Call of Duty: World at War Review
- Posted December 4th, 2008 at 08:57 EDT by Steven Williamson
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One of the best shooters this year, Call of Duty: World At War is an explosive and powerful cinematic experience.
- Cinematic visuals and soundtrack
- Great A.I makes it a rewarding challenge
- Brilliant co-op and multiplayer modes
- Extremely tough in places.
The explosive opening sequence in Call of Duty World At War signals the beginning of an emotional and thrilling ride through some of World War II’s Pacific and Eastern Europe campaigns. We’ve taken a different approach than usual to writing this review, splitting it into two parts to try and give you a taster of what to expect from this unpredictable, energetic and immensely enjoyable first person shooter. In the first part, we relay an account of the opening first half-an-hour or so of the campaign, whilst the second section concentrates on our gameplay impressions.
Mission 1: Semper Fi
The campaign begins in true Call of Duty style by thrusting you straight into the action as you wake up in a hut on the Pacific Ocean island of Makin Atoll having been captured by Japanese soldiers. You’re greeted with the disturbing sight of your comrade interrogated by the enemy and then cruelly tortured, with a nasty cigar burn to his face, for his unwillingness to co-operate. In foolish defiance he spits in the face of his aggressor who then unshields his knife and brutally slits his throat. He then takes a few paces towards you brandishing his weapon menacingly. Just as you think you’re about to suffer the same fate, a group of soldiers storm the hut and wrestle him to the ground just in time. It’s the rescue squad! Hooray!
An ally thrusts a pistol into your hand and then it’s a mad and chaotic dash through the village as Japanese soldiers, now alerted to your presence, take up positions outside of their wooden huts dotted on the beach and along the glistening waterfront. Under the canvas of the moon, explosions light up the sky and muzzles flash as you and your team fight an intense and bloody battle. A grenade is thrown and one of the wooden huts catches alight. The door bursts open and an Imperial Japanese soldier spills out, his body in flames. He clutches onto one of your comrades hoping to take him to hell as well, but an accurately placed bullet from your pistol manages to hit him right between the eyes. You’ve saved Private Ryan! Trophy unlocked.
After clearing the village of all hostiles you head into the undergrowth, wading through deep water with your gun close to your chest. As you approach a clearing the silence is deafening and you suspect something is afoot. Suddenly a flash-bang goes off blinding you temporarily. It’s an ambush! Japanese soldiers, who had been lying in the water amongst the reeds, spring up from all around you. A shrieking suicidal soldier runs at you, leaps onto your chest and attempts to bury his bayonet into your skull. A quick press of the right thumb-stick sees you counteracting his move, affording you time to plunge your knife deep into his neck.
Following a feverish gunfight, you approach a Japanese village on the shores of the Pacific where a friendly boat is moored ready to whisk you to safety. Firstly though, you’ve got more enemies to contend with. You shoot a hole in a petrol can that’s sat in the back of a truck, release the brakes and then send the vehicle careering into the heart of the village where it explodes sending enemies scattering for cover.
Your teammates lead the charge, running into the village all guns blazing as they pick off enemies along the way. Finally, you reach the objective point where you set up explosives in preparation for blowing up the village. Thinking the coast is clear you head to the extraction point on the beach, but ‘out of the blue,’ an enemy soldier launches himself off the balcony of a nearby hut and swipes at you with his sword. Luckily, an ally manages to shoot him just as he’s about to thrust his weapon through your heart. You’re dragged to safety, hurt but still alive. Finally you have the first chance to pause for breath in this adrenaline-fuelled opening sequence as you board the rescue boat and speed across the water to safety before embarking on your next exhilarating mission.
Developer, Treyarch (missing in action since ... (continued on next page)
- 4:05am EST - December 4th, 2008
I got this game last week, played it and finished it in 6 hours, Its is such a let down after COD4, didn't like the weapons, it all feels like a big step backwards, still i traded it in for LBP, now your talking.
- 4:06am EST - December 4th, 2008
Im so happy I didnt buy this game, everybody seems to be happy with it cause they say "IT CALL OF DUTY MAAAAN" but who cares really!!! they moved back AGAIN to that crapy WWII, who cares about WWII? I played enough COD 1,2,3 brothers in arms and etc with WWII. the ONLY reason they sold more than 4,5 milion copy of COD4 was only the fact of modern warfare. everybody likes new weapons and guns and stuff. not a crapy old rusty lifle that cant even shoot th guy from 2m distance lol
- 4:10am EST - December 4th, 2008
Nice job demoing this review on Xbox 360.
- 4:29am EST - December 4th, 2008
i give it a 9/10.
at least we must have a decent WW2 FPS on the PS3!! (Brothers in Arms kinda sucked).
but if there will be a another WW2 COD im not buying it.
Someone knows when it comes COD4 platinium?
- 4:49am EST - December 4th, 2008
were going in to 2009 n there still making ww2 games..i mean real just think how meny ww2 games has there bin made from ps2 up till now..wayyy 2meny...this game was a realy big let dwn..thank god there gona make a modern warfare 2!! that should b good
- 4:54am EST - December 4th, 2008
i like it, single player is strong and full of emotion, graphics are plain old ugly but so was cod4 so what ever. multiplayer is fun and tanks bring cod back to its roots a bit. perks are better than ever and trophies make the game last forever. its fun :)
@no.5 aint there enough modern shooters? all shooters have been done and done again, its just because fps is so damn popular. and tbh the last ww2 game i played was cod3 two years ago so a ww2 game every two years cant be so bad can it
- 5:20am EST - December 4th, 2008
The co-op split screen for this game has to be worse then halo 2 split screen...its horrendous, you have a 42 inch lcd tv and the both screens take up about a 1/4 of it..WTF!!!
Why dont combine COD and Turning Point? How about a vietnam game?
Seems pretty logical and true to say that everyone is getting tired of the same old war games. so y dont
they give ppl a different perspective on wars. Instead of always being the US, why cant we be Japan, or italy or Germany, its a freaking video game, the US doesnt have to win.
And activision just announced COD: Modern Warfare 2...so i think we know where this is gonna go. 2020 = COD Futuristic Modernized Warfare 15
- 5:29am EST - December 4th, 2008
is it just me or do the graphics look like early ps2 games
Arimax | Netherlord
- 5:42am EST - December 4th, 2008
Man for all those complaining about COD5 taking a step backwards. I'm sorry, but every war has been done over and over again. They just need to let the FPS genre rest for about 5 years now. Let the other's hav eat it especially RPG's.
- 5:43am EST - December 4th, 2008
go rent socom you will not be dissapointed!!!!!
- 6:09am EST - December 4th, 2008
I have never owened a WWII game so im actually glad its in WWII so i can have someyhing different.
Im getting this and Resistance 2 tomorrow so if anyone wants to play with me in eather game add me.
psn id: hitman8062
- 7:02am EST - December 4th, 2008
does "extremely hard" make it 1.5 less than cod 4?
ps ww2 is awesome :)
- 8:01am EST - December 4th, 2008
"Extremely tough in places"? Wouldnt be much of a game if it wasnt a challenge, is this a review or a bunch of whiny kids reviewing this...oh yeah, well we are on PSU. I never heard anyone put down the challenge a game presented.
- 11:40am EST - December 4th, 2008
And 6.5 on Mirror's Edge? No wonder everyone criticizes PSU's reviews.
- 11:53am EST - December 4th, 2008
this game was a massive dissapointment for me, single player was too short, and i found myself not really caring anyway, and multiplayer wasn't addictive or fun in anyway! so much so that, i gave it to my brother before reaching level 30, you know a games weak when all the hype around is based on a flame thrower! it also had none of the class and subtleties of cod4, for one example swearing for swearing sake is just imature.
- 11:53am EST - December 4th, 2008
They scored res 1 higher than the res 2????? WTF
- 12:27pm EST - December 4th, 2008
@ terminator its just you, the graphics are even better than COD4
- 12:32pm EST - December 4th, 2008
Well, when Resistance 2 came out, the standard for games were heavily increased. Also, I think there were some network issues, that was a bit dissapointing.
- 12:33pm EST - December 4th, 2008
@7 Any game where the US doesn't win is a game I don't want to play. jk
- 12:34pm EST - December 4th, 2008
I'm waiting for the Spainish-American war.
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