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The Best 'Wolfenstein' Games Ever, Ranked

Updated October 22, 2020 2.4k votes 983 voters 37.7k views13 items

List RulesVote up your favorites in the 'Wolfenstein' series.

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.

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  • Spear Of Destiny was released after Wolfenstein 3D, though it stands as a prequel instead of a sequel. In the game, the player takes up the mantle of the franchise's familiar, William "B.J." Blazkowicz, as he attempts to reclaim the Spear of Destiny from the Nazis after it was stolen from Versailles.

    The game features the same graphics, sound, and mechanics of its predecessor, so it feels more like a continuation of Wolfenstein 3D than a follow-up game in the franchise. Unlike its predecessor, while it was developed by id Software, it wasn't released by the developers. Instead, it was published by FormGen Corporation, and as a result, fewer people knew of its existence when it first came out.

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      Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a spin-off title of the Wolfenstein franchise and doesn't follow the same character as most of the games bearing the "Wolfenstein" name. Instead, gameplay follows the control of either Jessie or Zofia Blazkowicz and is set 20 years after the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

      In the game, most of the world has been liberated from Nazi control, but they're not gone forever, and after franchise familiar B.J. Blazkowicz disappears, it's up to Zofia, and their friend Abby to find and rescue him — and you know there are Nazis all over the place when they do.

      The game wasn't as well-received as others in the franchise, and it holds a Metacritic score of between 62 and 69 on the various systems it was released for. Praise was given for the light RPG elements added to gameplay, but it was described as a title that "doesn’t come close to recapturing the joy of its predecessor."

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        Beyond Castle Wolfenstein was released three years after its predecessor, and like the game that came before it, the focus of gameplay was stealth. In many ways, it's more of the same with several advancements, which make it more realistic.

        It added a guard pass system, which involves the guards summoning the player to show the correct pass, which varies by floor. The player could offer a bribe if they lacked the correct pass, but if the incorrect pass is shown or there isn't enough money for a bribe, the guard will try to activate an alarm or kill the player.

        Another advancement was the ability to drag a dead guard from one room into another, making it possible to conceal them. Other additions to the game improved gameplay, and while the game was positively received, it was the last stealth game in the Wolfenstein franchise.

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          Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot is set 20 years after the events of Wolfenstein: The New Colossus and follows a protagonist hacker named "Cyberpilot," who works for the French Resistance. Just as they did in the real world, the Resistance fights against the Nazi regime. The game takes place one week prior to the events of Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

          Unlike the other games in the franchise, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot was designed for use in a virtual reality headset. Because of this, it hasn't been played by most of the gaming community, as the vast majority of gamers don't own VR systems. It was released alongside Wolfenstein: Youngblood on the same day, though the two games are separate in narrative and gameplay.

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