Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory was originally planned as an add-on for Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but soon became it's own game, a separate entity with full single player, multiplayer, AI opponents and teammates! Well that didn't happen and what we got, while less than planned, is amazing...and FREE! Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is a free, stand-alone multiplayer only product, which means it's for online play only, but all you need is what you download. You do not need anything else to play Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, than what you download for free. No Return to Castle Wolfenstein, no additional file packages or monthly charges, just one phat lump of action, and did I mention it was free? (Sorry but people still can't believe it).
So you're going to need the download, and we've got that for you in the available flavours, Windows and Linux. Just head to our Wolfenstein Files Section for the version you need, and don't forget to check for patches too! (They'll be with their related install files.)
To get into the game's community and servers in a big way, you're going to want to grab yourself a copy of GameSpy Arcade, the server browser, chat room, web browsing, file getting tool of choice. Not only will it get you into the game servers quick and easy, but the community features abound. Check it out at GameSpyArcade.com. And for those that want the original, hardcore server browser, it's gotta be GameSpy 3D. Both browsers have free shareware versions available that are not limited by time, only by some features that can be activated with full registration.
OK, now you've got your files, and have installed the game (Windows users double click the exe file and follow the prompts), you should notice your first big surprise. The game's included manual rocks! Not only is it one of the best I've seen, but I really wasn't expecting more than the basics for support of a free game. GG guys! The manual covers a score of topics in detail and you really should READ THE MANUAL! It covers the game's mechanics, server creation, weapons, promotions, objectives, class based abilities and so much more. We'll be crossing info with the manual throughout this guide, but you can never know a game too well and with a game this deep and so reliant on teamplay, you're going to want every scrap of intel you can gather.