Call of Duty: World at War This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

November 30, 2008
Hoping to expand on the success of Infinity Ward’s “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” Treyarch has continued the series with “Call of Duty: World at War.” The WWII shooter game setting is overused, but somehow Treyarch made it fresh. They accomplished this through refining ­Infinity Ward’s features, such as the online ranking system and multiplayer, moving the theatre of the battles, and ­introducing some amazing new features.

What I Loved

Detail: Every room you enter in the campaign has something new to look at, without any that are empty or repeated. This shows the effort the creators put into making this game realistic and how much they respect the series and the gamers.

Scale: Certain battles are huge; for example, the Blood and Iron level will blow you away with its size and the number of people shooting at you. This complexity takes time and effort to develop, not like simply placing 42 troopers throughout a level and letting them go. They programmed each individual trooper’s interactions with his environment and the player as he progresses through the game.

New Settings: The past Call of Duty games (except “Modern Warfare”) were set during World War II. Once again, the series travels back in time but introduces a new setting: the Pacific Theatre. This game shows the struggles the U.S. Marines had against the Imper­ial Army of Japan. It makes for a fresh setting and fresh tactics, as you have to deal with a ­severely entrenched Japanese Army that has no qualms about rushing at you headfirst.

Cut Scenes: These scenes ­between missions are amazing, showing a beautiful version of the experiences of troops, and how the mission is progressing. Actual video of the war is ­included, which is sometimes gruesome but connects you to the real history.

Realistic Deaths: When it comes to video games, I’m all about realism, and this game delivers. The gory effects make it even more jarring and realistic.

Multiplayer: Once again “Call of Duty” delivers with multiplayer. All Treyarch really did was update Infinity Ward’s version, but it’s still amazing. It encourages players to improve in order to unlock better guns. Treyarch added a plethora of new perks, weapons, and great game maps.

What I Hated

Enemy AI: AI, or artificial ­intelligence, is a major selling point in games today, and although Treyarch throws a lot of bad guys at you, they are about the stupidest bunch I’ve ever seen. The Banzai troops’ sole job is to run right at you, even though you can’t be attacked by more than one. So there are times when they’ll run past all of the troops in front of you and when they get to you, one will attack and the rest just keep running. Also some enemy soldiers don’t even shoot you when you get close to them.

Storytelling: Despite the scale, detail, and cut scenes, the story isn’t all there. The character you play is never given a face or a personality, perhaps in the hope that you’ll see yourself as him, but that doesn’t happen. The story is also very scripted, and parts are predictable if you have played a Call of Duty game before. Despite Trey­arch’s attempts to realistically represent this horrible war that taxed all nations, you don’t ­fully connect to it.

I rate it 8.5 out of 10.

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DR1996 said...
Sept. 28, 2010 at 10:06 am
The game is overall good but few flaws in control designs. I did however enjoy the expeirience of the game being almost realistic
Maj.Gage said...
Sept. 28, 2010 at 10:03 am
This game focused on the horrors of war, something few video games do. The gore, actions, and charcters seem to reflect on how war really was and the perspective of being a soldier really makes the game very interesting.
jw101z said...
Sept. 28, 2010 at 10:00 am
this game is freaking beast man ! i love it ive played it so manny times with me friends and i love it !!!! if ur smart ull buy it and play it forever !! lol
Mudflap said...
Sept. 28, 2010 at 9:53 am
I loved Call Of Duty WAW. I like it better than Modern Warfare 2. I reccomend playing on Xbox live, it's more fun than the regular campaign mode. Awesome Game
Dr.Jones This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 12, 2010 at 10:51 am

I think you really hit all the highs and lows.  But the online (outside of the zombies) never really clicked for me.  I guess because it was built for a game that used modern technology, but trying to fit perks and grenades for the World War II era didn't really work (I'm looking at you, flares).

Still, best Pacific Theater treatment in video games.  Medal of Honor Rising Sun, similar setting, was just sloppy.

Nice review.

Niftygrrl said...
Jul. 6, 2010 at 12:50 am
I will always be a metal gear solid kind of girl!
glarp said...
May 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm
i agree with brendan f. sry butthe game was pretty lame i tryed it on every system i could
Evan W. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm
By the Way go Sox!
ant_5171 said...
May 17, 2010 at 9:38 am
kill streaks for mw2 ROCK!!!!!
Lil ricky_5171 said...
May 17, 2010 at 9:36 am
I think waw is an awesome game especially nazi zombies and how you can buy map packs for it... I also like mw2 for the kill steaks and come on now you gott to luvv da graphics!!!
Brendan F. said...
May 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm
TERRIBLE game. The only reason you would buy it would be for Zombies. Even COD 3 is better, in my opinion.
Evan W. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm
that is your oppinion, personally i found it to be pretty good multiplayer.
deer-hunter replied...
Sept. 28, 2010 at 8:28 am
I agree with evan i thought it was a good multiplayer game
LAPDSWAT911 said...
Apr. 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm

i agree with this reveiw


iIZzLuke said...
Mar. 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm
mw2 is bettr
Evan Witham replied...
Mar. 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm
great...i agree. your opinion matches that of everyone else. read the comments.
SandyRavage replied...
Mar. 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Of course it does. Mainly cause Treyarch fails.(no offense to anybody)
Adkinlau said...
Jan. 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm
I love this game. I think in some ways that it is better than mw2.
Evan W. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 9:18 pm
I agree, personally i still break out WAW every once in a while for the online. Im a WWII buff so i like the older feel and theatre of this game.
D-UNIT replied...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm
I have to say this is an awesome game except i have to give mw2 the ups on kill streak rewards like the nuke, chopper gunner, and the ac-130
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