Call of Duty: World at War MAG

November 30, 2008
By Evan Witham BRONZE, McDonough, Georgia
Evan Witham BRONZE, McDonough, Georgia
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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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on Mar. 22 2011 at 7:33 pm
Evan Witham BRONZE, McDonough, Georgia
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You know, once again, reviews for video games only make since if you read them around the time when the game came out. so im glad you like the new ones better, so do I but you all don't have to say the new games are better...really.

prell0412 said...
on Mar. 22 2011 at 9:44 am
prell0412, Fort Worth, Montana
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thats so true.

prell0412 said...
on Mar. 22 2011 at 9:42 am
prell0412, Fort Worth, Montana
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the game is wicked but i liked mw2 way better cause of the graphics and the weapons.

on Mar. 22 2011 at 9:30 am
mr.awesome15120 SILVER, Levering, Michigan
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i agree with you

on Mar. 22 2011 at 9:28 am
mr.awesome15120 SILVER, Levering, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
dont get mad get even

its a good game and stuff but mw2 is better and so is black ops is better that all of them.

on Jan. 26 2011 at 4:59 pm
twittybirdboy07 BRONZE, Baldwin, Georgia
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it was a good game for its time but sorry black ops is just better sorry

kobe_24 said...
on 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on 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

on Jan. 7 2011 at 9:00 am
peterzthman BRONZE, Andover, Massachusetts
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Black ops rules

on Dec. 8 2010 at 7:51 pm
Evan Witham BRONZE, McDonough, Georgia
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Slightly,but this article is about World at War and was written two years ago,so that is irrelevant.

VincentD2997 said...
on Dec. 8 2010 at 1:24 pm
VincentD2997, Parkesburge, Pennsylvania
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almost only counts in horse shoes and hand granades

i agree with you on the subject

VincentD2997 said...
on Dec. 8 2010 at 1:23 pm
VincentD2997, Parkesburge, Pennsylvania
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almost only counts in horse shoes and hand granades

i agree with that i think that if modern warfare 2 would of had zombie it would of at least tied with WAW

on Dec. 1 2010 at 5:48 pm
Sadia123456 BRONZE, New York, New York
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Black Ops better son

Bandit said...
on Dec. 1 2010 at 1:21 am

sorry for the mistakes i was in a hurry

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Bandit said...
on 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?

foxmania said...
on Nov. 17 2010 at 3:07 pm
foxmania, Swea City, District Of Columbia
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this game is good but not as good as call of duty Black ops

foxmania said...
on Nov. 17 2010 at 3:07 pm
foxmania, Swea City, District Of Columbia
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none of your buisness

ya dude seriusly this game is one of the best games i have ever played other than the new call of duty black ops

on Oct. 21 2010 at 4:17 pm
spiritcrushr521, Port Orchard, Washington
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do or do not there is no try

i like my war games but if u think that people wont like it u can get out bro!

on Oct. 14 2010 at 11:27 pm
Rainbowmadhatter, Reno, Nevada
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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


linc said...
on Oct. 11 2010 at 2:26 pm
this game is really cool dude


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