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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DerekA. SILVER said...
on Feb. 23 2010 at 4:53 pm
DerekA. SILVER, Pleasant Plains, Illinois
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I have Modern Warfare 2 for Playstation 3 and I was upset when I got it and figured out there wasn't any sort of zombie mode on it which I think the game creators didn't make a wise decision and since they didn't add zombies I think that put World at War above it.

on Jan. 31 2010 at 9:18 pm
Evan Witham BRONZE, McDonough, Georgia
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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.

on Jan. 30 2010 at 4:40 pm
Adkinlau BRONZE, Wichita Falls, Texas
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I love this game. I think in some ways that it is better than mw2.

on Jan. 18 2010 at 10:40 am
SeanConnery BRONZE, Fairfield, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
A good deed never goes unpunished.

Great Game but now MW2 is the best

lol :-) said...
on Jan. 15 2010 at 8:43 am
cool and simple i like it

ODgamer said...
on Jan. 15 2010 at 8:36 am
I'm still debating if this game is better or Modern Warfare 2. I currently have Modern Warfare 2 for the PS3.

EPW13 said...
on Jan. 8 2010 at 11:00 pm
i agree, i play that currently, but i wrote this before that game was even in production.

bigslate23 said...
on Jan. 7 2010 at 7:40 am
i agree but a better game is call of duty modern warfare 2 is the best game

-Missy- BRONZE said...
on Jan. 6 2010 at 6:34 pm
-Missy- BRONZE, Ahhh, South Dakota
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this game is an awesome one, i dont see how some people dont like it. especially with nazi-zombies...all Call of Duty games are great!

EPW13 said...
on Dec. 15 2009 at 7:31 pm
My thoughts exactly, but i wrote this around the release of the game so.

on Dec. 15 2009 at 1:42 pm
IizFrozen SILVER, Dell Rapids, South Dakota
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Favorite Quote:
~Its not how deep you fish~
~Its the motion of the ocean~

~I hope to die like my grandfather who died in his sleep~
~and not like the pasengers in his car who went screaming~

Meh not bad review I liked this game for awhile until recuntlly new games came out so... nice review.

zaho92 said...
on Nov. 20 2009 at 7:57 pm
please leave comments on my articles. The support really means a lot.

on Oct. 30 2009 at 11:09 am
I have all the games in the seriese and i liked modern warfare or COD 4 if you like

on Jun. 25 2009 at 11:09 am
GreenDayFan SILVER, Phoenix, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"Every story has an end, but in life, every ending is just a new beginning."
-Uptown Girls

i agree with noah m. but anyways awesome review

on Jun. 9 2009 at 8:01 pm
noah markowitz BRONZE, Bound Brook, New Jersey
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this is a long review

on Jun. 4 2009 at 4:47 pm
Gorillas4u BRONZE, Springfield, Michigan
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yea you gotta think more about the AIs, if more Banzi! anttacks happened at random through the level (and not when you are predicting it) then it would be much better id give it a 8.5 too

Mell Mell xD said...
on May. 21 2009 at 12:59 pm
THESE ARE SOME GREAT WRITERS THAT ARE ON TEENINK ! REALLY THEY DO GREAT JOBS ON WRITING AND THEIR DETALIS ARE WOW ! GREAT KEEP IT UP ! :)

Shawn12 said...
on May. 21 2009 at 12:45 pm
Dis game is so fun bo its has a lot carer in it

on May. 12 2009 at 5:32 pm
taylor ghent BRONZE, Bellaire, Ohio
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sorry didnt like it the game was boring for me


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