Call of Duty: WWII Review
Call of Duty: WWII Cover Art
System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dev: Sledgehammer
Pub: Activision
Release: November 3, 2017
Players: 1-12 Player
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

The Call of Duty: WWII matches themselves are what you expect, and the in-game flow feels a bit better compared to pre-release beta tests. It’s still a specific kind of shooter, more arcade-like with little time between the time it takes between getting shot at and dying. But the tools available fit that theme and respawning is usually just as quick. The new War mode is the star of the show, with a series of progressing objectives that play out little mini-stories despite the online multiplayer setting. Highlights also include an arena-style multiple checkpoint mode, and sillier fare like tossing a ball around. Despite the sounds and horrors of WWII in the background, Call of Duty is still Call of Duty.

Call of Duty: WWII Screenshot

Zombies, despite the resources poured into its presentation, feels like a sideshow. It’s odd to see everything crammed into menus, juxtaposed to the grand ambitions of Headquarters on the other side of multiplayer. It’s also confusing, as the prologue, once again, barely tells you how things work. Much of Call of Duty: WWII assumes you already speak the language, and anyone trying this stuff out for the first time may feel discouraged as they bumble around trying to figure out what does what. Objective markers may have been helpful, for starters, as much of my experience was teammates opening the first door, then leaving it to me to seek out more stuff to do. Balance also feels off, with teammate revival being slow and recovering from a death being nearly impossible after about ten waves or so, due to you losing all your stuff when you die. Is this designed to make loot boxes more attractive? It sure feels like it.

Overall what we have here is another Call of Duty, which means exactly what you think that means. Going back to basics will likely please the fanbase, which was vocally growing tired of the sci-fi stuff. The gameplay loops online are much less complicated, heading back to the “freeze tag with guns” and away from the more complex movement systems. The campaign feels like a greatest hits of Call of Duty moments, but falls short of standing out on its own, despite looking nice and being well-produced. Headquarters feels like an unstable attempt at Destiny-fying Call of Duty, but the amount of online multiplayer content available will help people overlook flaws and perhaps allow for future iteration. Call of Duty: WWII is a solid entry, but it feels more safe and standard than it should, especially standing next to its peers that took similar ideas and did more.

Lucas White
Contributing Writer
Date: 11/06/2017

It looks like World War II probably did! There’s a lot going on, with bonus ordinance and gunfire not created by other players constantly filling your field of view. The frame rate never stutter, but campaign cutscenes do hitch and stutter sometimes though, and the animations there feel more video game-y than you’d expect from AAA games.
Call of Duty: WWII is nice and simple. You can pick it up with any FPS experience and find the buttons behave as you might expect them to.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The generic, serious orchestral score does its job, but the real star of the show is the sound effects. That rifle reload that accompanies the title screen is eerie in its effectiveness.
Play Value
A well-produced, but ultimately bland campaign brings this down, along with Headquarters and Zombies feeling undercooked. But several new modes introduced in normal Multiplayer will keep Call of Duty afloat until next year.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Call of Duty returns to its roots with Call of Duty: WWII—a breathtaking experience that redefines World War II for a new gaming generation
  • Land in Normandy on D-Day and battle across Europe through iconic locations in history’s most monumental war
  • Experience classic Call of Duty combat, the bonds of camaraderie, and the unforgiving nature of war against a global power throwing the world into tyranny

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