Call of Duty: World At War

Posted: July 21, 2010 in Beaten Down Path, Reviews
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Publisher: Activision Blizzard
Developer: Treyarch
Genre: Historic First-Person Shooter
ESRB: Mature

Hey ya! I’m back with the 2nd installment of my recent Call of Duty series review. It’s high time I take you through Call of Duty: World at War. It’s different from its predecessor, unlike which, it’s not a modern shooter. Call of Duty franchise from the beginning was a WW II shooter. Although after a bit diversion in Modern Warfare, it’s back to square one. Here, you are in midst of WW II invasion from the American side to Japan as well as Russian side to Germany. We all know the story. Call of Duty has relived those historic moments through all of its games. This time also we are going to see all those again.

The game is published by Activision Blizzard which has given us recently Blur and goin to load us up with Diablo III soon. Developers of the game Treyarch, which previously made me say “achtung baby” by one of the best game version of Bond- Quantum of Solace, not disappointed me again by much. They took some parts from earlier CoD series and some parts from CoD MW, and they gave us a gore, blood thirsty Historic First Person Shooter. You will face an enormous number of resistances. And believe me, when I say enormous, I MEAN enormous. At times you will wonder as if the whole fucking country is at large to take a shot at you.

You take part with your band of brothers against the Bonzai raiders and advance through huts, temples, rivers, trenches and shooting plethora of them. You will have bayonets and flamethrowers all along side with you which are a new addition to World at War. But using them to kill is difficult. Flamethrower is unlimited but less deadly and covers less ground. So, if the place you are looking at in a perplexed stance is not made out of dry grass, then you are out of luck. But, if you are lucky, you will find a sniper rifle, and you will say- “sweeeet jesus.” Missions are quite fast paced. If you sit as duck to pick the gonzo one by one, luck is on their side with punching a hole through your big head with helmet. Enemies will pounce upon you as lions on a deer. They will shoot like cold hearted bastards and you will have a no chance to react even. You go too fast, get stabbed by the knives or by a lame looking, not so advanced barrel-shaped machine gun. You get too slow, they will take their time, and shoot you from miles. At any time, the average you to resistance ratio will be 1:10. It’s better to NEVER EVER pick up the bloody Japanese weapons. Always arm yourself with your weapons or if possible German too! Picky brilliant bastards are they. Superior engineering that time, and they have not stopped in our time too!

And the best part- after completing the game, you will unlock a Nazi Zombie killing stage. You will be in a room with several windows with several of dead Krauts dragging their feet towards you and getting to your room through the windows. Just like the movies, you have to welcome them by headshots and repair the windows temporarily till they break in again. You get points for each headshots and windows repaired. With these points, you buy more weapons and advance to deeper levels. This is one of the most gruesome and challenging levels of the game. Although bonus, it’ll serve your purpose like cream on a cake.

The graphics is just something, you can’t complain about. This is the series, where the graphics, tone, environment, camera, in game movies are at par with any of the best looking games out there (Curse you Spiderman Series!!!) you will get a feel of the WW II environment with enough environment detailing. Thanks to Shader Model 3.0. Throughout each level you are accompanied by a superior officer who sets the emotional tone through well-acted dialogue. The vengeful, spitfire Russian pumps up your adrenaline to intoxicating levels, while the grim, determined American provides a sobering influence. They are well balanced. This is added by the real World War II footages, strategic locations and advancements map. The game from both perspective shows you the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of one of the most vengeance filled, horrid human battle in history.

Mission variety is not like Modern Warfare, but it’s enough to keep you engaged. You will shoot at other ships and fighter planes hovering over the Atlantic or the Pacific (God! I can’t remember). Missions are hard and full of bloodbaths. Modern Warfare fans like me will be disappointed. There is no story except being a part of the history. There’s no character involvement. This is the thing that makes you attached to the game. See- Brothers in Arms series, Call of Duty MW and MW2, Bad Company 2. You will be jubilant to see your objectives succeed, if you play the character, which I missed in this game. I’m a Call of Duty avid fan. I’ve played each version more than once. But this one is the exception. It never occurred to me that I was playing Call of Duty. Where is the charm that was once present? Where is the brotherhood, which made me be throughout the battle? They are gone… The Japs missions are frustrating. I wondered where from this small country this much of soldiers erupted? God is witness to my act, that I just simply prayed him to get me over with the Japs missions already. You get a taste of despair at so much of destruction and many of your fellow soldiers not being rescued.

It’s quite popular still now, even though it’s more than a year old. It’s currently charted at 3rd spot in most played games. But it can never be the same as Call of Duty Modern Warfare. Still, though World at War lacks the freshness that made Modern Warfare such a hit, it nevertheless provides a hearty, filling meal-one that shooter fans are sure to savor. You will be moaning at your PC and your luck for buying this game out of your pocket money, if you had brought it expecting it to live up to its predecessor. But if you are looking just a fast paced, deadly campaign with lots of blowing brains out, then you will be thrilled as never. I don’t give a damn about what others say. My freedom of speech is telling me to give this one a bloody 7.5/10. Don’t grind your teeth now. You ain’t the only Call of Duty fan out there. I’ve the right to speak my heart and you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against my perception of the game.

AHA! The End! Hurray.. Hasta la Vista baby! With one more CoD trick in my sleeve, I bid adieu but, I must say this- “I will be back!”

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