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Call of Duty: World at War - Call of Duty: World at War

By Stuart Andrews



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Finally, what's with the grenades? Not only is it a bit too easy to miss the famous indicator in the heat of battle, but there are times when your so-called allies crowd you so much that it's practically impossible to escape the blast. I'm not a military historian, but if I were I'd wager that the majority of deaths endured in World War II were not the result of grenades. World at War says different. The only more irritating doom? Being run over by one of my own tanks that had, somehow, crept up behind me.

There's no doubt that Call of Duty 4 did this sort of thing last year with more intelligence and panache, but only the most miserable curmudgeon would deny that World at War has its own dumb-assed appeal. The multiplayer options only add to it. Not only can four of you play through every campaign mission cooperatively, tutting at the ridiculous barriers and the pitiful AI lapses as you go, but the competitive online game is pretty much CoD4 in WWII with a few added knobs.

The system of ranks and unlocks carries over; the more points you get, the higher you go and the more perks, character classes and game modes you can enjoy. Sensibly, there's also a Boot Camp team deathmatch mode, fenced off for beginners, where noobs can get their skills together before they go out and get humiliated in the other modes. Some of the additions in World at War are controversial - the attack dogs perk, where the damnable mutts seek and destroy rival players, is a serious irritation - but this is still one of the finest online games in town. It's also never hard to find a game, and joining up is as painless and wait free as such things get.

Part of me still doesn't want to like World at War, but I have to admit that, in the end, it's brilliant in its own 'special' way. Were I only going to buy one big shooter this Christmas I'd probably save my cash for something else - probably Gears 2 on the 360 or Resistance 2 on PS3 - but were I buying two this would probably get my vote. It's not that big and it's even less clever, but is it a laugh? Yes indeed!


It's dumb, it's linear and the AI can be laughable, but there's something oddly lovable about Treyarch's brain-dead WWII shooter. Switch off your higher functions, pump up the volume and enjoy the ride.

Overall Score



November 16, 2008, 7:00 am

"If they're German or Japanese, they've got it coming is the prevailing mood. World at War makes Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway seem meek and apologetic. Hell, it makes Pearl Harbour look like Letters from Iwo Jima, or It Ain't Half Hot Mum look like Tenko. If this is likely to bother you, don't buy it. "

Call Of Duty World At War*

*Not Available in Germany or Japan

Great review cannot play it yet i'm too busy working. I hope zombie mode has better AI than mine :)

Tarik Bos

November 17, 2008, 12:34 am

if i remember correctly infinity ward also did COD1 wich i still consider to be the best one in the series

LetsGo 1

November 17, 2008, 2:38 pm

You have missed the reason why this game will be a number one smash

The Online multi Player experience which is nothing short of brilliant.

I know lots of fans of this series who don't even bother to play the single player campaigns.

Online is where it is at! You should change you review guidelines


November 17, 2008, 6:38 pm

On-the-rails shooter with whizzbang graphics. A perfect metaphor for the times we live in.


November 18, 2008, 4:18 am

If there's 㿔 worth spending on a game at the moment, it would have to be this one!

Im suprised this only got 8 out of 10.. Id have given it at least a 9.

The single player campaign is pretty straight forward in regular mode, I was impressed by some of the missions you have to do also the graphics in this game are quality!

I admit, I was disapointed to hear when it was anounced COD5 was going back to WWII but now that Ive played it.. well, I cant stop playing it!!

The multiplayer is what makes this game extra special.. built on what is already a great multiplayer experience in COD4, COD5 takes it to the next step.

The co-op play is soo much fun with your mates online, carrying out the missions in game or the zombi natzi bonus game.. you can gain XP points from the camplaign levels which keeps you coming back for more!

The multiplayer games are also a lot of fun, I prefer these new maps compared to the ones in COD4..also now when you create a party with your friends and go online, they appear on the map as blue so you can identify them better..

This game is worth buying for the multiplayer options alone!

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