|System: X360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Treyarch||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 11, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-18||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
While I can't say that the Wii-mote and Nunchuk work perfectly for controlling this game's action, they do an admirable job. There are a multitude of options both for button layout and how the motion controls handle. Players can tweak their bounding box, how quickly the camera reacts to moving the pointer, and the sensitivity required for shaking either controller. This does provide some good options, but none feel entirely precise or quick enough when in combat. Still, they work well enough to not cause frustration and to keep the gameplay enjoyable.
Visually, this is one of the best looking games on the Wii. While the textures may not be as impressive as its current generation siblings', there are some great lighting, smoke, and particle effects you wouldn't expect out of a Wii game. Unlike Quantum of Solace, which came out earlier this month, the Call of Duty 4 engine has clearly been better optimized to handle this title. You may see an occasional framerate hit when there is a lot of onscreen action but it is barely noticeable and very rarely affects the gameplay.
Another thing you may not expect from a Wii title is great online play. Although Nintendo's console can indeed connect to the internet, many games completely ignore this option. Thankfully, World at War embraces this opportunity, providing one of the best online experiences on the console to date. While the included modes (standard and team deathmatch variants only) and number of players (only eight) are limited, they run solidly. The create-a-class and challenge barracks have also been included, constantly rewarding continued skillful play with unlockable perks, weapons, and attachments.
If you're looking for a great FPS on the Wii, Call of Duty: World at War definitely fits the bill. With its impressive graphics, cinematic and brutal storytelling, varied missions, and excellent multiplayer offerings, this is a must play title for mature Wii gamers. While it is missing many of the online modes included in the other versions of this game, what is there works incredibly well and provides a lengthy experience. Who knew WWII could still be this much fun?
CCC Staff Contributor