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Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360)

108 Ratings: 2.2
An Xbox 360 video game

Call of Duty: World at War from Activision for the Xbox 360 completely changes the rules of engagement by redefining World War II gameplay. In this edition, players are thrust into the final, tension-filled battles against a new, ferocious enemy in the … see full wiki

Console: Xbox 360
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Release Date: November 10, 2008
1 review about Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360)

Fire is the cleanser

  • Mar 22, 2009
Rating:
+5
This is only the second game in the "Call of Duty" series I've played, the other being "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare". I'm hard-pressed to say which I like more. "Modern Warfare" was quite good, but so is "World at War".


The plot of the solo game, such as it is, has you fighting out parts of World War II playing either a US Marine burning your way through the Pacific theatre, or a Soviet soldier fighting the Germans.

First, kudos to the game for resisting the urge to focus, as so many games in this time period do, by showing off the D-Day invasion. The only time I want to see that in a video game again is if you're playing the Germans. Might make it more interesting than watching the opening scenes of "Saving Private Ryan" played out yet again.

Second, they did a great job on the presentation. You get archival footage mixed in with modern computer graphics showing all sorts of stats and things like that. Very, very well done!

The combat is what you'd expect from a first person shooter and parts of it are slightly jarring due to the differences in tech between this game and something like "Modern Warfare". Time and again I was thrown off by single-shot weapons or magazines that didn't hold 50 bullets.

On the other hand, you get a flamethrower during parts of the game, and, oh, what a lovely beast it is. First, it looks great up on the screen. Second, it's just so darn useful! Sniper in the tree? Set the tree on fire. Machine gun nest inside a bunker? Flames through the gun port. Team member annoying you? Give them the ultimate hot-foot and laugh as they try to beat out the flames! Ah-he-he-he-ha! Fire is the cleanser! (takes some mood stabilizers) Ah, much better.

The online component of the game is about what you'd expect. At level 1 I was matched up against a group of people where the lowest level was 40. Yeah, that's good. But, hey, if you can survive your first few games and don't get overly annoyed at teenagers calling you a fag and whining because you're using the Juggernaut bonus, you'll be fine and have a good time.

All in all this is a really fun game and highly recommended for fans of the genre.

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