• Supernatural Nazis
  • Brutal, rewarding weaponry
  • Addictive exploration and upgrading
  • Veil abilities just dressed-up old-hat
  • Hub world gets a bit tiresome
  • Multiplayer nothing special

It’s all about the guns, stupid!

Even though every shooter and its mom has upgrade purchasing now, we’re still not tired of it. Earning money and then mulling over how to beef up our guns will be fun long after the buzz of murdering Nazis wears off. Wolfenstein handles it well by not giving you enough money to buy everything, so the decisions actually mean something. Your purchasing power depends heavily on your skills of observation, since most of your cash comes from noticing secret stashes. Crucially, you can sell back upgrades at half-cost if you don’t find them that useful.

Possibly the biggest star of the show here is the assortment of actual guns – not the super-powers, not the free-roaming, and (maybe) not the paranormal enemies. For the WWII junkies, you’ve got your standard MP40, bolt action rifle, rocket launcher, and grenades. Curiously, no shotgun. No shotty in an FPS? What the?

We like shotguns. A lot. Maybe it’s a good thing we’ve never fired one in real life. Still, we didn’t miss the ol’ head vaporizer here, because the super guns in Wolfenstein are downright evil in their ability to satisfy our darker urges. Sure, the Particle Cannon is just a re-skinned Chaingun, but the way it disintegrates Nazi assholes with a wonderful sizzling sound makes it brand new again.

Above: “You’re so going to be de-ionized particles as soon as I can learn how to aim!” 

There’s also the Tesla gun, which is about as skill-less as a gun can get, considering it will hit everything in a 90–degree arc in front of you. But the developers knew they had a gem on their hands and said “F-it, it’s going in!” Perhaps it’s the game’s version of a shotgun, or maybe a flamethrower (no, wait – there’s already a flamethrower also). Either way, running into a room full of ten Nazis and unleashing what amounts to a full-on lightning storm, with hissing arcs of electricity jumping along the floor, walls, and screaming faces, is a joy not to be missed. Ah, man, that thing is a hoot.

Above: This is what using the Tesla gun feels like

The aforementioned flamethrower gives you the horrifying screeches of pain you’d expect, and that’s all that needs to be said about that. Then there’s the Leichenfaust 44, which is essentially an energy rocket launcher, except it adds the humorous effect of deactivating gravity in its blast radius. The hardier enemies aren't killed by the first shot, leaving them floating helplessly, giving you a nice target for the follow-up shot. As their body evaporates, individual bones are left floating away into nothingness. As one can see, there is considerable satisfaction in the feedback of the weapons, which is further enhanced by exceptionally tactile rumble effects.

More Info

Release date: Aug 18 2009 - PS3, PC, Xbox 360 (US)
Aug 21 2009 - PS3, PC, Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3, PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Activision
Developed by: id Software
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending
Matthew Keast

My new approach to play all games on Hard mode straight off the bat has proven satisfying. Sure there is some frustration, but I've decided it's the lesser of two evils when weighed against the boredom of easiness that Normal difficulty has become in the era of casual gaming.

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  • Ricochet3438 - November 15, 2009 2:31 a.m.

    i rented this game and agree with what gamesradar has to say about it, but i wouldnt wanna pay a full price tag for it
  • BlackIce575 - August 27, 2009 12:46 a.m.

  • oryandymackie - August 26, 2009 6:41 p.m.

    I think I'll buy this, when the price comes down. Just to see what it's like, and if I don't like it, I'll take it back to GameStation
  • pinoklin - August 21, 2009 5:26 a.m.

    im playing through the wolfy 3d right now and its freaking awesome i hope we get the dogs here as well and if theres a mecha hitler he is welcome....the only thing i hate about it is how easily u get lost and bored cuz u murdered every single enemy in the level but u cant find the exit rofl.
  • Darthwaluigi - August 20, 2009 7:59 a.m.

    i've played it for a solid 3 hours. I agree with this review to a T. VERY fun, but more than just a rental...? Nein. Play through single player, then return. Still a BLAST (no pun intended).
  • L4Dfan550 - August 19, 2009 6:34 a.m.

    So i just rented Wolfenstein and played it for about an hour and a half. I have to admit that the single player is very fun. The whole town open worldness is a bit deceiving on how much u can actually explore but nonetheless very cool and a nice addition. The story is ok so far but i havent reached the good part yet.ok now on to the tricky part, multiplayer. It is just ok. Its so bare bones that it can be a little stale at first but nonetheless its still ok and is passable. I give the singleplayer a B and Multiplayer a C-.
  • Rattlehead - August 18, 2009 9:40 p.m.

    I'll probably rent it before buying
  • Angelmaker14 - August 21, 2009 6:07 a.m.

    nice choice with what i'm asuming is a Tiny Tim song.
  • Mar27w - August 19, 2009 6:39 p.m.

    Looks like a million other FPs ive played yawn seen it all before and done better,no sale
  • Makk_Mizzy - August 19, 2009 3:02 a.m.

    I never anticipated on getting this game, the only way I will play this game is if a friend lets me borrow it, it is definitely not worth buying! I get tired of fighting humans! Gimme Locusts from Gears of War, Covenant from Halo, Elves, Goblins, Orcs, Dwarves, Creatures, Wolves, Bears, Giants, Minotaurs from Elder Scrolls Oblivion 4, and im set but not fukking Nazi's, come on dude! The storyline looked cheesy anyway. Whoever reviewed this game probably is a fanboy of WOLFENSTEIN!
  • Pr0fesserCha0s - August 19, 2009 2:06 a.m.

    I'm scared that the game will be like Halo for repetitive story mode and crappy multiplayer really, and wake-up halo fans not everybody likes that boring, this game maybe a buyer cuz of those crazy guns, and please don't make us write these stupid written images word i got 3 wrongs dammit
  • Tymiegie - August 18, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    That was a really good review. I wasn't interested in this game before and I still probably won't get it. It is possible I will, though since the weapons seem really cool.
  • SumthingStupid - August 18, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    i can't wait for tomorrow to get it... couldn't go today because of football practice
  • Stabby_Joe - August 18, 2009 10 p.m.

    Cool, I don't care much about the multiplayer and even less positive reviews agree the single player is very fun.