World War II rages and nations fall. SS head Himmler has Hitler's full backing to twist science and the occult into an army capable of annihilating the Allies once and for all. Battling alone, you're on an intense mission to pierce the black heart of the Third Reich and stop Himmler or die trying. Fighting in advanced team-based multiplayer mode, you'll wage your own WWII in an all-out Axis vs. Allies contest for frontline domination.
This is a review of the single player mode in Return to Castle Wolfenstein only. Why am I only reviewing the single player mode? A few reasons really, but mainly because this is an older game and the online community is pretty much dead. RTCW follows the uprising of a German Reich, whose motives are unclear at first, but as the game goes on, you will see them dabble in standard military practice, the occult, and even biological experimentation. You will play the role of a U.S. Army Ranger named B.J. Blazkowicz. The game starts out with Blazkowicz being captured by the Germans, and he is about to get interrogated. Through some clever tactics, he is able to break out of his prison cell and scrounge up a knife. Missions can range from exploring crypts, to pilfering a top secret enemy aircraft, or simply gunning down tons of enemies in the Reich's army. I have played this game Windows XP PC with 448MB of RAM, and the graphics run very smooth even on High Detail. The enemy models all have a good amount of detail. The soldiers in the Reich have distinct features that allows for quite a few different enemy types. This is good since it doesn't always feel like you are gunning down the same soldiers over and over again. Most of the weapons look pretty good, and the flamethrower and Venom gun in particular make a lasting impression. The flamethrower spews flames out in an impressive way, and even the little flame on the end of the nozzle moves in accordance with the way the player moves. The Venom gun is a mini gun that flattens enemies and leaves its mark on the environment by either destroyed objects or riddling the walls with bullet holes. The standard PC, FPS controls work like a dream, and all of the controls can be remapped if you want to change them. RTCW stays true to the old school FPS formula and presents itself in a well polished, entertaining fashion. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed!