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Platform

Xbox 360

 

Genre

Shooter

 

Publisher

Activision

 

Developer

Treyarch

 

ESRB

M (Mature)

 

Released

November 11, 2008

 

 

- American campaign shines

- Stellar visuals and presentation

- Cooperative Play

- Bonus game mode

 

 

- Russian campaign plays very similar to previous games in the series

- AI proves to be unbalanced at time

 

 

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Call of Duty: World at War

Score: 8.5 / 10

 

Last year Call of Duty 4 was easily one of the best titles released. Call of Duty 4 took the series in a new direction by bringing the series into modern times. It was shocking to hear the announcement that the follow-up to Call of Duty 4 was once again taking the series back to World War II.

 

World at War’s campaign is split up into two parts. Unlike the first three games in the series, you only play from two sides, rather than three. The British campaign seen in previous games is no longer present and you reprise your role as an American and Russian soldier.

 

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The American campaign takes place in the Pacific theatre and is truly the highlight of the single player campaign. The Japanese you’ll face off against have a much different and more aggressive fighting style than their German counterparts. The Japanese use vegetation as cover and sometimes climb up trees and shoot down at

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you. Other times, Japanese soldiers will charge you with bayonets in large numbers. The Russian campaign plays much like the previous Russian campaigns. Much of the fighting takes place in Russia and later moves to Germany. There are several vehicular-based missions. In the Russian campaign you’ll take control of a tank and during the American

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campaign you’ll provide fire support from an airplane. The weapons you’ll fight with are similar to one’s you’ve previously seen in the first three Call of Duty games. There is one new interesting weapon, which is: a flamethrower. The flamethrower is frequently used during the American campaign and is extremely effective for close quarters combat and can instantly kill an enemy.

 

The AI proves to be quite weak at certain points in the game. The enemy soldiers intelligence is pretty solid, but your allies do not do a great job of protecting you. Often at times, your fellow soldiers cannot hit an enemy a few feet from them and other times your solders won’t even open fire on an enemy standing right in front of them. 

 

The best component of Call of Duty 4 was the outstanding online play. World at War feels like an extension of Call of Duty 4’s multiplayer. Perks once again make their return and truly add another layer of depth to the robust online play. The perks allow you to upgrade or enhance your characters ability. Several of the perks present in Call of Duty 4 are still present, with some new one’s thrown in. Many of the game modes present in Call of Duty 4 return and one of the best new additions is the cooperative mode. You can finally play with several friends through most of the game’s single player missions. Also included is what’s referred to as Night of the Undead. The Night of the Undead mode pits you against waves of Nazi zombies and the purpose of the mode is to see how long you can survive.

 

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World at War runs on the Call of Duty 4 engine and even a year after its release, the Call of Duty 4 engine looks spectacular. There are a number of breathtaking moments scattered throughout the game and what is most impressive is that there is no slowdown at all even during the most intense moments of combat. The audio is about what you would expect from the Call of Duty series. There is a lot of swearing, shouting and screaming during the firefights and Kieffer Sutherland from 24 provides the narration for the American campaign. The level of violence seems to have been ratcheted up since blood is more evident and dismemberment of bodies is more of a frequent site than previous games.

 

World at War proves to be another solid addition to the Call of Duty franchise. World at War is one of the best first person shooters to be released this fall and is highly recommended for those who are fans of the genre. World at War provides a solid campaign and the multiplayer will keep your attention soon after you’re done with the campaign.

 

- Siddharth Masand

(December 31, 2008)

 

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