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Call of Duty: WORLD AT WAR

December 28, 2008

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So, here it is, Call of duty 5 exept it’s not called that; it’s called “cod: World at War” and even if it were called cod5 it wouldn’t be correct as this is the 8Th game in the series.

Two things:  1 It’s not Infinity ward: no it’s not the beloved developer who developed the beloved cod4 that’s beloved and mutually beloved by everyone. It’s Treyarch, who developed the great: Cod United Offensive, and Cod big red one (no seriously) and who made the joker in the pack of the series the one that Didn’t come up trumps, Call of Duty 3.

2 It’s NOT Call of Duty 3: Cod3 was, it wasn’t awful it just wasn’t good, and certainly not up to the Call of Duty stellar standard it was rushed and laden with mini- games and unskipable cut scenes. In short, unforgettable for the wrong reasons.

Okay so, with the past Cod3 leaving post battle stress to the good people at Treyarch, mixed with the number 1# beloved Cod4 created by their counter-parts at infinity ward; Treyarch were provided a handy boot up the backside to use the ain’t broke don’t fix it strategy leaving cod4’s polished gameplay and sublime online widely untouched, this meant that they could focus on other things such as 4-player co-op (a first for the series) a new enemy on a new battle-front and an old traditional one waiting in the wings for the second campaign.

GAMEPLAY

So, as said previously the gameplay from cod4 is still their really, you can still sprint, chuck back grenades, use the knife as a one-hit-kill melee attack, aim down the iron sights. (and watch as it corrects your aim to the nearest enemy even when auto aim is off!)

Not every thing’s the same however. There are two campaigns one you take control of Private Miller of Carlson’s raiders, in Japan, with Keefer Sutherland doing his grizzled Jack Bauer voice. and the other you take control of

Dimitri Petrenko, which details the initial fear and danger of staling rad right up to the vengeance and blood in Berlin on the roof of the Reichstag. Gary Oldman plays a Russian Sargent with a passion for blood.

The missions detailing the pacific, are faster, punchier, snappier than any other cod campaign in my memory. Theirs flamethrowers Banzai attacks snipers in trees, it’s just different all round. Plus the chance to destroy paradise as it were with a flamethrower is characteristic of cod 5’s moral maze, sure your burning an enemy which won’t surrender, that wont give up, and given the chance to die and bring you with them, they’l take it but you are still burning other human beings alive and any gamer worth his salt should at least feel a pang of guilt.

The conflict in the pacific is more barbaric than previous Cod's

The conflict in the pacific is more barbaric than previous Cod's

The Russian missions are distinctly original winning cod formula, they’re the safe option as it were and a breath of fresh if familiar air from the depressing intense pacific conflict. They begin with a very atmospheric homage, if you will to cod4’s all ghillied up. You and Sgt. Reznov (Gary Oldman) have to hunt down and snipe general Amsel a German officer who is responsible for the deaths of many of your comrades, it’s typical cod themes; it’s Stalingrad your Russians, you have a scopped mosin neagant like i said, winning formula.

The rest show the run up to Berlin, you’l have to run through the countryside, survive a tidal wave, execute wounded SS and burn anything in your way as a tank commander to get to the final destination: the Reichstag, classic cod tricks with morally grey themes.

AUDIO

The audio is strong, and the music is… Experimental, it’s a mix of industrial background music, with traditional Russian choir singing, alongside heavy rock guitar in the pacific missions, some may call it confused and ill-fitting but i think it works. The guns and ambiance to the scream of artillery, it’s all top-notch. Keefer Sutherland adds to the grizzled texture of the pacific missions but as for over all acting he has to voices, Jack Bauer or angry Jack Bauer. Gary Oldman is pretty good in his role as Reznov, not sure why they couldn’t have got a real Russian to do it but never mind.

STORY

Story in Cod? don’t make me laugh and before you say Cod4 i could have thought of that plot in 5 minutes,

Call of duty: WAW has some good character interactions, or at least the Russian campaign does. Reznov and Chernov (a member of your squad) contrast eachother well, with Reznov preaching a no mercy strategy whilst Chernov discourages in relishing the bloodshed, they can feel a bit like having the devil and an angel over each shoulder both giving intriuging view-points and although not the comedy double act of Cpt Price and Mcgreggor. They still add a good feel to the missions and are the closest to story in this Cod.

Become a flamethrower tank commander or a plane gunner in Cod5's vehicle missions

Become a flamethrower tank commander or a plane gunner in Cod5's vehicle missions

ONLINE:

The same as Cod4’s online, not really a bad thing. You can make a class earn ranks, weapons, sights, and prestige mode is back.

With a mix of Team deathmatch search and destroy, deathmatch, and hardcore mode with no HUD and death after two shots is there, Cod4 with WWII weapons really.

PRESENTATION

The presentation is great, dismemberment is all the rage in games so call of duty follows suit kill enemies with grenades, and their legs will be lost forever, dismemberment is even in the death animations; target the arms of an enemy and the death animation will show an entire hand fall off clutching at the wound they’ll fall hard, it’s this type of realistic graphic displays of war that give WAW it’s personality, and it’s better off because of it.

Veteran as with all Cod tittles is nail biting, but WAW is particularly mentally, damaging, comparable only to Hill 400 on cod2.

The game runs well, with a solid frame-rate, this comes at a price. Just like Cod4 the game is displaying in 600p resolution, this makes the game look blurry but at least this makes it run smooth very smooth, on the PC port of the game graphical settings can be customized so resolutions for PC gamers is simply down to Graphics card and Monitor.

The textures and models are what we’ve come to expect and do a fine job of looking great behind the low res that the 360 and ps3 versions run at.

Sgt.Reznov will acompany you in the Russian campaign.

Sgt.Reznov will accompany you throughout the Russian campaign.

OVERALL VERDICT:

Call of Duty in WWII in a way we didn’t expect: 93