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Wolfenstein 3D - The Atari Times

Wolfenstein 3D


Achtung, Sucka! A first-person shooter with substance
by Brian C. Rittmeyer

September 6, 2001
It wasn't until I bought my Jaguar that I was introduced to the first-person shooter. My first experience with Doom was not on my PC, but on my Jaguar.

And while I enjoyed Doom, there was something about it that was missing. There was just a lack of interest developed by killing random monsters on some unknown, alien world. When I later played Quake on my PC, I had the same feeling.

While I had to move forward on my PC to get what I was missing - the game SWAT 3 took first-person shooting inside real homes, motels, banks and other environments - I would have to go backwards to get that feeling on my Jaguar with Wolfenstein 3D, the game that came before Doom. But just because Wolfenstein predates Doom doesn't mean you shouldn't have it - this game is a must have for any Jaguar owner.

Because it's older, Wolfenstein's graphics are somewhat inferior to Doom, most notably in the plain gray ceiling only occasionally broken up by a light fixture, and it's not truly 3D. But it's the story that in my opinion makes Wolfenstein a far more interesting and engaging game to play. You're not just blasting some fantasy alien - you're killing Nazis and, if you can survive, Hitler himself, although he at first won't look like you remember him from the history books.

The game casts you as William J. "B.J." Blazkowicz, a top operative for the Allies. You'll make your bloody way through six missions and 30 levels, encountering SS guards, mad scientists, German shepherds and mutant experiments with machine guns grafted to their chests. There's nothing more chilling than being in one room, firing your gun, and hear a guard who heard you in another room shout "Achtung!" and come after you! You start the game armed with a pistol, and as you go you can increase your firepower by picking up a machine gun, flamethrower, chain gun and rocket launcher. Unlike other versions of the game, this Wolfenstein was not censored or made politically correct - there's lots of pictures of Hitler on the walls and Nazi swastikas, behind some of which are secret rooms filled with treasure, first aid and ammunition. On some levels you'll need to pick up a silver or gold key, or both, to get into certain rooms. The game has three save slots, accessed via the 1-2-3 buttons on the joypad, but be careful not to hit them accidentally while playing. The "5" button will bring up a useful map.

While Wolfenstein is a great, fun game, it does have its problems. One it shares with Doom, in that sometimes the speed at which you move is too fast - pressing the A button while moving makes you go even faster, which I just can't see a need for. Also, the music in the game, while appropriate and mood fitting, can be rather harsh, so it's advisable to turn down the music volume a bit.

Wolfenstein is the kind of game that should not be overlooked or discarded for its age. While it may have come early in the first-person shooting craze, it's still a fun game, and a Jaguar best.

It's time to kick some Nazi hiney.
Fellas, let me introduce you to my rocket laun... err... flamethrower... err... Whatever.
Nothing like a little "Psycho-esque" violence.
Is it me, or does this guy look like he's had a bad day?
Wolfenstein 3D
System: Jaguar
Publisher: Atari
Genre: Action
Graphics Score: 85%
Sound & Music Score: 80%
Gameplay Score: 90%
Control Score: %

Final Score: 90%



Reader Comments for Wolfenstein 3D

Wolf 3-D by Pete on 2006-10-18 12:18:50
I just got back into playing the Jag and have been getting lots of games that I never new exsisted. Was a Jag fan durring the 1st Yr So for every AvsP you would get a Dino Dudes or Checkerd Flag after getting about 10 or so games Some great (Avs P, I.S., Super Burnout, Raymon, Power Drive Raley, the rest worst than bad Dino Dudes, Double Dragon 5, Checkerd Flag, and the mediocure Kausami Ninja a system called the Sega Saturn came out w/ Virtua Fighter and at that point the Jag got packed away to only get played occasionaly . Untill I got Wolf 3-D I don't know what it is about this game but it is great, Atari actualy made a perfect port everything was as I remebered on the PC with little or no slowdown, when my friend came by the only other person to own a Jag it was so good he got the Jag out of storage and bought a copy of this and now is back in the jag scene
A Well Crafted Game... by Guitarman on 2007-03-23 20:35:37
This is one of my favorite games for the Jag. The graphics are just fine with me and the music is GREAT in my opinion! The graphics may be dated to today's standards but do the job with flying colors for being old school. Overall I give this game an 8.5 out of 10 rating. There's nothing like mowing down a few Nazis with a gatling gun!!!
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