The Evolution Of – Wolfenstein

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I wonder how different gaming would have been, had Wolfenstein 3D not popped up. Here was a game that took a then brand-new idea of putting players in the boots and perspective of a character, and ran wild with it. Of course, this wasn’t the first Wolfenstein game, nor would it be the last.

And to be honest, most of these games were well, well before my time. My very first dip into that franchise, was with the rather superb Return to Castle Wolfenstein. A game that was high on action, fun, multiplayer and scary enough to frighten the puberty off of my spotty face. Good times man, good times.

Since then, we’ve had a 2009 stab at reinvigorating the franchise which was less than ideal to be honest. Hell, it was terrible and underwhelming. But it did pave the way for the super Wolfenstein: The New Order this year, which is as close to old-school run ‘n gun and new-school visuals as we’ll ever get.

So, which one of you is the oldest man here, and played Wolfenstein all the way back in the 1980s?

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Not me, I definitely did not play Wolfenstein or the Spear of Destiny expansion to death once I finally got a colour monitor. Honest. Cross mein leiben & hope to die.

  • Travis

    wow never realised how far back they went, I played wolfenstein 3d, Not at all a fan of the franchise though.

  • Hendrik

    I played the 1992 one!

  • Double-O-Six and a half

    Damn, I guess (so far) the dubious honour goes to me… I played Beyond Castle Wolfenstein in ’84on my dad’s (then) state of the art Olivetti M24 with an 8086 processor, dual 360KIb floppy disks and a CGA monitor capable of 640×400 resolution… got me started in gaming along with a few other games on an Olivetti bundled software called Friendly ware and I have never looked back…

    That computer and Wolfenstein got me in to such crap, because it modified the DOS autoexec.bat file (for those not old enough to know DOS, it’s basically the boot loader for DOS) to auto-load Wolfenstein and I had to get it fixed before he got home otherwise my ass was meeting a dowel rod for a hiding… Yellow pages and some computer geek from IBM saved my ass but kept me playing…

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  • HvR

    Started with the demo (when free to play was still free) of Wolfenstein 3D (1992)

  • Rags

    RTCW probably is one of, if not the best SP fps ever made imo. Forget, Quake, HL and HL2, Goldeneye, Raven Shield. RTCW is where its at. And then there is the Multiplayer and the ET expansion/mod, which was epic and still popular up to the BF3 era. 😀

    • WhiteRock

      I was / am a huge fan of Return to Castle Wolfenstein and everything it spawned. It really brought a new edge to the FPS genre when it came out. Started playing it again the other day – still good!

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