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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

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Video games reloaded: Wolfenstein 3D revokes the golden 90’s
Durga M Sengupta, Hindustantimes.com
New Delhi, May 11, 2013
First Published: 16:20 IST(11/5/2013)
Last Updated: 11:23 IST(23/5/2013)
Wolfstein: The New Order

Polish-American muscular blonde spy B.J. Blazkowicz is back to save the world, this time in a Nazi controlled 1960’s. Coming from a time when gaming consoles like PlayStation and XBox were an unimagined dream, 1992’s popular game Wolfenstein 3D makes a comeback in 2013 as Wolfenstein: The New Order created by Bethesda Softworks and developed by MachineGames.

The old game, fondly called Wolf 3D put the player in Blazkowicz shoes as he opened door after door, trading pistols for machine guns to chain guns to slay Nazi guards and wolves alike in order to finally reach the secret chamber of a larger than life version of Nazi leader Fuhrer, Hitler himself.

The futuristic promo with a racy soundtrack immediately invokes a sense of Batman marrying Iron-Man. The alternative history and cutting edge graphics are set to raise goose-bumps on any videogame fan’s skin, especially the nineties kid.

However, this isn’t its first comeback. Wolfenstein resurfaced earlier as a team-based online multiplayer called “Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory” in 2003. What seems to be the only let down with the Wolf-reprise is the lack of a multi-player option at a time when single players are undeniably passé. That and the ironic fact that the old nineties game was a rare multi-player that thrived due to its exciting plot as well as player count.



Is there a trend to revisit old popular games in the market? Part II’s and Part III’s running amok online and on CD’s seem to suggest so. For instance, everyone’s first-videogame love Mario never left business. From being the more popular player among brothers Mario and Luigi, he went on to conquer the video-gaming world as a three dimensional Super Mario. Nintendo remade Super Mario 64 DS for its Nintendo 64 system and Nintendo DS system selling over six million units worldwide.

Doom 3, a remake of the 1993 Doom follows the same storyline and difficulty pattern of the original. Often confused to be a sequel, the game merely takes the nineties video-game lover into a carefully recreated blast from the past. Based in ‘a remote research facility’ on Mars, the game is a space odyssey that puts the player in combat with savage monsters.

 

Japanese Arcade game Street Fighter developed as early as 1987 was played through the nineties on rudimentary Nintendo video gaming consoles. The classic 2D game was revamped by Nintendo over the years till it finally emerged as (excuse the long title) Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. A faster gaming experience and visually appealing colour enhancements makes this one a winner for the old-school video-game lover stuck in gaming world of 3D realistic animation and action.



Wolfenstein might win the cake though. Guided by an original idea, the good old favourite adopts a new avatar unlike its contemporaries. The message is quite clear on the wall – old is indeed gold.

(With inputs from AFP)


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