Wolfenstein 2009. Revive Your Old Memories (Review)

Wolfenstein is probably the father of all other FPS (First Person Shooting) Games and the way it still manages to cause a gamer to suffer from chronic nostalgia is a great thing in itself. Personally, Wolfenstein reminds of my teenage. It’s one of my favorite teenage buddies during the early months of 2001. I just loved the way I killed a lot of Nazis (No offence to Nazis though :P). And tell me what; Wolfenstein is back! It was so good to see Wolfenstein 2009 on Wikipedia that I could not stop myself from renting it right away and try my hands on it. This game got banned in Germany; don’t wonder why!

This long gap of time (roughly 7 years) probably forced the developers to design the game according to current gaming standards. Some parts of the game are almost same though with little bit of modifications. In the 2001 version of this game the difficulty level was used in a funny way. Can I play, Daddy? ; ) This is one thing that still remains the same in the 2009 version of the game as well.

Wolfenstein 2009. Revive Your Old Memories (Review)

Game Plot:
In this WWII, the Germans have tapped into an occult dimension with the ancient technology of a race called the Thule. As a result they’ve developed a whole host of nasty devices, from advanced weapons like the lightning-spitting Tesla gun to outright magical powers like illusion and teleportation. You, of course, will be able to co-opt some of this ill-gotten ass-kickery and turn it back on its inventors, though Wolfenstein does an admirable job of rationing the technology so that you never get more of it at a time than you can reasonably handle. It accomplishes this via a clever (if somewhat far-fetched, given the plot) system whereby you collect weapons from downed enemies, and then upgrade them according to your desires, using funds received from completing missions or found in secret areas. Since funds are limited throughout the game, you’ll need to choose which weapons you want to upgrade, and which upgrades make the most sense for your style of play. But be warned, some upgrades are pretty useless and you can only sell them back at 50% value, so choose the cup of a carpenter, my friends.

Most modern first-person shooters are so very serious. They feature a whole lot of brown environments and gruff characters, but never have enough archways into alternate universes. Well, if you’re in the mood for an FPS with a glint in its figurative eye, Wolfenstein is a good way to stave off the forces of evil without the in-game grumpiness that usually accompanies such endeavors. This sequel to 2001’s Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a worthy addition to the series and a fun romp in its own right. The game won’t set your world on fire; it occasionally stops feeling old-fashioned and starts feeling just plain old, and a number of flaws are woven throughout the gameplay’s very fabric. Some awesome boss fights and memorable combat sequences prevent Wolfenstein from falling into a rut, however. Besides, you’re not just fighting Nazis–you’re fighting magic Nazis that conjure force fields and fly around with jetpacks.

However, The action itself is rudimentary as far as first-person shooters go. There is no cover system to grapple with; you won’t peek around corners, slink in the shadows, or pilot vehicles. Nevertheless, Wolfenstein is a fun journey that more often than not shies away from that kind of unfair trial and error. The tension of combat culminates with several fantastic boss battles, each of which requires you to think on your toes and utilize Veil powers to the best of your ability. The final boss fight is the finest of them all–the kind of exciting and extended epic conflict that you rarely see in recent shooters. Your struggles against bosses, along with some terrific set piece battles, help energize the more predictable firefights that light up the streets of Isenstadt.

– Fantastic boss fights
– Dramatic battles, featuring plenty of blood
– Solid online play offers lasting value
– The guns are fun to shoot.

– Boring story told by mediocre-looking cutscenes
– Inconsistent level of challenge
– A bunch of little issues add up over time.

This is a fiction where the graphics and the technology play a vital role in elevating the interest. Unlike its prior version, Wolfenstein here looks a bit aged with stiff facial animations and over compressed cut scenes. The game is a bad competitor for its counterparts because of its below-rated assets, unenthusiastic voice acting. Irrespective of everything, Wolfenstein is a name which attracts the old gamers because of its emotional attachment (I’m talking about the childhood memories). I liked the game because I could cherish my childhood memories with this buddy of mine. It’s a good game; of course not like the old Wolfenstein BUT it’s Fun. I think this game is a MUST PLAYED ONE TIME – Game, on Computer.

Wolfenstein proves that even as first-person shooters progress, there is still plenty of room for traditional shooting unhindered by modern frills. Yet while it’s pleasingly old-fashioned, the unimpressive AI, aging technology, and general lack of refinement make this sequel feel like a missed opportunity. But there are enough great battles here to keep you entertained, so while Wolfenstein may be the video game equivalent of a B movie, it’s the kind of mindless merriment that shooter fans can get behind. Finally, it’s definitely not something I would buy, but I’d intend to rent it  (again) and waste another weekend 😉

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