only begs more questions:

Is it fun?
Will Mecha-Hitler finally make his big comeback?
How many Nazis does it take to screw in a light bulb?
And just how much does a can of soda cost at Raven’s office?

We took our queries straight to the developer’s headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. The answers: Yes, no, twelve, and zero. That’s right. The soda machines at Raven spit out drinks for free. With all that pop flowing like wine, it seems that immediate access to a steady flow of caffeine and sugar have helped the team come up with some exciting additions for a Wolfenstein comeback.


Above: Seriously, they’re free

The game takes place after the events in Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Heinrich Himmler’s plans to create an army of undead slaves have failed. But the Germans are still looking for new ways to ruin the world with their occult powers and our hero, BJ Blazkowicz is sent to investigate.

Your first mission sends you to a train station in the city of Eisenstadt to investigate enemy activity and search for clues about a mysterious medallion you stole in the game’s opening cutscene. Blazkowicz is still a man of few words and lets his bullets do the talking as he methodically works his way through the station, taking out enemy soldiers and sabotaging their equipment along the way.

The visuals aren’t revolutionary, but they are impressive. Little details - like the propaganda posters that overlook floors smeared with the blood of your victims and effects like the drops of water that slide down the screen when you’re crawling through a sewer - make a big difference.


Above: Don’t expect Wolfenstein to be another run-of-the-mill WWII shooter

The action is solid and features everything you’d expect from a shooter set in World War II. You’ll cook grenades and lob them at enemies behind cover, snipe foes from a distance, mow down squads with a machine gun, and rifle-butt anyone dumb enough to invade your personal space.

But it doesn’t take long for Wolfenstein to remind us that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill WWII game. “It’s set in World War II, but it’s really a science-fiction game… Wolfenstein has this cool history of dark science and occult – and we really wanted to push that,” explains Eric Beissman, creative director at Raven Software. No kidding. Suddenly, there’s a loud explosion and all the enemies in the train station start floating in the air. It’s ragdoll comedy at its best. There’s no time to wonder why gravity decided to take the day off, so we start shooting down our helpless targets as they flop about.

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20 comments

  • paranoidemdroid - March 31, 2009 5:44 p.m.

    i can't help but be excited by this game, wolfenstein 3D was pretty much the first video game I ever played/watched my dad play when I was like 8! hopefully this one will include the ghost hidden levels!
  • gothicknight - March 30, 2009 12:42 p.m.

    yay awesome game and free soda... wonder if there hiring?
  • HungryBeaver - March 29, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    Those bastards... free soda. I want free soda. Whatever, it looks ok i guess. I've never really liked Wolfenstein anyway so I guess I'll rent it. lol - reCAPTCHA - purple midget
  • BigBossOSE - March 29, 2009 7:59 a.m.

    @joshburt It keeps getting removed because it's just the word "first" and it doesn't add anything to the discussion; it is, in fact, a giant bucket of fail that smells of shit and stupidity.
  • mjmont92 - March 29, 2009 5:42 a.m.

    Can't wait for this game! Honestly i don't know much about past wolfenstiens, and im not going to pretend like i do, but i'm very excited for this game. AT MASTER_LEEP: Next time you're drinking water, do all us gamesradar users a favor and harshly inhale your beverage of choice.
  • EliteBigDaddy - March 28, 2009 2:20 a.m.

    I loved Mecha-Hitler.. Too bad he isn't gonna make a comeback. Also, free soda is amazing.
  • joshburt333 - March 28, 2009 1:46 a.m.

    gameplay seems like it will be pretty cool but what i want to know is why the first comment keeps getting removed on all the articles
  • CatfishBiff - March 30, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    We have Free soda at our work. Yes, I work at a Software Development Company. I never thought it was that big of a deal. Guess I was wrong. This game should be pretty good though.
  • pimlicosound - March 30, 2009 12:24 p.m.

    Sounds a bit like Prey, with the way you could spirit walk in that game.
  • GoldenMe - March 30, 2009 4:36 a.m.

    Free Soda? They could be solving world hunger and instead they're making Wolfenstien! Anyways, this game looks promising. (Still no Mecha Hitler.)
  • jamminontha1n2 - March 29, 2009 9:32 p.m.

    if the employees were smart they would take the soda and sell it to kids to make a little money on the side
  • Yellowhat17 - March 29, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    I'm really excited for the game, but hot damn, free soda?
  • Mavarious - March 29, 2009 7:41 a.m.

    @Master_Leep Don't be a douche, soda is fucking awesome. You only get fat if you sit on your lazy ass all day and inhale it. This game looks amazing. A nice twist on the WWII FPS genre as wolfenstein always delivers. I can't wait to see the full extent of the veil powers.
  • Samael - March 28, 2009 9:39 p.m.

    FREE SODA! Also the game looks cool.
  • Master_Leep - March 28, 2009 7:21 p.m.

    Soda is a disgusting fuel for fat-bodys! Drink water!
  • beastabubbles - March 28, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    ummm.....the game looks awesome.... but why do an article on the game....where there's a place with FREE SODA!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
  • twishart - March 28, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    Fuck wolfenstein - FREE SODA!?
  • cookie23q - March 28, 2009 8:46 a.m.

    looks pretty kool and at joshburt333 they remove 1st comment only if they say 1st in there comment
  • sixboxes - March 28, 2009 3:54 a.m.

    so Wolfenstein pretty much birthed the FPS, and just about everything in the genre since has borrowed something from it. Now everything comes full circle, as this version of Wolfenstein seems to be cribbing from as many high-profile (and medium-profile) FPSes as possible. That said, so many things in gaming have already been done, so there aren't many titles out there that won't resemble a mashup of other games before it. So it's just a matter of how well this mashup plays.
  • ThunderMuffinsMcgee - March 28, 2009 1:50 a.m.

    Looks a little Bioshocks meets Call of Duty WAW with a little Gears thrown in. I doubt it will be better than Bioshock, it will be better than WAW, and will be better or worse than Gears depending on how sick you are of WWII, even if it is all cyber-pimped. Hope this is really good!

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