Middleton's Raven Software made its name developing PC and then next-generation games bearing familiar names, from Star Wars to X-Men and Quake. This year, Raven got its hands on one of the most valued series in gaming and has delivered one of the summer's best games, Wolfenstein.
If you know the Wolfenstein series, you know it's bizarre. This one's a World War II action-adventure where you play as B.J. Blazkowicz, an Allied soldier trying to harness magic to stop magical Nazis. Yeah, bizarre. In a Call of Duty-esque manner, you shoot Nazis with machine guns, sniper rifles and hand grenades.
But you can also push a button on a magical medallion to slip into a fourth dimension to see Nazis better and vaporize them with plasma-type guns. Wolfenstein features great guns that fire in excellently mapped-out alleys, buildings and caves of a fictional European town, Isenstadt. The story is good enough. Online, you play eight battle maps in team deathmatch, team objective and speed-team objective.
The magic you wield is called Black Sun. The Nazis are trying to harness that magical Black Sun to rule the world. Can you stop them? Well, of course you can.