Wolfenstein has come a long way since it's debut in 1992 with Wolfenstein 3D for Windows Dos, following up with it's expansion, "Spear of Destiny later in the year. Then for a long while, nothing had happened with Wolfenstein, and many thought it couldn't be expanded until ID software released Return to Castle Wolfenstein on November 19th, 2001. The game's multiplayer was such a huge success that they made a multiplayer expansion called, "Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory".
It's now 2009, and Raven Software and ID software have brought us "Wolfenstein", which takes place right after the events of RTCW (Return to Castle Wolfenstein).
Story: You play as William "B.J" Blazkowicz, as you have for the two previous game. This time around you're sent to the town of Isenstadt. The town was recently inhabited by Nazis who are at it again. Their plan is to master an occult force known as the Black Sun. With this mysterious power source at their disposal, no army on Earth would be able to stand in their path.
Controls The Controls of the game are perfect. Basic controls are (A) to jump, (B) to crouch/stand, (X) to reload, (Y) to "use" things, (LB) to throw a grenade, (RB) to switch weapons, (RT) to shoot, (LT) to aim, (Click Left Stick) to sprint, and (Back Button) to view the Journal/objectives.
Graphics: The graphics for Wolfenstein are great.....that being my opinion. In Singleplayer, I liked how well the game looked, compared to some other WW2 games where it didn't seem look anything like a WW2 premise (MOH: Airborne). Sadly, when you enter Multiplayer, the graphics actually look a little downgraded.
Gameplay (Singleplayer): The Singleplayer gameplay is great. It's more than great, it's probably the best for a game like this. There is a story that leads just about as long as RTCW's storyline (6-7 hours), there are 2 or 3 side missions, and there is also some collectables that add to the game even more. There is gold, which the more you find, the more money you will have for upgrades, there is intelligence, which can unlock some upgrades, and there are tomes that also add some upgrades.
Gameplay (Multiplayer): Sadly, this is where the game goes downhill. The multiplayer of Wolfenstein is bad. That is an understatement. Let's put it this way, if you are not the host, it will be very difficult to kill due to lag. Also, there are only three classes as opposed to RTCW's five. Everybody will either use the MP40, Rockets, or Flamethrower, because all the other weapons are useless. Takes too long to rank, and finally, there is a 25 frames per second cap.
Sound: The game honestly sounds great. There are a couple things that seemed to annoy me, such as every NPC (Even the Russian guy) seemed to sound very German-like. Why does every member of the "Resistance" (Insert Terminator Joke here) sound German? Not only that, every German you seem to come in contact with says, "It's the American SPY!", why can't they just say "It's the American!", for that matter, why is there not an option to turn their voices to German? Why is every German in the game speaking near perfect English?
Achievements: To be honest, I don't agree with people when they say there are too many Multiplayer achievements. There is a well balance between Single and Multiplayer achievements, especially since I've almost gotten them all, though there are some I doubt I will seriously ever get (most of the MP achievements.) If you feel brave, you can go about completing Singleplayer on "I am Death Incarnate" Difficulty your first time through, as the difficulty achievements ARE stackable.
Final Thoughts: In my opinion, if Raven and ID had worked on the multiplayer a little more, it could have been even better, but like most other companies, they saw another game coming out soon, and wanted to release early instead of waiting. They thought that releasing a week before Batman: Arkham Asylum that perhaps they would get a better impression, and change people's minds. But in releasing early, they hurt themselves, and harcore Wolfenstein Multiplayer players like myself.