Wolfenstein Enemy Territory
Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Wednesday, 26 October 2005
Economists learn all over the world that there is now such thing as a free lunch; Wolfenstein Enemy Territory challenges that completely. Here is a 3D online war game, similar to Battlefield 2, completely free. Is Enemy Territory any fun to play? Read on to find out.

Wolfenstein Enemy Territory is based heavily on ID Software’s Wolfenstein 3D, and the remake they released a couple of years ago. The game was meant to be an expansion pack for the original Wolfenstein game. Activision cancelled the production and decided to release the game for free.

The download is large, about 260 mb. However Wolfenstein Enemy Territory is easier to install compared to Americas Army. You will be up and running in no time, I was actually surprised how smooth the install and connection process was.

Finding available servers can be a bit hard at times, but when you find one the connection process is very smooth and fast. Compared to Americans Army and Battlefield 2 Wolfenstein Enemy Territory connects to the servers much faster.

As always with games set during World War 2 you can choose to play as the Allies or Axis (there are no Russians or Japanese in the game). The different sides are actually similar when it comes to weapons and capabilities. The only real things that differ the sides are their outfits.

There are a number of options on how you want to equip yourself. For starters you can be a regular ground-pounder, a medic, special ops, a field ops and an engineer. Engineers are used to build things like machine guns, walls, gates and much more. The field ops are used to call in artillery and support other units with ammo. As special ops you are mainly responsible for going behind enemy lines blowing things up.

Wolfenstein Enemy Territory originally takes you to North Africa and deep into Germany. The game handles a bit different since your team will be playing a campaign together. Each campaign has a set of maps (usually about four or five) and has one objective. The team that
win the majority of the maps wins the campaign. Personally I think that the campaign features is really nice, you feel that you are part of something bigger.

The missions themselves are the usual stuff, blowing up a radar base or taking over a rail depot. However before each mission you are presented with a story to explain why you are there in the first place.

A really cool thing about Wolfenstein is that there are a number of user created maps out there. Even better is that before you join a server with a user created map the game downloads the map automatically. Sure it can take sometime but at least you don’t have to go looking for patches and maps by yourself.

If you are into graphics you might get disappointed when playing the game. The graphics are not bad, but they can’t compete with Battlefield 2. There are still some nice weather graphics such as snow in the game. Many of the explosions also look great.

What Enemy Territory really lacks is interaction with vehicles. There are no airplanes, tanks or other vehicles for the player to control. In some missions there are scripted vehicles that move in a designated pattern, pretty outdated actually.

I feel that the game could have been much more with vehicles, but it’s doubtful that vehicles ever could have been added since the Wolfenstein Enemy Territory engine limits it.

To summon things up the game is really fun to play, it’s not a master piece when it comes to graphics and vehicles are missing. Since the game has so much entertainment value and really gives the player a lot for free it’s almost perfect.

Related: Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, SpecOps: Rangers Lead the Way, Soldier of Fortune, Hidden&Dangerous
Developer: Mad Doc Software, Splash Damage (the original game by ID Software)
Website for Game: http://enemy-territory.4players.de:1041/
Publisher: Activision
O/S: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Linux
Cost of Full Game: Free, Download Now!
Year of Release: 2003

Pentium III 600 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 32 MB VRAM
Tested on:
AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz, 2x512 MB RAM, Geforce 4 64 MB

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