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  • Summary: Utilizing the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare engine, Call of Duty: World at War throws out the rulebook of war to transform WWII combat through a new enemy, new tactics and an uncensored experience of the climatic battles that gripped a generation. As U.S. Marines and Russian soldiers, players employ new features like cooperative gameplay, and weapons such as the flamethrower in the most chaotic and cinematically intense experience to date. Call of Duty: World at War introduces co-operative play, bringing fresh meaning to the "No One Fights Alone" mantra with up to four-players online for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, or two-player local split-screen on consoles. Nintendo Wii will also support a unique co-op mode for two players. For the first time ever players can experience harrowing single-player missions together for greater camaraderie and tactical execution. The co-op campaign allows players to rank up and unlock perks in competitive multiplayer by completing challenges and earning experience points, adding continuous re-playability and team-based gameplay. Whether playing competitively or cooperatively – if players are online with Call of Duty: World at War – they always gain experience points. Based on a player’s experience rank and rank of the player's friends, Call of Duty: World at War scales dynamically to provide a deeper level of challenge. [Activision] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Overall, Call of Duty: World at War is a great DS shooter.
  2. 85
    World at War is such an impressive showcase on the DS.
  3. Call of Duty: World at War is a perfect example of the well-done sequel.
  4. 80
    With a lengthy single player mode, limited but engaging multiplayer games and attractive visuals given the hardware, World at War is among the system's best shooters and worth your cash. Enlist today.
  5. With its awesome sound design, diverse gameplay, great pacing, and usually fluid visuals, Call of Duty: World at War is a great package and easily one of the best first-person shooters ever developed for a handheld system.
  6. It’s a fun shooter, if all too formulaic.
  7. 42
    It attempts to emulate the spirit of its bigger cousin, but it falls short.

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Score distribution:
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  1. AaronGuhl
    Nov 12, 2008
    This game is easily one of the best first person shooters on the DS. This game uses the same engine as the first CoD and they really to the engine to new heights and it can be seen in the graphics. The details on the DS in amazing. The gameplay is great. The single-player campaign brings you all the hectic war moments you've come to expect from a CoD game. The multiplayer has tons of options and maps to play and it all plays very well. It even has online stat tracking. This is a game people will be playing for a long time. This is the multiplayer first person shooter people have been waiting for since Metroid Prime Hunters. Expand
  2. JakeMurphy
    Jan 23, 2009
    This is a super fun game. Way more improved over Call of Duty 4 for DS, here are the positives.
    + The A.I. is smart, when you want credit to
    kill a guy, they kill it, and they don't shoot at walls!
    + Good variety of weapons, and good gun sounds.
    + A very long campaign that'll keep you busy for atleast a week, with 3 campaigns, the challenges also add some replay value, and mini-games are fun.
    + Good graphics, good battle chatter, and one more thing the touch screen is much more manageable than Call of Duty 4.
    Now the very few negatives...
    - You don't get the flamethrower enough.
    - You can't cook the grenades.
    Overall, this is the best shooting game for the ds and probably best game for the ds, if you own Call of Duty 4 for the ds or just own a ds, this is a must BUY!!!
  3. Jan 7, 2011
    Call of Duty: World at War is a great game. Amazing Campaign and great multiplayer make this game great. The variety of weapons and the long campaign along with the minigames make it a great single player game but the ablity to play with others makes this game great. Expand
  4. ColmanX
    Nov 15, 2008
    A VERY good game indeed! Much better than Modern Warfare for the DS. The gameplay is spot on, the collison detection is amazing and the pace is welcoming. The only faults I could find were the relatively slow movement of the characters and the sometimes frustrating time limits for completing objectives. Not yet that perfect ten, but damn close. Expand
  5. Jan 19, 2013
    This is by far the best Call of Duty on DS. The single player is good (however it is short) and the AI is a lot better. For the first time mutliplayer has been added and its great. The maps have been designed well and the whole experience is very enjoyable. Expand
  6. Impulse
    Jan 24, 2009
    It was an okay shooter. It was more or less fun, had unique cameplay, but It sadly doesn't live up to it's cousins on other consoles. I found it a little annoying to constantly use the touch screen. There should've been an option to use either the buttons or touch screen to look around. Expand