NEED TO KNOW
Release Date: 3rd November, 2017.
Genre: FPS, Action.
Developer: Sledgehammer Games.
Platform: Xbox One, PS4, Windows.
Game Size: 90 GB.
Average Duration: 3 Hours.
Official Site: Official site.
We were all huge fans of the original Call of Duty games. Call of Duty, Call of Duty: United Offensive and Call of Duty 2 were all fantastic games that built the platform for what the series has become today. Essentially the Apple iPhone of the game world, with so many releases it makes your head spin.
We’ve avoided most of them out of principle for years, preferring to play Battlefield, Overwatch and Destiny for our FPS fix. This game was foretold as different though, a return to form some said. With more realism and a real feel of the old CoD games they said…
We pre-ordered the deluxe edition of the game, a costly transaction, but if these claims were true it would be well worth it. Read on to find out our honest, old-school CoD players perspective in our no-fluff Call of Duty WW2 Review.
Singleplayer is like some kind of lesson in how to not do a singleplayer campaign. It took just around 60 minutes to get through the majority of the game on hardened difficulty. The enemy AI is ridiculously over-powered compared to ally AI. Allies run around screaming, enemies pop you in the head 90% of the time.
Generally the characters are unforgettable and if you’re looking for a comparison of CoD: WWII vs Battlefield One singleplayer campaign, then don’t bother. They’re not even in the same league. Battlefield One’s singleplayer campaign was perhaps one of the best we’ve ever played in an FPS game that deals with WW1 or WW2.
The bottom-line is this game just isn’t worth the price for the singleplayer campaign alone.
On to multiplayer… How does the CoD WW2 multiplayer shape up? Is it any good?
Like in singleplayer the graphics aren’t anything to write home about, while the textures aren’t bad, they’re not exactly impressive. Maxed out in the settings you’re still going to notice poor textures when you’re really looking close while scoped through most weapons.
As for the actual gameplay, it’s nothing special. Does it bring back memories of the older games? Not really. Unfortunately, it definitely feels every bit a more recent Call of Duty title. With the arcade-vibe permeating every aspect of combat. The realism simply isn’t there despite the fact that this game was hyped up as being more realistic than previous entries.
Instead of the multiplayer being immersive and making you feel like you’re playing a World War 2 game in the Call of Duty series, it feels more like a Call of Duty game with a WW2 backdrop. At least in the sense it has the guns and semi-accurate maps.
The hitboxes are a little suspect, and there’s definitely an argument to be made that there are already some wallhackers finding their way around the game. It’s simply just not that enjoyable when it comes down to it. To make things worse I personally didn’t even receive the 1,100 Call of Duty points I was supposed to receive due to pre-ordering the deluxe edition of the game.
After 3 hours of multiplayer, it felt like groundhog day…
– Run 15 feet
– Check left, fine
– Check right
– Get shot from left, wait, really?
This happens far too often, and it’s frustrating as hell.
Then there’s the fact that you’re just going to get dominated by players who have unlocked the better weapons and attachments. The STG44 seems to be the best weapon in Call of Duty: WWII. It doesn’t unlock until level 17. To put it into perspective after 3 hours I reached level 8. So you’re going to have to really grind it out in multiplayer just to get a weapon that levels the playing field a bit with players who have already learned the maps and seem to really excel in this arcade feeling FPS.
Considering the game hasn’t even been out for a week yet, the reviews on Steam are mostly mixed. You’ll find that most of the negative reviews (and there’s a lot) are talking about the exact same points as we are.
– It’s not what it claimed to be.
– Multiplayer is monotonous and samey.
– Singleplayer sucks.
– It’s overpriced.
This is the general consensus about the game right now, but feel free to check out more of the reviews on steam here.
With a lot of people feeling duped by this game we’d be surprised if the negative reviews don’t keep coming in.
I’m not even going to waste more time on this than I already have… It’s another stinker for the Call of Duty series that takes a very serious topic like World War 2 and creates a not very serious at all game.
Is it worth it? Not for us, we think that the price of the game is far too much for a game that’s essentially a dupe of previous CoD games with different maps and weapons. If you are interested in buying the game then we’d suggest finding it for a better price than you will get it on Steam or waiting until it comes on the sales.