History VideoGame / Wolfenstein

24th Dec '15 5:15:48 PM Kadorhal
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''Wolfenstein'' is a long-running series of videogames created first by Creator/MuseSoftware, then followed by Creator/IdSoftware, Creator/RavenSoftware, and later by Creator/MachineGames. This series is often regarded as the series which [[GenreLaunch launched]] the FirstPersonShooter genre with VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein 3D}}, alongside VideoGame/{{Doom}}, also by id. So far, the games in the series are the following:

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''Wolfenstein'' is a long-running series of videogames created first by Creator/MuseSoftware, then followed by Creator/IdSoftware, Gray Matter Interactive, Creator/RavenSoftware, and later by Creator/MachineGames. This series is often regarded as the series which [[GenreLaunch launched]] the FirstPersonShooter genre with VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein 3D}}, alongside VideoGame/{{Doom}}, the later ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', also by id. So far, the games in the series are the following:



Most of the series follows the adventures of the soldier William "B.J." Blazkowicz in his war against ThoseWackyNazis. Although ''3D'' had a comical side in some aspects, what with a SecretLevel featuring the VideoGame/PacMan ghosts, later TurnOfTheMillennium entries have a more "serious" thematic, with heavy emphasis on [[{{Ghostapo}} the supernatural and occult]] and [[StupidJetpackHitler experimental weapons development projects regarding]] UsefulNotes/NaziGermany.

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Most of the series follows the adventures of the soldier William "B.J." Blazkowicz in his war against ThoseWackyNazis. Although ''3D'' had a comical side in some aspects, what with a SecretLevel featuring the VideoGame/PacMan ghosts, later TurnOfTheMillennium entries [[CerberusSyndrome have a more "serious" thematic, thematic]], with heavy emphasis on [[{{Ghostapo}} the supernatural and occult]] and [[StupidJetpackHitler experimental weapons development projects regarding]] projects]] regarding UsefulNotes/NaziGermany.



** ''The Old Blood'' is itself sort of a broad-strokes retelling of ''Return to Castle Wolfenstein'' - it has the same basic plot of B.J. and an Agent One being captured in the eponymous castle, B.J. escaping into the nearby town of Wulfburg (via cable car both times, even) after Agent One's demise to meet a local resistance member named Kessler, then taking out a supernatural threat the SS Paranormal Division is currently trying to bring back to use against the Allies.

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** ''The Old Blood'' is itself sort of a broad-strokes retelling of the first chapter of ''Return to Castle Wolfenstein'' - it has the same basic plot of B.J. and an Agent One being captured in the eponymous castle, B.J. escaping into the nearby town of Wulfburg (via via cable car both times, even) after Agent One's demise to meet a local resistance member named Kessler, then taking out a supernatural threat (which is preceded by a random ZombieApocalypse) brought back by the SS Paranormal Division is currently trying to bring back to use against Division, whose activities in the Allies.area are headed by a woman named Helga.
23rd Dec '15 8:33:04 PM Kadorhal
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** Subverted in ''WolfensteinTheNewOrder,'' where America ''loses'' the war, as does everyone else except Germany.

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** Subverted in ''WolfensteinTheNewOrder,'' ''The New Order'', though, where America ''loses'' the war, as does everyone else except Germany.



* BadBoss FatBastard: At least one of them per game, and you get the chance to kick their ass in some way.
* BroadStrokes: This is how later games in the series seem to treat ''Wolfenstein 3D''. It's implied the events of the first game sort of happened, but B.J. never killed Hitler (who still seems to be alive as of ''The New Order'').
* EliteMooks: Mostly the Elite Guard in the FPS games.

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* BadBoss FatBastard: BadBoss[=/=]FatBastard: At least one of them per game, and you get the chance to kick their ass in some way.
* BroadStrokes: BroadStrokes:
**
This is how later games in the series seem to treat ''Wolfenstein 3D''. It's implied the events of the first game sort of happened, but B.J. never killed Hitler (who still seems to be alive as of ''The New Order'').
Order''; the prologue of ''The Old Blood'', however, suggests that he ''did'' kill Hitler, they simply [[OurZombiesAreDifferent resurrected him afterwards]]).
** ''The Old Blood'' is itself sort of a broad-strokes retelling of ''Return to Castle Wolfenstein'' - it has the same basic plot of B.J. and an Agent One being captured in the eponymous castle, B.J. escaping into the nearby town of Wulfburg (via cable car both times, even) after Agent One's demise to meet a local resistance member named Kessler, then taking out a supernatural threat the SS Paranormal Division is currently trying to bring back to use against the Allies.
* EliteMooks: Mostly Every game has some form of them. ''[=RtCW=]'' and the Elite Guard in the FPS games.2009 one make them [[AmazonBrigade female]].



** ''Return to Castle Wolfenstein'': Helga von Burlew is investigating reports of magic in an ancient crypt, and when B.J pursues her there, he fights against a ZombieApocalypse and [[OurLichesAreDifferent an undead warlord from centuries past]].
** ''The Old Blood'': The iffiest of the three, since [[AllThereInTheManual lore scattered throughout the game]] makes it clear that [[spoiler: the ZombieApocalypse and the EldritchAbomination]] are the creation of alchemical experiments rather than sorcery. It depends on how one views alchemy; retro-themed SuperScience or [[AlchemyIsMagic a form of magic]].
* GratuitousGerman: As it's a WorldWarII game, it wastes no chance to spew gratuitous german phrases.
* HundredPercentCompletion: Across the games (mostly prevalent in the [=FPSes=], with the possible exceptions of ''RTCW'' and ''W:ET'') there are many secrets and trasures scattered across the levels which serve for a major objective.

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** ''Return to Castle Wolfenstein'': Helga von Burlew is Bulow and the rest of the SS Paranormal Division are investigating reports of magic in an ancient crypt, and when B.J pursues her there, he fights against first a ZombieApocalypse and ZombieApocalypse, then later [[OurLichesAreDifferent an undead warlord from centuries past]].
** ''The Old Blood'': The iffiest of the three, since [[AllThereInTheManual lore scattered throughout the game]] makes it clear that [[spoiler: the ZombieApocalypse and the EldritchAbomination]] are the creation of alchemical experiments rather than sorcery. It depends on how whether one views alchemy; alchemy as retro-themed SuperScience or [[AlchemyIsMagic a form of magic]].
* GratuitousGerman: As it's a WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-based game, it wastes no chance to spew gratuitous german German phrases.
* HundredPercentCompletion: Across the games (mostly prevalent in the [=FPSes=], with the possible exceptions of ''RTCW'' and ''W:ET'') [=FPSes=]) there are many secrets and trasures treasures scattered across the levels which serve for a major objective.



* StupidJetpackHitler: Iconic to the series as a whole since it first became a 3d FPS series. ''Wolfenstein 3D'' famously involves UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in a mecha suit as a boss and cybernetically augmented, zombie-like "mutants" in its first expansion. ''Return to Castle Wolfenstein'' features actual jetpack-equipped Nazi troopers, bio-engineered monsters and the Ubersoldaten, who could be either EliteMooks in PowerArmor, cyborgs or robots. The 2009 game and ''The New Order'' go full-fledged DieselPunk.

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* StupidJetpackHitler: Iconic to the series as a whole since it first became a 3d FPS series. ''Wolfenstein 3D'' famously involves UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in a mecha suit as a the final boss and cybernetically augmented, zombie-like "mutants" in its first expansion. ''Return to Castle Wolfenstein'' features actual jetpack-equipped Nazi troopers, bio-engineered monsters and the Ubersoldaten, who could be either EliteMooks in PowerArmor, cyborgs or robots. The 2009 game and ''The New Order'' go full-fledged DieselPunk.



* NaziGold
* NaziHunter: BJ Blazkowicz, and he only hunts Nazis.

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* NaziGold
NaziGold: A common bonus to collect across the games.
* NaziHunter: BJ Blazkowicz, and he only hunts Nazis.Blazkowicz.
9th Dec '15 2:21:34 PM WillKeaton
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* GratuitousGerman: Though it's a WorldWarII game, it wastes no chance in spewing gratuitous german phrases to everything.

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* GratuitousGerman: Though As it's a WorldWarII game, it wastes no chance in spewing to spew gratuitous german phrases to everything.phrases.
9th Dec '15 2:20:42 PM WillKeaton
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** Subverted in WolfensteinTheNewOrder, where America ''loses'' the war, as does everyone else except Germany.

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** Subverted in WolfensteinTheNewOrder, ''WolfensteinTheNewOrder,'' where America ''loses'' the war, as does everyone else except Germany.
12th Nov '15 3:13:18 PM Mhazard
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* NaziHunter: BJ Blazkowicz, and he only hunts Nazis.
12th Sep '15 6:50:50 PM Berrenta
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* AmericaWinsTheWar: The saga is all about B.J. taking on the Nazis [[OneManArmy all by himself]].

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* AmericaWinsTheWar: AmericaWonWorldWarII: The saga is all about B.J. taking on the Nazis [[OneManArmy all by himself]].
8th Sep '15 11:30:24 AM WanderingBrowser
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7th Sep '15 11:42:41 PM WanderingBrowser
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** ''Wolfenstein: The Old Blood'' (2015, [=MachineGames=])

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** ''Wolfenstein: ''[[VideoGame/WolfensteinTheOldBlood Wolfenstein: The Old Blood'' Blood]]'' (2015, [=MachineGames=])



Most of the series follows the adventures of the soldier William "B.J." Blazkowicz in his war against ThoseWackyNazis. Although ''3D'' had a comical side in some aspects, what with a SecretLevel featuring the VideoGame/PacMan ghosts, later TurnOfTheMillennium entries have a more "serious" thematic, with heavy emphasis on [[{{Ghostapo}} the supernatural and occult regarding]] UsefulNotes/NaziGermany.

to:

Most of the series follows the adventures of the soldier William "B.J." Blazkowicz in his war against ThoseWackyNazis. Although ''3D'' had a comical side in some aspects, what with a SecretLevel featuring the VideoGame/PacMan ghosts, later TurnOfTheMillennium entries have a more "serious" thematic, with heavy emphasis on [[{{Ghostapo}} the supernatural and occult occult]] and [[StupidJetpackHitler experimental weapons development projects regarding]] UsefulNotes/NaziGermany.



** Subverted in WolfensteinTheNewOrder, where America ''loses'' the war as does everyone else expect Germany.

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** Subverted in WolfensteinTheNewOrder, where America ''loses'' the war war, as does everyone else expect except Germany.



* {{Ghostapo}} / StupidJetpackHitler: ''Wolfenstein 3D'' famously involves UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in a mecha suit as a boss and cybernetically augmented, zombie-like "mutants" in its first expansion. Truthfully, most of the focus is on tech rather than magic; the only games with a supernatural presence are ''Return'' (magical undead that the Nazis are trying to train as {{Super Soldier}}s, in addition to the genetically engineered and cybernetically enhanced freaks you've already fought) and ''The Old Blood''. And the latter only counts if you don't consider alchemy [[spoiler: that can create fiery zombies from accidental exposure and which was used to produce a nightmarish FleshGolem army]] as basically "SuperScience with magical trappings".

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* {{Ghostapo}} / StupidJetpackHitler: ''Wolfenstein 3D'' famously involves UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in {{Ghostapo}}: Although considered highly important to the series, historically, it actually has less of a mecha suit as a boss and cybernetically augmented, zombie-like "mutants" in its first expansion. Truthfully, presence than one might expect; most of the focus is on tech various mutants and monster B.J kills are created by SuperScience (bio-engineering and cybernetics, specifically) rather than magic; Sorcery -- the zombie-esque "Mutants" of ''Beyond Castle Wolfenstein'' are created by a chemical substance and are upgraded with implanted guns, for example. Magic appears in only three Wolfenstein games with a supernatural presence are ''Return'' (magical undead that the so far:
** ''The Spear of Destiny'': The
Nazis are trying to train as {{Super Soldier}}s, in addition to searching for the genetically engineered titular magical relic. [[spoiler: An angel of some description is the game's final boss.]]
** ''Return to Castle Wolfenstein'': Helga von Burlew is investigating reports of magic in an ancient crypt,
and cybernetically enhanced freaks you've already fought) when B.J pursues her there, he fights against a ZombieApocalypse and [[OurLichesAreDifferent an undead warlord from centuries past]].
**
''The Old Blood''. And Blood'': The iffiest of the latter only counts if you don't consider alchemy three, since [[AllThereInTheManual lore scattered throughout the game]] makes it clear that [[spoiler: that can create fiery zombies from accidental exposure the ZombieApocalypse and which was used to produce the EldritchAbomination]] are the creation of alchemical experiments rather than sorcery. It depends on how one views alchemy; retro-themed SuperScience or [[AlchemyIsMagic a nightmarish FleshGolem army]] as basically "SuperScience with magical trappings".form of magic]].


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* StupidJetpackHitler: Iconic to the series as a whole since it first became a 3d FPS series. ''Wolfenstein 3D'' famously involves UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in a mecha suit as a boss and cybernetically augmented, zombie-like "mutants" in its first expansion. ''Return to Castle Wolfenstein'' features actual jetpack-equipped Nazi troopers, bio-engineered monsters and the Ubersoldaten, who could be either EliteMooks in PowerArmor, cyborgs or robots. The 2009 game and ''The New Order'' go full-fledged DieselPunk.
7th Sep '15 11:08:22 PM WanderingBrowser
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* {{Ghostapo}} / StupidJetpackHitler: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in a mecha suit, supernatural beings, experiments with them and humans alike, {{super soldier}}s...

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* {{Ghostapo}} / StupidJetpackHitler: StupidJetpackHitler: ''Wolfenstein 3D'' famously involves UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler in a mecha suit, suit as a boss and cybernetically augmented, zombie-like "mutants" in its first expansion. Truthfully, most of the focus is on tech rather than magic; the only games with a supernatural beings, experiments presence are ''Return'' (magical undead that the Nazis are trying to train as {{Super Soldier}}s, in addition to the genetically engineered and cybernetically enhanced freaks you've already fought) and ''The Old Blood''. And the latter only counts if you don't consider alchemy [[spoiler: that can create fiery zombies from accidental exposure and which was used to produce a nightmarish FleshGolem army]] as basically "SuperScience with them and humans alike, {{super soldier}}s...magical trappings".
4th Jun '15 2:56:00 AM PurpleDalek
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* ''Wolfenstein: The Old Blood'' (2015, [=MachineGames=])

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* ** ''Wolfenstein: The Old Blood'' (2015, [=MachineGames=])
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