is a long-running series of videogames created first by Muse Software
, then followed by id Software
, and later by Raven Software
. This series is often regarded as the series which launched
the First-Person Shooter
genre with Wolfenstein 3D
, alongside Doom
, also by id. So far, the games in the series are the following:
- Castle Wolfenstein (1981, Muse Software)
- Beyond Castle Wolfenstein (1984, Muse Software)
- Wolfenstein 3D (1992, id Software)
- Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny (1992, id Software)
- Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001, Gray Matter Interactive)
- Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (2003, Nerve Software, multiplayer-only)
- Wolfenstein RPG (2008, id Mobile)
- Wolfenstein (2009, Raven Software)
- Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014, Machine Games)
Most of the series follows the adventures of the soldier William "B.J." Blazkowicz in his war against Those Wacky Nazis
. Although 3D
had a comical side in some aspects, what with a Secret Level
featuring the Pac-Man
ghosts, later Turn of the Millennium
entries have a more "serious" thematic, with heavy emphasis on the supernatural and occult regarding Nazi Germany
Common tropes found across the series include:
- America Wins the War: The saga is all about B.J. taking on the nazis all by himself.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Bad Boss Fat Bastard: At least one of them per game, and you get the chance to kick their ass in some way.
- Elite Mooks: Mostly the Elite Guard in the FPS games.
- Gatling Good: Mostly a Chaingun-like weapon.
- Ghostapo: Adolf Hitler in a mecha suit, supernatural beings, experiments with them and humans alike, super soldiers...
- Gratuitous German: Though it's a World War II game, it wastes no chance in spewing gratuitous german phrases to everything.
- 100% Completion: 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.
- Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: Ranging on four, commonly called: "Can I play, Daddy?", "Don't hurt me!", "Bring 'em on!" and "I am Death incarnate!"
- Large and in Charge: Most of the bosses. The character sheet lists them.
- More Dakka: As WW2-based games, this is to be expected.
- Nazi Gold
- No Swastikas: For some releases, the game replaces the Nazi imagery with something else.
- One-Man Army: Most of the time, the player will be facing the Nazis on his own.
- Those Wacky Nazis