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.
(continued from previous page) ...experience. The A.I. doesn't just take care of itself, but it works alongside you spectacularly. As a result it feels as though you’re part of a team that is working together towards a common goal. The introduction of four player co-op also encourages team work and allows you to enjoy the experience with friends, offering further replay value to the short, but intensely satisfying campaign.
Throughout World At War there are some memorable moments. Some of the highlights include: storming the white beach of Peleliu island to make way for allied takeover; grabbing a sniper rifle and crawling past the dead bodies of your allies to assist Sgt. Reznov in assassinating the Nazi General Amse; and running through a burning, crumbling building looking frantically for an escape route after Germans spot you and try and torch it to force you out in the open. Also look out for an explosive chapter where you jump in the seat of a tank and are tasked with shooting down radio towers while using its flame-thrower weapon to torch ground troops.
If you’ve played Call of Duty games before then the control scheme will be instantly familiar and the weapons from past titles, such as the M1 Garand and the Browning Automatic Rifle make a predicable, but welcome, return. There’s still an excellent arsenal of US, Russian, German and Japanese weaponry on offer all offering different scopes, fire rates and loading times and there’s still the likes of an AA gun which you can jump on, or a bazooka to take down tanks, alongside some decent new additions, such as the flamethrower.
Despite finding Call of Duty World At War extremely difficult/challenging in places, we loved every second of it and due its brilliant online component we'll almost certainly be playing it online for many months to come. Whilst it doesn’t quite surpass the greatness of ‘Modern Warfare’ in terms of epic moments, it is another breath-taking entry in the series. With the introduction of 4-player co-op and some extensive multiplayer options, including the brilliant Nazi Zombie Mode, Call of Duty World At War offers the complete package for fans of the first person shooter genre. We can’t recommend it enough.