Second Encounter: Deluxe Edition Mod is a free mod from tankermottind for Wolfenstein 3D on Windows. Despite its name, this mod has nothing to do with Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. This map mod aims to bring new content to the PC version of Wolfenstein 3D, which includes maps from versions for other systems.
In case you’re not aware, Wolfenstein 3D was the original FPS, even predating classic FPS like Doom 95. As such, its graphics are more on par with Extraneüm than modern first-person shooters. While this mod doesn’t improve the game’s graphics, it adds more content than ever.
Wolf 3D features from other systems
To understand this mod, we must know a bit of history first. The original Wolfenstein 3D was released for PC. Since it was very successful, it was later ported to other systems, including SNES and Mac. To compensate for the SNES hardware limitations, the game was released with 30 additional levels and new weapons, such as the rocket launcher and flamethrower.
This pack is called Second Encounter, and you can now enjoy all these new features on PC, which includes some new graphics as well, even though they’re still retro.
Special challenges for Mac, now on Windows
Aside from the SNES modifications, Second Encounter Deluxe Edition offers a revision of the 60 original levels that were released exclusively for Mac. These are the same levels, but with additional challenges and novelties for those who had won the original game.
In case that’s not enough, there are a further eleven extra-difficult levels for you to try after beating all the previous maps. The mod also comes with a map editor that allows you to create your own levels or modify the existing ones.
The way Wolfenstein 3D should be played
Whether you’re nostalgic, a game historian, or simply fond of retro gaming, Second Encounter: Deluxe Edition Mod is a must. It enhances the original game while remaining faithful to the original concept. You won’t find many graphical improvements (there are still no ceilings, for instance), so don’t expect to play a modern game.
The sheer size of the mod and its large amount of content let you experience everything Wolfenstein 3D had to offer in its various formats. If you played the PC version, it’s interesting to check out what the other systems offered to their respective players.