2008 Reviews

Call Of Duty: World At War

  • Review Date: 2013-06
  • Release Date: 2008-11
  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Rating: 7.5

I've gone 8 months without playing a single video game. Not once. The drought is over, I've finally broken my break. The only reason I was on a break is because work was just too busy and I find video games very addictive. To the point of pushing work aside to play. So I had to wait for things to settle down, which now they finally have.

But I decided to take baby steps. The Witcher was next on my list, but that's likely to be a long game so I put World At War first, a game that only lasts around 5-6 hours.

There's not much to say about WAW that I didn't already say in my review of Modern Warfare, the last COD title. It's shorter with only a dozen levels (some of which might only take 15 minutes), but the graphics and gameplay are all exactly the same. The good and the bad, which is the non-shooting levels such as another god-awful tank level and airplane rubbish.

Games have come a long way since Half-Life introduced story-telling. Oh wait, no they haven't. In fact WAW doesn't even have a story. The levels have short, messy intro animations that look like they could have been done in Flash, which are over in less than a minute. There's no characterisation, although your team-mates do have names, that's about it.

At this point, COD's gameplay is becoming very repetitive. The idea behind single player is enemies will keep spawning until you move ahead. As soon as you move ahead the stop, your team-mates will follow you and take out most of the enemies in the area. So in theory, apart from the missions where you HAVE to kill someone, such as the sniper mission, you could actually complete this entire game without firing a single shot. It would hard, but possible. I HATE re-spawning enemy games, and COD will probably never stop this in it's combat, but the idea behind it is to keep you moving forward which is both exciting and challenging. So it does have a point to it.

Design? What more is there to say. Same old engine, same old looks. It is a good looking game packed with detail, and lots of variety in themes. But you'd expect above average from one of the biggest selling video game franchises of all time. And excluding The Sims and Wii Sports, the biggest that's been introduced in the last 15 years.