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Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001)

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1945, The Nazis are planning to resurrect Heinrich I, after being imprisoned. It is up to B.J Blazkowicz, an O.S.A soldier, to foil the operation.

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Uncredited cast:
James Alcroft ... Jack (voice) (uncredited)
... Egyptian #2 / Prologue German #2 (voice) (uncredited)
... Nazi Soldier #4 (voice) (uncredited)
Jonathan David Cook ... Heinrich (voice) (uncredited)
... Egyptian #1 / Prologue German #1 (voice) (uncredited)
Gaille Heideman ... Nazi Woman #2 (voice) (uncredited)
... The Director (voice) (uncredited)
... Lt. B.J. Blazkowicz (voice) (uncredited)
Drew Markham ... Nazi Soldier #1 (voice) (uncredited)
Brian Mysliwy ... Army Major / Egyptian #3 / Prologue German #3 (voice) (uncredited)
... Murphy (voice) (uncredited)
... Agent One (voice) (uncredited)
Peter Renaday ... Monk (voice) (uncredited)
... Higgs / Nazi Soldier #2 (voice) (uncredited)
... Nazi Cmdr. Helga Von Bulow / Nazi Woman #1 / Egyptian Woman / Child (voice) (uncredited)
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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 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 scientists have created. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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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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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #27.4 (2002) See more »

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Moonlight sonata
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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It's baack...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a well-executed update to id's Wolfenstein 3d from 1991. While the storyline is original (though it obviously rips from Raiders of the Lost Ark), there are a few technical issues that my anal-retentive brain just can't leave alone. Fortunately, I won't go into them here.

Once again placing the player into the well-worn boots of BJ Blazkowicz, the game starts you off just as the original did; you were captured and tossed into the dungeon of Castle Wolfenstein, and you just killed your guard. The start even looks about the same; You're looking at the door to your cell, the body of your guard in front of you. However, the original started you with his gun and 8 rounds. Here, you start with your knife (which looks like a Fairbairn-Sykes model), but you don't have to go very far for your first pistol (it's in the doorframe).

As the game travels through the Balkans, occupied Norway, and, of course, Germany itself, you almost feel like those are your hands holding that "borrowed" MP40. In one mission where you must escort a "liberated" Panzer through a town, you feel as though you're walking through a bombed-out city; piles of rubble line the roads, buildings look unsteady, and many of the NPC's you encounter have bandages applied.

My main gripe is that the members of the Wehrmacht you encounter speak in accented English. Sometimes, they'll say something in German (like when they're muttering to themselves, or when it'd be very easy to figure out what they mean), but when it's a miniature cutscene (the second and third people encountered on the Norway mission come readily to mind), the conversation is mostly in English.


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