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Return to Castle Wolfenstein
the legendary cult classic, the first reboot of Wolfenstein 3D

Return to Castle Wolfenstein (or RtCW) was the first reboot of the Wolfenstein 3D game. Graphically it used the Quake 3 engine and developed by not iD software, but Gray Matter Interactive (previously Xatrix Entertainment, they made Kingpin, a Quake expension pack and the Redneck Rampage games, and they died when Activision merged them into Treyarch).

"Two operatives of an allied espionage agency, William "B.J." Blazkowicz and Agent One are captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in Castle Wolfenstein during their attempt to investigate rumours surrounding one of Heinrich Himmler's personal projects, the SS Paranormal Division. Agent One is killed during the interrogation, while Blazkowicz escapes custody, fighting his way out of the castle. As the challenge is still afoot, Blazkowicz discovers that the Nazis are constructing a plan called 'Operation Resurrection', which oversees resurrecting the dead as well as dealing with supernatural elements, using them for their own advantage to win World War II against the Allied power."

The game become a cult classic, to this day I read comments on videos, where people said how cool it was to play this game as kid, that RtCW was introduced them to the FPS genre.

Where to buy "Return to Castle Wolfenstein"?

Luckily the game is playable on modern machines thanks to talented modders, who made the RealRtCW mod.

You can by the game itself on GOG or on Steam. The mod works with both version of the game.

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What does the RealRTCW mod offer?

  • Mod is based on ioRTCW source port, which provides proper widescreen support, high quality sound engine and 64-bit systems support
  • Expanded arsenal which includes 12 new weapons
  • New HQ models for the vanilla weapons
  • HQ textures for the environment and characters, which are still faithfull to the original style and atmosphere
  • Atmospheric effects support - rain and snow
  • New inventory items - adrenaline and bandages
  • Real recoil system
  • Rebalanced weapons characteristics
  • Rebalanced AI
  • Overhauled sounds
  • New HUD and UI
  • New difficulty levels system+new difficulty level
  • Subtitles support
  • Restored cut content including training level and unused soundtrack
  • Bonus game modes
  • And more!

Installing the mod is pretty simple. For Steam users you can use the Steam Workshop system, for others you just download a zip file, and overwrite files in the main RtCW directory (there is a detailed how to on the mod's page).

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