Monday, January 11, 2016

Wolfenstein (game series)

Wolfenstein is a series of World War II video games, originally developed by Muse Software. The third game in the franchise, Wolfenstein 3D, was developed by id Software, and is widely regarded to have helped popularize the first-person shooter genre. In 2001, the series was rebooted with Return to Castle Wolfenstein, developed by Gray Matter Interactive. This was followed by Raven Software's Wolfenstein in 2009, and MachineGames' Wolfenstein: The New Order in 2014 and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood in 2015.

The majority of the games follow protagonist William "B.J." Blazkowicz, and his fights against the Nazi powers. The New Order is set in an alternate history in which the Axis Powers won the Second World War.

Remember BJ Blazkowicz? Of course you do.

Having made his first appearance way back in 1992 in Wolfenstein 3D, the original first-person shooter, Blazkowicz has been a largely dormant character since that game's release, with the exception of the "Return to Castle Wolfenstein" games released nearly a decade later. But now, our good friend, the American spy, is back. Ready to take on the Nazi regime once more in an alternate history storyline, Wolfenstein (the third game in the base Wolfenstein series) is as heated a first-person shooter as you'll find on the market today.

Blazkowicz's fight takes place in an alternate history storyline, but that doesn't mean there's some semblance of truth to what's going on. The SS Paranormal Division is back in full force, and conducting crazy experiments to give the Axis the edge in World War II. Think the SS Paranormal Division is fictional? Think again. Based on the very real SS Ahnenerbe, the Paranormal Division in Wolfenstein is after the occult knowledge hidden by something called The Black Sun. And while the SS Ahnenerbe was never quite this out of control during World War II, rest assured that the Nazis' fascination and obsession with archaeology, the paranormal, the occult, and ancient history is quite, quite real, indeed.

Wolfenstein is the biggest game in the small series yet, by far. With over a dozen missions, there's plenty to do during the main course of events. And that doesn't even take into account the hundreds of collectibles to be found throughout the game's various maps, from gold, to intel, to special occult-based items called Tomes of Power. There is also an entire arsenal of weapons to uncover and upgrade, and a vast multiplayer element to the game that will certainly require your full attention as well. Naturally, our guide covers all of this, and more, to ensure that you take down the Nazi regime once and for all in this unique take on World War II shooters.

Are you ready, soldier? The German Resistance awaits your arrival. 

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