CALL OF DUTY: WWII – REVIEW

WRITTEN BY JASON SEWALD

Another year, another Call of Duty. It’s no secret that the franchise has caught some major hate over the past few years for giving us the same futuristic and unoriginal (at this point) game with a few added maps and laser guns. However, with the recent success of the highly acclaimed ‘Battlefield 1’, Activision took a look at itself and decided to take a page out of Dice’s play book and bring back the first person shooter to World War 2. Whether it paid off for them is what we’re going to look at today in the Call of Duty WW2 review.

Really and truly; it is Call of Duty (COD) and most people don’t really play the campaign, much less know the story, which is more often than not a clichéd story; meaning you are the hero, going from point A to B, to defeat the villain. BUT, COD campaigns don’t shine with their narrative; but the performance of their actors; the franchise has managed to pull some huge and renowned talents for their past games, such as Kevin Spacey, Idris Elba and Kit Harrington to name a few, and all have given a fantastic performance. Such is the case here; the vocal delivery of Brett Zimmerman is absolutely fantastic, so is everyone who worked on the game but Brett for me was especially noticeable for me.

The gameplay of CODs campaign is again more of the same as past ones; shoot outs, stealth missions and the lot. However, again the game doesn’t flex its muscle with the variety or style of the missions but the execution of them. It just felt somehow refreshing to play a COD game and not be plagued by robots or remote controlled weapons (but that’s just a personal preference of mine), objectively I believe that Activision put their best foot forward with the “reboot” and I couldn’t ask for much more.

In comparison to previous games in the COD franchise, the multiplayer hasn’t changed much, other than the fact that the setting has changed and nobody could dash to the left and right with their exo skeleton suits so it’s definitely going to take some getting used to or rather going back to basics… it really depends on the player. Either way, the multiplayer has fun maps; Aachen being my favourite and it’s just a blast to play again. I would mention the Nazi Zombies mode but I personally found it the best part of all the CODs featuring this mode so I won’t waste any characters and just say it is a joy to play.

As this isn’t a perfect game, there are some things I have to criticise it for. But, rather than the game itself, it’s more a criticism aimed at Activision, because they made a mess of it at launch day by having the servers come crashing down and it just gives me the impression that things like this will happen more frequently in the future, which I hope is not the case.

In the end, Activision really came through with a great “back-to-basics” Call of Duty, reminiscent of the past games which made the franchise so popular in the first place. Great campaign, fun multiplayer and the zombies (especially zombies), so in the end I’ll give it a 7/10.

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