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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,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] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. PSW Magazine UK
    100
    Packed with extras, World At War is a fast, frantic, exciting and emotionally draining shooter. This is how a war game should be. [Dec 2008, p.66]
  2. Treyarch did a remarkable job of breathing new life into the WWII shooter. They followed the conventions outlined by Infinity Ward to a tee and, as a result, created a shooter that is every bit as good as last year's entry. Of course, there isn't a whole lot of innovation this time around, but the increased Multiplayer options, new settings, and great enemy A.I. should more than satisfy all but the most jaded Infinity Ward fanboys.
  3. A stunning game that doesn't miss a beat from start to finish and includes one of the most feature packed multiplayer components of any game released this year.
  4. While not on par with Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, World at War is better than Treyarch’s last entry, Call of Duty 3.
  5. One of the best shooters this year, Call of Duty: World At War is an explosive and powerful cinematic experience.
  6. Unfortunately a large shadow in the shape of last year's game hangs heavy over everything in World at War. Admittedly the feel is excellent, the visuals and audio work strong, but any overt enthusiasm is tempered by the knowledge that in twelve months time we'll perhaps be thinking the same thing about part six: that we've seen it all before, that in itself each Call of Duty is still one of the best rollercoaster rides outside of Hollywood's summer season, that Modern Warfare did it all better.
  7. Edge Magazine
    60
    Treyarch has taken just enough from COD4 to make World At War a broad success, but it remains firmly in its shadow. [Christmas 2008, p.90]

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  2. Negative: 19 out of 99
  1. KevinW.
    Nov 15, 2008
    10
    If you enjoy the online part of call of duty, GET THIS GAME!!! Its similar to Call of Duty 4 but at the same time its different and its If you enjoy the online part of call of duty, GET THIS GAME!!! Its similar to Call of Duty 4 but at the same time its different and its TIGHT!!! Trust me, this game is definitely going to keep me occupied until the next call of duty or hardcore shooter comes out. Expand
  2. Nov 7, 2016
    10
    This game was truly awesome. Some many hours (days) logged into multiplayer. Hackers eventually ruined it though sadly. I hope CoD gets theThis game was truly awesome. Some many hours (days) logged into multiplayer. Hackers eventually ruined it though sadly. I hope CoD gets the hint from the FPSers out there that we want to go back to WW1/WW2. I really hope BF1 destroys CoDIF in sales. Maybe remaster this work of art at least? Please? Expand
  3. Mar 2, 2017
    9
    Very good WW2 shooter with big maps and realistic weapons. It's not an easy game to play but very rewarding. You even get to drive and shootVery good WW2 shooter with big maps and realistic weapons. It's not an easy game to play but very rewarding. You even get to drive and shoot tanks. I especially like the local co-op mode; great fun! Maybe the graphics are a bit bland and outdated by now, but the gameplay is still awesome. Expand
  4. Aug 17, 2013
    8
    8.4 out of 10 (rounded off to 8).

    It is simply the best World War II game to date, but it is a theme that Call of Duty has been doing for
    8.4 out of 10 (rounded off to 8).

    It is simply the best World War II game to date, but it is a theme that Call of Duty has been doing for at least 5 games now (including "Finest Hour" and "Roads To Victory") and it is a disappointment after the fresh breath of air that was "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare". Nevertheless, World at War continues carrying the fun multiplayer experience we came to know from the previous game, as well as introducing an incredibly addictive "Nazi Zombies" mode.

    If you love games glorifying America's perspective of World War II, then this is the game for you.
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  5. AnonymousMC
    Oct 17, 2009
    7
    Treyarch showed us what is it like to copy from another developing team (in terms of multiplayer and most of the game itself ! ) lets startTreyarch showed us what is it like to copy from another developing team (in terms of multiplayer and most of the game itself ! ) lets start with the bad things 1st: pretty much the same gameplay as CoD4 (unless this is your 1st call of duty then that statement wont bother you as much). Short story line (you better be buying this game for the multiplayer). and some annoying bugs in both single and multiplayer, I.E. not giving me a knife kill when i had the drop on the person, even though i heard the "stabing" sound and pretty sure that the body was in my whole screen so there wasnt anyway for me to miss!! but then allowing the other person to turn around and either knife me or shoot me while my "cooldown" for my knife and shooting was still in effect! thus getting killed for being able to sneak up on someone and strike 1st (yea that doesnt make any sence!!) and I dont know if you guys notice that on the 1st Russian mission, that whole mission was pretty much copied from the move: Enemy Behind the Gates (which isnt much of a bad thing since i liked that movie, but it goes into one of my "COME - ON!!" moments)also, the single-player AI is quite stupid... there are points in the game where I am actually depending on my "teammates" to give me cover while I go up and continue the mission, but most of the time they are just stairing at a wall, or looking at their feet, not really doing much other then getting themselfs killed (this is more so on the "Burn 'em Out" mission, where you only have a flame-thrower and a prayer not to get shot by a sniper). I think its kinda funny that I COULD DEPEND ON my teammates in COD4 but not in this game, there where many times I got shot in the back because I thought it was clear because my squadmates cleared out a room but didnt shoot anything >.< and it seemed that Treyarch didnt have as much imagination as Infinity Ward, which is prolly the reason why Infinity Ward is making CoD:Modern Warfare 2 and not Treyarch (thank god!) and now to the good things about CoD5: 1st thing I gotta say is I loved the music, in all modes of the game, It got me engaged into the game there are even points in the game to where I actually stop playing just to listen to the music lol. if I had to pick which side I liked more durring the single-player was when i am with the Russians, Mainly because the American side had all those annonying BONZAI charges, and it seemed that the Russian story-line was actually something to look foward too.... Even though I liked Kiefer Sutherland A.K.A. "Corporal Roebuck" voice acting on the American side, I just dreaded going to the American side... and you know why if you read my comments above. Even though the Multiplayer can be annoying with the bugs and other stuff that goes on while playing, Its actually fun to play. Just like COD4 I enjoyed the multiplayer in this game... even though some weapon upgrades arnt historic and some weapons are a little overpowered knowing what bullets they use... I.E. MP40 uses 9mm rounds, 9mm is small, not much for stoping power but since its small you can carry alot of ammo. but in this game they seem to be packin .45s in their magazines (which by the way a Tommy Gun uses, and some of know how heavy that gun actually is) the funny thing is MP40 is much stronger then most other guns in that game... while in real-life MP40 was a good gun but not as great what Treyarch thinks it should be... Ahhhh there we go, trying to say nice thing about this hard... because every good thing about this game is up to the beholder, its whatever you make it out to be... but I will tell you this, even though CoD4 is a much better game then this, I will still be playing this game for a long while, or at least til COD: Modern Warfare 2 comes out Expand
  6. Feb 7, 2012
    5
    Thought the campaign was good, not great. The graphics were good. Yes it is the same copy and paste game but thats the same with all CODThought the campaign was good, not great. The graphics were good. Yes it is the same copy and paste game but thats the same with all COD games. My only hate of this game is the multiplayer. The multiplayer was fun until the hackers infested it. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Nov 18, 2008
    0
    Terrible, absolutely terrible. Takes Call of Duty IV and makes it even worse. If you're looking for the same shooter that you've Terrible, absolutely terrible. Takes Call of Duty IV and makes it even worse. If you're looking for the same shooter that you've been playing for the past 5 years, get this. If you want something new, go get Mirror's Edge. Expand

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