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August 15 2009
Wolfenstein - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
19/8/2009ActivisionActivisionRaven
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
12-12$119.95
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Wolfenstein looks great on the PS3.
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The game is choc-full of bloody Nazi's.

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Wolfenstein's graphics engine pushing the PS3.
It has been a long wait for this title, and when we say long, we mean it. The game was actually first mentioned way back in July 2004 by Todd Hollenshead from id Software as the sequel to Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Who would have thought that the game would take more then five years to appear on shelves. Still, that's development these days, a couple of re-invisionings and development team changes and there goes a couple of years. Even after all this time though this is one of the most anticipated titles of 2009.

You are B.J. Blazkowicz, a highly decorated member of the office of Secret Actions (OSA), who is sent on a special mission into the heart of the Reich to investigate evidence of the Nazi's possession of a new and mysterious power. While behind enemy lines, you discover they have done much more than develop a new weapon. The Nazis are harnessing the power of a dark parallel dimension called The Veil; in order to create a weapon of war-ending magnitude.

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That Nazi soldier is not of our world.
So this is a first person shooter, nothing too original there right? Well thanks to the storyline you have the ability to move between the Nazi's dark reality and yours. Enemies differ between each of the parallel worlds, but it also allows B.J. to upgrade the weapons using the veil-enhancing powers. Indeed Veil powers allow B.J. to perform special actions such as slowing down time.

Wolfenstein has primarily been in development at Raven Software and has been developed using id Software's id Tech 4 engine which has eben used in games including Doom 3 and Quake 4. But this isn't the same engine that powered those games a couple of years ago with other enhancements being made by the developers at Raven Software including depth of field effects, soft shadowing, post processing effects, Havok physics.

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Those aren't human powers.
Admittedly we were a little surprise by the rather sparse weaponse on offer in Wolfenstein however it is possible to modify and upgrade these weapons as you unlock new features. Weapons in the game include the following; MP43 Automatic Assault Rifle, Kar 98 Bolt Action Rifle, MP40 Automatic Submachine Gun, Flammenwerfer (flame thrower), Panzerschreck (Rocket Launcher), and the rather futuristic Tesla "Electric charge" Cannon and Particle "Veil Beam" Cannon. The two latter items are ones which we don't expect to make an appearance in the single player game until quite late on, and it has been confirmed that these two more powerful weapons will not be making an appearance in the multi-player modes.

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Nazi's battle in the streets.
Multi-player in this game has been developed by Endrant Studios, a company who we aren't too familiar with. What we do know is that Wolfenstein will contain a swag of online modes and options. Multi-player includes eight maps (which use the same artistic style as the single player game, but are designed solely with a multi-player focus) with support for up to 12-players (in maximum 6 vs 6 matches) the game pits two sides against each other - somewhat unsurprisingly these are Resistance Vs Nazi's.

Game modes include Team Deathmach (obvious), Objective which sees the Resistance completing onbjectives to defeat the Axis, and the Axis defending their research, while Stopwatch is very similar to Objective but sees the two teams swapping over half way to see which team manages to complete the objective in the shortest amount of time. These online modes include three soldier classes - Soldier, Engineer (who will be required to complete all objectives) or Medic (for healing and resurrections). Items will be unlockable so that classes can be customised by gamers.

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That's one well equipped soldier!
Visually Wolfenstein certainly looks the part. The differences between the two parallel dimensions are impressive and the detail levels on the characters in the game as well as the buildings and maps also manages to impress. Should the game maintain a smooth, and high, frame rate on the PS3 then this should be a game that is one of the stronger titles on the system.

Wolfenstein is shaping up as an impressive title and it couldn't be released at a better time with Quentin Tarantino's latest Nazi-killing movie Inglourious Basterds due out almost to the day with this game. The game looks good and if the gameplay, and in particular the online gameplay, can match the visuals then we should have another impressive title on our hands. The game is due out in Australia on August 19th only a couple of days to wait now.