Cheat Code

Sep 9, 2009 at 12:00 am

Xbox 360, PS3

Chances are if you're a fan of classic games, you're familiar with the Wolfenstein series. Way back in the early '90s, Wolfenstein 3D changed the face of what a computer game would be. Keeping the protagonist off camera with only his/her guns in view, you effectively became the only one to save the day from those damn Nazis. Gaming was never the same. 

There hasn't been a new Wolfenstein game since 2001's Return to Castle Wolfenstein so Activision dusted off the old girl, and offered up more Nazis and monsters for our World War II hero, BJ Blaskowitz, to massacre.

Picking right up where Return left off, our protagonist, discovering that a high ranking Nazi soldier — who has, you'll note, a fascination with the occult — is on the verge of something big, BJ connects with local resistance groups to get him some scalps. What begins as simple resistance work soon takes a supernatural spin with SS agents — who appear to move supernaturally quickly — blasting you with blue shit that most definitely ain't bullets. Luckily, you've brought some magic to the party yourself in the form of the Veil. Best described as the reality beneath the reality, entering the Veil allows you superhuman powers, such as the ability to move at superhuman speed, reflect enemy attacks, and give your own firepower a boost, leveling damn near anything in your path. Gameplay is a bit of a throwback, with simple movements, so you may feel a little stiff, but BJ's moveset gets the job done, and most importantly, the weapons are balanced. And sending Nazi monsters back to hell using the Tesla gun, the machine gun that you start the game with isn't exactly the worst feeling in the world either. Plus, all weapons are upgradeable, truly making you a one-man slaughterhouse.

If this isn't your first time in BJ's shoes, Wolfenstein doesn't stray far from its roots and once you start playing, you'll feel right at home ... which is a blessing and a curse. The game is fun, and there are new wrinkles in the form of your veil powers. The problem is, gameplay (and graphics, unfortunately) just seem a little dated. With other series taking the first-person shooter genre to new heights, BJ needs to step his game up a bit.