Wolfenstein: Blade of Agony is one of the largest GZDoom wads ever made – it may even be the largest. But “wad” is really a misnomer because this 30-level excursion looks more like a completely new game. The project lasted six years and in that time 15 volunteer modders from around the world put their heads together to create a “real” follow-up to Wolfenstein 3D from id Software.
Now the results are ready to play, and the good news is they are completely self-contained so you don’t have to mess around with wads and launchers. It’s free too. And it also stars BJ Blazkowicz. Never a better reason to smash that download button.
In addition to the 30 levels, there are a ton of other things you wouldn’t normally associate with Doom, like “orchestral quality” music, voice acting, interactive NPCs (all the better for talking to the monsters), and more advanced enemy AI. It runs on GZDoom, but like many modern advanced Doom mods, you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised if you’re not up to date.
“It’s 1942 and the war is nearing its climax,” reads the game’s narrative. “The US has joined the Allied forces and the Soviets are pushing back the front in the east. The tides of war are turning and Hitler’s victory seems increasingly beyond his reach. But the Nazis, who refuse to surrender, are.” Obsessed with human experimentation and occult artifacts that they see as a possible escape from their ultimate doom. The Allied leaders dismiss this possibility as nonsense, yet some still fear what the Führer is up to. The situation is nebulous and little for sure.”
Phil played an earlier version of Blade of Agony back in 2017, and even then it looked very promising. There’s really no reason not to download it now. To get you in the mood, here’s a trailer for Episode 3.