Call of Duty: World War II is a first person shooter game and the fourteenth installment in the Call of Duty series. It was developed by Sledgehammer Games and published by Activision who released it worldwide on 3rd Novemeber’2017. It is the first main installment to be directly set on the premise of World War II, which was the basis of the initial Call of Duty series. The game was released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, with company Raven Software helping the Sledgehammer Games in developing the game for PC.
Call of Duty: WWII’s game campaign is predominantly set in the European Theatre of the war and concentrated on the Allies invasion on the western front through Operation Overlord. The game also contains the Multiplayer mode which was revealed in Mid-June before the release of the game where players can either play as Allies or Axis. If players choose to play as Axis, they are assigned to the German Wehrmact not the Waffen SS so as in to distinguish between German Military and the Nazis. Players can play as American, British, Soviet or the French Resistance if they choose to play as Allies in the mode. Initially the developers were reluctant to make the game primarily based on WWII after they made Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare as there would be vast contrast between the past and the future. After much brainstorming, they decided to go ahead with the project and aimed to make the game highly authentic by including lesser known battles, Nazi Extermination Camps and the atrocities committed during the war.
The developers released Downloadable Contents (DLC) throughout 2018 which are the additional modes made available for the players to play. These DLC’s are not available in the original game campaign or multiplayers mode. The players have to download the separately to play and these DLX’s are,
- DLC Pack 1: The Resistance
- DLC Pack 2 : The War Machine
- DLC Pack 3: United Front
- DLC Pack 4: Shadow War
The game contains an additional fictional campaign mode called Nazi Zombies, which is based during WWII events but in an alternate fictional timeline. It is primarily based on the German Nazis creating an Undead Army through scientific experiments in their desperate effort to win the war in the last stages.
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Call of Duty: WWII contains three playing modes Campaign, Multiplayer and Nazi Zombies which make the core aspect of the game. All the three game modes are a treat to play with the credit going to the developers, sledgehammer games who have reinvigorated the WWII facet of the series.
• Campaign – The campaign mode is set in the European Theatre and starts with 1st Infantry Division of the Allied American Forces as Private First Class Ronald “Red” Daniels and his squad on the D-Day drop in Normandy. The campaign then moves out through Europe to different battlegrounds interchanging between different Allied Forces such as American, British, Soviet and French Resistance. The players do not play a game, the play a story so unraveling and thrilling which engulfs you so heavily. The gameplay mechanics have been made so accurate to the WWII era, where the player relies on his squad for resources and supplies. The health bar has been brought back after two installments to portray the reality of the war where you have to find out health packs or first aid kits in the map to regain the health or request your squad to provide you with health supplies. The campaign revolves around all of the allies’ battles all over the world where you can play as various allied nation soldiers.
• Multiplayer – The game also features a multiplayer mode which has been based on next gen technology. This game also features a new division mode system, replacing the create-a-class system where a player can choose from different division of skills. The players have to increase their rank in respective divisions to access the advanced weapons, perks and complete trainings to grow division wise. Initially there were five divisions, but three were added in later updates,
- Infantry – This is the most versatile division in the game and Bayonet Charge being its most special skill.
- Armored – This is the division with heavy fire capability with the characters mounting the Light Machine Gun’s (LMG) on vehicles.
- Airborne – This division is known for fast and stealth maneuverability. Attaching suppressors to machine guns is the special skill of this division.
- Expeditionary – This is a division in which players can pick up new weapons like shot guns and flame throwers, using the special skill of killing enemies through lethal and tactical grenades.
- Mountain – This is the sniper division used for long range combat. Special skill of aim assist can help make the sniping easy by ignoring the surroundings of the players.
- Resistance – This division was added as an update where players can use tactical training of close quarter combat by using knife’s and pistols. It can also sense enemies nearby on radar making it a special skill.
- Cavalry – It was also added as an update where players have the ability to use a riot shield to increase their defensive capabilities during battles. The special skill of this division is that the players can charge through with impressive objective skills.
- Commando – Also added as an update. Where players can put a flare on the map where they would re-spawn through parachute if they die but the flare takes all the space of tactical equipment.
This mode also consists of a Headquarters (HQ) feature which acts a space for social interaction between different players. This HQ is admirably based on the Omaha Beach in Normandy, three days after the Allied invasion portraying it accurately as a base for allies. Up to 48 players can be in the hub at one time and can engage in entertaining activities such as 1v1 fight, practicing at the shooting range, opening the loot boxes etc.
A War mode has also been introduced which has been developed as a narrative driven mode. This mode narrates the most symbolic battles of the WWII and lets you play its missions through the overwhelming storyline. The multiplayer mode also retains the Team Death match (TDM), Demolition, Domination and the ‘Boots on Ground’ game modes.
• Nazi Zombie – A new mode has been included in the game which is based on the storyline that the German Third Reich creates an army of the Undead (Zombies) through scientific experiments and testing. This is has been shown as a desperate attempt by the Third Reich to win the war during the last stages of WWII. This mode is based on a fictional storyline and an alternate fictional timeline which revolves around the story of an Austrian Engineer Marie Fischer, who is sent on a mission by her commanding officer for artifacts retrieval. This game mode is based on wave based survival gameplay in which you can select between interesting class systems of offense, medic, control and support. This mode is in reference to the Call of Duty: World at War.
It can easily be said that this is the best-looking and most intuitive Call of Duty ever made, and while you’ve seen many of these battlefields in game before, you’ve never seen them quite like this. Ravaged buildings, rain-drenched forests and the beaches and trenches of Normandy have never looked so grim or realistic. For all the talk of ‘boots on the ground’ it’s more a case of boots in the mud or tramping through the snow, which really adds that extra bit of reality in the game with superb graphics. The secret is the Sledgehammer’s commitment to going back to Call of Duty’s core, which is the root of this game series.
- The Good
- Powerful campaign
- Immersive visuals
- Tense and thrilling gunplay
- Strong multiplayer options
- The Bad
- Few really new situations or ideas
- Stealth mode is frustrating
- Too unreal campaign storyline