I’ll be honest, this game on its opening day it should have been called something like Call of Duty Advanced Loading Screens or Call of Duty Error Message.
But realistically if you were surprised with the popularity of Call of Duty WW2 then you have been living in a cave since the first one. It is arguably the most anticipated game of the year and has been for a while.
It doesn’t seem to matter that Activision, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward have near enough been using the same game engine for over 10 years, people are still parting with their money because it’s a basic shoot-em-up with a fast game engine and brilliant graphics. This is why most ‘hardcore’ gamers see Call of Duty players as ‘simpletons’. But fortunately, we don’t care.
Do we question the fact that Call of Duty WW2 is the 5th of 14 titles to feature World War 2? No, we don’t because we are ‘simpletons’ who are bored of the recent years where you have to jump 40 feet in the area and walk on walls. If we wanted to do this, we would have purchased Halo. Call of Duty WW2 seems to have happily recaptured the fanbase it almost lost when EA brought out Battlefield 1. Fortunately for Call of Duty producers, EA servers are known to be awful and nobody wanted to wait 15 minutes for 1 long game where you would run for 5 minutes before getting killed by a sniper 400 miles away. (insert annoyed emoji face).
Now I see to have rambled on instead of talking about why Call of Duty WW2 is a breath of fresh air to a series I was getting reluctant to play again.
Call of Duty WW2 Review in Progress – The Good
Gameplay – Call of Duty will always have great gameplay, it’s a fast game engine with amazing graphics that we have all grown up with. It’s not a surprise that it is still entertaining.
Nazi Zombies – I am a huge fan of this game mode, although it has seen itself get overly complicated. You can never beat the idea of a horde mode involving zombies. Sure there are side missions, but you do not have to do that to enjoy its basic entertaining structure.
The Headquarters – think of The Headquarters as an interactive gaming lobby where players can join their friends, practice shooting their new toys, retrieve your post-match rewards in the form of care packages and even go 1v1 against some chump in an arena in front of your mates. You can continue to walk around the interactive lobby whilst searching for a game too.
Sentiment – I fear that the young gaming community is taken away from the fact that World War 2 was actually a real event that changed the world and it’s people. Thankfully you can clearly see Call of Duty WW2 put a lot of time, money and effort into showing the gamer as much of what happened as they could.
Weaponry & Customisation – although I’m not one for customising, I like basic stuff. They have adopted this into the game to keep the Pre-teen masses happy, even though it’s an 18+ computer game. But most parents are over 18 and will happily purchase it for their underserved children, along with a £1000 iPhone. The weapons are vast and varied enough to keep even the most passionate historian happy.
Back to Basics – the gaming community seems glad to have a Call of Duty title where you don’t press A to jump and you’re 50ft in the air or have the ability to run on a vertical wall. There are no gimmicks or cheats within the game that deny basic physics. It’s just a good old-fashioned shoot-em-up with nice new graphics.
Call of Duty WW2 Review in Progress – The Bad
Repetitive – people don’t really consider this a bad thing, but it does seem to me that Call of Duty games, in general, are lacking longevity. Its not often I’ll play more than 4 or 5 games of Hardcore Team Deathmatch before getting bored and sticking on FIFA. I suppose this is why there are so many different game modes.
6v6 – one thing I will see that Battlefield 1 wins on, is how many players you can have in one game. Sure the maps on BF1 are huge, but Call of Duty seems to have become more of a tactless shoot-em-up where you just spray and pray. Even increasing to 10v10 on a hardcore mode would be wonderful.
Pointless collectibles – they’re just pointless. Hooray, I have a new colourful gun now, this will surely make me play better. I’ve got news for you Jack, it doesn’t.
Call of Duty WW2 Review in Progress – Summary
All in all, it’s a great game but I think we all had a feeling this would happen. It’s refreshing not to be disappointed but it was going to be easier when the last 14 years of Call of Duty titles have been pretty much the same. I enjoy it because it’s basic, entertaining and easy to get to grips with. If you are expecting an open world Call of Duty with intricate storylines and plot twists. You won’t get it here. I shall be reviewing each individual game mode in more detail as we go. But for now, well played Activision.
Big Dan’s Review – 8/10