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The Best 'Wolfenstein' Games Ever, Ranked

Updated October 22, 2020 2.4k votes 978 voters 37.4k views13 items

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It may have gone through a ton of changes throughout the years, but the World War II-focused Wolfenstein series is one of the most popular first-person shooter franchises of all time. With the first release debuting way back in 1981, the series includes 13 full-length releases to date. If you're a fan of the series, check out this list of the best Wolfenstein games, ranked from greatest to worst from readers around the world.

If you think the coolest Wolfenstein series game to play isn't as high as it should be, make sure to vote it up so that it has the chance to rise to the top. Are you and a friend arguing over what the greatest Wolfenstein series game of all time is? Use this list that features all the Wolfenstein series games in order to see how many people would agree with you and end the squabble once and for all.

You can vote for any of these games, from Wolfenstein 3D to Return and Castle Wolfenstein to Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which came out in 2019. If you're wondering, "What are the greatest Wolfenstein series games?" or "What is the best Wolfenstein series game of all time?" then this list should answer your questions.

  • Wolfenstein was the first sequel to the 2001 title, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and it served to continue the story of its predecessor. The story takes place in the fictional town of Isenstadt during World War II. It focuses on the Nazi's attempt to find rare Nachtsonne crystals, which they can use to access the Black Sun dimension.

    While it's not the highest-rated game in the newly-launched Wolfenstein franchise, it still maintains a relatively high score from multiple review services. The game was released on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, though the PC was the release that garnered the highest score above the rest.

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      Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone title published after but set as a prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game takes place in 1946 and features a story that is set apart from the main Wolfenstein franchise. 

      The game continues with the adventures of William "B.J." Blazkowicz, the franchise's protagonist, as he infiltrates Castle Wolfenstein to find a top secret folder containing the location of SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse.

      The game received generally positive reviews from both fans and critics, with a great deal of emphasis having been placed on its intense firefights, locations, and the use of stealth. Like the other titles in the franchise, the story is arranged into chapters, which are separated into two interconnected campaigns.

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      • Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory was originally planned as an expansion pack to Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but as development continued, the game grew into a standalone title. There were some development issues over this change, so the single-player campaign portion was released before the multiplayer could finish development.

        Eventually, the multiplayer version was released as a standalone freeware game. Despite being released separately, the primary gameplay is structured around more multiplay gaming. Players would interact over a network in two different teams, either the Axis or the Allies.

        Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory was heavily enjoyed by the modding community, and in many ways, the game is a mod in and of itself, as it utilized a heavily modified id Tech 3 engine. 

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          Castle Wolfenstein is the very first game in the Wolfenstein franchise. It was released on the available systems in 1981, and as you can see from the image, it doesn't feature what would be considered to be exemplary graphics. Granted, it's not a new game, but it did establish the series that would grow from its element.

          That being said, gameplay was far different than the FPS titles that would come out from id Software in the following decade. Castle Wolfenstein focused almost entirely on stealth gameplay, and it was incredibly important to avoid detection for as long as possible.

          This makes Castle Wolfenstein the prototypical stealth-based game, which would go on to influence the creation of other stealth games, such as the Metal Gear franchise.

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