Video games reloaded: Wolfenstein 3D revokes the golden 90’s
Nineties video-game Wolfenstein 3D resurfaces in the market in a bold new avatar. A cutting-edge promo and storyline pushes one to wonder, are old games still in?tech reviews Updated: May 23, 2013 11:23 IST
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.
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.
(With inputs from AFP)
First Published: May 11, 2013 16:20 IST