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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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twittybirdboy07 said...
Jan. 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm:
it was a good game for its time but sorry black ops is just better sorry
 
mr.awesome15120 replied...
Mar. 22, 2011 at 9:30 am :
i agree with you
 
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kobe_24 said...
Jan. 21, 2011 at 8:07 am:
i hate waw it as no graphics trearch is the worse mw2 and infinity ward is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Dexter morgan said...
Jan. 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm:
you must remember world at war came before black ops therefore black ops will be better it is a step up from the previous call of dutys
 
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peterzthman said...
Jan. 7, 2011 at 9:00 am:
Black ops rules
 
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Evan W. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm:
Slightly,but this article is about World at War and was written two years ago,so that is irrelevant.
 
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Sadia123456 said...
Dec. 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm:
Black Ops better son
 
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foxmania said...
Nov. 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm:
this game is good but not as good as call of duty Black ops
 
Bandit replied...
Dec. 1, 2010 at 1:19 am :
I actually think this gme is way better than Black Ops for the reasons that this game doesnt need Hosts and that this game actually have a better story line. Why does Tryarch go back to the Cold War?
 
Bandit replied...
Dec. 1, 2010 at 1:21 am :

sorry for the mistakes i was in a hurry

:}

 
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spiritcrushr521 said...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm:
i like my war games but if u think that people wont like it u can get out bro!
 
foxmania replied...
Nov. 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm :
ya dude seriusly this game is one of the best games i have ever played other than the new call of duty black ops
 
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monkeyfaceThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Oct. 14, 2010 at 11:27 pm:

i want this game is it as good as they say that it is?

i hope i will get it soon another good gameis suppose to be god of war and grand theft auto

 
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the guner said...
Sept. 29, 2010 at 9:06 am:
call of duty is a fun game to play . But if you are not war person you will not like this game but i like it becase of all the misons it sands you on.
 
linc replied...
Oct. 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm :
this game is really cool dude
 
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tkitt said...
Sept. 29, 2010 at 8:39 am:
i realy like this game i have it for the wii and its so much fun. i dont realy like war games but this is fun
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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.

 
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