Call of Duty is a first-person action shooter game series. The company Activision published each Call of Duty game that comes out. This year’s Call of Duty was developed by Sledgehammer Games, who took Call of Duty back to its roots by making Call of Duty: World War 2. Since 2013, this is the first CoD to have boots-on-the-ground combat, meaning a more realistic style of gameplay. CoD: WW2 was released on November 3, 2017, playable on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
When you first load the game, you get the choice to go between the three different game types: campaign, multiplayer, and lastly, Nazi zombies.
First, let’s talk about the campaign. In the story, you play as U.S. Army Private First Class Ronald “Red” Daniels (Brett Zimmermann). You play through a total of 11 different missions. In those missions, Daniels and his squad travel through some of the more notable battles and places from WW2, including D-day, the liberation of Paris, and the Battle of the Bulge. In the game, each squad member has a different ability that you can use to your advantage. These abilities are being thrown a med kit, ammo, grenades, an artillery smoke, and one member can spot and highlight every enemy in the area. These drastically help you during your time playing the campaign. The overall story was emotional and satisfying and definitely worth a second playthrough.
Next, there is the online multiplayer where players start out by picking a division. There are five divisions: Airborne, Infantry, Armored, Mountain, and Expeditionary. You can play as each division and they only give minor boosts to your character in this section. Before you go out to battle you are loaded into the headquarters which is an area where you can hang out and relax between games. There is a lot to do in this area like “prestiging” your character — essentially, broadcasting your skills as a player to others. Another option in the headquarters is take up orders you can complete while playing to receive a reward. The last major objective you can do there is open supply drops. These drops give you three items so you can customize your character. Once you are done you the Headquarters you can then go and choose from nine standard game modes to play and four hardcore game modes. They added a new gamemode to the game which is called war, this game mode puts you in a six verse six match that goes through some of the real operations during the war. I feel like Sledgehammer did a good job in improving how call of duty does it’s multiplayer. One of the major downsides at the start of the game was the servers were not working properly so it was difficult to get into the game and play.
Lastly, you have the zombies gamemode. In zombies, you have the ability to play as four characters and six hidden characters in the game. Each of the four unlocked characters is voiced by different celebrities like David Tennant, Ving Rhames, Elodie Yung, and
Katheryn Winnick. The zombies gamemode in this Call of Duty feels a bit easier than the previous zombies in other Call of Duty. In the map The Final Reich there are little missions that the game tells you about, these missions lead you to go to a boss fight to end the game. When you first boot up zombies it asks if you want to play through a prologue which was a fun little zombies map that made a good tutorial to zombies to teach new and returning players the basics of what is new in the game.
Overall, I feel like this game did a good a job pulling up the roots of what made Call of Duty fun. Yes, the game did have a bumpy start in the online component but that was fine because it gave players an excuse to go play the great campaign that Sledgehammer had worked on. So this game deserves a 4 out of 5 stars.
Platforms: Xbox 1, PS4, PC
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