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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] Expand
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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 110
  2. Negative: 20 out of 110
  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. Apr 17, 2020
    10
    This might be the greatest and most true to life cod game to have ever been. With it's dark gritty world war 2 setting, it gives you aThis might be the greatest and most true to life cod game to have ever been. With it's dark gritty world war 2 setting, it gives you a perspective of the war that we haven't seen a great a mount of in recent war movies and video games. The way that it has taken all the chances and has dived deep into the stories of the brave men who fought at the time. This game is over all the greatest way to show other developers what a true historical war game should be. Expand
  3. WilliamM.
    Nov 11, 2008
    9
    From what i played of this game on the PC Beta it was very much similar to Cod 4 which i liked very much. I like some of the adjustments made From what i played of this game on the PC Beta it was very much similar to Cod 4 which i liked very much. I like some of the adjustments made such as dogs instead of helicopters. Bigger maps will also enhance the gameplay and i am very much looking forward to this game! Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2015
    8
    Nazi Zombies is what made this game what it was, without it, it would just be meh for me. I love the simple 3 killstreaks in multiplayer andNazi Zombies is what made this game what it was, without it, it would just be meh for me. I love the simple 3 killstreaks in multiplayer and the gore in this game was spectacular to look at it. Expand
  5. Jun 13, 2016
    7
    Call of Duty World at War is a good game. However there are some things I would like to criticize about. Number one, when you go on the SovietCall of Duty World at War is a good game. However there are some things I would like to criticize about. Number one, when you go on the Soviet campaign, Reznov seems to be too over confident and this game exaggerates sometimes, mostly in the Soviet campaign. For example, they exagerate we out number the Germans 10:1, and it is not true. The Soviets were losing troops and they have to hold Moscow until reinforcements come from the far east. It seems most of the people play this game liked the Soviet campaign rather than the American campaign. But in Call of Duty 1, the cutscence in the ending basically says we are like brothers and we both fought for the same things. But in Call of Duty World at War, the American Campaign , the soldiers mostly wanted to go home while the Soviets mostly act tough and wanted to enjoy Russia's embrace. The gameplay is excellent and this game doesn't suck, I have a great time playing it. Expand
  6. JordanF.
    Dec 15, 2008
    6
    From the get go Treyarch billed this as the worthy successor to Infinity Ward
  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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