Wolfenstein 3D (HTML5)
WOLFENSTEIN! Now there's something that feels like it should be cackled gleefully while backlit by dramatic lightning flashes. Bethesda Studios brings back Id Software's classic shooter for its 20th anniversary... in glorious HTML5! Wolfenstein 3D stars you as Captain William J. Blazkowicz, deep in Nazi territory with no other option but to blast your way out in the manliest, gunliest way possible. Use the [arrow] keys to move, [spacebar] to interact, and [X] to fire your weapon. You can hold down [shift] to sprint, and holding [Z] while pressing the left or right [arrow] key will allow you to strafe sideways rather than turn around. Take down enemies before they fill you full of holes, keep an eye out for delicious floor chicken legs, and above all... keep that eyebrow arched, soldier!
It goes without saying that Wolfenstein 3d's subject matter is somewhat controversial, but anyone who's played the game knows it's more or less the great, great grand-pappy of the 3D first-person shooter, and all other titles are just toddlers staggering around at its feet. For a lot of people, being able to play it in their browser is going to be a terrific blast from the past, while still more of you will make me die a little inside by pointing out you weren't even born in 1992. The default control scheme feels a little awkward if you're used to being able to aim with a mouse, though once you're in game you can customise the controls to something more to your liking under the options menu by pressing [esc]. Loaded with secrets, weapons, and battles galore, it's a good idea to play Wolfenstein 3D not just because it shows you how far we come, or what HTML5 can do... but because it's still just as entertaining today. Besides, who can deny the important lessons it taught us... namely, that anyone worth their salt has at least three secret rooms in their place of residence, and eating chicken off the floor is not only good but good for ya.