Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001)

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You play a World War II American intelligence agent who must stop various Nazi special weapons projects predominately involving the occult.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Director (voice)
James Alcroft ...
Jack (voice)
Higgs / Nazi Soldier #2 (voice)
Jonathan David Cook ...
Heinrich (voice) (as Jonathan Cook)
Murphy (voice)
Nazi Cmdr. Helga Von Bulow / Nazi Woman #1 (voice)
Drew Markham ...
Nazi Soldier #1 (voice)
Peter Renaday ...
Monk (voice) (as Pete Renaday)
Nazi Soldier #3 (voice)
Gaille Heideman ...
Nazi Woman #2 (voice)
Nazi Soldier #4 (voice)
Lt. B.J. Blazkowicz (PS2 version) (voice) (as Matthew Kaminsky)
Agent One (PS2 version) (voice)
Brian Mysliwy ...
Army Major / Egyptian #1 / Prologue German #1 (PS2 version) (voice)
Egyptian #2 / Prologue German #2 (PS2 version) (voice)


You play B.J. Blazkowicz, an World War II American secret agent, who is sent to investigate reports of bizarre experiments being conducted by Nazi Germany's special weapons research facilities involving the occult. What you find is more frightening than can be imagined and that much harder to stop as you must battle not only the Nazi hordes, but also the stuff of nightmares not including the monstrosities that twisted Nazi science have created. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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19 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Operation Resurrection  »

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Throughout the game, there are plenty of strange rocket planes, jet planes and flying wings. Although most of these are just fiction, (at least) two are actual WWII German designs:
  • The Ba317 "Cobra", used in B.J. Blazkowicz' escape from the Balkan rocket base and general "Deathshead"'s escape from the X-labs in Norway, is actually the Bachem Ba349 "Natter". The only difference is the lack of external booster rockets. However, throughout the game you see posters with the blueprints for the Cobra, and the booster rockets are shown attached. Also, "Natter" is German for "adder", not far from "Cobra".

  • The odd jet plane being produced in the bombed out factory in Kugelstadt, is actually a Heinkel He162 "Salamander".

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Referenced in Medal of Honor: Frontline (2002) See more »


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Better than its press
24 October 2005 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Most people seem to like Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but they qualify their praise with criticisms and reservations.

Well, I have almost no criticisms. This game is simply the bomb. For me, it's a near-perfect blend of horror, wartime action and - very occasionally - gritty realism. The graphics are lovely, and the game simply has a cool aesthetic. I've always found Wolfenstein games to be much more attractive and engaging than, say, Doom, which usually takes place entirely in a dark corridor.

This version of Wolfenstein has a nice variety of missions, too. You fight Nazis in castles and chateaus, undead in gloomy catacombs, and robotic supersoldiers in a top-secret lab. Some missions are reminiscent of the ultra-tough WWII game Hidden and Dangerous, which involved lots of sneaking around and careful gameplay, whereas other missions are all-out slugfests. For me, the game's fairly frequent shifts in tone, pacing and emphasis aren't a weakness, but a strong selling point.

I also love the far-out villains. The armored undead are creepy, and thankfully not nearly as revolting as zombies from other games. But I particularly love the leather-clad babes with machine guns - they're a little sexist, I'm sure, and somewhat tacky, but they're also entirely appropriate for a game like this.

Sure, Return to Castle Wolfenstein has some flaws. The cutscenes are boring, and the dialogue is a little corny. But hey, I didn't expect a good script from Wolfenstein. I expected fun (and carnage), and I got it. It's prime stuff, and very hard to stop playing.

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