So I was sitting around about to write the “Quantum of Solace” review, when I read what seemed like the millionth “CODWAW” article talking a bunch of nonsense and I decided that the 007 review would have to wait, this was more important. Call of Duty as a series is one of the most prolific and respected of my generation and people love to try and boost their traffic by writing post that purposely are provocative or negative just in order to cause controversy, well we don’t do that here at ZKG. Here we only give you the real deal and try not to be to bias in the process and coming up on the end of the first year of ZKG I am pretty proud of the quality of content I have been able create, but anyway back to the review.
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“Call of Duty: World at War” by Treyarch is the most recent release in the series. Call of Duty is interesting as a series because it is developed by two different software development houses, on purpose. A lot of the time you don’t see two developers pretty much alternating on such a successful title but in this case it seems to work as I hear that Infinity Ward is hard at work on COD 6. Treyarch had a tall order, put out a title that was at least as good if not better than “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare“, seen by many as the crowning jewel in the series. As someone who lost countless hours of his life playing “Modern Warfare”, I can honestly say that “World at War” is keeping the quality alive.
The developers were in between a rock and hard place on this one, when they went away from the WW2 era for COD4 in order to bring some new players to the series and revive a series that while it was not down it was definitely losing some steam they created a Catch 22. For a lot of gamers “Modern Warfare” was their first introduction to the series and while going back to its roots for “World at War” may have pleased a lot of the purists, it confused a lot of its new fans. A lot of the new fans didn’t like that it was going back and were none to happy but none the less they gave it a chance.
The first thing I wanna say is that I have to give it the developers at Treyarch and the folks at Activision because I was beginning to think that it was impossible to make a game that had an online component that worked but once again they have done it. After the major disappointment of SOCOM, I just wasn’t sure but once again Call of Duty delivers. I was online playing on what was the second day I had it, but what was the first day of release most places which was November 11, and by the second hour I was playing there were more than 18,000 people online and it wasn’t missing a beat, that is what is supposed to happen and a lot of developers could learn something from those guys.
The guy with the leaves on his head isn’t going to like how this ends.
The gameplay is still fast and furious. The story mode is still solid if a bit short and the online piece will still keep you playing for hours and hours and make girlfriends all over the world angry. I mean in all honesty the game is pretty much like COD4 in the way it plays just in a different time period. All the weapons and capabilities are appropriate for that time period and with some new weapons like the flamethrower and the ability to call in artillery strikes and dogs which are very difficult to stop this is a very solid title. So to all those people out there who are saying that it is such a disappointment or that it is not as good as COD4 I say that they are wrong. I say that it is different but from a technical standpoint no less superior or fun.
I will admit that I don’t like the WW2 genre as much as I like games set in modern times but I still really like this release. If you don’t believe, the biggest test of all I am finally about to trade in my copy of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, because well… I don’t need it now this is definitely an adequate replacement. The only thing I can say is that if you like COD you will like this release, so stop waiting and get online. With that said, Call of Duty: World at War gets 5.0 out of 5.0 stars for being an awesome title that more than stands up to its predecessor and for taking such a major risk going back to the WWII era when a lot of folks advised them against it. Well that is it folks, I am going to play World at War, catch you online and if you see “thatruth2006” in a game, well hope I am your team :) .
But hey this is just what I think, what do you folks think?