Developer: id Software
Release Date: 5/15/2009
Available Exclusively On
The Good: Looks good, classic Wolfenstein style, RPG elements nicely blended in, lots of game
The Bad: Not very deep on either end, needs deeper RPG elements, almost no story
id Software isn’t really known for RPG’s but in fact the opposite with fast paced mind numbing first person shooters. The combination seems preposterous, but it works well here. The story takes a back seat here and the RPG elements come forefront. All your typical RPG elements are intact with each weapon having ammo, HP, syringes (think temporary status increases), and hidden collectibles as well as side paths, and turned based combat.
You move around with a virtual D-pad and each step is one turn. The game is in the classic style with 2D sprites (that are nicely drawn) and you must find gold keys to advance to next levels, but there’s not much strategy here. Just save up health packs and blast away so in that sense it brings the id Software craziness in. The game has lots of nods to other id games as well as games in that era. You can read grave stones, notes, inscriptions, and find hidden areas for loot. While all this is solid and the game is pretty lengthy it’s addictive and just plain fun to find everything and kill everything.
I just wish the game let you buy stuff in shops, use armor you find like other action RPGs, but it is what it is: Wolfenstein action with RPG elements tossed in. The game satisfies both action and RPG fans equally and you will find a lot to love here even if you never played a Wolfenstein game before. The progressively gets more difficult, but it’s still manageable, so pick this up if you are a fan of either genre.