Developed by Sledgehammer Games and published by Activision, Call of Duty: WWII is the latest Call of Duty title to hit the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. This time around, the Call of Duty series has gone back to grassroots and ditched the futuristic theme for one that places the player right onto the battlefield of World War II.
Call of Duty: WWII tells the story of a young recruit, U.S. Army Private First Class Ronald “Red” Daniels (Brett Zimmermann), in the U.S. First Infantry Division who experiences combat for the first time on D-Day. After surviving the beaches of Normandy, Daniels and his squad – which consists of an all star cast, including: Private First Class Robert Zussman (Jonathan Tucker), Private Drew Stiles (Kevin Coubal), Technician Fifth Grade Frank Aiello (Jeff Schine), Technical Sergeant William Pierson (Josh Duhamel) and First Lieutenant Joseph Turner (Jeffrey Pierce) – fight their way across Europe, engaging the enemy in iconic battle locations such as the Hürtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge, as they make their way into Germany.
While I won’t give too much of the storyline away, I will, however, mention that the Call of Duty: WWII campaign is well-worth playing, multiple times. Its storyline is rock-solid, emotional and one that is well-worth experiencing. While Daniels and the platoon face many insurmountable odds… they also have to deal with personal struggles as well as conflicts within their very own platoon. Daniels and his superiors don’t see eye to eye and this brings an entirely new dynamic and conflict to the storyline. While Daniels and his superiors go through some extreme conflict during the campaign, Daniels does, however, form close friendships with certain members of his platoon, which ultimately helps drive the storyline to its spectacular conclusion.
Overall, when it comes to storyline, Call of Duty: WWII features one of the best in the series. The all-star cast play out the drama of World War II in a spectacular fashion. In addition to this, Call of Duty: WWII also showcases the graphic side of war. Watching your squad mates, especially during cutscenes, being taken down by enemy infantry or via explosions is extremely graphic and not for sensitive viewers. This shows the real, graphic, and violent side of war, which in-turn makes the Call of Duty: WWII 6-8 hour campaign feel like an authentic World War 2 experience.
Apart from its campaign, Call of Duty: WWII features a great amount of content. Zombies makes a return in the form of Nazi Zombies – which also features an all-star cast that includes the likes of: Marie Fischer (Katheryn Winnick), Drostan Hynd (David Tennant), and Jefferson Potts (Ving Rhames). This time around, the storyline featured in Zombies is much more series than that seen in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Players will embark on a chilling, dark and mysterious journey through a snowy Bavarian village in Mittelburg, Germany, as they attempt to recover priceless works of art stolen by the Axis powers in World War II. This village holds a shadowy secret key to an unimaginable and monstrous power. Beware of the twisted fate and dire consequences from the occult horrors awaiting any visitors. Overall, Nazi Zombies is another great addition to Call of Duty: WWII and is also well-worth playing.
Moving away from zombies and on to the meat of the game, Call of Duty: WWII features a superb multiplayer experience. Granted, it has suffered a few technical issues since launch; however, it is still a rock solid experience when it works. This time around, instead of the usual create-a-class system, Call of Duty: WWII features Divisions. Players can essentially choose one out of five divisions, each with their own different basic combat training, division training and weapon skills. This, however, eliminates perks, as players need to progress through ranks in divisions in order to use additional skills.
An official breakdown of the five divisions featured in the game are:
Infantry: One of the most versatile divisions. Infantry units are equipped for mid to long range combat. The special skill of this division is the bayonet charge.
Airborne: This division makes players move fast while remaining quiet. Players in this division can attach suppressors to sub-machine guns at any time during combat.
Armored: This division has the heaviest firepower, being able to mount machine guns.
Mountain: This division focuses on long-range combat, making sniper rifles more precise with aim assist and improving the aim through scope by blocking out surroundings from player’s view.
Expeditionary: Shotguns used by players in this division have incendiary rounds that burn enemies to death.
Call of Duty: WWII also features a social hub, which is located on Omaha Beach in Normandy. The social hub is a great addition. Not only does it support 48 players, but it also features various activities that players can take part in. Moving away from the social hub, there are some great multiplayer modes on offer here.
One of the latest modes on offer here is War Mode. In War Mode players must work as a team to defeat the enemy. This narrative-driven Multiplayer experience immerses players in iconic World War II battles. Allied and Axis forces clash in team-driven assault and defend missions for key strategic objectives. Apart from War Mode, Call of Duty: WWII also features the likes of Kill Confirmed, Team Deathmatch Free-For-All, and many more modes.
When it comes to multiplayer, Call of Duty: WWII does not disappoint, there are plenty of maps to begin with and all the modes are pretty solid. As stated above, there have been a few multiplayer issues; however, the developers are slowly but surely ironing out all the bugs.
Call of Duty: WWII features a solid campaign mode, which is by far one of the best we have experienced as of late. In addition to its solid gameplay, and superb voice-acting, Call of Duty WWII looks beautiful too. To add to the accolades, Call of Duty WWII also features a much more serious version of zombies, which was a welcomed addition as well as a fantastic multiplayer experience overall.
If you are a fan of the Call of Duty series then its time to get those boots on the ground and pick up a copy.