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Never played Wolfenstein before. Heard of it but never played it. It happened to come up in conversation once with my friends and I quizzed them about it. Their response was “It’s Doom…but with Nazis doing stuff with the occult…Oh and a cybernetic Hitler with miniguns for hands.”…Sold. Totally sold.

As I understand it, Wolfenstein had some sequels and was quite popular but I still never played any of them. But Raven Software, id Software, Pi Studios and Endrant Studios (Yes really, four developers!) and publisher Activison has picked it up and is doing a new one, so perfect time to jump on in. I’m still not sure if this is a remake or a reboot but I frankly after playing the demo, I do not care.

After playing the Demo I am psyched up for this title and I wasn’t really excited about many titles coming out by the end of the year. It’s the little things that make this game exciting for me. Firstly the cut scene sort of filled in everything you need to know about this game in glorious HD. You’re some sort of American spy and you have an amulet that does terrible things to people you don’t like. The other is gun play. It’s solid and hasn’t been sacrificed in place of supernatural powers (which you still get!)

Wolfenstein looks bloody and violent and this is no bad thing. Many developers are shying away from blood and violence to get the lower age rating and thus more dough. But the developers (four!) know that Wolfenstein is all about guts and melting faces and has gone balls to the wall with this one. Bravo!

The demo has some wonderful pieces with the occult messing with gravity and the Nazis having weaponry they really shouldn’t have. Wolfenstein mixes a great World War 2 game with inspiration from almost every horror film ever. Gunning down a charging Nazi with a particle cannon and have him dissolve in to nothing and have a scream echo from his dead lips was just plain gruesome and satisfying.

The game screams atmosphere and you get flavours of Indiana Jones and Hellboy mixed in. There are no other better bad guys than the Nazis, but Nazis who are messing with the occult and imbuing the power into technology. Well, that’s just fine. This game snuck up on me and then bit my head off and for that I’m very excited and can’t wait to get the finished item. Get a review for you guys soon! Reviewed on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Best bolt action rifle in a computer game award goes to….

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