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Summary

Our Score:

8

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, PlayStation 2 - PS3 version reviewed.

You know where you are pretty fast with World at War. Kicking off with a sort of pop-art summary of the Pacific portion of World War II, it soon shifts into some gratuitously nasty scenes of Japanese PoW torture followed by righteous vengeance as the good old boys of the USA bring the pain to the villainous Rising Sun chumps. FPS games aren't known for understatement or restraint, but this is the noisiest, most over-the-top, gung-ho action game I've ever played. Somebody appears to have confused the volume and violence controls and turned both up to max just in case. You'll be amazed at the use of hard rock guitar on the soundtrack, not to mention gobsmacked by the insensitive use of real archive footage and the attitude taken to casual slaughter. 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.

Still here? Well, I have some shocking news for you. I know prejudice is a deadly sin in my profession, but I really didn't have high hopes at all for this one. First, it's been developed not by Infinity Ward who did Call of Duty 2 and 4, but by Treyarch who did the messy Call of Duty 3. Secondly, it's a World War II game, and despite the best efforts of Medal of Honor: Airborne and this year's Brothers in Arms, I'm bored of those. Thirdly, Treyarch's last effort was the James Bond FPS, Quantum of Solace, and while I didn't think it was a bad game, it didn't make me think that the developer knew how to put together great FPS levels - or make full use of the CoD4 engine, for that matter. In short, I thought World at War would suck.

It doesn't. Take it apart technically and there's still an awful lot to moan about, and rest assured that I will be moaning about all of it in a minute. As an experience, though, it's actually good, honest, slightly stupid fun. For all that Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway tried to create a realistic WWII experience with intelligent AI and realistic cover, it wasn't actually all that entertaining. World at War is borderline cretinous at times, yet it's a blast that keeps you coming back for more. I feel like I'm aiding the cause of dumbed-down gaming when I say this, but it's true.

hankb6d

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

eyepopper

November 17, 2008, 6:38 pm

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

TL1210

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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